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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sodium and Gomorrah

C'mon it's Easter. Gotta give me one bible pun.

We don't really observe Easter in my family. It's more or less treated as a long weekend to do your own thing and relax, catch up on some sleep, etc. Since I've been sick, I've not been up to much this weekend, lots of Neo Citran naps (that stuff is the shit) with Stella, who I think is getting a little sick of my company. I'm starting to have a few house fits myself. What better way to turn that around than to spend the day cooking whatever you want?

Yesterday I was standing in the grocery store thinking about what to make and write about, what would be low fat, what would be interesting, what haven't I used before, etc. when I decided that was the wrong approach. Easter is about rebirth. Spring is about new beginnings. Hitting your own reset button should be one of the orders of the day. I think we can afford to put aside our personal rules and objections for one fucking day!

So for my Easter Sunday breakfast, I decided on strong Costa Rican coffee with honey and cream and fresh raisin scones. After putting on the coffee I got right to work. Scones are easy and take almost no time at all, by the time you're done you're pretty much just starting to wake up:

Raisin Scones

4 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 sultana raisins
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
1 egg
3/4 cup of milk

Mix dry ingredients together and add chunked butter, mixing with fingers until it becomes crumbled. Beat the egg into the milk and pour into a well in the middle. Knead slightly and turn out onto a floured surface. Spread until about 3 cm thick and cut with a cookie cutter or glass and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake on 420 for 15 to 20 mins or until golden brown.

I have to brag a little: I made this recipe up and it worked really well. As they were baking, I sipped coffee and stared out the window in my pyjamas and apron thinking if I could get paid to cook all day I would be happier than a pig in shit. After breakfast, Tracy and I went to Art Knapp to look at the plants. I came home, had a Neo Citran nap, then commenced on dinner.

When I thought about my Easter dinner for one on the theme of hitting my own reset button I thought I would like to combine a mixture of some of my favorite foods with little or no interference from me. Also, it had to be things I haven't had in awhile and would love to have again. This is what I came up with:

That's brie, Anjou pear, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, and three meaty Cerignola olives. There was enough sodium in this meal to kill a pig (just like I like it. What's with all the pig references in this post? Ham for Easter?). I devoured it in front of the hockey game (fucking Chicago. Never would have won without the penalty. Whatever. They have to live in Illinois). When I was done, I did the dishes, as domestic tasks lower my blood pressure and I needed all the help I could get after that sodium orgy.

Now tea, writing and bed with a book. Life is nice. As often as I get caught up in my little troubles and struggles it's nice to know that you can make the happiest life out of very little. I hope I never get to a place where I forget that!

Happy Easter!


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