Whether I am working or not Eric and I are both up quite early these days. We both leave the house by 6:45 to make it to work on time. Even if it is my day off I like to make the extra effort to still get out of bed and help him gather up this belongings for the day. Mostly this consists of packing his breakfast, lunch, water and coffee bottles. I like to pack a variety of things for his lunches. When I plan our dinners I always count on making extra of things he really likes so he can take it in this lunch the next day. Funny thing about my guy, I don’t know if any of my readers have this going on in their households, but he really doesn’t like to eat food for any more than 2 days past the original date of making. If I have made a recipe on monday, it better be all gone by wednesday night because after that he is done. It’s his food phobia, I think most people have one or another and his is really a mild one I can deal with. He pretty much likes everything, so I have the liberty to make anything I want. Plus I have a guy that loves to cook himself which I will take regardless of any food phobia. Last night he made homemade pasta even after arriving home from work after 7 pm. I mean come on people WHO does that!
So this morning even though it was my day off and I could have stayed in my comfortable down comforted bed, intoxicated by the warmth and coziness, I crawled out of bed. It was pretty easy this morning to gather up his food for the day. For his breakfast, I like to make my own version of packaged oatmeal. It is oatmeal on demand, as I make it fresh to his whim each day. Oatmeal packed with a variety of dried fruit, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon or other spices, in the cutest of containers from Sistema. For lunch he had the homemade pasta and meatballs from the prior nights dinner, which was already packed up and ready to go. I also like to purchase several different varieties of prepared boxed soups that contain just 2 servings to store in his desk for those days when we don’t have leftovers. I found this container perfect for heating soups that he can also keep stored at work. I am hoping that his helps him resist the urge to buy take out on the days that we don’t have things on hand for lunch. My awesome breakfast and lunch packing skills, and choice of containers have even been noticed by several of his co-workers. Maybe one of these days I will make lunch for the office.
After Eric left for work, instead of jumping back into bed I grabbed a cup of fresh coffee, my ipad and did some reading. After perusing a few emails and checking out a couple book recommendations I jumped up and got moving. It was the most I’ve done so early in the morning cleaning and organizing my way to oblivion of the former mess. I was really happy with all that I had accomplished, but soon realized it was 11 am and while I had finished several cups of coffee and paid so much attention to my spouse’s nutrition early this morning, I had totally neglected mine. Now what to make, I pondered. I am a creature of habit usually and my normal routine of going back to bed and later having my normal breakfast of almond butter on english muffin had been obliterated. I had discovered that routines can get boring, something new is exciting. So I grabbed the leftover compound butter I had in my fridge. I had served it earlier in the week with ocean perch and was wondering what to do with the rest of it. The butter was made with my favorite herb cilantro and also a lot of orange zest. Toast made with leftover calamata olive bread purchased earlier in the week for costini, made a great vehicle for the fragrant butter. I slathered the bread with it. I topped off the toast with one egg scrambled with diced red pepper, more compound butter, kosher salt, and pepper. The crunchy toast with luscious and rich butter could not be beat. Orange zest, cilantro and eggs worked so well together for breakfast. It was a beautiful, colorful, fragrant, tasty, and satisfying breakfast for one. Or as Eric would say for his “Number One.”
The message I am trying to send is this: Be good to yourself everyday, take care of yourself, think positive thoughts and respect yourself. How do you take care to make sure you are your best healthy and happy self? Share any tips you may have with me! I would love to hear from you.
P.S. Before all the comments about butter come, I am not saying that slathering butter all over bread is healthy. But with all the cilantro and orange zest mixed in it really wasn’t as much butter as I saw my Grandma use one particular time on a single waffle (she is going on 91). However it did make me a little joyful with each bite. So it was so worth it.
- 1 stick softened butter
- 1 large valencia orange zested
- ½ cup chopped cilantro
- kosher salt
- freshly ground pepper
- Mix butter, zest of one orange, and cilantro.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place butter on a piece of plastic wrap.
- Loosely cover butter mixture with plastic wrap and roll into a log.
- Seal up ends and place refrigerator until firm.
- Slice as needed.
- Keep refrigerated when not in use.