It’s time for another confession: I don’t make shopping lists.
There are lots of reasons for this. There’s a large supermarket around the corner from my apartment, so forgetting something is never a tragedy.
I also enjoy going up and down every aisle, seeing what’s in stock and getting ideas. But there are two main factors in my lack of list-making: I don’t use recipes, and I’m lazy.
Recipes scare me. They’re supposed to make cooking easier, but they just make me panic.
What if I miss a step? What if I measure wrong? What if I mince instead of chop? What if the supermarket is out of scallions and I can’t find fennel?
When you’re cooking without instructions or standards, any meal that’s not a complete disaster is a total success — even if your successes are limited to the four dishes you can prepare off the top of your head.
So it was with trepidation that I sat down to browse through the FreshDirect One-Click Recipes to choose a meal to make for my boyfriend.
He’s definitely the chef in our relationship; I’ve spent many a night absorbed in a book while he slaves away at the stove. But when I do cook for him, I want it to be special… or at least edible.
So I knew my best bet would be to keep it simple. Something without too many ingredients or instructions or special equipment (remember, I do only have one spoon!)
Both seemed fairly easy and included ingredients I’d be happy to use again if there were leftovers (each recipe claimed to make four servings, but I knew I’d be feeding a very hungry boyfriend.)
With one click, I added everything to my cart and hoped for the best. Check back next week, and I’ll tell you what happened after my delivery arrived.