Well… we survived…
Survived what?, you ask…
For the past 24 hours we have been babysitting our friend’s 2 year old girl. Surviving is a little dramatic, considering that she is an amazing and smart kid, but boy — we looked a little rough this morning.
Now you have to understand, we have been around this little one since she was a tiny little bean in her mama’s belly. Living only 1 block away from such a great friend and such a wonderful baby has provided us with a million opportunities to babysit, spend time with her and even take her to the zoo to see “moo cows.”
She has been left in our care hundreds of times, but never have we had a sleepover with just us. It was a blast.
A chatty, nonstop talking, super excited, coloring-book-filled blast! She came over around noon yesterday and left to go to her grandmothers at elevent a.m. today. We baked cookies, watched my favorite holiday movie as a child, The Snowman, and enjoyed the thrilling experience of “oh-my-god-you-are-trying-to-kill-me, I know it!” aka bathtime. I loved every moment of it. There is nothing as wonderful as it was to wake up this morning and to hear Lauren and this great little girl giggling in bed as they played with the dogs. Something about that little laughter just makes you smile. Great weekend, if you ask me.
In other news… we are now just waiting for my next cycle to start. Waiting. Ugh.
In the meantime, until we get to make the call to our fertility doctor, Lauren has been strong-arming me into eating warm foods. We even made our grocery list based on what I “can” and “cannot” eat for the next MONTH. Ugh. I am going to be soooo sick of chicken when this is over. It seems like it is the #1 thing on my list that I can eat.
So for the next 4 weeks or so until we take our first pregnancy test, I have a life of chicken fajitas, chicken stir-fry, chicken soup, chicken chicken chicken in store for me. Plus, no gluten. Aside from my gluten intolerance — which I try not to ignore, but usually do — gluten has been linked in recent studies to fertility issues… so that is out too. As is chocolate (caffeine!), alcohol, bananas and apples, the amazing, fresh baked cookies in our cookie jar and pretty much anything fun. I looked like a lunatic yesterday at the grocery store when I bought 4 packs of organic chicken, a huge bag of dried cherries (a warm food!), lots of eggs and some soy nuts – which I can eat until I am almost at ovulation but not after.
If I walk around looking hungry or cranky over the next few weeks, I apologize in advance. It’s not me — it’s the ridiculously large amounts of poultry pulsing through my veins.
Now… onto the recipe — it’s chicken! surprise!Rooster Chicken 1 pound of organic chicken 3 tomatoes, minced — which I am not supposed to eat, but I am counteracting with warm foods 1 yellow onion, minced 1/2 can of coconut milk Rooster Sauce
- In a skillet, saute the onion in a little bit of olive oil. Add a pinch of salt and cook until translucent and soft.
- Add the tomatoes, add a 1/2 cup of water and cook down until almost all of the water has evaporated.
- Add the chicken, coconut milk and Rooster Sauce (to taste) and simmer until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Serve over jasmin rice with a green veggie on the side.
And no… this is not my hand. I have chubby little digits. This hand model has nice, lean fingers.
Enjoy! It is delicious. Our favorite Malaysian boy, Usman, taught us how to make this tasty dish. Yum!