Things haven’t been going right this week.
Four recipes have flopped. Photos haven’t been great. Posts haven’t gone up.
Now’s the time where I can either focus on those missteps, those mess-ups and throw in the towel. Or, I can focus on what has gone right. I can go to bed before 9pm, take Edgar for a nice long walk, and eat another bowl of bibimbap.
Because this turned out. Beautifully. Deliciously.
This was the first time I ever cured and roasted a pork belly, the first time I ever attempted bibimbap. I sent many texts to my former coworker, Kris, who is a master at pork belly (among other things), pleading and pestering. For months I watched him cure and roast pork belly (and smoke chicken wings and braise chicken thighs and cook perfect grits) but never paid enough attention to the exact process. I was busy baking burger buns.
Turns out, it’s way easier than I thought! All it takes is a little bit of time and a willingness to have 5 pounds of perfectly cooked and undeniably juicy pork belly on hand.
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I’m very much a creature of habit.
I will watch the same shows repeatedly (The Office and Park & Rec, if you want to know). Listen to the same albums (lately, this one and this one). Read the same books (working on Harry Potter at the moment).
I also tend to eat the same things. Fried eggs for breakfast, a big ol’ salad for lunch, yogurt for snacks. I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve also been drinking this every.single.day. for about three years.
Some may call it a rut. I call it routine. Unfortunately, I’ve never been entirely sure what to call this – a smoothie? A juice? My former coworkers used to affectionately call it “bog water” – which may actually be my favorite title for it. Filled with fruits and veggies and vitamins, it gives me energy and keeps my tummy happy. See how it makes yours feel!
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We could all use a little comfort right now, yes? With the cold and the snow and the anticipation of the year ahead of us – unknown, unfamiliar.
We could all use a little something known, something familiar.
Of course, it doesn’t hurt if it’s also something sweet.
Chocolate chip cookies are one of my all time favorite treats. They’re easy to put together and even easier to enjoy. Well-known, well-loved. By virtually everyone. Browned butter as the base adds a little more richness and a dash of cinnamon brings some much needed warmth at this time of year (or really any).
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