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so busy that i haven’t had time to post. i’m going to try to do better, because i’ve definitely entered a new phase of cooking. in the meantime, grouprecipes is still the best! i have ceased using all other recipe sites except for epicurious. which has had a makeover and looks lovely.

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i’m not really a slacker — at least not in the physical world. H and i both started new jobs last week, and things have been manic. between new schedules, new work loads, and transitioning paychecks (ouch, that hurts), i have barely had time to make meals, much less blog about them.

this weekend is a special weekend — we’re taking a work-sponsored getaway tomorrow night. so probably i won’t be posting until mid-week, but be assured:

suzy still can’t cook, and will be back to tell you all about it soon!

i will probably regret that post title, but i couldn’t resist.

i woke up this morning feeling generally crappy. in fact, i’ve woken up the past few mornings feeling generally crappy.

not really a surprise, when you consider the past few weeks. H is in the same boat.

the good news is, i woke up determined to do something about it. in college, i invented my own version of fasting that involved lots of really good high-quality juices, fruit, and yogurt. i’m sure actually that i didn’t invent it, but i’ve never found a name for it. so i call it my juice fast. i relied on it a lot in college to get my body all cleaned out. sometimes it would be for half a day, sometimes for a couple days, but it always left me feeling better.

so, this morning i suggested it to H. he was game, so off to the store we went! luckily our local grocery store has a nice selection of Naked juices, so i could dispense with the fruit and yogurt buying and just focus on the juice.

we got a nice selection:

and i also got a quart of chocolate soy milk, to help me through sweet cravings (the bane of my existence). definitely not the cheapest choice for this weekend (ouch, says the budget) but i think worth it in the long-run. anything would be worth getting rid of the post-nasal drip, constant low-grade headache, and general body tiredness that i’ve had.

we’re going to try to take it all the way through tomorrow, have a totally detox-friendly weekend. we’ll see if we make it. but we’ve been up since 8:30, it’s now 2:35, and i’m not hungry yet. i’ll take that as a good sign!

bogie & bergmanwhy is it that the words “here’s looking at you, kid” have such a healing effect on the soul? or how about “you love her that much?” or the sight of bogie rigging a roulette table to help out a bulgarian couple? this is a movie that not only manages to warm the very cockles of your heart, but make you laugh as well — my favorite is the exchange:

bogie: “and don’t forget, i’ve got a gun pointed at your heart”

rains: “that is my least vulnerable spot.”

maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow … the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world … i think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship …

of course, it’s my opinion that mango sorbet helps as well. in fact, i am currently formulating a mango sorbettheory that when you pair the two, they are unstoppable at mending low-spirits. one of these days i’ll have that doctorate. “a beautiful friendship”, indeed!

i even managed to whip up a tasty dinner — ricotta, a little butter, egg noodles and a lot of pepper. good for the upset stomach.

i guess the lesson learned here is, exhaustion is one thing, sadness is another, and even if your favorite cure is away on a family emergency, there are others that will do in a pinch.

sad sad robotH is away for a whole week on a family emergency (possibly more, considering that he’s currently stuck at the airport for an unknown amount of time) and, after the madness of the last two weeks (foster dogs, crazy cats, lack of sleep, lots of stress at work) and now this, i am feeling ridiculously low energy and low-spirited.

i don’t think i will be doing much cooking today. or at all this week.

there’s enough peanut soup left-over from last weekend to be converted into sauce for some egg noodles (there’s lunch for the week), i bought a loaf of challa and some honey-nut cream cheese (there’s breakfast for the week), and i’ve got enough udon and soy sauce to last for … well, at least for a week. not to mention the mango sorbet and ben & jerry’s peanut butter cup ice cream i stocked up on yesterday — comfort food (can you call that food?) is a must right now.

i guess the bottom line is, all my motivation to be adventurous and excited and extravagant about cooking goes out the window if it’s just for myself. or, it could just be that i’m tired and depressed. and if i’m being totally honest, the above is actually a decent menu compared to my past dark weeks, most of which involved a lot of frozen pizza, frozen fries, and frozen TGIFriday appetizers.

blech. i will stick to left-overs and ice cream. i guess that’s progress?