Food Glorious Food.

Good morning, Sunday!

How are we all? My week was a bit hit and miss, made better by friends and family that are always helping me along. This morning I woke up at 4.45am (yay) but managed to force myself back to sleep until 9am. NINE AM. THIS NEVER HAPPENS. So that was Sunday’s first win. The second was the banging bacon and egg sandwich that I made myself for breakfast. They say all good things come in three’s so here’s to the next win…

Whilst I was waiting for my bacon to cook I thought about all those people who make it through life without the taste of bacon. How much must that suck? Like, how’d do people make it through the life without a good bacon sandwich? Beats me. I then got to thinking about the foods I definitely couldn’t live without.

 

I love food. If you’ve seen the size of my arse you will absolutely know this is the truth. I love looking at food, talking about food, eating food. When I was younger I was quite a fussy eater. When I was 3 I was hit by a car and had to stay in hospital, the only thing the nurses could get me to eat was marmite on toast. The older I’ve got, the more experimental I have got with my food choices and now I will eat most things. I’m not massive fan of red meat, I dislike beetroots and cannot eat anything that still looks like an animal – my friend Jade takes great pleasure in eating these foods in front of me. We were in New York City together back in 2013 and she ate a fish that still had it’s head attached (she didn’t eat the head, obvs). Fast forward a couple years and we’re visiting Martha’s Vineyard and she’s chowing down on a lobster in front of me. The look of horror on my face… she still laughs at it. I’ll eat fish and meat but it cannot resemble the animal.

Anyway, moving on from those traumatic memories, if I was to pick one type of food that was my favourite it would be Mexican. No contest. I’m not sure if that makes me super basic (Taco Tuesday, anyone?) but if it does I am ok with that. If you ever find yourself in Montrose, CA there is a banging Mexican café/ takeaway place called Tortas Mexico. I dream of their refried beans. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

 

I also really enjoy sushi. Has to be good sushi though, fresh. Not sushi that has been swirling around on a conveyor belt for an hour before it gets to you. I’m just saying.

 

Individually though, these are the foods I couldn’t live without

BACON – Obvs. It’s just the best. A bacon sarnie with a healthy dollop of ketchup, you can’t go wrong. If you ever have to wake me up (a dangerous situation to put yourself in) wake me up with promise of bacon and I’ll get over my grumps quicker than normal.

AVOCADOS – The best fruit out there and so versatile! Smother it on toast, slice it up in a salad, mush it up for guacamole. Green never tasted so good.

CHEESE (AND CHEESEBURGERS, I know I’m cheating) – Did you know that cheese triggers the same part of the brain as hard drugs? According to some smart people it does (google it). I can vouch. I love cheese. I’m not fussy on the type either. A smoked gouda is probably my current favourite. Also, without cheese there is no cheeseburgers and they are probably my favourite food, ever. Most people choose pizza as their fave guilty food. Not me. Cheeseburgers FTW. Throw everything on it, lettuce, tomato, onion (hold the gherkin), add a dollop of ketchup. Perfecto.

TOMATOES – Without tomatoes there is no ketchup and I am one of those dirty people who put ketchup with pretty much everything, even my roast dinner. JUDGE ME I DARE YOU.

Having said tomatoes though, I don’t like cherry tomatoes, they’re weird and I’m bit scared of them if I’m honest.

PEANUT BUTTER – No surprises if you know me. I’ll eat it straight out the jar (one of the more endearing habits I picked up from my mother, I’m sure you’ll agree) Gotta be chunky too, the texture is what makes it.

YOGHURT – Such an easy snack and it takes me back to being 5. Vanilla or lemon is my favourite, although strawberry always goes down well. Petit filous “makes bones strongerer”. 

BANANAS – Admit it, you said that in a minion voice didn’t you? No? Just me? Alrighty then… anyway. I’ve only liked bananas for the last 7 years or so, before that the texture was no bueno to me. No it’s definitely my go-to snack fruit. Also, bananas on pancakes… YUM.

SALMON-  A lot of people think this is gross, I could not disagree more. I will confess to eating smoked salmon out the packet. I’m not even sorry.

CHICKEN – It’s just easy, ain’t it. Goes with everything. Nice bit of protein. Winner winner, chicken dinner.

Drink wise? Well since you asked (I know you didn’t but let’s pretend you did)

Water – it really is my favorite beverage. 

Tea – duh.

Coffee – iced, preferably.

Tequila / Margaritas – although apparently no one drinks tequila anymore (thanks for letting me know I’m behind the times, Ken)

Lemonade – the American meaning of lemonade. Not the fizzy stuff.

So, as you can tell, the majority of the food and drinks I like keep me fat and send me to an early grave. So long as God meets me at the pearly gates with a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea, I’m grand.

 

xoxo Micks

Week 12. Be Kind. 

Where I am: on a train 

Listening to: Maren Morris ‘My Church’

Week 12. This is a catch up post. A catch up post with a clear message. 

BE KIND.
My first post of the year was a short (and sweet?) post asking everyone to do just that. Be Kind. To themselves and others. In this one I ask the same.

There is so much terror in the world, uncertainty and tradegy; each day there is another news story reporting something bad happening somewhere. It is so disheartening to see.

  • The attack on Westminster 
  • Brexit triggered
  • The assassination of Timothy Caughman in NYC
  • Trumps entire presidency
  • The ongoing war in Syria
  • The rape and murder of the beautiful Danielle McLaughlin who was celebrating Holi festival in Goa
  • The violence in Paraguay over the election

And that is just a sprinkle of the terror in the world. 

Despite the constant terror, hate and evil that I see each time I open a newspaper or turn on the TV, I still have so much faith in humanity.


…and I believe Mr Rogers here to be right.

The medical professionals that ran from St Thomas’ when hearing of the Attack on Westminster – they ran blindly, not knowing nor caring what they were running in to, they just wanted to help. The peaceful Women’s march on Washington, the annual fundraising on Red Nose Day and Children in Need, the thousands of dollars donated to Planned Parenthood after the Trump administration decided to defund it and all it’s work (and FYI, as a British woman who has never needed to use or even really know about PP, even I know that they do SO much more than just abortions).

I’ve often spoken about my belief in how people’s reactions to things show you who they really are; you learn more about someone in times of trouble than in times of joy. We cannot change what happens to us but we are able to control how we react to it.

I heard a great version of this on a Podcast the other day (Here to Help with Noa Shaw for anyone who wants a listen). The story goes something like this; 

“Imagine you’re a mum and you have a son who is 3 years old. You’re due at a birthday party so you get yourself and your son all dressed up, wrap the present and are all ready to leave. At this moment your son comes into the room covered in peanut butter. 

You can react in 2 ways. You can get really angry and annoyed at him for ruining the outfit and stopping (or maybe delaying) you going to the party OR you can react like a loving mother – laugh at it, give your child a bath and have some fun whilst he’s in the tub and overall have a fun (if different than planned) afternoon” 

Great story showing that reactions can change our whole day. Chose to be angry and annoyed or laugh and have fun? I know which I’d rather. 

 “Imagine what the world would be like if we treated ourselves and each other as a loving mother” pondered the speaker on the Podcast (who coincidentally was guest – and my fave singer/songwriter – Christina Perri) 

Wow. What a thought. 

Look at the world through the eyes of a loving mother. Hate, anger, annoyance… all those negative emotions just drive us apart. 

Be Kind. 

BE KIND. 

Xoxo Micks