Have you ever been in a cooking rut where you have absolutely no idea of what you’re going to cook for dinner? Or even lunch? That sometimes happens to me during lunch, especially on the weekend (but that’s not as common). No, more often than not, I face this dilemma during the week for dinner, after I’ve spent all day cooking and baking and shooting for work. It can be rough. It’s usually around 4 to 5 o’clock where I start to panic and it hits me that I haven’t even thought about what to make for dinner. I’m drawing a blank. It’s hard sometimes to constantly be thinking up of new and exciting dishes to make for work and then turn around have to do the same thing for dinner. Let’s not even talk about how there comes a time every now and then (like several times a week for me) where the last thing I want to do is cook a complicated dish that takes forever to make, after I’ve spent all day working in the kitchen. That’s the worst isn’t it? I don’t know how professional chefs do it. Sheesh.
When I’m faced with this obstacle to overcome, I usually start browsing through cookbooks, online recipe sites, fellow bloggers’s sites and begin major brainstorming. My mind goes into overdrive. I usually ask myself, “What do I feel like eating tonight?” Which doesn’t really help any because, as you know, when you’re hungry and are faced with the need to cook something to eat, you can’t really narrow down a single decision. It’s like when you go to the grocery store on an empty stomach, and everything just looks and sounds so appetizing. You get nowhere fast.
I recently got into this whole arepa obsession/fascination. It all started with an image I came across on instagram from a fellow food blogger. They took a trip to New York and shared a photo of a delicious looking arepa from their favorite restaurant. That sort of changed everything for me and I was determined to make it myself. Now mind you, I’ve never made an arepa in my entire life, so I had to brainstorm for this post. A lot. It was a challenge, but a fun one nonetheless. So here we are, arepas all over our faces with the possibility that you may or may not even know what these are. I could be crazy. That’s okay though because I’ve got you covered. You don’t need to know what an arepa is. You don’t even need to have heard of them before. All you need to know is that it’s going to be your new favorite recipe. I guarantee it. So go out and make it right now. Let’s get cultured together!