What I’m Grateful For: Dinner
I don’t know if I’ve shared this with you, but I’ve been practicing some version of ‘intermittent fasting’ (IF) for a few years now. I started out combining it with a keto lifestyle, but now I just prefer to eat, on average, one meal a day, and for me, it’s dinner. Occasionally I’ll have some nuts or string cheese in the late afternoon if I’m feeling a little hungry, but generally I just eat at dinner.
Which, as you can imagine, makes dinner incredibly special and something I look forward to with great delight. I almost always cook a full dinner, often with a meal kit (such as Sun Basket, Home Chef or Plated) but many nights just off the cuff as well. It’s a special ritual – one that gives me a great deal of joy and satisfaction. Plus with all these weeks upon weeks of quarantine, I’ve had the chance to try new things. Recently I started slow cooking my own pulled pork in my cast iron dutch oven. I’ll never go back to Costco pulled pork again! I have been braising it in a local hard cider after searing with spices – then cooking for about eight hours on very low heat. It’s an absolute treat to put several packages of freshly cooked pulled pork in the freezer for dinner a few days down the road – a promise of good food to come, and another meal (of only one a day!) to look forward to.
What I’m Reading: I just received my order of Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel by C. W. Gortner. I heard about it on a review somewhere, and while I was never really interested in fashion, Paris, or anything like that, I was keenly intrigued when I realized what a self-made woman Coco Chanel was. From the Amazon review, this is a book that “stunningly imagines the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel—the ambitious, gifted laundrywoman’s daughter who revolutionized fashion, built an international empire, and become one of the most influential and controversial figures of the twentieth century.” I am just starting it tonight, so I will have to let you know how it goes!
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Quote I’m Pondering: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” – Julia Child