Thanks to nicomachus for this Fantastic saying. Please click for direct attribution.
You guys remember Sisyphus? He’s the dude in the Greek myth doomed to push a big old boulder up a hill, and just when he’s almost. at. the. top and will be able to Bask in the Glow of his accomplishment, the #$#^%$ boulder rolls to the bottom of the hill, and he has to start all over again. And this happens for eternity. Poor, poor Sisyphus. His life is one unending, and unfinished, task.
I completely empathize with Sisyphus. Folks who only get one week of vacation instead of two? Whatever. Folks who order 1% in their latte, and the coffee shop only carries 2%? Waa-effin’-waa. The guy who is crushed because the restaurant is out of the ’98 vintage when everyone knows that was the best one ever? Please.
But Sisyphus I completely understand. I have Dos Boulders that do that same thing to me. One is called the Boulder of Laundry. Or as The Beloved has called it, “The Hell of The L.” Just when the pile is gone and the last of the L is drying away and I am just about to be all pleased with myself, he’ll wander in and dump more on the place where the pile Used To Be. Except for now it’s there again.
My other boulder, albeit a tastier one? Dinner. The Beloved expects to eat Every Night. Sure, I may have whipped up an Extremely Awesome spatchcocked-and-roasted chicken one night. But apparently the next day, the memory of that meal does not sustain him. He wants food again. And then he’ll say, “Don’t worry. I can whip up something myself.” But he says it in the wounded-puppy-dog-why-don’t-you-love-me-anymore voice. And then he makes those eyes like that dog in the old Miracle Whip commercial. And I am forced to Set Aside the bonbons, lever myself off the Chaise and concoct…something.
This meal is the result of one such Sisyphean task. And, even though I was less-than-inspired, it was Very Good. So good, in fact, that I figured I’d share it here. Plus, as a bonus, the meal was on the table in Just Under twenty minutes. Not bad.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, , roughly chopped
- salt and pepper, , to taste
- 1 Tablespoon champagne vinegar, or vinegar of your choice
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon (more or less) chile garlic paste (or hot sauce of your choice)
- 1/4 cup chicken stock, give or take
- 4 large kale leaves, , washed and roughly chopped
- 2 poached eggs, (poach in water with a heavy splash of vinegar) for 5-6 minutes
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat until hot.
- Add the garlic, salt and pepper and saute until the garlic just starts to turn golden.
- Pour in the vinegar, honey, garlic paste and chicken stock.
- Toss in the greens, stir for a moment, and put the lid on. Let the greens steam/cook for about 7 minutes.
- Remove the lid and let the liquid reduce to a syrup, about 5 more minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
- Serve with poached eggs and some crusty bread (I used some sprouted grain sandwich bread that I had in the freezer).
Amount Per Serving Calories 226Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 9mgSodium 202mgCarbohydrates 21gSugar 18gProtein 2g
And there you have it. I give this to all of you who also sometimes feel like Sisyphus because your Unreasonable Partner wants to eat every day. Whip this up in twenty minutes, and then get back to your bonbons.