Hey yall! Sorry I’ve been away for a while. Just couldn’t do it all: working, training, blogging can get pretty intense and sometimes I just have to prioritize!
I’m on call this weekend. Luckily, one of the “upgrades” from residency to fellowship is that I don’t have to spend the night at the Hospital when on call. I just might get called at home, which so far has never happened. So my weekend calls basically mean working 9-6 on saturday and doing a short round of our in patients on sunday morning. It is still pretty tiring, when you have worked a 70 hour week already and know the next one is going to be just as bad. But I also appreciate being at the hospital when it’s not as crowded and hectic as a normal weekday. Everything feels a little more peaceful and I can take some time to hang out with the residents and nurses and get to know them better.
Yesterday went pretty well. My patients were doing good and I had a long conversation with my resident Melanie about trip destinations. Travis and I might go to Israel this summer and we are totally psyched about it! I’m also traveling for work to Toronto (might spend a couple days in NYC after that) and Sweden this year, which is exciting too. On top of that, our good friends Nick and Melissa are thinking of visiting us in Paris this summer and we might all go somewhere in Europe for a little while. Gosh! Listing all these planned travels and vacations makes me think of how lucky I am to be living in France and have 5 FULL WEEKS OFF a year!
Anyways, I’m digressing. When I came home from work last night I was totally surprised by the Husband aka Cleaning man, who had cleaned our entire appartment while I was gone. It is (almost) spotless now and this goes a long way to making me feel less overwhelmed! So to reward him, I prepared a good dinner, with some of the american products I had bought at this place called “Thanksgiving” near Saint Paul.
But first I have to show you our little hot sauce selection:
From left to right: Louisiana Hot Sauce, Mama Africa’s Habanero Sauce, Sriracha, Druk’s hot sauce my sister brought us from Nepal, Jalapeno green salsa, classic Tabasco sauce (back row), Pickled jalapeno and chipotle peppes in adobo sauce (front row). How much hotter can it get?
We are totally addicted to hot food. When Travis first moved to France, he thought the food was so bland, he used to bring a little bottle of Tabasco sauce in his jacket to add to his lunch. Now that I prepare sandwiches for him, I always make sure to add either pickled Jalapeno or hot sauce to them!
So for dinner, I started by making Jalapeno Cornbread:
This recipe was given to me by our Aunt Margie. I only changed it a little bit: replaced sifted flour by whole wheat flour, sugar by Agave Syrup. It’s delicious!
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp agave syrup
- 1 cup milk
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup sliced Jalapeno
Mix ingredients. Pour into heated skillet or muffin tins. Bake at 425°F for 20-25 min (skillet) or 15-18 min (muffins).
The rest of our meal included:
- Cornflakes coated chicken tenders (recipe here) served with hot sauce!
- Roasted brussel sprouts with crushed garlic.
- Low fat refried beans toped with low fat babybel cheese and hot pepper flakes.
- And last but not least: Diet Root Beet 🙂 (I couldn’t believe my eyes the day I found out that this place “Thanksgiving” was selling it!!!)
The habanero hot sauce was CRAZY!!! I had a drop and my mouth was burning. But Travis LOVED it with his chicken nuggets. He was sweating buckets throughout the dinner 🙂
I also made a southern pumpkin bread but couldn’t eat much since I was already full. I’ll save it for breakfast this week and will post the recipe later. Was yummy though.
Alrighty guys, time to head to work! Will see yall later!