Day 7: Whole30 Carnitas
I skipped the gym this morning to have breakfast with my old co-workers/friend who recently got engaged. She is currently in the process of moving to Boston to be with her fiancé and is getting rid of a lot of stuff. I bought a bike, bike bag with accessories, tv, weights, mats, and rug. Wow, I got a lot of stuff for a steal. Sshhh don’t tell her that. I hadn’t planned on getting a bike since I had one for years and I didn’t use it. Maybe this time, I’ll use it as as it’s a cruiser bike. I can bike to the farmers market or cruise along a bike trail or cruise the city streets. Oh… the possibilities!
I am very excited for the happy couple. They met on a dating app and it’s fate that brought them together. Who would have thought a dating app can bring two people together from opposite sides of the country. She’s in California and he’s in Boston. Out of billions of people in the world, they matched while he was in California for a conference. Now, they will be spending the rest of their lives together. When it’s meant to be it’s meant to be. Congratulations to the lovely couple. I am looking forward to the wedding wherever and whenever it will be.
My dating life at the moment is non-existent. I deleted all my dating apps right before the new year just to put the past behind me. Dating should be fun but it’s become a game in finding the right balance of being physically attracted to them and connecting on an emotional level. I’ve met a lot of interesting characters over the years and I have stories. I can go on and on about my dating adventures but that’s going to be a novel. I’m still optimistic in finding love. For now, I’m going to take a break and focus on me. I’ll get back to dating when I’m ready. I know there is someone out there for me and I am going wait patiently for the right person to come into my life.
My takeaway on the dating apps is that they’re great for meeting new people as it encourages you to put yourself out there but expect the unexpected and be open to the possibilities. Follow your heart and your intuition is usually right.
Back to breakfast… I ordered the breakfast carnitas hash which was potatoes topped with carnitas and egg. It was good except they had a lot of onions. I will cook with onions but I won’t eat them if they’re raw, or slightly cooked. I do eat onion rings which is ironic and I don’t mind the onions in my salsa. I think it’s the aftermath that gets me and I have onion breath lingering inside my mouth all day long and I can’t get rid of it. I’m just weird like that. Maybe one of these days, I’ll learn to like them
For dinner, I wanted what I had for breakfast. The carnitas were sweet and juicy and the potatoes soaked up a lot of the flavor. The carnitas recipe that I made is very simple with an electric pressure cooker. What takes 3 hours to make took 45 minutes and another 15 minutes in the oven to crisp the carnitas. I love my electric pressure cooker.
- 1 tbs of chili powder
- 1 tsp of ground cumin
- 1 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of pepper
- 1 tbs of oregano leaves
- 3 lbs of pork shoulder or pork butt
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 onion
- 1 garlic bulb, top cut off exposing the cloves
- juice of an orange
- 3-4 potatoes, diced
- Combine the dry ingredients in a small bowl
- Spread the and rub the dry mixture to the pork on both sides
- Turn on the sauté program on your electric pressure cooker or turn on the heat
- Add the oil and add the onions
- Sauté the onions and cook until translucent
- Add the onion and orange juice and stir
- Place the pork on top and close the lid and cook for 45 minutes
- 2 tbs of olive oil
- Sauté the potatoes and cook until golden brown
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees
- Place the cooked potatoes in a cast iron skillet or oven safe skillet, add the carnitas and cook for 15 minutes or until the carnitas are brown and crispy