Everyday Gourmet LA – Part 2
This is the continuation of my previous post about hiring a personal chef to cook for my family for a week.
Our original plan of not spending money on take-out for the whole month crashed a little, because of Father’s Day and a few lazy days when I really didn’t feel like cooking. Nevertheless, our plan continued. On Monday, Cindy D., A.K.A. Everyday Gourmet L.A., came over to cook and prepare our meals for the week. I was pleasantly surprised when she told me she saved us money on the groceries! This is why she is good at what she does – she knows where to shop and where the sales are. When I buy groceries, I usually have my daughter in tow, and the time I have to spend shopping is limited.
After showing Cindy where everything was in my kitchen, my daughter and I left for a playdate at Veteran’s Park. When we returned, there was an amazing aroma of freshly baked cornbread muffins. That’s something I don’t smell when I order take-out! I was pleased to see her in the middle of creating a pasta dish, while something was baking in the oven. She was cooking more than one dish in a kitchen that has limited counter-space – I was impressed. The aromas from the kitchen and the sound of chicken frying definitely brought back memories from childhood – it felt like my mother was in the kitchen cooking. It was nice. The last time my parents were out here was right after my daughter was born. They stayed with me for a month, took care of my daughter and I, and cooked for us. It’s one of the things I am most thankful for, but I digress.
When Cindy finished whipping up our meals, she packed them, labeled the containers, and cleaned up the kitchen as if she was never there. She’s like a fairy food-mother! I’ll post the photos of my meals on Instagram, so follow me there if you want to see Cindy’s culinary delights! This is what she prepared for us:
- Cornbread muffins
- Linguini with kale and bacon
- Spanish Chicken over rice
- Sweet potato bites (I asked her to make them a good grasping size for my toddler)
- Quinoa with pine nuts and currants
- Corn Salad
- Extra Chicken
- Garlic Aoli
- Chopped onion (because I cry when chopping onions)
- Green Beans
Here are some photos:
Here is Monday’s Dinner:
…and Tuesday’s dinner:
I haven’t been posting my lunches, but for the past two days I’ve been eating the pasta for lunch. Yesterday, by itself, and today with a piece of salmon.
We had a great experience and plan to call Cindy to prepare some meals next month! If you want to try it out too, use the coupon below!