Sunday, April 1, 2012

Saturday night cooking co-op.

This was the scene on Saturday night at Suzanne and Sandi's house:  Five women cooking and laughing in the same kitchen while drinking wine and eating appetizers that we all brought to share.  This was my brilliant friend Ange's idea, and it's going to become a monthly occasion.

Here is the deal:  Each person brings the ingredients to prepare a meal multiplied by 4.  You prepare your meal and then divide it into 4 containers.  Each person leaves with 4 different delicious meals for the freezer.  Isn't that smart?  AND it was so much fun that all the food in my freezer feels just like a bonus. 

All of my friends are vegetarians, so we all made vegetarian meals.

Kim made Spicy Black Bean Soup.

Ange made African Peanut Sweet Potato Stew with garbanzo beans, coconut milk, lentils and ginger.
Here are her ingredients all lined up.

I made Corn, Zucchini and Pepper Enchiladas.  Here's my stuff:

 Sandi chopping onions:

Ange grating ginger:

 Half of my veggies sauteing:

 Suz assembling her dish, which was a Persian Rice Pilaf with brown rice, beets, carrots and pistachios

She couldn't help doing the "ta-da" pose again.  All assembled!

Here are the black bean soups and the African stews ready for our freezers.
 Snacking and drinking, and 4 trays of Veggie Enchiladas. 
And here is the bottom shelf of my freezer.  With the extra bean/ veggie and sauce mixture from my enchiladas, plus some leftover Carrot Miso Soup, I have six meals in my freezer right now.  I LOVE THAT FEELING.   I also love that my friends, like I do, think there is no better way to spend a Saturday night than cooking and eating together.


ltlindian said...

That's pretty awesome. I would love to do that and have 4 meals all ready made.

When do you leave for your surf-cation?

Kelly said...

Recipes please!!

Emilie said...

I leave for Mexico on April 11th. Woo hoo!!!

And I'll gather up the recipes from the girls! :)

Willow @ My Own Trail said...

What a great idea! I wonder if my friends would be up for something like that. Hmmm...I'm going to have to start planning something.

Carrie @ Maine Mom on the Run said...

This is a fantastic idea! Are you still running Race the Runways?

Jen @ Mommy Tries said...

Emilie, this looks like so much fun! Will have to get something like this together out my way.

Monika said...

that is such a great idea! i admire you guys. The day seams like a lot of girl fun.