Mar. 25th, 2016

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I had no idea it's so soon. I just checked and it was not until the 5th of April last year. So I didn't buy any Easter dinner because I thought it was not until next month (and, for some reason, not until the end of next month). I'm apparently in a time warp of my own creation. Can you imagine being so distracted that I didn't know there was a hand sprayer by our sink until someone pointed it out a few days ago? And I've been doing dishes in that sink all month. I swear it was never there before.

Now that I realize Easter's so close, I realize there's nothing traditional I'll want to eat that day. Ham? Been eating so much pork (not that I'm complaining!) that I can't even...Prime rib or roast beef? Well, with all the steak and liver I've been putting away (yes, my b2 deficiency is on again, not that anyone can tell... *consumes another animal; resumes writing*) it's not sounding too exciting. And we all know how I feel about turkey, so I won't even go there.

What else do people eat on Easter? Like, anything? Is it always just ham, pork rib roast, lamb, turkey, prime rib, and that's it? I mean, I don't know. My mom only ever made ham, prime rib or lamb. I could Google it but I doubt it gets much broader in variety than what I'm thinking is traditional.

Fortunately, there are lobster tails on sale locally (and even a cheap market nearby that has live lobster at a reasonable price) so though it's utterly non-traditional, it sounds nice; maybe I could do that. I have pounds of mussels in the freezer, so I could steam those to have beforehand as an appetizer with drawn butter. Maybe some creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes and steamed corn to go along with it?

The bad thing about having a b2 deficiency - when it erupts, as it is now - especially as I get older, is I need so much protein to get through it. I cut back on peanut butter in the last few months because I lost my taste for it after years of eating gobs of the stuff every day, which I think is contributing to the huge shift in my diet to meat, which I normally don't even like to eat a lot of, but I crave it now, though I don't actually want it.

I mean, if you left it up to what I'd prefer, I'd eat vegetables, seafood, pork, starches and dairy to the exclusion of almost all other meat, but I can't do that because then I have to triple my b2 dosage (as I'm doing now to make up for the lack of protein earlier this month - and that's in addition to the huge amount of b2 that's already in my B complex!) and eat a lot more meat just to to function correctly.

The only good thing about having a deficiency is when it gets bad it forces me to eat more meat so I've gotten really good at cooking both steak and liver (I've always eaten a fair amount of pork, which I actually prefer over the other-other white meat, so I was getting good at cooking that a while ago). If you like to cook for others who like to eat meat more than you do then I guess that's an advantage. Another advantage might be how easily I can justify having lobster for Easter (that conversation with self goes something like this: "Well, you already ate so much steak and pork this month over the b2 thing and heck, lobster has lots of protein and B vitamins, doesn't it?"). Yeah.