A shopping spree of all the wrong things and a dinner of hasselback potatoes with chinese carrots and pork to compensate my own forgetfulness
The equinox came round but I don't think Spring got the message, really. This last weekend it rained heavily, here, and it was windy and bitterly cold outside. It sure did not feel like Spring at all, and the forecast tells me next weekend will be a repeat. Cannot say I am not tired of this sort of weather, cannot say I am not dreading spending the Easter Hols cooped up at home with a seven year old who seems to always be bored - unless I'm allowing him time on my laptop. I want to go out and enjoy walks on the parks or by the sea. I want to feel the sun and the warm heat of early morning. I want Spring time to be here.
I'm kind of nursing my second cold, or my second bout of the 'flu, still not sure which one. This was a tough one, a hard one. I was feeling so tired and achey, troubled breathing and in an overall bad mood, while I still had so much to do, last week, being the ed of the school term. I longed for the weekend so I could rest some, and yet I managed to get a lot done even with a feverish body and a longing for my couch, my throw and my Angel. *insert laughter here*. I did get my kid to school on time everyday, and I even managed to bake him some red berries cupcakes for the school party last Friday! I did not exercise, again, and lemme tell you, I missed it. I really did.
And then Saturday I was feeling better! Not completely alright, granted, but better. To the point I wanted to go out, I wanted to risk immersing myself inside a crowded shopping center in search of new underwear and new garments that fit my body. I had the budget to do it, I had the will to do it, so I did it. Amazing as it is, I managed to get myself a couple of new pieces - a handbag, did I really need a new handbag? - but no underwear. I honestly forgot all about my undies, as I tried on a midi pleated skirt - something a woman of my (lack of) height and (excess of) weight is told to steer clear of - and a cardi to match. When I got home, there were no undies, and so I will have to go off again, on this elusive search for something that does not keep falling off my ass!
Also, I will need to return a pair of pants I didn't try on at the store - the line was too big, so I grabbed the size I am now wearing, only to come home and be confronted with the fact that they are very low waiste. And if there's one thing I simply detest are very low waiste trousers. Also, they don't seem fit for this rain and wind and cold. And with the weather being what it is, I still crave for oven food, like this, to give me some sort of comfort. This was a spur of the moment recipe I made up, of hasselback potatoes, carrots in oyster sauce, and a sort of oriental pork that was to die for.
For the hasselback potatoes, I like to keep mine pretty simple. You'll need:
- one large-ish potato per person
- herbes de provence - a scatter
- salt - a scatter
- black pepper, freshly ground
- a good glug of olive oil
As for the carrots, I had no idea this would work out so well, but because I was going for a bit of an oriental seasoning on my pork, I wanted the carrots to sort of round everything up. So, You'll need:
- two medium sized carrots per person
- one small onion or shallot per person
- two cloves of garlic per person
- chinese ten spice - or five spice, if you cannot get the other
- oyster sauce
- cumin seeds
- black pepper
- olive oil
And finally for the pork, you'll be needing:
- 250 gr of cubed pork (this is what I used for the three of us, and there were leftovers)
- two large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- chinese ten spice
- white wine
- soy sauce + oyster sauce