Guys! It’s the first day of February! We made it! High fives all around! It doesn’t matter how many Canadian Januarys I live through, I am always surprised when I find myself on the other side of one. To be honest, I’m feeling shaken by this January in particular. I started the month with a cold I caught in Nova Scotia and I’m finishing it with a flu I caught on the subway. But I’m on the mend, the month is dead, and solid food is starting to become a daily thing again. Yes, I’m finally well enough to enjoy the one redeeming feature of winter: comfort food. And I’m celebrating my triumphant return to steaming, cozy carbs with this Gochujang Chicken Bog and Green Onion Salad.
As I write this, I am recovering from the flu. Yes, the flu. Is there anything more horrible and, frankly, more cliche than a January flu? Ugh! This month is horrible, it should die! It’s insulting that it has the audacity to be 31 days long. Like, January you’re already the worst and no one wants you at this party, so why are you still here?! Anyway, I only mention the current shit status of my health to explain why I may sound less than enthusiastic about food throughout this post. It has nothing to do with the quality of this Black Bottom Creme Brûlée. I did, in fact, eat one when I felt human and I definitely remember a certain weakness in the knees and a general sense of euphoria. It’s a good dessert! So, let’s get to it before I pass out.
Toronto is in the midst of an early thaw. Yes, I said “thaw”. And yes, it was -35° C mere weeks ago. It’s bananas! All our snow is gone and the thermometer has taken a violent swing in the opposite direction. I would be excited, but it won’t last. This spell of unseasonable warmth and April-like rain is just further evidence that Ontario’s weather is a gong show. The other day, it was 6° C in the morning and it was closing in on -15° C by noon. What even is that?! But, although I stated that I’m not excited by this taste of spring, I do know how to make hay while the sun shines. Although, in this case, I’m making Chicken Piccata with Pappardelle Primavera while it rains horizontally. It’s kind of the same thing.
Do you ever find yourself in a ‘break everything’ jag? No, I’m not referring to an over-the-top post break-up “Girl Smash!” mode or the super cute I-still-think-I’m-fourteen-style tantrum. I’m talking about those stretches when everything you touch seems to break. You get a saucer from the cupboard, it winds up on the floor. You pick up the apparently overloaded basket you used to store magazines, the handle unravels in your hand. You leave your favourite hat in a cab. And, to add insult to injury, you break your favourite bottle opener and your beer is trapped forever…Not really, where’s there’s a will there’s a way. When this type of bad luck hits you there really is only one answer: potatoes, the ultimate comfort food. And what should you do with said potatoes? Make this Aged Cheddar Potato Soup with Sautéed Apples.