One of my favorite things about being part time is how much more I get to cook. I love to eat, so I love to cook, and the fact that I only have to be in the office 2-3 days a week has only furthered my love of feeding myself (and others! I am Peruvian and Italian; if I didn’t like to feed others, the only explanation would be that I’m a changeling and the real Christina is off gallivanting with the Wee Folk or else was eaten by them nigh on 26 years ago).
My favorite comfort food is noodles, hands down. BUT I’m doing this low carb diet thing, lately, probably because I hate pleasure, idk — ANYWAY. I really wanted soup today, ramen in particular. Since I can’t/won’t eat carbs, I made ramen-less ramen, which is almost but not quite as good. I’ve had a particularly productive morning — I woke up, wrote up a cover letter for a part time writing position, organized some writing coven things, and then wrote roughly a thousand words of novel I’m working on. Usually I don’t like my meals to take too much time away from my writing time (which is why I worship at the alter of my slow cooker, lately) but this took just under an hour and was entirely worth it, if I do say so myself. And I do.
Pour oil into the slow cooker and season with garlic powder, onion flakes. Cube the pork loin and sweet potato (pealed). Add curry, soy sauce, plum wine vinegar to taste. Add to the slow cooker and let cook for 1-2 hours on high.
Rinse and slice the okra and cherry tomatoes. Take 4-5 garlic cloves of garlic, crush, peal. Add okra, tomatoes, and garlic cloves to the slow cooker for another 1-1.5 hours, switching to low heat in the last 45 minutes or so. Also add some cayenne pepper to taste, if you so desire.
Here is a recipe I just created in my capacity as kitchen witch today:
-2 turkey/pterodactyl wings
-one half red onion, one half white onion, roughly sliced into rings
-Trader Joe’s Shiraz (courtesy of my dear friend Marg from our Big Gay Boardgame Night) that is probably close to two weeks old at this point and has gone off so is perfect for cooking
-giant bacon thick cuts of hickory smoke bacon;
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put pterodactyl meat into a glass tray with a little olive oil. Dust with garlic powder and cover in rings of onions. Cover again with bacon (three strips is enough if you get giant bacon.) Douse liberally with soy sauce and red wine. Halfway through cooking (at least 1 hour and 45 minutes) notice that you’ve left out a cup of cold black coffee on the counter. Pour the coffee in, keep turning the wings and spooning this bizarre mixture on top of them. Accidentally pour some wine into your oven in libation to Thor, god of thunder. Choke a little on the fumes, because you’re not fully a deity yet.
It smells fantastic. Will update you with how it tastes in 34 minutes and 10 seconds.