Here we document our way to 1,000 dates – the joys, challenges, growing pains – and all the in-betweens.
Onion Goggles & Cookies
Date #344 – Wednesday, July 9, 2014
A: You can make fun of me all you want but those onions were STRONG and those ski goggles helped…. a little. The acid fumes still got to my eyes believe it or not, but we got it done. B and I made lentil masala (I’m guessing that’s what it’s called) and the BEST pale chico chip cookies ever!! (We haven’t made them in SO long!) And… of course… Orphan Black.
B: This was hilarious. A put on these goggles from the 80s to chop onions while we made dinner together. She is adorable.
After, while watching Orphan Black we made these Paleo cookies (no grains or processed items). I think the recipe is vegan too…
Anyways, the cookies actually were even better than they looked and I ate way too many. Mmmmm…
Making a rap, part 1
Date #212 – Mar 1, 2014
A: I can not express the amount of great, smothering love I have for… these sweet potato biscuits and gravy that B makes. Did you think I was going to say B? I am hungry right now as I type so these biscuits are taking precedence (sorry B)…. And I can’t forget the cookies. They should be our logo or our mascot for this blog. The Paleo Cookie mascot! Okay, not as cool as I thought, but we eat them MORE than twice a week sometimes. That’s a lot of cookies. Oh, I got it:
Official sponsor of onethousanddates.com: The Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie!!! *cookie mascot jumps through hoola hoop that’s on fire*
B: I don’t think we’re gonna do that….but I would like to see a cookie jumping through a hoola-hoop. I also think the A’s weeks are drifting in to one another, as I don’t seem to recall cookies twice in one week. Anyways, you can learn to make the biscuits here and the gravy here (we substitute any meat products with veggie options).
We also worked a lot on making the beat for a rap that A eventually wrote to promote her story Eraser for this short-story competition. A writes better when there is a beat, and I’m really happy with how well we worked together.
Playoffs and paleo pretzels – Date #174 – Jan 19, 2014
A: B wanted to make pretzels real bad so we joined forces after a brief confrontation about space and the kitchen (this is an ongoing topic of discussion and/or test in our relationship). They were quite delicious. Looks like the Broncos and Seahawks are in the superbowl (yawn!). It was a Sunday, if I ever saw one.
B: A twisted all those pretzels, let me make that clear. The pretzels are Paleo, which means they are grain free. It also means they aren’t as fluffy or easy to roll. Here is the recipe.
The day was very lazy and great and relaxing.
Two smart cookies – Date #68 – September 17th 2013
A: I don’t know why we don’t have a picture of MY cookies that I made on Saturday. Oh wait… YES. I do. I do know why. It’s cause they sucked!!!
I wanted to make my chocolate chip cookies on Saturday and so I begun when B told me to replace this with that and that with this and I got so mad and frustrated because the coconut oil isn’t the same as EVOO nor does it taste or bake the same, etc., and my cookies turned out so shitty. I had to blame Brian. I shouldn’t have… but… I wanted to make my cookies and they didn’t work out and we got all frustrated cause B wanted to help and for them to be healthy and I just wanted sugar and chocolate in my belly and it was all a mess. So. Last night he’s like, “Let’s make paleo cookies,” and he even let slip to his roomie that he wanted to show me that cookies can taste good when you use the ingredients properly so it was like he was proving a point but the thing is they DID taste good – so good – so now I’m all hmph. Whose cookies are better???? Why do I feel this is a competition????? Why can’t we just eat all the cookies and be happy? “We can!” I tell myself. We can. And we will. And we did. And we’re doing it now. I’m eating one now. They’re really good. Ugh. Why can’t my cookies taste like this? These cookies are sooooo good.
B: I’m so happy A liked these cookies. When she was making hers all I could think was, “I hate non-paleo baking,” and, “I want to eat her cookies but I don’t want to feel guilty about it.”
(for those who don’t know, Paleo essentially means eating like our ancestors – only meat, veggies, small amounts of fruit, nuts, seeds, eggs, and butter. nothing else. check out this site if you want to learn more)
Rather than having a conversation about things I told A to do this and that and she told me to back off. Ultimately “her” cookies weren’t as bad as she says.
Making Paleo cookies was about doing it right. Doing something together. I like that A shows much more of an interest in cooking and baking. We made these cookies and these vegan tacos. A helped a lot and asked questions about what she didn’t understand, like “we don’t have enough honey, what do we do?” and, “what makes these cookies Paleo?”
Ultimately, almond flour, honey, eggs, macadamia nuts (we added them) and non-dairy pure cocoa chips are delicious on their own and also together. Better enjoyed with loved ones.