Content note: This post discusses depression and anxiety (as well as food!) I have been cooking a lot of things and resting a lot of late. Doesn’t that sound sloth-ish? It’s not really though because years of tough times, anxiety and sleep deprivation have caught up with me and I have finally been getting some help from a psychologist to sort it all out. PHEEE-EWWW.
It’s good that you can access at least 6 Medicare subsidised sessions per annum via a mental health plan referral through a GP, right? I mean, I did feel even more worried and then CRY a lot when I finally talked to my doctor. And it was a challenge to start unravelling my troubles. And I am still a bit out of pocket but I am eating more rice and potatoes to pay for it because it’s totally worth sorting out your woes and getting help with tough times, I think.
Thus, what I have also mostly been trying to do is a) not put too much pressure on myself to achieve and share and b) eat good stuff and have quiet times. Perhaps this sounds good to you too?
A lot of this strategy involves finishing work and then making nice things and watching Doc Martin a lot. I can recommend it. It’s also important to sleep for as long as possible during the night and not have bonkers dreams about moving house, hair cuts, disappearing walls etc (#NoteToSelf really)
I am telling you this in case you need to do similar and haven’t managed to take the plunge. I so recommend it. Or you might be an old hand at this and be looking for like minded buddies. I am here! Fist bump!
But back to the subject at hand … We (Ari and I) have been eating …
Chrissy Teigen’s mum’s Red Chicken Curry
This recipe is brilliant and I have been eating it very often. I started off using chicken breasts as suggested but switched out to chicken thighs because I have been a bit too impatient to simmer things gently and breasts need that.
Chrissy Teigen’s Thai Basil Chicken
Takes no time. Is delicious. Highly recommended. Works every time. If you don’t have Chrissy’s cookbooks you should know that they are really good and full of great recipes.
Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Stuffing. Lots of gravy. Yum.
My own recipe. A total fave to have at room temperature on hot rice or hot toast. Yum.
Potato Latke w Onion-y Sour Cream
I tried these for the first time on the weekend and they are excellent and delicious. I used the Molly Yeh recipe I have been sharing the link around for.
Maangchi’s Spicy Braised Potatoes
This is such an easy recipe and I make it when I want something speedy and hearty that requires very little effort. I do turn down the spice a bit because YOWZERS that spicy red Korean paste is HAWT and I also eat it with hot jasmine rice.
CWA Ginger Cake
It’s the Essendon origin one that you bake for 40 minutes from the CWA Classics book … but I had to bake it for one hour. It was delicious!
PWMU Recipe Book Banana Cakes
I made these before work one day in baby form in a mini loaf tray that I bought from Saver’s. I am always on the lookout for fancy pans. They turned out great.
Chicken Pot Pies
Based on this Martha Stewart recipe
Raspberry Puffy Things
Based on this recipe.
Chicken Tikka Masala
I made this from a book I bought at Saver’s recently. It’s Madhur Jaffrey’s Simple Indian Food and it was very delicious although I accidentally took my eye off the ball and separated the sauce a bit. I made it better by adding cream and that hid the separation. It was super yum and I will try harder next time. I did not take a photo.
Toast with Vegemite
I have been eating this a lot. I am on some SSRI medication that makes me queasy and the simple salty and crunchy things help. No photo, alas!
Ari and I have been liking this. I started off with a recipe but then I got it twisted in my own way and it’s nice. I am a bad person due to adding cream so you should know that.
Okay look yes it IS a lot of potatoes but potatoes help me, I swear.
This week I’m going to make grilled chicken with a tomato-cucumber-red-onion salad and eggy potato salad. Also Penne with spicy Bolognese sauce. And Sausages with mashed potato and spicy stewed tomatoes. I am not sure what else yet, but those are the plans so far.
What have you been eating, champs? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!