day 4: cooking
I don't like the taste this tea leaves in my mouth. I don't like the way these words feel against my tongue so I let them pour out. They echo badly in my ears, maybe I shouldn't have let the tea get cold, then I wouldn't have said a thing.
I wish I could swallow my words like I swallow your tea, or medicine, or poison. I wish tipping a glass down a drain would let the syllables escape and stop the ringing in my head. When my mug fell over it looked like jumbled letters chasing their way towards me and I wondered if I could ever run from the bad taste of this tea.
You make it too bitter and too sweet at the same time. When I make it I keep the tea bag in so it gets darker but you don't, yet somehow yours is still hard to drink. Maybe the sugar you poured in was something else masquerading as sugar, how else could it taste so bad? (Who puts sugar in black tea anyways? Especially when you've already added curdled milk.)
I think you gave me a chipped mug. Small pieces are mixed in with the drink, it drags a line of pain down my throat when I swallow. Maybe it's completely broken, crumbling and leaking tea in my hands. It might've got on the carpet. I don't look at it either way. I wouldn't blame you if you gave me this broken glass, you had to make sure I'd drink from it either way, and I do.
But I drank it, so why didn't I swallow my words? I think it's because the glass shards only hurt once, but the trapped words in my head never stop.
Did you know if you get glass caught in your skin, your body will work to get it out? You have no control over it. My words were awfully glass-like that day. I'm sorry about that, they'll leave soon.
Why are we drinking tea in the day? It's spring, it's warm, what is the point of overly bitter and sharp tea when outside smells like sunshine and lemonade? I'd truly prefer lemonade to this.
God- why are we even here? You just ask me to drink my tea and refuse to let me talk while I stare out the window wishing to be on the grass. Why am I still drinking this painful tea?
You know… I might've stayed a little bit longer if you put fresh milk in here instead. I might not have said a word if you chose a better kind of tea. You could've changed one step of the way and we wouldn't be here.
So I'm leaving your broken mug and your scalding hot tea and I'm going outside to make pink lemonade in my garden. You will not be coming with me because your tea tastes bad and I think you deserve to sit here alone for a bit. Goodbye, and please, learn to make better tea.
The best ways to eat more plants this summer (and always)
Hers: linguine with sundried tomato pesto, chicken and veggies
i ate for the first time since 7am and funnily enough, when you eat a meal in the middle of the day, you DO have more energy to do stuff??? wild
Grilled Chicken Margherita 🤤
「Starter for @grimgrinnr」
Vaggie was by no means a weakling, but the sheer amount of ingredients that this dinner called for was, in a word, gargantuan. With a grunt of effort, the last bag of vegetables was hefted onto the island counter, joining its copious brethren at the table.
“Alastor, I really don’t think dinner needs this much,” she said, brushing a bead of sweat away from her brow with the back of her hand. “Don’t you think this is...excessive? Even with leftovers, I’m pretty sure it’d go bad before we could eat it all.”
ok but it was honestly kind of a really bad idea for blonde to bring marvin to the rendezvous. like let's forget freddy's a cop and the lapd already knows where it is and all the ins and outs of the heist. what if marvin escaped?? what if marvin had a wire?? mr blonde WHAT IF YOU JUST LED ALL THE COPS TO THE RENDEZVOUS
update: still at the airport!!!!!!1!!!
So tasty, cheesey with a lovely smokey flavour from the chorizo. Serves 2. 934cals per serving.
150g Green Beans
2 Garlic Cloves
60g Cheddar Cheese
200g Penne Pasta
25g Panko Breadcrumbs
1 chicken stock pot
150g Creme Fraiche
1 tbsp Dried Oregano
Step 1- Preheat your oven to 200°C. Put a kettle on to boil. Trim the green beans. Halve, peel and thinly slice the shallot. Grate the cheese. Add the penne to a saucepan and cover with the boiled water, simmer until cooked. Drain and pop back into the pan,stir through a little oil to stop it sticking together.
Step 2- Heat a drizzle of oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chorizo and stir-fry until it releases its lovely red oil. Pour the chorizo and all its oil into a bowl and add the breadcrumbs and about a tbsp of olive oil. Add a grind of pepper, stir to coat the crumbs in the oil and leave to the side.
Step 3- Put your frying pan back on medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of oil and the shallot. Stir-fry until the shallot is soft, then stir in the flour. Cook until it forms a paste consistency. Gradually stir in the water and the stock paste. Bring to the boil, stir and simmer until thickened. Stir in the creme fraiche, then remove from the heat.
Step 4- Add the dried oregano and cheddar to the sauce and stir until the cheese is melted. Taste and add and pepper if it needs it. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir to combine with a splash of water to loosen if you need to. Pour into an ovenproof dish. Sprinkle the chorizo crumb evenly over the top, then bake on the top shelf of your oven until the crumbs are golden. Once cooked, remove from your oven.
Step 5- Add a drizzle of oil to a frying pan and once hot, add the green beans and stir-fry until starting to char, 2-3 mins. Stir in the garlic, turn the heat down to medium and cook for 1 min. Then add a splash of water and immediately cover with a lid or some foil. Allow to cook until the beans are tender. Remove the pan from the heat.
Step 6- Divide the beans and pasta between plates and enjoy.