My voice is still gone, so no one heard me this morning when I whisper-hissed, “I HATE LIVING IN THIS HOTEL!”

We’ve been stuck here for four weeks already, but according to our claims adjuster, we’ll be living here in these cramped quarters for at least another month. I want to scream, but all that would come out is a wheezy rasp, so I guess I’ll save my breath.

Enough griping – let’s see what I ate today.

For breakfast, I fried up an Aidells Organic Sweet Basil and Roasted Garlic Smoked Chicken Sausage and a bunch of baby kale. I ate everything up with a hearty helping of Mother-in-Law’s Muu Daikon Kimchi.

After we dropped Big-O off at school, Lil-O and I spent the whole day at our dusty, floorless house. Even though our place is a demolition zone, I was happy to hang out at home. I miss my regular routine and my kitchen so much I can almost taste it. My hubby tried to convince me that if we take off our glasses and squint, the place almost looks the same as before – but it’s not. For starters, we can’t walk around in our bare feet ‘cause we run the risk of being impaled by rusty nails sticking out of the subflooring. Fun!

Ack! There I go complaining again. Bad Nom Nom! I promise I’ll stop. (Maybe.)

In between loads of laundry, I made myself a quick lunch: leftover chicken and veggie stir-fry tucked inside curry-flavored Pure Wraps.

I spent the afternoon folding all the clean laundry and preparing a pot of pressure cooker bone broth.

My favorite part of making bone broth is gobbling up any tender meat that might be hiding in the bony crevices.

I also blitzed some yams I oven-roasted the night before.

I can’t wait until tomorrow when I’ll use the roasted yam purée to bake up a batch of sweet potato bars from Ashley Tudor’s new book, Sweet Potato Power.

I’m really enjoying Sweet Potato Power. It’s chock full of tempting yam recipes and great information about self-experimentation. (By the way, another fun book on my nightstand is Andy Cohen’s Most Talkative. I love him, the Housewives, and Bravo. It kinda makes me sad that I just don’t have time to watch TV anymore. Or read.)

At dinnertime, I broiled asparagus…

…reheated leftover oven-braised Mexican beef, and topped it all with some sliced avocado.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Goodnight, gang. I’m hoping I’ll get my voice back if I get to bed pronto.

Oh, before I forget, click here for the link to the first of five reports by Dr. Kim Mulvihill on the Paleo diet. This series is being broadcast locally in the San Francisco Bay Area this week (on the local CBS station’s 5 p.m. newscast). Good stuff – check it out.

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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