Today is #tbt Thursday, and for once I am not writing this in the evening, as I’m at home with a nasty sore-throat-turned-cold-turned-G.I.upset. Aside from that bit of TMI, I do have a lovely recipe recommendation for my memories of meals past feature!
But first, a story.
The DH and I are still relative newlyweds (married just over a year, swoon!) and we’re still very much in the honeymoon phase (which I hope never ends. Does it? Please tell me it doesn’t!). I do sweet things like make his favourite meals, including m.e.a.t. which I cannot bear to handle raw (I’ll tell you the story some time about the chicken soup I could not finish making), and he does sweet things like surprise me when I am sick.
What did he do this time? Oh, he’s so cute! I was lying sick in bed and he came home after shopping for groceries after a verrrry long day at work (he works long hours, my cutie-pie does), and saw how sick I was. I had texted him to ask him to pick up some tomato soup while shopping, but he couldn’t find the brand I had asked for so he hadn’t bought any. When he came home and saw how miserable I was (*cough*hack*moan*), he turned straight around and went out into the cold Canadian night to go to a different store to find the soup I wanted. I was so touched! He came back and made me my favourite soup and then surprised me with a carton of high-end ice cream (brownie AND cookie dough ice cream. Does he know the way to a baker’s heart or what?). It was just what I needed!
And then half an hour later he popped back into the room where I was lying feeling wretched, with a package of Dutch cookies (stroop wafels), my favourite, just to make me smile.
And then half an hour later he popped back into the room where I was lying feeling miserable but well-fed (hey, it’s ‘feed a cold’, right?) with a bouquet of flowers for me. I was so touched, I may have swooned upon my sickbed. Isn’t he just the sweetest?
And the next day, when I was bonding with my bathroom over my illness (oh cold porcelain, how you do soothe the raging nausea!), he was in the kitchen doing the dishes. Which may not seem particularly sweet, but as I’ve mentioned before, neither of us like doing the dishes. It’s little things like that that melt my heart, you know?
Anyway, I’ll stop cooing over the DH long enough to share today’s Memory of Meals Past, which is Greek-Style Pulled Pork with Tzatziki Sauce over Greens.
I still have some ham in my freezer from that epic ham I wrote about previously, so last week I pulled some of it out and marinated slices of it in a souvlaki sauce for 48 hours. Then I roasted it in the oven at 450 degrees until it was all crispy brown at the edges and bubbling away in the garlicky sauce. I shredded it in a bowl using two forks, and served it on a flatbread over some mesclun mix baby greens. I mixed up a tzatziki sauce using this recipe and while I was expected a dip, it turned out to be more of a sauce. So I poured it over the whole dish, and served it to the DH. He rolled it up like a burrito and ate the whole thing with gusto. Then asked for more. So I recommend you try it out yourselves! I know that ham is not really the cut of meat one usually uses for pulled pork, but whatevs, I’m the Queen of Substitutions. And I’ve used the tzatziki sauce as a salad dressing, and while you’ll want to eat some parsley after to freshen your breath, it really is delicious as a salad dressing!
There is STILL more ham in my freezer, so I’m sure you’ll see more recipes involving ham in the near future. (And likely more swooning over the DH, just so you know!)
Next Post: Probably Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie. Although right now I’m still sick so all I really want to eat is crackers with ginger tea. Mmm…bland crackers, the blander, the better. Sometimes that just hits the spot!