Doll House Dining

I was loading up the dishwasher this morning and suddenly realized…….my dinnerware and cookware could fit in a goddamn doll house.  That’s not a bad thing, it’s just a very bizzare switch to be able to use saucers and the smallest of all my saucepans for every meal.  Yesterday I picked up a pork roast at the store.  It’s small enough to fit easily in one hand, and I’ll be able to cook it in my 2 quart Le Creuset oven.  So I’ll cook it in a tiny pot, and it will make enough food for god knows how many meals that will all fit on my tiny dinnerware.  That’s a big change from the 8-9 lb. pork butts, whole briskets, chickens and turkey breasts I’ve been used to cooking in my big roasting pan and larger LC pot. 

I guess last night was the exception to the doll house rule….I cooked some shortribs that I’ve had in the freezer since last week’s trip to the Chinatown Market.  They all came in one 2 lb. chunk (about five bones total), so I used my 5qt LC.  Remembering my negative experience with eating a tiny amount of pesto, I didn’t spice the thing up like I normally would.  I diced 2 small onions and a few garlic cloves, a can of chopped tomatoes, baby carrots, then braised the browned ribs on top of that…using some beef broth and mushroom broth as the liquid.  I put a small amount of salt in as well, no pepper.  It made up a tasty batch of ribs, with two pounds coming out to about 12-14 ounces of meat after removing the bones and excess fat.  That’s about four meals total, possibly more since I’ll be including a few of the carrots with each serving.  I was hesitant at first, thinking either the texture or richness might have a negative effect, but I didn’t have any issues at all.  I really love shortribs, so there was some minor anxiety over only being able to eat a few bites for dinner, but after waiting about five minutes I knew I’d had enough to eat and the anxiety dissipated. 

The only recurring digestive problem I’m having usually happens earlier in the day when I’m having my first meal.  Everything except cottage cheese goes down rough and I feel like I need to burp for about a half hour, even if I only have a few bites….for some reason the thinly sliced deli meat is the worst culprit.  I don’t know what that’s all about, but it goes away after about thirty minutes and I don’t have any problems with my other two meals. 

Lastly, I made a great discovery yesterday…..bottled Lipton diet green tea.  No calories, and I think there is any caffeine…at least it’s not listed in the ingredients.  That’s some great stuff, and it comes in 1.5 liter bottles, so it makes getting the daily 64 ounces a lot easier to track. 

Almost forgot…I didn’t ever like Sonic for too much, but I did love their different drinks.  I stopped by the other night for a diet cherry slush, thinking it would be totally diet.  WRONG!   I realized very quickly that the plain slush portion of the drink has a ton of sugar in it, and the diet cherry syrup is the only diet thing about it.  In order to avoid any adverse reaction to the sugar, I left it alone thinking I could have a diet cherry limeade since it’s really a diet drink.  WRONG!  I can’t have carbonated beverages right now…..duh, what a stupid thing to forget.  I was pretty bummed out, so I took out the ice and let it sit until most of the carbonation was gone, added some premixed Crystal Light fruit punch I had in the fridge and it was pretty good.  So now I need to think of drinks I CAN have when I’m out and about……

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