Cooking and the Rain

It has been raining quite heavily this week where I am at (in quite a contrast to Australia). I have noticed that when it is raining, I feel a stronger desire to cook or bake. Somehow the rain makes me want to do more housework tasks than a sunny day does. I know that it isn’t the same for everyone, but for me that is how it is. So right now I have a roast in the oven. Although whether it can be called a roast in an electric oven is up for debate. After all, technically speaking, roasting is done with direct source of flame not convection heating. Oh well. Regardless, I am trying to enjoy my time before classes start. Yes, I am still working but I am attempting to learn a couple of Adobe programs. I know that I could try some online self-paced method but the deadlines and expectations (real or imagined) of another person helps to motivate me better than allowing myself to somehow get the job done. I digress. Sorry, back to the cooking.

The roast in the oven has some veggies and seasonings. I am trying to keep it fairly plain since I plan on turning it into enchiladas later. I saw a sale on sour cream and wondered what I would do with a pound of sour cream (close to half a kilo) besides making enchiladas. Then I realized that I have not had enchiladas for a while and decided that I should make some. Now you may be wondering why I am making a roast for enchiladas when I could use ground beef. You may also wondering why on earth is there sour cream inside of enchiladas. Well to answer the second question first, my enchiladas are a mix of sour cream, cheese, salsa, and maybe some other things. Yeah, it is probably not traditional but this is how I grew up with my parents making enchiladas. It is a happy, comfort food for me. Now onto the first question.

So why make a roast for enchiladas when I could use something else that is easier? Well, for me that is one of the ways my family would use leftover roast. Also, it gives me a meal for tonight to eat and an excuse for not having to cook the meat and make the enchiladas in the same day. Seriously, I get overwhelmed/exhausted/insert other negative feeling here when I create a lot of dishes that I will have to then clean. I would love to make lots of foods and various dishes. However, as I do not have a dishwasher any cooking I do then has to be washed by me and only me. I know that there are plenty of people who are used to washing dishes and it is perfectly normal. Yes, I understand that there are worse things then washing dishes but it is probably my least favorite chore. So back to cooking!

When I make the enchiladas, I will be having some refried beans (from the can) and some Rice-a-Roni Spanish rice. Could I try making the rice from scratch? Yeah, and I have, but I don’t really want to. I have yet to correctly match the flavor to the boxed stuff. I grew up on the boxed stuff so there is a lot of nostalgia wrapped in the taste. Also, I routinely forget to buy myself some cayenne pepper which is found quite often in many different cuisines. I know that I need it but I have a tendency to just substitute a bunch of paprika in its place with a bit of crushed red pepper. So yeah, I will be having enchiladas with refried beans and Spanish rice after I eat some of the roast for a dinner. I will be having some creamy pasta and broccoli with the roast before I turn it into enchiladas. Sounds pretty good to me. What do you have planned for meals? Do you like to cook when it rains or are you inclined to do something else when it rains? What do you think of what I am cooking? Please answer below with your comments and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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