A year ago around this time, I was busily working in a less than fulfilling business job, looking for any and all emergency exits out.First I booked a trip that would change my life and add to my travel addiction…Paris. I found the ultimate exit when I resigned. Days later, I began the process than led me to today. Do I regret my choices? Not in the least. Do I find my mind searching for emergency exits at times? Absolutely. I’m trying to wrap my head around the wise words of close friends that say there is something good about each day and each experience… but it is up to you to find it. I’m trying to refrain from wishing my way through difficult weeks and months.
It is with that focus that I make any effort to savor the beauty that exists in my life. I get to spend each day with the one I love; provide myself with good, soul soothing food; and travel to new destinations. These are my non-negotiable s and my sources of life.
Speaking of which, we booked our two hotels for our trip to Istanbul this Easter. Due to the high, high season, I am told that its necessary to book way ahead. So, with a hesitant credit card, I reserved one boutique hotel in Sultanahmet (Old City) and another more adventurous option, a homestay on the Asian side. I am overjoyed at the opportunity ahead of us come Spring.
I’ve been better at eating healthfully despite the fact that I’ve overwhelmingly busy. For a time, we were dependent on frozen (organic) pizzas and meals out. I realized quite quickly that I was compromising a non-negotiable and this was out of the question. So, I’m beginning to develop a bit of a balance- weekends are for more involved meals and weekday meals are planned and semi-quick fix. This way I sustain my passion for cooking rich meals while preserving my sanity.
This weekend, despite the heat wave, we craved a true Fall meal. I cooked the perfect roast chicken. It was incredibly simple and fed us for a couple days. Alongside, we enjoyed steamed green beans, wild rice, and roasted carrots… perfection.
Perfect Roast Chicken
1 3 1/2 lb all natural chicken
salt and pepper
2 T butter, crumbled
2 T orange juice
Preheat oven to 400F. Meanwhile, wash chicken inside and out and pat dry. In a small bowl, combine the rest of ingredients into a paste. Coat the chicken, inside and out, with the mixture (best results with more butter on top). Place in roaster (or a cookie rack inside a casserole dish works just fine!) and roast for ~ 1 hour, 10 minutes (or until a knife inserted between thigh and breast yields clear juice). Let cool, carve, and serve with your favorite sides!
Enjoy your week. And remember, find the good in each day.