A Food Blogger’s Worst Nightmare

What is it, you ask?

Two words: stomach flu.

Tuesday afternoon I was sitting at my desk at work, minding my own business, when the stomach gremlins marched in and punched me in the gut.

Apparently there’s been a bug going around the school system and I picked it up from a kid that I babysit for.  Luckily, it was a fairly quick virus but I was down for the count for a few days.

Between a week of late nights at work not ending until 10:30pm or so and the fact that looking at and smelling food was pretty much repulsive to me, Braise The Roof has been neglected this past week.  Writing about the one banana and piece of toast I was able to choke down in the first two days of coming down with the plague probably wouldn’t have interested anyone.

Here’s something that just might interest you, though:

Thanksgiving shopping list!!

Together, my mom and I put together our Thanksgiving menu yesterday!  We wrote down a bunch of dishes from each of these categories: appetizers, vegetables, starches, desserts.  Assuming we’re having the same turkey, gravy and stuffing that we always have (it’s tradition, why change it?), these categories pretty much cover everything else.

My parents will be hosting about 10 grown ups and 2 munchkins (ie, my nephews) so we narrowed down the list to decide which dishes we’ll actually make (about 3 from each category) and then I made a detailed grocery list so that no one has to rush to the grocery store 5 minutes before it closes on Thanksgiving day.  Which will probably happen anyway.

Are you the Thanksgiving planner in your family?  Am I totally over-zealous??

Now that my stomach is finally feeling back to normal, I’m going to eat everything in my kitchen.  It’s been a while.


Medicine Head

My head feels a little like this right now:


And my stomach feels a little like this:


Apparently feeding it nothing but soup and an apple between the hours of 10am and 7pm makes it angry.

I think we can all agree that it’s a rare occurrence when yours truly loses interest in thoughtfully prepared food.  Cooking is a sick obsession, but I’ve come to terms with it.

But when I’m sick and my olfactory system is down, I either want no food or comfort food- fast.

We’ve all seen what my comfort food looks like in the past, like here:

or here:

Those aren’t happening tonight.  Why?

a) Comfort food usually involves cheese.  I am steering clear of dairy until I feel better.  (I think it makes the congestion worse…anyone else agree?)

b) These dishes usually take a while to make and let’s be honest, that ain’t in the cards tonight.

c) These dishes require that I’ve gone grocery shopping within the past week or two.  I, sadly, have not done this.  Woman must occasionally subsist on canned beans and veggies (on their last legs) alone.

I know that some good food does a body good, though.  So, I present you with:

Comfort food that even a cold sufferer can make!

If someone would have told me a few years ago that I would call brussels sprouts “comfort food” I would have been shocked and appalled.  But lightly steamed and tossed in a bit of brown butter, cinnamon and dried cranberries, they make you feel good.

Roasted chickpeas!

I rinsed a can of chickpeas, then laid them on a baking sheet with a little cooking spray, salt and cajun seasoning and threw them in a 375° oven for about 50 minutes.  Once they were almost done I cranked up the broiler until they got sort of crispy.

Easy.  Really healthy.  And arguably better than popcorn.  Controversial, I know.  You should try them and see what you think.

I’m off to watch a little TV and hit the hay early- hopefully I can sleep away this cold!

Thanks for all the get better wishes!

What are your easiest, go-to comfort foods?

Why Does this Candle Have Two Wicks?

Well, it has finally happened.

It was a big week at work last week, which meant working extra hours and missing out on sleep.

This week may be even busier at work, plus I’ve taken on some new responsibilities before work (I know, I’m a crazy person).

While my flag football team is great and the people are even better, it usually means staying out a bit later than I would on a week night, plus we played in the rain last week.

So what does this all mean?

A person could develop a cold.

($10 if you get the reference! Hint: I’m a theatre nerd.)

And that’s just what I did.  My throat is scratchy, my nose is runny and my head is swimming.

So instead of boring you with my whining, I’ll leave you with some glamour shots of my tea.

Work it!

Work it!!

Ahh, that’s better.

What do you do when you’re feeling under the weather?  It’s the one time I lose any desire to cook.  I really want some homemade soup right now, but you KNOW I’m not making it!