Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Going Bohemian & All Chef-Like
We watched the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" the other night. I remember the first time I watched it I thought that Anne Hathaway looked sooo much better after she was styled up, her hair smooth and coifed. This time I wasn't so sure. She's hard to wreck, but I sort of loved her free, no fuss look. Maybe it's just where I'm at these days. I see no one each day except the gardeners and the random runner when I go out to walk. I'm in a different mode from when I had to get up at 5:30am to slather, smooth, straighten and primp myself into a corporate image. I'm sort of happy with the casual look I see in the mirror these days. I'm rested, the RA is taking a mini hiatus, and I don't feel the need to look perfectly put together every day. Before you start feeling sorry for L, just know I'm a lot more fun this way. And I'm more punctual, which is big with L.
And I've been cooking. Oh my goodness, have I been cooking! I fiddle around in my office during the day, alternating between what little for work there is to do (when you're being phased out, all of a sudden there's not that much to do), and doing little chores around the house or out on the patio. I have time to read in the sun a little bit every day. And I have time to think about, and prepare dinner. So far, I've mostly been drawing from The Pioneer Woman recipes. They're glorious. And easy.
One night we had a chicken salad. But before you start yawning, here's what it had in it: diced red onion, diced celery, fresh sweet corn (you heard me: as in NOT COOKED), sliced grilled chicken breast. The dressing was a light, fresh creamy dill dressing consisting of sour cream, half and half, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, the juice of one lemon, and dill. Hmmm... maybe not so light, but it TASTED light. And you barely put enough on to just coat everything. Then you tossed in some fresh blueberries. Yep - it added a light touch of sweetness besides the corn. The final touch was a tossing of feta cheese on top. It was YUM. We decided that maybe next time we'd BBQ the chicken with just a little bit of raspberry chipotle sauce to give the whole thing a little sweet, spicey kick.
Last night we grilled ribeye steaks in 2 Tablespoons of butter. While that was going we sauteed and carmelized slices of yellow onion. When they were carmelized, in went a cup of heavy cream. (heaven help me) When that reduced down to about half, in went 1/2 c of blue cheese. When that was melted you put a scoop on each plate and placed your steak on top. I can't even tell you how divine, how DECADENT that was. It was a Heart Attack Steak. I had to put in extra duty walking last night but I am unrepentant. I would make that again in a second.
Tonight: grilled chicken and pineapple quesadillas, and some leftover fajitas.
So my hair might be frizzy and crazy, I may not wear much makeup, and I definitely don't fuss much with wardrobe *combined sad sigh for L* BUT -
There's an amazing dinner prepared every night by moi, and I'm happy, healthy and relaxed. *fist pump for L* And I haven't had to fill my car up with gas in 5 weeks. I think that makes the bohemian wife with the crazy hair more worth it to him.