Comfort Zones

I’ve almost always cooked just for myself, so I never really put much thought or effort into what I made, it was just sustenance. I am trying to slowly step out of my comfort zone and make new things, usually things I know (or hope) the Boyfriend will like – in case I don’t, lol. And like most people, I am completely uncomfortable stepping out of my comfort zone.  For as long as I remember (which, if we’re being honest, is not that long…I have a horrible memory), I’ve automatically assumed that anything that I’ve never tried is disgusting. Pretty childish, eh? But I’m trying to move past it! Slowly, but surely…

The only vegetable I eat is broccoli. This does not make for very interesting meals in the Dumpling house. Usually some form of meat with a side of steamed broccoli. Bo-ring.

In an effort to branch out, I made this yummy (to him, at least) Old Bay Shrimp & Sausage stir-fry for the Boyfriend a bit ago, which had green peppers in it. I think someday soon I might be able to force myself to try a green pepper. Unless it’s spicy. Are they spicy? I have no idea.

On the plus side, my sister loves vegetables. I am sure you will see many a vegetable dish come out of EatDouMiao. I am searching for another vegetable I can tolerate, hopefully I will find one soon! I don’t count corn or potatoes because they are basically starches, not real veggies.

This post was supposed to be about comfort zones. I think I went off on a little tangent, but basically my efforts here are to help grow and expand my food palette and to change to healthier eating habits. There are things that I absolutely refuse to eat (bean sprouts, tomatoes, onions) and things that I am willing to try. I’ve never made soups or sauces, never tried to make any really complicated dishes, but I plan to try very soon :)  I’m much more confident in my baking than I am in my cooking, so you will probably see a lot more baking entries than anything else. My sister is much more accomplished (and daring) in the kitchen.

If you’re curious about the current banner (which is a bunch of little mouse pastries), I made them for a Game of Thrones premiere party earlier this year. Cocktail wieners wrapped in croissant dough with almond slices for ears and black sesame for eyes. Labor intensive, but fun to make and everyone at the party loved them!  That’s what I love about cooking, what I think most people love – watching it disappear. No leftovers. That’s the goal.

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