I usually spend a bit of time in the kitchen & enjoy every minute. Right now I'm recovering from surgery but feeling well enough to be frustrated by the temporary limitations. I have a potluck (casual, luncheon, bring a dish) next week which I'd love to attend, but I'm completely blank on ideas.
Constraints: *Finished dish (including serving utensils, platter, etc.) must be under 10 lbs.
*Limited standing for prep work
*Inexpensive (6 weeks recovery = no work = no pay)
*Easily located ingredients since a non-foodie will do the shopping
*Involve no equipment heavier than a 12" fry pan
*If oven needed, be rather light weight due to lift/bend limitations
*I'm a pretty decent cook, but an under experienced baker
Normally I have dozens of ideas, but between the recovery stupor (the living wall has become quite fascinating to gaze upon) & not being able to cook in my usual fashion I am stumped.
The only thing that is coming to mind are some chocolate filled meringue cookies an aunt used to make (I have a hand-mixer, since I can't pull out the big guns). Your ideas very much appreciated!