January is a strange month for me. I have enjoyed the holiday season, and then it just ends.
There are no longer Christmas decorations up, and if someone happens to still have them up, then those folks get a strange look from others. This month is when kids go back to school after a nice winter break, and look forward to spring break. Maybe I feel like it is never really the holiday season because I live in Southern California, and I enjoyed an 80 degree Christmas with our A/C on for a portion of the day.
This year, I have totally embraced when people say that you have the holiday blues (which I googled, and there are actually preventative steps to take for such a thing). I stopped doing work for a few days and even stopped cooking…which is crazy for me, since cooking is a place I find joy. And all throughout this time I was doing other projects. Can any of you relate? I redid my kitchen and stayed up to all hours of the night. I felt like I was having one of those manic episodes that I watched on United States of Tara.
It wasn’t until last Saturday that I allowed myself to not feel guilty for not posting a new recipe or updating my website, and just enjoyed the day. I took my time at the grocery store and enjoyed finding exciting products to cook with, wine to drink, and yummy cheeses to indulge in. This was the moment for me that I finally connected with the idea of a “New Year” and a “new you”. Most of the time that saying deals with losing weight, but for me, that saying allows me to have grace for myself in the things that I do, the meals that I cook, the business I run, and the life that I live.
I encourage you to find joy in something today. Stop. Breathe. Slow Down. Take a moment to be thankful for where you are, and remember that your life doesn’t have to look like a Real Simple photo shoot.
For today, I wanted to go with the theme of slowing down. Leftovers, or reforming something that you have already made is a great way to have a good meal that doesn’t take too long and allows you time to spend with loved ones.For instance, I had some leftover Christmas ham, some fresh spinach, and and eggs in my fridge, so I decided to whip up the following recipe. (By the way, if you can, try to get your eggs from a free range, organic chicken farmer if possible–the the taste difference between these and store-bought is remarkable, trust me).
- 1 large piece of thick-sliced ham
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (if your ham makes enough "oil" after frying, you don't need this much oil; this is more for cooking the garlic)
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ cup water or broth (chicken or vegetable broth is fine)
- 1-2 cups fresh spinach (washed, drained, bad stems removed and composted)
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- On the stove, heat a non-stick skillet. Once heated, start frying the ham, about 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Remove the ham and place on a cutting board. Once somewhat cooled, cut into equal parts. If you feel more comfortable to cut prior to the cooking process, feel free to do so, In the same skillet, add oil. Allow to heat, then add minced garlic. When the garlic turns a yellow color, add spices, rinsed spinach, and broth/water.
- The spinach will not take long to cook--you just want to cook out the water. So, if you put your lid on the spinach, remove it for a minute and let the steam escape.
- While the spinach is cooking, plate your ham. Add your spinach on top of your ham once it is cooked down. Now, just fry your eggs and add on top of the ham and spinach.
Let me know how your cooking goes!