Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Why It Is Nice to Have a Wife Home Again
My wife was home for a week of 'vacation' from her job as an internal medicine 2nd (almost 3rd) year resident. My busy life at work didn't allow me to take the whole week off and some plans for a relative to visit during the week were made so we didn't have time to go anywhere for an official vacation so we made do. My wife held a baking party for our daughter and a few of her friends as a delayed birthday party while I got in two full days of work, two half days and took a full day off to spend some quality time working on my bathroom remodeling project that I began over nine months ago. Thank god for a second bathroom or it would have been a rough nine months!
The half days at work allowed me to get some work done to stay on top of things and allowed my wife to get some alone bonding time with our daughter. Their favorite bonding activity is cooking which is extremely fortunate for me. When it is just myself and my daughter during the week, we scavenge more than cook. It just isn't practical to cook a lot when it is mostly me eating it and my daughter picking at it. So we tend to eat lots of simple foods with raw fruits and veggies on the side. So when my wife and daughter bond over cooking, I get to feast on the foods in the two pictures in this post. The top one is a traditional Filipino dish which I call bone marrow soup. I think for most people, the thought of eating it is probably not the best but like sushi, once you've tried it you can't stop eating it. The bottom photo is one I'm sure everyone would try and enjoy. It is of a custard tart with homemade white chocolate ice cream and strawberries. My wife asked for and received an ice cream maker for Christmas this past year and this was her second try at making ice cream. Both times, the end result was mind blowingly good and now I will never be able to eat that fake stuff that they call ice cream in a grocery store. Seriously, it is like the difference between a filet mignon and a hotdog when given a choice.