Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Why You Shouldn't Multi-Task While Cooking

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Why You Shouldn't Multi-Task While Cooking

So last night I was planning on making Happy Herbivore's Aloo Matar with Easy Naan. I was really excited and confident about it, I had gotten all my ingredients prepped. I scrubbed and cut the potatoes and put them in some boiling water. Then I went to read an article or two on Common Dreams. I got sucked in, the next thing I knew the potatoes had been boiling for almost an hour. Needless to say, when I drained them, they were nothing but mush.

We were really hungry, and luckily I already had the oven preheating for the Easy Naan. After some discussion with Brett, we decided to just turn the oven temperature up and we had vegan frozen pizza. We will try making this again sometime soon, but the moral of the story is: don't read anything highly absorbing while you are cooking.

'Til next time!

14 comments:

Romina said...

You are not alone. I do this ALL the time. I can't tell you how many times I've had pasta stick to the bottom of the pot and turned to mush.

Vegan_Noodle said...

How funny about the potatoes.... I do that all the time with quinoa and it ends up a burnt mess in my pot.

VeggieGirl said...

Oh no!! I've done that before, so no worries; and hey, at least the vegan pizza redeemed the cooking "disaster"! :0)

pleasantly plump vegan said...

that sucks!!! good advice!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Yikes! I've done it too-- my oatmeal boils over all the time while I'm engrossed in the newspaper or on the computer or something :o/.

Hopefully you were at least able to learn something interesting from what you read!

Calimaryn said...

I find that if I leave the kitchen area I wont remember to come back to what I am cooking. So you are not alone! Unfortunately that is the perfect time to do the dishes, clean the fridge or make something decadent and fattening. I typically do the later. haha

Anke said...

Haha, the story of my life. I do this all the time...

Jennifer said...

Romina - Nice to know I'm not alone. Pasta is really easy to overcook too!

Vegan_Noodle - I bet burnt quinoa makes a big mess of your pot! Luckily I have never burnt quinoa, but now that I type this, just wait 'til I make it again....

VeggieGirl - Perhaps the best reason to have frozen pizza on hand! I like to have one or two on hand at all times in case of something like this, or if I make something new that we don't like. There aren't a whole lot of take-out places for us to order vegan food from here in the Midwest, the lone vegetarian restaurant delivers, but do so on bike (awesome!), and it was much too late for that.

Pleasantly - I am all for reading, but good reads and cooking don't go well together, unless you are making something like bread.

Chocolate Covered - I've had the same thing happen with oatmeal! And yes, I learned much from my reading material, so it wasn't all bad.

Calimaryn - I usually prepare the other ingredients or clean up while I cook, but for some reason I decided to prep everything before hand last night. See what happens when you break your routine?! :-)

Anke - Haha!

Lizzy said...

Happend(and still does) to me so often! It's jso frustrating when you have nothing else on hand or are starving, but luckily you two had the pizza =)

Cookiemouse said...

Could this be an argument for raw food? Slow casseroles are also good if you like reading, as is a sandwich!

Wet Blanket said...
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Jennifer said...

Cookiemouse - HAHA! It's kinda hard to burn something that isn't really cooked isn't it?

Wet Blanket said...

Perhaps you shouldn't "Multi-Tast" while blogging, either. Or did you MEAN to have a typo in your title? Just a little rain from your favorite wet blanket. Sweet-n-sour w/ orange peel was awesome, by the way, but the cats are not interested in seitan (they're on to us!). Oh, and those potatoes were overheard saying something about not wanting to be eaten. Notice they didn't scream? It's a conspiracy; they were jihadist potatoes that snuck across the US/Mexico border because there's no friggin' apartheid wall. Their mission was to ruin Jennifer's supper and bring Western society to a grinding halt. Wait and see... And the lesson: always ask potatoes for papers before purchasing them; they might be terrorists out to wreak havoc in your kitchen!

Jennifer said...

HAHAHAHA! I didn't notice the typo, I'm going to change that right now.

:-)