It has been far too long since I last spent time with people food. A lot has changed in my life since my last post. I started a new job, changing from three 12 hour days to five 8.5 hour days per week. However, even more tiring, more drastic, and certainly more of the reason that I've been away: I'm pregnant!
In fact, my last post (about the roast beef), marked the last time for about 8 weeks that I willingly cooked dinner.
There were days when the sight or smell of any food whatsoever made me want to run the other way, weeks when the only way I got through the day without "tossing my cookies" was by eating salt and vinegar potato chips, and a few months during which the mere mention of chicken made my stomach curdle. I am now to the laid back 24 week mark in pregnancy, and can happily report that I am taking joy in food again. Both the taste and the preparation.
Don't get me wrong: there are still many things about my eating habits that have changed. For example, chicken is still such a touchy subject, that I won't eat it unless: 1. it's in the form of a Wendy's Spicy Chicken Sandwich; or 2. I cook it myself. All of my life I have been known to some members of my family as the "bread girl" because I would always happily forgo pretty much anything else being offered to have more bread. I have found, however, that due to pregnancy and it's evil cousin heartburn, I am no longer able to indulge in my favorite food group. (Which, ironically, I found out on Mother's Day...). More enjoyably, I don't remember a day that has gone by in the last 3 months or so that I haven't eaten pineapple. I always loved pineapple, but now I crave it so strongly that I can't imagine a day without it and (even though I don't need it), I have a great "excuse" to eat it whenever I want. Perhaps the best food-related pregnancy side effect is the fact that I have made more of an effort to eat a variety of good foods. I have discovered a love for mangoes, hummus of many varieties, and other healthy bites. Don't get me wrong, I still indulge myself with chocolate-chip cookies, (fed by my co-workers), ice pops and an occasional gelato, but for the most part, I think I'm making more balanced food choices.
I've had a few food adventures in the last few months, which I will share... (better late than never, right?). I have missed people food. Now that I feel like I'm eating and cooking more like a person again, I am going to recommit myself to sharing my food and life experiences here. Bon appetit!!