Pretend the mint on those hunks of grapefruit are romaine… and larger… and also avocado… and the juice puddle on the plate is secretly grapefruit lime dijon dressing.
Now that mind picture you’re conjuring is totally a Galentine’s Day salad. You nailed it! Good job.
I’m sorry I’ve been away from you, brand new blog/five readers. I still feel pretty terrible. On multiple levels.
I’ve been trying to figure out what I should tell you, Internet. I’m still not quite finished sorting out a particularly disheartening job hunt so that story will have to be for another post. The story of my unrealistic relationship expectations will have to be told… never? Yeah. I think that’s right, ’cause despite the Galentine’s Day post, this blog isn’t going to be about my personal relationships or all my words would be tangled up in family issues and gross romantical woes.*
This thing is supposed to make ya’ll hungry, not queasy.
I can tell you that I’ve been kind of strung along lately and I can feel depression breaking over me like a rushed hollandaise.
(Breakfast is always on my mind, people.)
I’ve been chasing distractions and trying to avoid my life. After tonight’s panic filled, tear covered, breathless bike ride home, I’ve come to the conclusion (again) that this ain’t gonna fly.
I can’t not look for work because rejection triggers my crazy. Excuses are lame. Dawdling is silly.
So tomorrow will involve banana cream pie for my mom, a bike ride that I get to choose**, actual cover letter writing, a couple of phone calls that will hopefully grant me a little closure*** and some unpleasant re-evaluation of my (lack of) coping methods.
I’m gonna focus on the pie.
‘Cause that stuff is deloicious.****
Do you need a cocktail after that hot mess of words I just flung at you? I do.
Go massacre some blood and cara cara oranges.
And make rosemary syrup!
Combine in a saucepan (or cheat and microwave):
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup turbinado sugar (you can use any sugar you have around as long as it’s not powdered)
1 sprig’s worth of rosemary leaves
Cook until sugar dissolves.
Leave the rosemary in for at least ten minutes, then strain it if you’re afraid of over-steeping. I left the leaves in and things turned out just awesome.
For each drink:
Fill a glass with as much ice as you’re into.
Add equal parts gin and (blood orange) juice*****… and tonic water. Throw in 1 tsp rosemary syrup to start. Stir. Guzzle. Fine tune your ratio on the second drink. Unless it needs more gin on the first go round. See to that immediately.******
You’re gonna need a snack to go with this. ‘Cause without something salty, you have less of an excuse to keep drinking. I’m just looking out for your best interests. You don’t want that gin to go stale. That’s a thing, right?
On Galentine’s I toasted up some pumpkin seeds with spices and such to go on our lady salad. And they made it to the salad. But I just wanted to eat them by the fistful. From my fist. While holding a brightly colored cocktail in my other hand with my pinky fully extended to make me feel slightly civilized.
In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast 1/2 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds for 3-5 minutes, watching and stirring, until they get a little color and smell like a thing you would hide in your cheeks… if you were a hamster.*******
Add in 1/4 tsp each ground cumin and smoked paprika.
Stir and let spices toast for, like, 30 seconds before adding 1/2 tbsp butter a pinch of salt and 2 tsps brown sugar.
Stir and cook for a minute or 2.
Let cool- or don’t.
Try to share.
Especially if you end up doubling the recipe, which should be very easy and definitely worth it.
*It would turn into a blog about Donald Glover’s face. And that’s what Tumblr is for.
**Non-Consensual Bike Ride is the name of my ____ cover band.
Fill it in, peeps.
I’m sorry I said ‘peeps’. I haven’t even been drinking. I’m just emotionally and physically exhausted.
***And with closure comes more posts! Try to contain your excitement.
*****… laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind…
Yeah, that was just to amuse myself.
I mean, that was super relevant and necessary to this post/your day.
******I’m assuming you also had a bad day.
Um. Drink responsibly?
*******I don’t care for hamsters. The only one’s I ever knew lived with my aunt and kept me awake when I stayed over. Also they get to run around in fancy colored balls (of plastic. God, don’t be gross). Where’s my ball? Jerk hamsters.