by One Pan Annie –
By Ogden Nash
Develops the jaw,
But celery, stewed,
Is more quietly chewed.
I can’t eat celery without thinking of Ogden Nash, and I thought of him when I saw the two limp pieces of celery I had overlooked in the refrigerator. I decided to use them rather than lose them.
I don’t believe in making a big deal over food preparation. I’m talking bout the intricate preparations you see on television foodie shows – the ones you watch just before you heat up a lunch from some chemical infused boxed or bagged processed food product.
I had a nice little pork chop of sorts just waiting for me. I heated up my cast iron skillet, added a dab of olive oil and cut the celery in very small pieces and grilled it with my meat. I’ve linked my favorite pan below – I like it because the lid cuts preparation time and I don’t like to wait around if I don’t have to.
In less time than it would take to microwave something, I enjoyed a cheap, quick, healthy lunch. I did it as an experiment this time, but I liked the flavor of the celery grilled with the pork so, I will do again on purpose.
Living alone and cooking for one comes with a luxury and whipping up healthy food for yourself is one of those luxuries. Another advantage is, there is no one around that can blab to anyone about your culinary mistakes.