Monday, March 2, 2009
Lack of Appetite
The last few weeks I've suffered from an odd malaise...exhaustion, depression and lack of appetite. Most annoyingly, I haven't lost any weight due to this unusual disinterest in food. Probably because I've been too tired to exercise, so the caloric intake versus caloric burning have canceled each other out.
Every night this past week when dinner time rolls around, Dave would ask me what I wanted for dinner. Nothing sounded good...except hot sourdough bread and butter. Not a lot of butter...just a hint of it on hot, crusty bread. Wine still sounded good. So dinner for several nights in a row consisted of a sourdough roll heated up in the oven -- foil wrapped -- and then smeared with butter. One night we added goat cheese brie. Just a little bit, mind you. I didn't want to spoil the purity of my bread and butter.
Tonight we had cornmeal crust pizza with feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and black olives. I think my appetite is coming back. But if I had to choose...hot bread and butter would win every time.
That was to indicate the passage of time. :-)
It is now Saturday afternoon and I'm working on my WIP, which is very food/wine heavy. We put Chocolat on and, as always happens when I watch this movie, I craved chocolate. So, inspired by the chili-infused hot chocolate served up by Viane, I just whipped up a batch of my own sinfully rich hot chocolate. An entire bar of Lindt chili-infused extra dark chocolate melted in the microwave with a half teaspoon of light Karo syrup. Add a cup of whipped cream and stir till well blended. Add hot milk and whisk till frothy. Add more whipped cream (because this is already so rich, a bit more fat won't matter) and enjoy!
Yes, my appetite has definitely made a reappearance. So in an hour, I'll take another 45 minute walk up some hills...so I can have more hot chocolate and fresh bread tomorrow.