Today I am craving ‘normal’. I am half way around the world enjoying a glass of wine in a lovely street cafe and yet I am craving homemade food and all that is normal about it. Too much travel this last month has left more eager than usual to return home and embrace everything ‘normal’ about it. I am not sure what normal really is but I am absolutely hungry for t.
Frequent work travel has given me my fill of hotel burger dinners and Starbuck’s breakfasts. And while it is also true that I have had some very lovely dinners in some fantastic restaurants with some very fantastic people the truth is that I have had my fill of those too. At least until I get some normal again.
Yes, I am being somewhat dramatic and could actually suffer here in London some more if I had to. I’m sure nobody is yet feelings sorry for me as they read this. I am just sorely missing my family and the serenity that comes from being around them daily and experiencing their normal as well. Some of them are experiencing abnormal things in their lives but still, me being there with them at those times seems normal and I am now missing out on that too.
I am missing normal food. And by normal food I mean the stuff that I make myself and not the kind that I unwrap or order off a menu.
I’m craving Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps. For me it does not get more normal than this. I first made them years ago after not quite enjoying the over-salted versions which became so popluar at those chain Asian restaurants. I stumbled on this version on an episode of America’s Test Kitchen (a show ripe for lampooning on Saturday Night Live if you ask me) and the dish quickly turned into one of my favorite, normal dishes.
They are healthy, easy to make and um, normal. I’m sure if to try these you will know why I am now craving them.
Thai Pork Lettuce Wraps