I’m going to be completely honest with you, I’m a terrible cook. I can make a few basic dishes, but I have a lot to learn. I’ll admit however, that I’m finding it more and more intriguing all the time. For a few different reasons…One, there are so many neat recipes, or better yet, you can make it up as you go and (hopefully) end up with something delicious and personalized to your own taste. Two, you have to eat anyways, so why not learn to actually enjoy preparing food? Three, preparing meals at home is healthier. Fast food and frozen foods are loaded with all kinds of bad things: hormones, preservatives, artificial colouring… ew. Four, homemade leftovers make awesome next-day lunches (so always make extra). And five, what if I was trapped on an island and had to cook something?

There are a handful of great cooks in my life, and Nolan is definitely one of them. Whenever he makes me dinner I am honestly amazed. He never follows a recipe, he picks up a few things from the grocery store and adds a bit of this, a bit of that… Next thing you know you’re eating a delicious, gourmet meal! It’s amazing! I have no idea how he does it!

This weekend he made Spaghetti and Asiago Meatballs (sorry, vegetarians). We picked up some veggies, cheese, and spices to add to a basic canned tomato sauce, and left it to simmer for a few hours. I’ve learned very quickly that the key to great cooking is slow cooking. Leave it on low all day long and it will be 10 times better than if you whipped it up in 35 minutes. You probably already knew that, but be patient with me. I’m learning here. He mixed up the ground beef with diced onions, hot sauce, and cheese and baked the meatballs on a pan until they were fully cooked. Then into the tomato sauce they went to simmer for a few more hours. Pretty simple, eh? We squeezed fresh lime juice as a finishing touch (my idea), and they were so good…  I’m 100% sure that our furry friends, Stella and Tank, would have eaten it all had they got the chance.

Written by Hayley Rae