You know the scenes in all the law movies where distinguished associates walk composedly down quiet, plush hallways? Those scenes weren't filmed at my office. Our day is filled with emergency court filings, panicked research, and my personal favorite, trying to get clients off the bus that will remove them from the U.S. Think ER but with attorneys.
Lunch is my time to reclaim what's left of my sanity. No nuked Lean Cuisine and office gossip in the lunchroom for me. No siree. I hide out behind my computer monitor, stealthily eating my (hopefully) fabulous lunch and praying the paralegals or partners don't find me for the next twenty minutes.
While eating, I read food blogs. I have come to realize there are beautiful food blogs out there. Let's be real- this will not be a beautiful food blog. Sadly, I don't have time to make a gorgeous Beef Wellington, complete with homemade pate and puff pastry. Plus, my pictures are always slightly wonky. Oh, and I don't like foam on my food. Yes, even foam flavored with a hint of lemon and star anise.
I like making what I call "international comfort food." Think meatloaf and mashed potatoes but from around the world. I generally make large batches of food on the weekends so I'm not forced to eat packaged ramen during the week (although in the interest of full disclosure, a solid cook can really rock the packaged ramen. I'm just sayin'). This strategy also gives me more time to longingly read about the amazing home cooks who grow their own vegetables, bake their own bread and milk their own cows. Again with the full disclosure- I will never milk a cow.
Welcome to the documentation of my culinary successes (and the failures too, I guess). And yup, I realize now that my secret is out there, I can no longer hide behind my computer monitor. I wonder if they'd find me if I hid under my desk?