I don't know about y'all, but this winter's been rough on me. No matter how many folks tell me spring is around the corner, or that this winter really hasn't been that bad, or at least we aren't enduring what the New England area has endured, I still can't help but feel a little bit like we are all characters in that movie Snow Piercer. Circumnavigating the world on a rickety train for the rest of eternity, forced to eat gelatinous bricks of protein and amino acids for nourishment, while the rest of the planet freeze dries during an extinction level snowpacolypse.
I'm slipping on ice. I'm ruining shoes. My back hurts from bracing myself against the wind and cold. I'm cranky. I don't want to cook. Even though I know I should be trying to incorporate foods that are purported to warm me up from the inside, I just don't FEEL like it because all I want to do is crawl under a blanket and complain about how I also don't feel like watching anything available on Netflix. In sum, the struggle is real, and it's time for a vacation to somewhere much warmer than here. In the meantime however, not surprisingly, my motivation levels to get into the studio have been as low as my mood. And that never helps.
I just want to eat MSG-laden dan dan noodles and greasy cumin lamb on top of steamed white rice (hello, Han Dynasty!) I want bechamel covered mac and cheese. I want to eat meatball hoagies on crusty bread that I dip into a plate of spaghetti. I want chili on top of everything. (There's a place in Texas, that I LOVE, that basically serves you ground up chili on top of chili on top of chili with a side of Saltines, and I can't stop thinking about it.) Not only do I want all of these rich, heavy foods, I want them in copious quantities. I want thirds. Pad thai or pad see ew? I'll take both. And throw in some spring rolls and any manner of dumpling you may have on the menu. Danke schoen.
Since good ol' Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow and I know I won't be warm again until mid-April, I realize this is not going to be a sustainable way to live. This means I need to find recipes for meals that stick to my ribs, but not my arteries. I tried to Google "hearty, healthy" meals, but Google assumes that I misspelled "heart" instead of "hearty" and is giving me lists of 25 foods approved by the American Heart Association. Which is all well and good, but not exactly what I'm looking for. (Yes, I know I should've put the terms in quotation marks. Whatever!)
Do you guys have anything you do to keep it together in the winter? Recipes to share? Tips to brave the cold and get to the studio? Or if you're feeling the same way, I'm certainly down to commiserate. Let me know, ladies! I need ya right now!
See you in class! (Tomorrow)