Wednesday was a bad day. I came home grumpy, but as I entered my kitchen something changed. The sun was out for the first time in a long while, and was pouring through the windows. I had two new recipes to try, and before I got to work I stopped and remembered a scene from Julie and Julia, where Julie Powell comes home from a tremendously bad day at work and makes a chocolate cream pie. As she stirs and pours, she says that there is something comforting about knowing that the world can be falling apart around you, and all you have to do is mix certain ingredients together to get something delicious.
I wanted to lose myself in cooking and make something delicious, if not to just forget about my day. The ingredients were all there, and they were amazing. The recipes at my finger tips. All that was left was I needed to put it together by chopping, grating, and by some trips to the herb garden to snip fresh thyme and chives.
If anything, you MUST grow yourself a herb garden. Do it now. You will thank me later.
I chopped, and sauteed, pounded, and even though at times I wasn't sure about Jamie's methods, I had to have a little faith so I followed them to the letter. The smell of lemon zest and salty prosciutto filled the kitchen, and as I blanched broccoli, then dried it and tossed it with crispy bits of bacon and tender diced tomatoes, the stresses of the day just melted away. By six o'clock we were sitting down to mashed potatoes, broccoli salad, and Parmesan chicken. Jake practically danced in anticipation. My bad day completely forgotten, I was once again smiling and humming as I worked.
Nobody spoke for solid 3 minutes while we collectively groaned in pleasure at the tastes. Oh, MY. Amazing. If you try any recipe by Jamie Oliver, I highly recommend these two (especially if you really love bacon, which if I went solely by Twitter, I'd say that people would roll in it and have little bacon babies of their very own). Perhaps together in the same meal they were a bit of bacon-y overload, but since the slices of prosciutto were thin and the slices of bacon in the broccoli salad were turkey bacon, I say we're safe. Guilt free, if you will. Which is why afterward, completely unabashed, I poured myself a glass of wine and sat down to write at the computer.
Crispy, salty prosciutto blankets tender chicken, hiding a bit of Parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and thyme.
Jake said he would've eaten just the salad for dinner, it was so good. I think we'll fight over the leftovers. Hubs just loved it, too!
What's up for next week? I admit, I'm not sure yet. I'm still deciding. You can read my version of the recipes over here and what I thought of them.
How was your week? Do you find solace in the kitchen, or is it your nemesis? Are there any recipes that YOU would like to share? Do you have big plans for Easter or do you go elsewhere?
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