My husband and I have the same discussion every few months. We’ve already cut our meat intake but get bored with only veggies and lack of recipes ideas. Ultimately, it leads to more take out. We decide we should eat fish more often. Like a lot more fish–at least twice a week. I come home with some black bass to broil or pan fry or maybe some scallops to sear. Sometimes there’s some dine out sushi thrown in there. We eat, admire how tasty the meal was, then go back to our normal habits of low meat, lots of veggies and grains and take out. Three months later, repeat.
It started as a healthy dinner plan. Fish and broccoli. Super healthy, right? Well, until I brought in the cream. And cheese. To be honest, the cheese isn’t really all that bad (in moderation) if you’re trying to eat healthy. And butter’s back too. Have you heard? But dropping cream into your shopping basket means two things–instant deliciousness and everything but healthy.
A few weeks ago a Smitten Kitchen’s profound question crossed my Facebook feed. “Is there anything that isn’t better with chocolate?” I assume it was rhetorical. Who could answer no? Her recipe that followed for Double Chocolate had me immediately thinking everything is better with chocolate and necessary at this exact moment. I was on my way home from a weekend Boston and while I had no plans to do anything but order a pizza and binge in front of the couch, I instantly knew it had become a baking night.
Another month and another fabulous foodie penpal package! This month I was paired with Becca of Two Places at Once. Becca’s blog follows her new live in Texas and journey to figure life out on her own. Her blog is half in the kitchen, half in the depths Texas as she discovers new things. Word to the wise, I think no matter how old you are, you’re still figuring things out on the fly. If you can fake it to you make it, you’re doing just fine.
Lately dinner has been a rush. Work is wonderful but stressful so late nights lead to quick fixes like burgers or mac & cheese or worse…takeout. Needless to say, I haven’t been cooking as much as I’d like. Which also accounts for the long periods of silence in between posts. I just haven’t been able to experiment with creating new recipes lately.
While dinner is a struggle, breakfast is something I’ve come to love and need. I used to be the person who never ate breakfast, went to work, maybe grabbed a cup of coffee on the way, and then didn’t put anything of substance in my stomach until about 1:30 or 2pm. Yet somehow when I started forcing myself to eat breakfast a few years ago, I became addicted and now need it to survive. On the occasional day I leave my apartment without food in my belly, I feel nauseous and dizzy on the subway ride in, until I’m able to finally fill that void. To avoid the drab bowl of cereal, I try to prep some foods on Sunday night to carry me through the week’s mornings.