Sunday Night Pork In My Belly.

Orange, Garlic and Soy Pork Belly with White Bean Mash.

You would think that having a daughter who will turn 20yrs old this year,  I would have a lot of time up my sleeve to do my own thing…you would think, wouldn’t you?

Well, that’s not how it works around here. My daughter, you see, actually likes spending time at home with me. She teases and jokes about sticking me in a nursing home and hiding my Vodka but I think she really actually likes me! She must – she said so in her Mother’s Day card to me…

So, when she told me she was going to spend a whole 3 days at her dad’s, I did a little secret dance in my bedroom and felt all giddy inside. Finally, 3 days to myself…what would I do?

Well as it turned out, I didn’t do much at all. Which was wonderful. When I say I didn’t do much, I actually meant I didn’t leave the house much. I went out for drinks with the girls after work on Friday as there was no need to rush home to cook. I knew what I was having anyway, thanks to ‘foodisthebestshitever’ – WTF Nachos – for sure!

Those nachos were the bizz…

bubbly cheesy goodness with a lava of spicy beans underneath...

bubbly cheesy goodness with a lava of spicy beans underneath…

Thanks Graz for the best after drinks Friday night, absolutely no sharing dinner idea...

Thanks Graz for the best after drinks Friday night, absolutely no sharing dinner idea…

The pantry and fridge were already full in anticipation of this free weekend – so it was washing clothes, sitting outside with a Cosmo (it was a beautiful day) and flicking through cooking magazines and whiling away time on FB.

Back to reality today (after a great sleep in followed by an afternoon nap) and in went the pork belly with an orange, garlic and soy glaze for a slow roasting. Served with white bean mash – so yummy!

Yep, she walked in, slapped me on the arm, called me something and then we sat down and enjoyed a yummy Sunday night dinner – although, she said she didn’t like the mash.

Hmmm, I had moved out of home at her age…think I’m making it a bit too comfortable around here…

I managed to get one dodgy photo and then my phone died…sorry about that.

 

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Once a Month

Cheese, Creamy Goodness!

I’ve already mentioned that I have changed my diet somewhat over the last few months. It hasn’t been anything revolutionary or for any medical reasons – it basically came about out of sheer laziness – did not want to think much about cooking anything too involved, did not want to peel things, or mash things, or watch over sauces after work – simple chopping,  sautéing or chucking in a baking dish and forgetting about it for a while was about all I could handle for a long time.

Kale has become my best friend – don’t even have to cook it – I love it finely chopped and chucked in a salad. The trick with anything is to have your pantry and fridge stocked with great condiments and pickled stuff (see foodisthebestshitever about this stuff – they know what they are talking about)…I have eaten a hell of a lot of kale with quinoa and pickled everything type salads over the last 6 months.

So, every now and then my body and taste buds crave something delish, creamy and cheesy. If I’m going to eat mash potatoes, I’m going to fill that sucker with cream and real butter and all the good  stuff. If I’m going to have pasta, I’m going to do the same – cream, butter, mushrooms, bacon and a near heart attack…

These are now my once a month foods – I don’t count down the days. It just seems to be about a month or so when I’m like “Oh, I feel like mashed potatoes” or “Linguine with cream, bacon and mushrooms sounds good” – then I’m out shopping as I have to be honest, I don’t keep any pasta, rice or potatoes in the house anymore and if I feel like bread with breakfast then I go out for a big breakfast (I think I bought some pumpkin bread just before Easter). I don’t even mean I have all of them once a month. I mean that it might be potatoes one month and pasta the next etc – my eating patterns have changed dramatically and my main meal is now usually lunchtime because after work cooking is still freaking me out too much.

So, another once a month food is a really creamy risotto – last night it was with asparagus and leek as well as some wine, cream, cheese and butter – served with chicken on the side – I love something good on the side…ahem…Chicken was browned and then placed in the oven with a handful of parsley, a good dollop of cream and more cheese and browned some more…If these are now going to be my ‘sometime’ food, they are going to go all the way with fat and flavour but stop short of killing me dead.

Thank goodness for Winter weather – Sundays of slow cooking and left overs for the next two days…and thank goodness for all the wonderful condiments and pickled stuff in the fridge to go with it.

Asparagus and Leek are my favorite things...

Asparagus and Leek are my favorite things…