I’m pooped after a long day of cooking and eating. But it’s a good tired because being with friends that make me laugh until I have a coughing fit is what life’s all about.

Before the rest of the house was awake, I checked on the barbacoa in the slow cooker. It had simmered on high for 4 hours and kept on warm overnight. When I poked it, the brisket was still a little tough. Argh. I added 1.5 hours on high to the cooking time and went back to bed.

When I woke up for reals, the brisket was perfectly tender and I shredded it up and stored it in the fridge to reheat later.

For breakfast, I slurped up a bowl of leftover Welsh Beef Soup and gobbled up a 4505 Meats merguez sausage.

Big-O and I both have a lingering cough and congestion so I brought out the pressure cooker again to make a quick and meaty bone broth filled with carrots, onions, beef shanks, and oxtails.

I spent the rest of the day preparing food for our impromptu dinner party. I’d already decided to make the barbacoa, but it wasn’t until late this morning that I planned out what we’d be serving. After sending my husband to the store to pick up some extra supplies, I roasted bell peppers on the gas range and marinated them in balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil…

…blitzed another batch of Magic Mushroom Powder…

…trimmed and seasoned a mess of Magic Wings…

…and formed some Big-O Slider Burgers.

I sneaked in lunch amidst all the cooking and made a big ass salad with Madras curry-spiced chicken, greens, cukes, apples, and carrots.

As a mid-day snack, I reheated a bowl of beefy pressure cooker bone broth. Soup just tastes so much better filled with tender chunks of beef, don’t you think?

Before our guests arrived, I baked off the wings…

…pan-roasted some Roasted Rosemary Almonds

…reheated the barbacoa

…fried up the Big-O sliders…

…and sauteed baby kale and onions in the burger grease.

We set out butter lettuce leaves, salsa, diced onions & cilantro…

…and homemade guacamole for everyone to assemble their own tacos.

Here’s one of my many plates of dinner:

Afterwards, I enjoyed a sweet and creamy cup of K’s homemade ice cream churned with raw whole milk, cream, and honey.

So good.

Time for some zzzz’s.

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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