I just had a glorious 4 day staycation between sessions of summer term. 4 days full of getting shit done, working hard in the garden, playing bingo (and winning $66!), warming my home, laughing with friends, cooking, baking, ice cream making, canning, and relaxing. It finally felt like a real summer. Some highlights:
Kicking off Thursday evening with celebratory nachos for finishing my classes:
Making basil ice cream (the ice cream totally matched the stove perfectly):
House warming party: (photos by jf)
brown butter sea salt crispies
pickled deviled eggs made by nicoletta
sausage!! the theme was Sausage Fest (cause we’re just that gay).
Marionberries in simple syrup:
And today I started the second half of the term with a new class. But I think it will be way less stressful than the first half of summer, and I will have four day weekends to go on adventures and get up to all sorts of fun things. Today I pickled radishes and greenbeans, made a quiche full of veggies and leftover sausage, and am about to make a peach and marionberry crisp. And then take a late walk with the tiny dog. Can’t complain really.
Green bean and radish pickles:
Act of self-love: Love and celebrate your friends
Another Epic Weekend.
I spent so much time this weekend loving in some of the best ways I know how.
Two femme friends had birthdays on Sunday, and I baked up a storm all weekend in their honor. Cooking and baking are so important to me, and if I make food for you, it is truly because you mean the world to me. Food is one of the greatest ways I know how to nurture those I care about; it fills me up to no end.
For Jenny, on her 30th birthday: Triple Citrus Cupcakes
(recipe from the Martha Stewart cupcake cookbook)
For Devra, one of my favorite femme Jews: Hamantaschen!
(dough recipe from Smitten Kitchen, this is my first time making them, I think they’ll be even better with some slight modifications next time)
I made strawberry, apricot, and my personal fave poppyseed. They look like jewels.
The weekend was otherwise filled with so much good food, bouncing on trampolines, laughter, joy. I feel like my life is bursting at the seams right now in all the best ways possible.
I’m loving it.
self-care at the grocery store.
I bought the weirdest, most delicious mix of things:
- flank steak from the deli
- spinach mac and cheese
- coconut ginger tapioca pudding
- butter chicken and chicken vindaloo wraps for lunches this week
- half and half for my morning coffee
- pre-made fancy juices full of vitamin C
- a kalamata olive sourdough roll
- a chicken bahn mi sammy for my dinner
I probably shouldn’t go shopping after a full day of class and school, but it was necessary. Feeding myself well and cooking the food I want to be cooking is proving to be a bit difficult during my work week, so splurging on pre-made yumminess is sometimes what I have to do to stay sane.
And when I got home I made hot berry compote to spoon over vanilla ice cream. So good. So worth the sugar rush.
Act of self-love: feed yourself. well.
Today I cooked up a storm instead of doing all of the reading I should have been doing for class (I’ll get to it eventually, I swear). Sometimes, (no wait, always) sustenance wins. And I mean the kind of cooking that feeds not only you and your friends,but also your soul. The kind of food that makes you excited, that you can’t wait to make again because it is just that good. The kind of cooking that will keep me sane for the week. Through work and school and appointments and bills and the daily grind that gets in the way of me eating as well as I should.
This evening, I made myself a yummy dinner with enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Lamb kabobs (pre-marinated, but still), sauteed fennel and quinoa. lamb and fennel are on the list of foods my acupuncturist recommended, and I’m trying to incorporate these foods into my diet as much as possible.
I also made stuffed cabbage with my housemate:
mostly for freezing so that I’ll have something to fall back on. I used the recipe from smitten kitchen with some tweaks from how my mom makes it (I didn’t have her recipe on hand). The rolls turned out pretty good, but I think next time I’ll just get my mom’s recipe. It’s a nostalgia thing.
I really love cooking with friends. It’s one of my favorites. My housemate and I are a really good team, and he’s one of my favorite people to cook with (and not just because he let’s me be the kitchen top). I want to spend more time in the coming months cooking with others. It’s such a great way to do self-care together.
We also made the most amazing rice crispy treats ever. i’m not even kidding about it, they are out of control good.
sea salt brown butter crispies
Cooking is my ultimate self-care. It would be at the top of my list. hands down. And I just haven’t done enough of it lately. I’m working on changing that in the month to come.
Act of self-love: donate your time to something you believe in
Today I spent the majority of my day volunteering at a secret cafe fundraiser for NOLOSE (a volunteer-run organization dedicated to ending the oppression of fat people and creating vibrant fat queer culture). I believe we raised over $600!
I was a kitchen helper/cook, and I worked with my fermentation and pickle club collaborators (as well as many other amazing volunteers) to feed almost 30 guests at the cafe.
The event was amazing. Everyone worked so hard and well together. People were smiling all day, even when it got really busy. The food was delicious, beautiful, plentiful. I think everyone went home happy and satisfied.
It felt so incredible to be a part of this event. To put my skills to use, to see so many people really enjoying what we were serving them, to work with some really special, talented folks.
This is what fat community feels like, looks like. I am honored to be a part of it.
farmer’s cheese making at the impromptu meeting of the fermentation and pickle club. so easy and so delicious.
pho. to head off the sick that’s going around.
other self-care today: acupuncture. counseling.
self-care goal: try something you’ve never done before
self-care goal: learn a new skill
self-care goal: spend time with new friends/friends i haven’t really hung out with 1:1 before
self-care goal: make delicious, healthy food
i have a whole list of self-care goals and activities (which i’m hoping to post here eventually).
today i made kimchi for the first time ever with two friends that i haven’t had the chance to spend a ton of time with yet. we had so much fun chopping and grating and salting and pounding. we even decided to make our hangout a regular thing, and the pdx fermentation and pickle club was born! i feel like we need to come up with a really good name for our club still, but next up is sourdough!
i can’t wait to try my kimchi in two weeks! yum!