Sadness…then Spring

The last week has been beyond hard. For the first time, I had to pronounce a patient dead. Then I saw a horrific, devastating case of child abuse. Weeks like this make me question my career decisions…and why life seems so unfair. The child abuse, in particular, has shaken me up. There are things in the hospital that I imagine would be even harder for me to deal with if I had children- the random and awful accidents or illnesses that can suddenly befall a child. But as I struggle with infertility, there is nothing more difficult than seeing children whose parents hurt or neglected them. For me, that is the definition of unfair- that awful people are allowed to have children. And that children’s lives can be ruined or cut short by the very people who brought them into the world.

Anyway, I’ve been so consumed by this sad, busy schedule that I didn’t even realize until last night that tomorrow is Easter. And today happens to be my only day off in a 2.5-week span. So, I decided I better do something to feel like a human again. For me, that means spending a whole day in the kitchen. And since Easter is tomorrow, I decided to dye the eggs that we’re bringing to our friend’s Passover Seder (I realize that is incongruous). We only had brown eggs and food coloring, but it worked out perfectly:


{To boil eggs, put them in cold water. Bring to rolling boil, cover, remove from heat, and let sit for 12 minutes. Then rinse in cold water and let them dry.}

1. Put water on to boil.
2. Put 40 drops of food coloring and 2 tsp vinegar into each bowl.
3. When the water boils, put 1 cup boiling water into each bowl.
4. Put hard boiled eggs into dye, and let them sit for about 6 minutes.

I found that they dried well placed sideways on the egg crate (so that the dye didn’t pool on the bottom). Red works the best with brown eggs, but the teal and blues also turned out well!

Spending time in the kitchen doing something silly like dyeing eggs definitely helped in my quest to feel human. And, we have herbs growing outside and flowers blooming on the walk to work, so life’s not bad. I just have to make it through the next few weeks!

-b


 

Caribbean (fused with…whatever was in the fridge): over-easy egg, black beans, avocado, plantains. Served with “sassy water” with mint leaves and lemon.
-b

Caribbean (fused with…whatever was in the fridge): over-easy egg, black beans, avocado, plantains. Served with “sassy water” with mint leaves and lemon.
-b


 

Salmon and Fennel Chowder

T made a delicious seafood chowder:
- In butter, sauté 3 leeks and 2 stalks celery with minced garlic.
- Add crumbled (turkey) bacon.
- Meanwhile, sauté salmon with olive oil until flaky.
- Add half-and-half and seafood stock, plus plenty of pepper to taste.
- MOST DELICIOUS PART: Mix olive oil with Chinese Five Spice powder.
- Serve salmon on top of soup, with olive oil drizzled on top and parsley for garnish.

-b

Salmon and Fennel Chowder

T made a delicious seafood chowder:
- In butter, sauté 3 leeks and 2 stalks celery with minced garlic.
- Add crumbled (turkey) bacon.
- Meanwhile, sauté salmon with olive oil until flaky.
- Add half-and-half and seafood stock, plus plenty of pepper to taste.
- MOST DELICIOUS PART: Mix olive oil with Chinese Five Spice powder.
- Serve salmon on top of soup, with olive oil drizzled on top and parsley for garnish.

-b


 

Two Easy TJ’s Meals

In 2 days, I’m about to disappear into the PICU for a month. So, I’ve been trying to find quick, easy meals. Two of my favorite things to buy at Trader Joe’s are:

- TJ’s Vegetable Masala Burgers: 4 for $2.50. Sooo tasty. We had these with avocado, cilantro- yogurt sauce, honey barbecue sauce, pineapple, and sweet potato.
- Trader Joe’s Mildly Spiced Vegetable Burritos

{Sidenote: when I eat pineapple, it messes up my ability to taste anything else! Which is too bad, since I’m trying to eat pineapple daily for fertility reasons (Probably an old wives’ tale, but also probably won’t hurt). So, now I’m going to have to make sure I’m done with other foods before eating it.}

-b


 

The Salts

Our team, The Salts, had an awesome time at the 10K bridge run road race. Our team members included:
- C. Salt (Our mom, who was competing in her FIRST RACE EVER! She was awesome)
- Got Salt? Na (Our dad, whose goal is always to run it in fewer minutes than his age…which he did by a long shot)
- Seasoned Salt
- Dash of Salt
- A-Salt and Battery
- Saltatory Conduction
- Ctrl-Salt-Delete
- What’s Shakin? (the winner!)
- Salt of the Earth

Then, we had well-deserved beers and bratwursts last night and chocolate fondue for breakfast. Why not?

Only downside? We missed the third Salt sister and her husband. But they’ve been busy with exciting things happening in their careers, so we look forward to celebrating with them very soon!

-b&k