You may have noticed that there hasn't been a recipe posted on here in a while.
There is a very good reason for this.
In late November, a muscle in my right hip area began to pinch a very important and long-running nerve - the sciatic nerve, the one that runs from your tail-bone down the leg to the back of your ankle. Sciatica. Its the sort of thing your grandmother gets. For me, a spring chicken with a life to lead, it's both extremely painful and extremely annoying.
The last few months have been life-changing. I walk with a limp now. I attend to my posture. I sit on an exercise ball at work. I have become attuned to the twinges, the warning signs, and I keep my bottle of ibuprofen close to me.
And I can't stand in one place for more than about seven minutes without experiencing excruciating pain.
Through deep stretching, core work and learning my own body, I am making my way back to health. There are days when I can work all day, walk a mile, and do a gym session and feel completely normal.
That is, until I attempt to cook.
The combination of standing in one place and bending to attend to ones work, whether that is chopping a carrot or whisking together a sauce, is nearly impossible right now.
I've learned to be incredibly efficient in the kitchen, working in sprints: seven minutes prepping mise en place, then half an hour on the couch. Seven minutes to cook, rinse repeat. It makes dinner take a while.
I've found techniques that are compatible with this style of cooking, but mostly it means that we eat take-out or leftovers of take-out almost every night. A life I don't like. Pounds I don't need, certainly.
All I can hope is that this doesn't last forever, and that at some point in the future I can get back to cooking on a regular basis, finding joy in the act instead of pain. If anyone's reading that deals with a similar problem, I'd love to hear from you.
In the meantime, don't expect the posts to stop, but also don't expect a ton of recipes for a while.
Unless, of course, they only take seven minutes.