I can’t decide what to make for dinner

But it’s between lots of things with carbs, when I’ve told myself it should just be protein and veggies for a few weeks. I have no resolve.

Butternut squash, mushroom & spinach risotto

Trying to replicate the risotto I had on Thursday night @ Tundra with Sharon & Julie (it was DIVINE):

http://www.aminglingoftastes.com/2008/01/roasted-butternut-squash-risotto-with.html

Pros: have all the ingredients; Cons: Hubby will frown at the shrooms; and risotto is a pain in the ass to make, right? Meditative stirring, my ass. (Hence, slow cooker cashew chicken as an option)

Chicken, sausage, peppers and potatoes (watch the video):

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/255936/chicken-sausage-peppers-and-potatoes/

Never tried – the carmelization intrigues me. And very positive reviews, including one that says to throw in some carrots and a WHOLE HEAD OF GARLIC.  Who doesn’t love roasted garlic?

But one of the reviews said 450F is waaay too hot and it just burns. So I’m a bit unsure about this.

Five-spice pork

http://www.finecooking.com/recipe/chinese-egg-noodles-with-five-spice-pork

Was a staple a couple winters ago and then I kinda forgot about it. I omit the peanuts and the bacon (it’s salty enough); and I usually serve over rice instead, with steamed snow peas.

Slow cooker cashew chicken

https://therecipecritic.com/2012/07/slow-cooker-cashew-chicken/

Which I’ve made a couple times this Fall already because, damn, it’s delicious and oh so easy. Overkill? Is it possible to eat TOO much cashew chicken. I don’t think so.

 

 

 

Tedious and brief

I am slowly slowly making my way through the S-Town podcast. It’s sad and moving and I don’t really want it to end. So I’m listening about 5 minutes at a time, as I walk to the subway in the morning.

The podcast’s subject, John B. McLemore, loves sundials and their mottos. They are always sad, about time being fleeting, life’s impermanence.

“Tedious and brief” is one of his favourites. Your life is tedious and brief.

Doesn’t that resonate? If it doesn’t, you are not a lawyer.

Reminds me of the Woody Allen joke at the beginning of Annie Hall (“such small portions”):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrxlfvI17oY

Anyways, now I want a tedious & brief wrist tattoo. I’m on a mission.

 

Street art in my hood

If I am ambitious in the morning, on my way to work, I’ll walk a couple of big blocks before getting on the subway. Helps me get in my steps when I’m wearing my Fitbit (which is rare these days).

And this colourful alleyway just east of Dundas West always cheers me up.

And this painted garage is new this year, and I think the cosmos directed it to me personally: