I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and I cook from scratch almost every day. We do order the occasional takeout, and we do like eating out every now and then, but I love cooking.
It's like meditation for me. When I'm anxious, I cook. When I'm stressed, I cook. When I'm bored, I cook. I'm sure my partner loves that about me.
I often browse Pinterest for recipes and then slightly change them. Sometimes, I try and create my own recipes, but so far I'm mostly imitating recipes, I've tried before and attempt to put my own spin on them.
This here is a recipe with asparagus, salmon and ricotta and basil, and it's a quick dish that only takes about 30-40 minutes to make.
This is a bowl of ricotta, a bunch of chopped basil, three garlic cloves which I sliced thinly, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper to taste. I added the juice of half a lemon, mixed it all and left it in the fridge for a few hours so it could infuse.
This is the dish ready to go into the oven. I spread the ricotta mix on top of the salmon (skinless, I spread it over where the skin used to be) and placed it on the asparagus. I blanched the asparagus for five minutes in boiling water before doing that, just to make sure they'll definitely be soft. Added salt and pepper to the salmon as well.
Oven: 180°C fan (or 200°C/390F) for 20-25 minutes.
I also made some brown rice according to the package, 40 grams per person, and added a 100 grams of frozen peas to the pan five minutes before the rice was done and mixed it in. Tada.