Date with PFH#1 did not happen today.
I ran around all day grocery and paint shopping.
I only spent $30 on food and it should feed me for the rest of the month without much issue.
I bought black spray paint to paint my entertainment center thing with because it was cheap. But it also sucked. A lot. So I took it back and bought real paint instead.
Then I spent the next couple hours painting in the hot sun. It was awesome. I love being out in the sun. I am no longer the pasty super-white goth girl that I used to be. The sun is like a drug for me. And in a way the Vitamin D you get from is really is like a drug.
PFH#1 spent the day packing and getting ready for his trip.
It’s ok. I have PFH#3 taking care of me tomorrow.
I am certain to let #1 know this. That another man is happy to pick up where he is slacking. That I adore this man’s company and am greatly looking forward to being with him tomorrow.
He has to know that at the moment I can be lost. I am not tied town and I will not sit around and wait for someone.
He is understanding this.
I skipped breakfast due to that huge dinner I had last night. Wasn’t hungry.
I dunno, I was running around like a busy ass crazy person all day, I didn’t leave a lot of time for lunch, so I just grabbed an apple.
Tangy Cherry Chicken
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 6 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons chopped thyme leaves, about 6 sprigs (Left out, did not have)
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup pignoli (pine nuts) a couple of handfuls (I used almonds)
- 3 cups chicken stock, divided
- 4 tablespoons cold butter, divided
- 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
- 3 ribs celery, finely chopped (No celery, so I left this out too)
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, eyeball it
- 1 cup dry white wine, 1/4 of a bottle (Used red wine)
- 1 cup dried cherries, a couple of handfuls (Used fresh cherries instead of dried)
- 2 cups plain couscous (Used arborio rice)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, eyeball it
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, eyeball it
- 1/4 cup honey, eyeball a healthy drizzling
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- Generous handful flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with the 3 turns of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, about 3 tablespoons. Season chicken liberally with half of the thyme, salt and pepper and add to the hot skillet. Cook the chicken for 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pan to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
In the bottom of a medium sauce pot, heat and toast pine nuts over moderate heat and remove. Add 2 cups stock and 1 tablespoon butter to the pot and bring to a boil.
Return the chicken skillet to the burner over medium-high heat, add 1 turn of the pan of extra-virgin olive oil, add the onion, celery, crushed red pepper flakes, nutmeg, salt and pepper, cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the celery and onions are tender. Add the white wine, and cook until the pan is almost dry, 1 minute. Add the 2 cups boiling chicken stock, and dried cherries and continue to cook for about 5 to 6 minutes or until there is only about 1/2 cup of liquid left in the pan. Turn the heat off the under the pan. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons cold butter in small pieces and whisk until it has completely melted.
In a medium saucepan bring the remaining 1 cup chicken stock to a boil, add couscous, allspice, cinnamon and a little salt. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Drizzle honey over the couscous and add the pine nuts, scallions and parsley. Toss and fluff with a fork to combine.
*This would have been better had I added some pureed cherries or cherry juice to it somehow. I cooked the cherries for too long and they lost a lot of their sweetness. I will fix this next time. Otherwise it was still good! Just not as good as it could have been.
It was such a ridiculously long day, I didn’t even mind not going out. I would have had very little energy left to give on my date. So its ok. I am very much looking forward to the movie tomorrow. I have to be at work at 8 AM for a store meeting, I already know its going to be incredibly annoying walking there since every single employee who works there is going to be heading in ALL AT THE SAME TIME and will INSIST on picking me up. People don’t understand that I’m not walking because I have to, I’m walking because I WANT to. This is an incredibly difficult concept for most people to understand.
But I’ll get to see both Potential Future Husband #2 and Potential Future Husband #3 there. Such great guys. I love them.
Exercise: Taking apart entertainment center, painting entertainment center (2 coats) in the heat, dragging each piece up to my apartment and re-assembling it