I’m still weak in the knees.
This isn’t sated, or full, or even satisfied or happy – this is one of those moments where you’ve spent hours with your eyes glued to the back of your skull and your jaw slack from what you’ve just felt – and all of your favorite smells and tastes have just shouted to you in a mysterious language you only at this moment understand. And you realize, right then, when you’re done sitting in the dark corner licking the unctuous charred bits from the edge of your plate or trying to fish those last grains of rice from the tines of your fork even though you’ve already finished dessert – that THIS this is the meal against which all future versions will be Judged and Found Wanting.
I’m not just full. I’m sated. Satisfied. Pushed to the limits in both the kitchen and dining room computer table before being returned safely to a now-expanded comfort zone.
When we last left our hero he had decided to take a week and prepare a series of dishes from his favorite food blogs. He would choose dishes from blogs he enjoyed reading for their own sake, while savoring the opportunity to experiment a little.
He also resolved not to add bacon to everything. But more on this later.
And, candidly, I couldn’t be happier with how well things turned out. I have some comments and pictures to share, as well as a fridge full of leftovers that you are all welcome to stop over and sample.