|Mise en Place|
When I managed to get my hands on a freshly butchered pork tenderloin from Brunty Farms this weekend, I knew that I wanted to make this dish for my "Last Supper". There will be another pig butchered in a few weeks if you want your chance to get your hands on some lovingly raised, unadulterated, delicious pork.
One of the cruelest things about chemotherapy for someone who loves food and cooking, and cooks for a living, is the post chemo week when food, with it's normally beautiful textures, flavors, and aromas, turns completely on you and becomes the enemy.
The last six weeks haven't seen me, usually at least a three to five day gym, regular, there more than a couple of times. They were even nice enough to cut me some slack on my fees. Coupled with that, I discovered the half price Halloween candy stash, an 'Entertaining" collection of Pepperidge Farm cookies, to whom I was the only guest invited to consume the entire package in a few short days. Easter is shaping up to be my favorite holiday since eggs and sweets seem to be things I am craving the most.
I managed to tip the scales with a five pound weight gain this round, and I am still ambivalent about eating whatever I feel like, when I feel like it, knowing that it's going to be harder to get rid of it than to pack it on. Plus I am a little afraid that even entertaining that thought will bring on a fury of nausea and appetite destruction that will strip me of the five pounds in the fastest, but most unpleasant way.
Since it's hard to predict how long post infusion the effects will last, I make it point of having, preferably cooking, a nice meal the night before, and I have to say this was one of my favorites.
|Pork Tangerine Stir-Fry with Tangerines and Chili Sauce|
|Ginger People Sweet Ginger Chili Sauce|
I had leftovers today during chemo for lunch and leftovers for dinner this evening. Tonight I added a quick stir-fry of chopped Napa cabbage in sesame oil with salt and pepper, which will probably be the last crunchy, green thing I find palatable for awhile.