This Is the Egg Recipe That Helped Cure My Cooking Fatigue

A weekend project ended up being just what I needed.

August 25, 2020

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If you would have told me one year ago that within a matter of months I would be tired of cooking, I wouldn’t have believed you. And yet, here we are in the middle of a global pandemic, doing a whole lot more cooking at home (and a whole lot less eating out) and guess what? My enthusiasm is dwindling. Who’s with me?!

Luckily, I’m not completely worn out just yet. But, as the days spent at home pile up like the dirty dishes in my sink, family meals feel more and more like one giant, never-ending task. Work, cook, clean, repeat. And that’s making me tired of the necessary cooking. The kind that has to be done on a schedule, to feed the entire family, while your little one zips in and out of the kitchen every few minutes asking, "Is it time to eat yet?" The kind of cooking that relies on a handful of recipes — the ones you make over and over again because you know they work and that your family likes them. Whew! I’m tired just explaining it.

Strangely enough, I’ve discovered that the cure for my newfound cooking fatigue is more cooking. Weekend cooking, specifically.

It all started when I was looking for some fresh ideas in the Food Network Kitchen app and came across Chef Gabriela Camara’s Egg-Stuffed Tortilla class. A runny egg yolk oozing out of a lightly charred tortilla, a bright dollop of salsa verde — there was no way that this class wasn’t going to catch my eye. I scrolled down through the recipe a little bit and realized that the corn tortillas were made from scratch too (don’t worry, she’s got a class for that) and I immediately started thinking about when I would make them. Better yet, I felt excited to make them.

It took less than 15 minutes to watch both the Homemade Corn Tortilla class and the Egg-Stuffed Tortilla class — and each one was full of really helpful tips. Chef Camara tells you how to press perfectly even tortillas and exactly how to know when it’s time to flip your tortillas so that they puff right up. Once I watched the classes and gave the recipe a try, I realized that egg-stuffed tortillas weren’t so hard to make. And, now that I know how to make them I'm confident that, with just a little bit of planning, I could even whip up a batch on a weekday. Talk about morning motivation!

And, that’s the great thing about weekend cooking. You get to try new recipes and learn new skills without all the pressure. There’s no time limit and no one to feed. You can cook for pleasure. Slowly, thoughtfully, taking in all the wonderful aromas and cooking sounds.

Best of all, after a few weekends you’ll find that you’ve mastered a lot of new techniques that make routine cooking easier and more crave-worthy — and that cooking almost all of your meals at home isn’t quite as exhausting as it once was.

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