Phew! What a busy day... which has been a change for me compared to the last few days. I have been having a lot of back pain, which has been driving me crazy! It hurts to sit, to stand, to lie down and especially to pick up the Littlest Linden. I've never had back pain before in my life, and I definitely feel for people who suffer from it regularly. It's terrible! To make it harder on me, Soren has transformed into a very mobile baby who needs to be 'reset' every few minutes. As in, he crawls over to the dog food, I have to 'reset' him back to his play area. Then he pulls himself up onto the coffee table, but can't figure out how to sit back down when his legs get tired. 'Reset!' That baby of mine is a mover!
After an unsuccessful doctors appointment about my back, I decided to try a chiropractor. It seems like every one is skeptical of chiropractors, yet there are so many of them around (and they have to go to school for 7 years) that there must be some good things about them. Besides, who is 'everyone'? I should make the decision for myself, and my back wasn't getting any better. My first visit was great, and I really like my doctor. Even better, the clinic is a 5 minute walk to my house and I am completely covered under my insurance plan. After my second visit I am feeling a little better, and it is very reassuring to hear someone tell you that while there is something wrong with your back, a solution is possible. My doctor basically told me I was getting old...and to take an Advil.
I decided to host a dinner for my family to thank them for taking Soren and I to Calgary last week. Around Christmas, we were given a 17lb free-range Turkey from Frigs Meats. I was a little intimidated about cooking a turkey... or maybe a lot intimidated. For some reason the removal of the neck and 'innards' creeped me out a lot, or thinking about it did. However, I was able to suck it up and remove them (not nearly as bad as I envisioned), and the turkey came out great!
I had planned on making a soup to go along with my Tasty Tuesdays idea, but I didn't think soup really went well with the menu. I made Turkey, Gravy, Twice Baked Potatoes, Roasted Beet and Blue Cheese Salad, and Ginger Carrots. Sitting in my fridge right now are a ton of leftovers, which are going to transform themselves into a delicious soup tomorrow! Stay tuned for a 'Tasty Wednesday' soup tomorrow.
My sister has celiac disease so she cannot eat flour, which makes dessert options somewhat limiting. A few years back I came across this recipe from Laura Calder for Craggy Chocolate Cake. It is so, so, so yummy! I've made it a couple times, and I have deviated from the recipe somewhat but the cake always turns out well. Today I tried to make two layers, a white chocolate layer on top of the dark chocolate layer, but the layers blended together in the oven. I served it with raspberry sorbet which was a perfect light accompaniment to the rich cake. It was so good I didn't even get any pictures before it was scarfed down, but here is how it basically looked. With only 4 ingredients, it's the perfect cake for both gluten frees and gluten lovers.