A Look Back

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Yesterday (Tuesday) was rather unremarkable, so this post is actually going to be about how I spent my Monday off instead. In the morning, I had accepted a consulting gig at my old office and spent two hours training the third person to fill in my position since I left 7 months ago. It was nice to see familiar faces although I was anxious about coming in; it felt like I was meeting an ex-boyfriend for coffee or something and I prepared myself for the “it’s not you, it’s me” conversation. Luckily that wasn’t the case and everyone was just happy to see me.

Feeling energized from getting my day started off early, I decided to spend the afternoon cooking a delicious homemade meal for Honey Bunny: Meatless Monday and Italian night all rolled into one with a vegetable lasagne and vanilla panna cotta. I contemplated buying the “no bake” pasta sheets for my lasagna but decided to roll out my own fresh pasta instead. And then at home, I stared at the pantry debating whether to use store bought jarred sauce or to make my own. My hand wavered but finally reached for a can of San Marzano tomatoes instead. It took about 2 hours to put together and another to bake in the oven but it was so worth it.

I also made panna cotta for dessert and I had no idea it was so easy! I had it from the stove to the fridge in less than 10 minutes and an hour later, I could jiggle the ramekins every time I opened the refrigerator door. To accompany the dessert, I grabbed the blueberries I had kept in the freezer from the time we went blueberry picking and made a quick compote.

It reminded me of how much I love to cook and that I should make the effort to keep practicing even on my days off. But it’s bittersweet because Mondays always make me miss my “old” life, when we would both work 9-5 and then enjoy dinner and our evenings together at home… sigh.

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