My vacation is officially over but I’ve got another one coming up in December so I really can’t kvetch. Plus, I gotta make some money to pay for playtime, nosh, and gadgets. Hey, no one is giving me a free SousVide Supreme Demi package

This morning I had a ton of crap to do so I didn’t have time to eat breakfast. Before I headed to a parent-teacher conference for Big-O, I threw a tray of braised cabbage in the oven

…and assembled the ingredients for slow cooker lemon grass coconut chicken drumsticks.

After I came back from school, I took the cabbage out of the oven…

…and made myself a big omelet stuffed with frozen broccoli and merguez sausage.

As a treat, I mixed some pumpkin puree with coconut milk and cinnamon and ate it for dessert.

After lunch, I retrieved my eggs and box o’ meat from my neighborhood Marin Sun Farms CSA pick-up site. I did some laundry when I came home and dumped the chicken, a couple of yams, and sliced onions into the slow cooker.

I set the timer for five hours on low and went to bed.

When I woke up in the evening, the chicken was finished cooking but the yams (which were an impromptu addition) were still kinda hard. Argh.

I ladled out the drumsticks onto a serving dish and topped them with chopped cilantro…

…and transferred the spuds, onions, and some braising liquid to a sauce pan.

I covered the yams and simmered until they were soft (about 10 minutes total) and pureed them with my immersion blender.

After I reheated the braised cabbage in the microwave, I summoned the family to the dinner table.

Since I had to skeedadle to my writing class, I packed my dinner in a LunchBots Thermal before zooming out the door. It was bittersweet attending my last food writing class with Tori Ritchie. On the one hand, I’m excited that my future Wednesdays won’t be so damn hectic but, on the other hand, I’ll miss learning from my talented and generous teacher and peers.

After my class, I headed to the hospital and started another seven nights of work. Thankfully, I spy a Paleo Turducken Jr. at the end of the tunnel…

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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