The leftovers of a can of low-salt tomatoes, diced
One and one-half bags of frozen blackeyed peas
Half a red onion, minced very finely
A handful of garlic cloves, chopped or not, depending on how garlicky you like your peas
About a teaspoonful of dried thyme, crumbled up in your hands
Enough water to make a soupy mix
...and combine in a large saucepan. Allow to simmer for forty minutes, minimum, and up to two hours (if you forget about it and start doing other things like I did). Eat. Nom!
I just realized that this is my last week on days. I work four days this week, then have four days off, then start nights with the remaining three shifts in *that* week. As a result, I've planned a number of things I can do right when the sun comes up (when I'll be getting home) and overnight, so I can adjust my body clock.
One is work out with Attila. That's a given.
One is yardwork. The stinkin' catalpa tree in the front yard lost all its leaves in one big whump, which means I have gobs of big, flat, nasty, non-decaying leaves all over the front beds. Plus, I have to cut back the butterfly bushes. Plus, I have to find something to put in the front pots. Bare pots with dead things in them are bad mojo on your front steps.
One is cooking*. All night long if necessary, interspersed with the books I plan to pick up on Monday from the used bookstore. If I need to, I can even refinish my dining room table over the course of a night, in order to stay awake.
I'm planning sausage-and-poblano-stuffed chicken breasts, Russian sour cream coffee cake, several different kinds of bread (not all for me, sadly), a lasagne to freeze, and maybe some of the trickier recipes from Cooks dot com, like tiramisu. If you have any time-consuming, niggly, detail-laden, and ultimately delicious, lunch-packable recipes to share, feel free to email me. Link is to the right.
I might even make biriyani without the spice mix: instead, mixing up my own spice mix.
Or not. I'm dedicated to resetting my circadian clock, but I'm not sure I'm *that* dedicated.
*January 8th through 11th! Come one, come all! I have a guest bed, a loveseat, and plenty of floor space. Bring your cooking utensils!