Yay! I’m finally more than halfway through my workweek!

My first meal at the hospital was a hearty portion of leftover emergency protein with Asian cauliflower fried rice, roasted spiced mushrooms, and nuked green beans

….plus a handful of coconut flakes.

Right before I left work, I ate a bunch of carrots dipped in Thai “no peanut" sauce and a quarter pound of roast beef.

I stopped by the Mountain View Farmers’ market on my way home and picked up veggies, fruit, and my new favorite meat – pastured goat.

When I got home, I threw all my purchases in the fridge and freezer and hopped right into bed. We were heading to a meat-a-palooza at K and R’s house in the evening so I seriously had to catch my zzzz’s. If I’m inhaling large quantities of smoked meats, my head’s gotta be in the game.

At 5:00 p.m., I jumped out of bed and hustled the family to the meat fest.

As soon as we got to the party, my boys immediately bonded with I and D on the couch…

…and the adults gathered outside for grub and libations.

The food was AMAZING! K, the Bacon King, spent days curing and smoking a bunch of delicious pasture-raised meats and it was all finger-lickin’ good.

The menu included slow-smoked pork shoulder…

…barbecued Early Bird Ranch chicken…

…and some of the best ribs I’ve ever eaten.

As a delightful counterpoint to the meaty goodness, HA brought two refreshing bowls of watermelon salad…

…one of which was clearly labelled for the big people.

Here’s a picture of my dinner plate:

The get-together wasn’t a total hedonistic bacchanal. During the intermission between dinner and dessert, Coach Trish held an impromptu Oly lifting seminar.

After dinner, there was a veritable buffet of yummy berry-based desserts. I’m a sucker for homemade ice cream so I indulged in a small portion of K’s homemade vanilla ice cream topped with scads of fresh berries. Definitely worth it.

We reluctantly left the party at half past eight and tucked the kiddies into bed as soon as we got home. I squeezed in five minutes of double-under practice, packed my stuff, and sped off to work. 

BTW – K and R are the coolest party hosts ever. Who else sends you home with homemade bacon as a party favor? 

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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