may cuisine + post-call musings

May 3, 2010

call fail
despite my positive intentions (and i really, really did have them going in!) i was burnt out by mid-afternoon. we didn’t have a horrendous number of admissions (5) but between a 2AM rheumatology admit (OUCH), a 7 AM PICU transfer post-call, and gram-negative-rod-infested central lines, it was a tough 30 hours (fine, 29.25).

it’s as if something in my brain chemistry changes 12 or so hours into the shift. no matter what i tell myself going in, i’m downright crusty and just generally exhausted by that point even if i haven’t done anything particularly strenuous. by 9 AM post-call, i am nearly belligerent (or at least it feels that way), which is not exactly appreciated on rounds. it is hard for me to admit this when i am trying so hard to take things in stride, but i still struggle.

i’m beginning to believe that the secret to call (other than avoiding it at all costs) is NOT going to be figured out by me during my stint in residency. and i can’t say i’m heartbroken about it. 5 more to go . . .

as promised, here is a brief recap of april’s culinary theme, which was defined as selections from eat, drink, and be vegan and super natural cooking. these tomes are both written by famed bloggers (dreena burton and heidi swanson, respectively) and emphasize healthy and fresh cuisine that does not involve meat.

i didn’t set out to make a large number of recipes from these cookbooks. good thing, because with random shifts in the emergency room followed by my first ward week, it wasn’t exactly a banner month for cooking triumphs. still, i managed to make a few recipes (i seemed to hit the ones i had heard a whole lot about via other blogs!) and had fun in the process. i would say that we probably did eat less meat this past month. though i have no plans of becoming vegetarian, i think it’s important to recognize the true facts that meat is far less friendly to the environment and one does not need to eat meat all the time to enjoy a balanced, varied, and nutritious diet.

run-down of the recipes i sampled (links in the posts if available)
veggie sizzle burritos (ED & BV)
big curry noodle pot (super-natural)
broccoli and tofu teriyaki stir-fry (ED & BV)
thai chick-un pizza
sweet potato spoon bread (super-natural)

may cooking project: coming clean
i decided to devote this month to recipes from one of my favorite foodie magazines: clean eating. i love that their recipes encourage use of the seasonal bounty of fresh produce, and i feel like i need an excuse to experiment with more of their creations. i may also throw in some quick meals from real simple to mix things up.

this week’s plans
pan-seared trout with caper herb sauce
chicken pomodoro pasta
bulgur waldorf salad

pictures and commentary to follow, of course.

off to bed
i think i am going to sleep like a rock. this has been QUITE a week.


  • Reply Anonymous May 3, 2010 at 2:15 am

    enjoy your sleep! you totally deserve it after the week youve had! and bummer about the whole on-call thing. but only 5 left 🙂

    oh and i meant to respond back to our emailing but trust me, if youre being serious about showing me around when i'm (hopefully) in the area, i'm sooo going to take you up on it 🙂

  • Reply Anonymous May 3, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Do you not sleep at all post call? I need to come home and sleep for a few hours at least! 7am PICU transfer…brutal! couldn't they wait until the Sunday team came on?

  • Reply BroccoliHut May 3, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Yay for Clean Eating! I am a long-time subscriber and use its recipes as inspiration for much of my cooking.

  • Reply sophia May 3, 2010 at 5:19 am

    I hope you get a good rest, my dear!

    Mmm, I'm loving the sound of that pan-seared trout with caper sauce! I do love Clean Eating, but their portions are a bit small for me.

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 3, 2010 at 9:18 am

    MM: of course i would show you around! and show off the best running areas, too.

    runsarah: i TOTALLY sleep post call — i slept from 1:30 to 5:30 pm yesterday! i would never be able to function without my post-call meganap 🙂

    bhut: no wonder i love what you make so much.

    sophia: in our house where josh is likely to eat 2+ servings of any given meal, i don't pay that much attention to the recommended serving size 🙂 i just make as much as it looks like we would want (plus some for leftovers). i agree that sometimes the plates show on CE look a little skimpy!

  • Reply Chelsea May 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I'll be curious about how the recipes taste. I've never really looked through the magazine, but something about Tosca Reno + body builder food = bland in my mind. Hopefully you will show that's not the case.

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