I'm suffering from a mild case of eater's block. I feel a general disinterest in food and in eating. These symptoms of eater's block infect me periodically, and they usually go away after a few weeks. I guess I can only take so much epicurean debauchery before debauchery becomes exhausting...
A few evenings ago, I made a cherry-mint chutney to beat the blues.
At first I was grilling the halibut to just have with quinoa and lemon juice, but that just seemed too boring for me to motivate myself to eat. So, with a few handfuls of fresh cherries from the Farmer's Market and a bundle of mint from my massively overgrown mint planter box, I made a cherry-mint chutney.
It had cherries, nuoc mam (Vietnamese fish sauce - lots of umami- mmmmm!), sherry vinegar, red wine, molasses, and mint in it, I think. It was refreshing and appetizing with just the right balance of salty-sweetness to go with the firmness of the halibut.
And then the next night, I had a frozen banana for dinner, when my eater's block resurged, making it hard for me to have two good dinners in a row...
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You make the Vietnamese proud with your mastery in using nuoc mam, Baby Bear.
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