On being sick

I’m overdue for a post. I know, I know.

Unfortunately, life has other plans, and those plans have taken shape in a big fat head cold that has knocked me on my ass. Runny nose, stuffy head, and sinus pressure so intense, it was literally making my eyes water endlessly.

I went home early yesterday and stayed home today. I thought maybe I could use my convalescence to experiment with a muffin recipe, but instead spent the day in bed amidst a sea of crumpled tissues, zoned out on Nyquil because Dayquil stuffed my head up so much it was impossible to breathe through my nose, mainlining season 2 of Downton Abbey, Captain America, Young Adult (identifying too strongly with main character…) and Winter’s Bone through a soporific haze.

I thought to crack open some more cookbooks (Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, The Art of Living According to Joe Beef) or make more headway into 1Q84 (only on Book 3), but instead I ate some soggy tempura and overpriced gyoza and tried to drain my brains out through my nose into a tissue.

And yet, I’m still exhausted. Still stuffed up and vaguely dazed by how disconnected my face feels to the rest of my body. I still can’t breathe through my nose and my mouth is dry and filmy from having to keep it constantly open. Guys, I have been turned into a mouth breather. That is how low I’ve sunken.

This is all to say, in my long-winded, roundabout way that I have, that this week, I’ve got nothin’. But keep an eye out. I’ve got big plans in the works. And they’re grand. In the mean time, check out all these great things I’ve been reading when my eyes stop watering for a moment and I can concentrate for more than 10 seconds at a time:

Not Without Salt’s Yeasted Buckwheat Pancakes – I made a version of these using Einkorn Flour. I have a lot of say about einkorn flour and wheat in general, but that is a whole other post. Suffice to say, these pancakes were amazing and I absolutely did not bother to take any photos. Instead, I made a whole stack, drowned them in Vermont maple syrup, and ate a whole batch in one sitting, they were that good.

TCHO Chocolate – I bought some baking chocolate fevres, cocoa nibs, and drinking chocolate. I’ve only had the drinking chocolate, but it’s beyond words dreamy. I even bought a beta chocolate subscription, which is yet another post to itself, but later. Patience.

The Smith’s “This Charming Man” done in the style of Super Mario Bros. Somehow, this might just be the best cover of this song ever.

(I know the instructions on the meds say not to imbibe alcohol, but surely they don’t mean a little amaretto shot. A girl has needs.)



  1. I really like your blog–you seem to want to cook exactly the things I want to eat, and your food photography is really polished.
    But I actually want to comment about Young Adult! I also felt uneasy about how much I identified with the main character. I don’t think I’m a bad person, but… When I saw her drink Diet Coke out of a 2L, all I could think was “OMG, THAT IS FUTURE ME!”

    • Thank you very much! And, to Young Adult — YES. There’s this underlying sadness to her that made me feel strongly about the character, in spite of her behavior.

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