For dinner I was feeling a bit cranky and lazy. I swung through the grocery store on my way to the new house to pick up the keys. When I first got home I was already hungry so I made what I can only describe as a deconstructed egg salad. I quarter two hard boiled eggs and put them in a bowl along with some homemade ranch dressing, one diced celery stalk, one diced Bubbies pickle, and a diced piece of bacon. It was satisfying even if it was light on the vegetables.
Dinner was supposed to be some clever lettuce wrapped burgers when Geoff got home but I said F it and made some sort of salad-like mess. I warmed up some bacon and pan fried the burgers in the bacon fat. The burgers had salt & pepper, coconut aminos, and a little bit of anchovy paste mixed in to them. They tasted great. Geoff made some guacamole with the ingredients I handed him and we used some Terra root vegetable chips to eat it. Interestingly I think both of us would have mindlessly eaten something like chips in the past, but we each had a pretty tame handful and the rest of the chips are still in the kitchen.
I didn’t feel like I had eaten enough roughage the previous day so I made a big green salad with home made ranch and put precooked diced chicken thighs on top. Simple, but it tasted good and I felt like I was giving my body what it was needing.
For dinner we ran to the store to pick up something since I was (still) feeling lazy and unmotivated. I spent a couple hours pulling floor moulding, carpet, and pads off the floors at the new house so I was cold and tired. I introduced Geoff to “country-style” boneless pork ribs, and the Instant Pot made quick work of what is normally an all day thing. I tried making them with the barbeque sauce from “Well Fed 2”. It just didn’t hit any of the flavor notes I associate with barbeque and the pork came out of the Instant Pot with very little flavor. I think I can do better on my own so I’m going to try working on a recipe. To go with the barbeque pork I made a quick coleslaw using homemade mayo, dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, and some celery seed but I guess I was heavy handed with the celery seed because Geoff didn’t like it.
I wanted something quick and easy for lunch while I worked ahead on homework. I threw two Chicken Apple sausages by Applegate in to the toaster oven while I mixed up some homemade mayo, dijon mustard, and diced dill pickles together to make what my family knows as “hot dog sauce”. I also ate the last of the coleslaw since Geoff didn’t like it.
I had a good day saving money on furniture for the new house, but was (again) cranky by evening. I’m really not sure where the mood funk is coming from. Geoff used his trick of cooking meat from frozen to cook up a couple thick cut bone-in pork chops from the pig we bought off a local farmer. He didn’t know how to make pesto so I taught him how to do it in a jar with the stick blender. He spiralized up some zucchini for zoodles to go with the pesto.
I was trying to create a more sweet and spicy flavor to go with the flavor-lacking pulled pork from two nights ago so I mixed up 1 tablespoon homemade mayo with a 1 teaspoon aged balsamic vinegar and a couple dashes of hot sauce. I put the dressing over some random greens and spinach along with the reheated pork.
In addition to my crank lately I’ve been feeling kind of hungry lately. Or maybe it’s more snacky? I’m not sure. I bought the 100 calorie snack packs of plain almonds for my office so I had one of those this morning before lunch.