I have not fallen off the face of the earth. I am not in the middle of a crisis. That is unless you too consider a bowl full of oranges a problem.
My husband received these edible rays of sunshine from a Chinese client. In certain areas of China (don’t ask me where – it’s a big country) it’s a custom to give oranges as a way to express good wishes for the coming year. The word “orange” in Chinese is “Ji,” which also happens to mean “good luck.”
He brought them home on Friday, and looked right at me and asked, “What shall we do with them?”
“I don’t know,” I said, feeling ridiculous because a flutter of panic twisted in my gut, or maybe it was just in my head. Why am I like that?
Now he is on his way to Japan for a meeting. Yes, one meeting. That means he will get home late Thursday night which will be followed by four more days of re-adjustment.
In the meantime I am left with deciding what to do with the oranges.
They look very pretty in the bowl, but from experience I know that even in the dry and cold weather they will quickly become green and dusty on their undersides. That would seem such a waste. Yes, that’s probably what will happen.
I have a juicer, but no citrus attachment because it broke a few years ago. Besides even in a parallel life on a perkier woman’s cul-de-sac, I wouldn’t even think of pulling that behemoth piece of equipment out. To those of you who believe infomercials and don’t understand juicers, I will explain:
Juicing and cleaning up its aftermath isn’t easy.
Besides, my husband is on his way to Japan. I don’t embrace the new year’s attitude that “juicing is healthy and a ridiculous amount of work” lifestyle when he is away. Not even necessarily when he is home.
I embrace a special food pyramid during these times:
Sugar, butter, and breakfast foods are the foundations.
Maybe I’ll add a few oranges.
So any ideas of what to do with the oranges that don’t involve heavy machinery? A recipe for chicken a l’orange? Something “Chineesy?”
I have also been a little busy and obsessed with my new project. Since I’m the one who brought it up, I will tell you about it:
That’s all for now. I’ll share more soon. xoxoxo