Food For When I Am Alone

Whenever my better half goes away for the weekend the better half who eats salads, drinks alcohol in moderation and believes red meat does not a complete meal make whenever I know she'll be away I start thinking about food sometime around Tuesday.

Say she's going away from Friday evening until Sunday evening I start thinking about new things I want to try and old favorites I want to make over and over again. I construct absurd shopping lists that cost too much. I make multiple trips to the wine store.

I think of bacon-wrapped filets, duck breast grilled rare, orange-ginger sauces, risotto with spicy chorizo. I think of black coffee, huge omelets and under-cooked bacon. Roasted red peppers. Garlic. Pepper steak with a cognac sauce. Pastas with rich cream and parmesan. Several bottles of wine.

I am not thinking about green leafy things. I do not make salads. There are never any leftovers.

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Don't get me wrong: I love to cook for my girlfriend. And, so she claims, she loves to eat the food I make. But there's always that twinge of guilt when she asks "are you making anything green," and I give her a confused, blank stare. Then she runs back to her apartment for a bag of baby spinach while I try not to burn the red wine reduction.

So her weekend absences, for work or trips with friends, become my time to cook whatever I want as rich as I can make it, as much of it as I care to eat. On the menu for this weekend:

Grilled duck breast with black pepper crust, orange-ginger sauce and garlic potatoes. For the sauce:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1-1/2 cups no-salt chicken or veal stock
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
zest from one small orange

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Posted in Landscaping Post Date 12/11/2014


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