For example, there was a time in my life when...
...I would have found Cardamom rice pilaf to be the most exotic dish ever. (Heck, back in those days a trip to Red Lobster was a pretty big deal.)
...the only things I knew how to make were: chocolate chip cookies, eggs and ramen noodles in Dinty Moore Beef Stew....I didn't know how to do laundry. Yes, this is all true.
85 million loads of laundry later, I wonder who that girl was. And wonder how she could POSSIBLY be related to the person who walks around today.
And then, I look at The Little Peeps. And their plates filled with coconut lemon-grass braised pork (with a side of homemade sourdough) and I wonder if Young Cher would have so calmly accepted such a concoction being placed in front of her. (Because as fussy as Old Cher is - Young Cher had twice as many hang ups. This is true.)
And then I try to conjure up images of Grandmother of Cher and her thoughts about such things. (I think she would have been more amused than anything...)
And then, I think that this silly heat wave must be getting to me. Because we aren't supposed to have almost 100F degree days in this part of Upstate NY. While our highly insulated Northern beings can handle sub-zero weather...we were not created to handle the tropical state that has suddenly befallen us.
And I am very glad that I made this dish in early July - during a FFwD weekend. Because if I had waited until this week, not even the love of Dorie could lure me into turning my oven on to make a batch of cookies - let alone a braise. Sorry. (No, my house does not have A/C...It is almost 9:00 at night and the external temperature is 88 - the temperature in my living room is 86.)
This is the point where I must leave you all. Because the hallucinations are starting to set in. I think I just saw a mirage on the other side of the room. Yeah. Two palm trees and a fruity drink...
This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie. If you want to know what this dish was all about, check out what all the (hopefully) much cooler FFwD'ers have been up to. I am sure at least one of them was in their right mind (perhaps our friends in the Southern Hemisphere???) Stay cool, ya'll...