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Updated: Nov 30, 2020


Two New Beginnings


Along with the beginning of a new school year, my first week of this Julie and Julia inspired cooking and blogging challenge began!


On Sunday morning I had ordered my groceries. They were delivered that evening, and after double checking, everything except the fresh dill had arrived. The dill would have been nice to have for additional flavor, but it wasn't an absolutely essential ingredient, like say the potatoes. I was relieved.


A window of opportunity to make my first main recipe presented itself during my hour-long lunch break on Friday.

 

Friday, August 28

- Caramelized Onion and Potato Salad -

The First Mess


Ok, so it turns out that 60 minutes was not enough time...


Water with potatoes in it takes a LONG time to come to a boil. It took 20 minutes! Plus they then had to simmer for 15 minutes. It's a good thing it takes 40 minutes to caramelize an onion. Otherwise I would have been left to stare at the still water with mounting frustration. Well, that was still the case, actually. Indeed, my patience boiled long before the water ever did. But there was no rush. Not at all...


I had more than enough time to make the dressing, and chop the dill pickles, green onions, and parsley.


At 12:15, I had to zoom in to hear a special programming speaker for school.


The onions were already finished, and everything was ready in a large bowl, waiting for the main ingredient.


It was 12:10 when the potatoes were finally done. I quickly drained, and ran them under cold water. By no means where they cool enough for me to handle. There was no time to spare. I was playing an actual game of hot potato, in my haste to cut each one. It was the epitome of a time crunch. Let me just say: racing against the clock is HIGHLY stressful! A heads up: in my experience, the clock has always won.


No doubt you guessed it already... I was late.


Tasting would have to wait. I didn't have time to take the pictures.


I wasn't until 1:15, that I was able to sit down and eat lunch.


Caramelized Onion and Potato Salad
 

Despite not having the fresh dill, the potato salad turned out delicious. Everyone in my family liked it (except my sister, who wouldn't even try it), which says a lot, especially since my mom said she doesn't like potato salad.


Funny thing: I had salad for lunch every day this week! It's like I'm trying to get the most out of these last days of summer. In fact, I had a special recipe planned to celebrate the end of summer and first week of school...

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