Have you ever lost someone so close to you that you actually felt like a piece of you was missing? Have they suddenly vanished from your day to day life that you’re left with a void and insane sense of melancholy? Like everything else just stops. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
I felt that way this past week… When my mac stopped working. Actually, the track-pad stopped working. Good-bye lap top, hello everything else that doesn’t get done because I’m ordinarily on my lap top. Actually, it worked out kind of good for me. I finally finished my mail art challenge, organized my spare-junk drawer (how many elastic bands does one girl really need anyway??), started jogging (ew.), stream-lined my food writing stuff, swept the hardwood, raged about the dude living upstairs (c’mon, that’s bound to happen regardless), and finally watched Watchmen (for the 5th time). Not having a computer – and thus not having access to my blogging biznas – is actually really productive for me…
…But oh how I missed thee. I think “thee” needs a name… From this point on, I shall refer to my mac as not “she” but “Sheila”… No, that’s a terrible name. No offense to any Sheila’s out there… Her name is Daisy. She’s friendly, happy, accessible, and generally brings joy to my life.. Except for her offensive “weed” like smell. Not that my computer smells. But circumstances such as the track-pad incidence sometimes leaves an “ick” feeling in my heart.
You really don’t know how much time you (I) spend with someone (YOU) or something (Daisy) until they’re gone.
Daisy, I forgive you… (god, how much of a loser am I???)…
Something that doesn’t need any forgiveness what so ever? Chorizo in red wine sauce. For New Year’s Eve we feasted on a variety of tapas style dishes that made our little mouths sing and our little tummies ache – we might have had a wee bit too much food by the end of it all. That being said, it was worth every bite. Especially now that I’m starving myself to lose the extra holiday poundage – JK everybody… JK. I’m still eating. Probably more than I should.Seriously though, make this. It’s spicy, it’s savory, it’s a touch sweet, and with a little rustic bread, it’s H-E-A-V-E-N.
Chorizo in Red Wine Sauce with Herbs
- 2 Links of Spicy Chorizo, sliced into 1" pieces.
- 1 Small Onion, thinly sliced.
- 6-8 Cherry Tomatoes, halved.
- 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled & Crushed.
- 3/4 C Dry Spanish Red Wine.
- Fresh Herbs (Thyme, Parsley), roughly chopped.
- 1 Bay Leaf.
- 1 Tbsp Butter, unsalted.
- In a large frying pan, heat the butter over medium-low heat until it's melted and just sizzling. Add the onions, stir well, and cover - allow to cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and remove the lid, allowing the onions to caramelize just slightly.
- Throw the chorizo into the pan and brown on all sides. This should take about 5 more minutes.
- Pour in the wine, tomatoes and bay leaf, stirring well to combine.Reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes or so until the sauce has thickened. Add the herbs, remove & discard the bay leaf, and stir.
- Serve with toasted crostinis.