After a glorious week of sunshine with friends far away from cold and snowy Boston, we are back and so too is the menu for this week. And a few life lessons to spice things up. Because being on vacation makes you appreciate things a little more…
1. Take that vacation. You deserve it. Work and life will go on without you. I promise. Rejuvenation is critical.
2. Spend time with friends. How lucky that we were able to travel with two other families where all the adults and kids get along (and in my book, one kid saying “You know, we really are frenemies” to another kid is basically true love). Remember, there is good research that says that strong social networks and friendships are linked to better health and protection from illness, like the common cold. Translation: make sure you have friends and hang out with them more.
3. Pay for services, not for stuff. I am stealing this phrase from a recent article “Work-life balance hacks: Six tips from a type-A control freak” in Geekwire. Admittedly, this is not a magazine a read regularly, but I read this online and totally agree. I am certain the little embroidered bag and the marble turtle the kids bought on vacation will no doubt disappear in due time. But the $6.95 I spent to have my groceries delivered to my front door this morning from peapod is some of the best money I’ve ever spent. And yes, I ordered said groceries while lounging poolside in my bikini. Booyah! (and because short ribs were on sale, we are having my favorite dish again this week. Booyah!)
So enough psychology. Now let’s eat!
- Lamb curry. Just like my mom makes it. Delish. If you want the recipe, you’ll have to ask my mom. She’ll tell it you in Marathi because when she tells me recipes they don’t come out in English which I find hilarious and adorable since everything else is in English.
- Pretend naan made with pizza dough (This is great on the grill in the summer. I’m gonna try using this recipe and my cast iron skillet.)
- Tomato salad
- Fav short ribs (already in the slow cooker…)
- Creamy cheesy polenta
- Roasted brussel sprouts
- Pan-roasted cod with tomatoes and garlic
- White bean puree with anchovies (as in this recipe from the NY Times)
- Lemony roasted chicken thighs with roasted potatoes and carrots
- Steamed broccoli
- Rest of the family headed to the grandparents… Mom will be eating short ribs leftovers (Booyah!)
- Still thinking…