There’s always time for a quickie

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Staying in

While tender love and care is nice and all, it can’t always be stars and fireworks. You know how it is: sometimes, you just want to get it over and done with. Life can be hectic. Between work, family, chores and training, how are you ever supposed to find the time, let alone the motivation? One needs to sleep too. And you’re just tired, tired, tired. There’s only so many hours of the day, and rest in today’s society does not seem like a priority. It’s not cool to go to bed early. Admit it, we have all come up with headaches and other lame excuses when the truth is, we just want our damn sleep. How come it’s not OK to just say, “Sorry, babe, but I don’t feel like it tonight”?

But here’s the great news: just because you’re tired, you don’t have to go without. There’s always the quickie. Yes, I’m sure you’ve heard about it before, and you might even be a little biased. The quickie is often referred to as not as affectionate and noble as the slow deal, but I firmly believe there’s a time and place for everything. If you feel passionate, calm but yet full of energy, then by all means, take your time. Do your thing. Go sloooooow. Let the magic happen. But if you’ve had a rotten day, or week, and your mind is racing and empty at the same time and your entire body feels like it’s been run over by a freight train, then don’t be ashamed to turn to the quickie for comfort. It doesn’t make you a lesser person., it just means your adaptive to circumstance. Sometimes, the road, not the destination, is what matters, and sometimes, you just want to get there already.

(I’m talking about cooking here. You dirty lot.)

Here’s a great, tasty dish that takes like no time to cook: filet of pork with bacon, mushroom and thyme. Sear mushrooms and onions in a frying pan. Remove and put on a plate for a while. Fry bacon in that very same pan, then take that out as well but don’t get rid of that good grease. Cut even pieces of the filet and put them in there, season, and give it a nice, brown color. Now put the mushroom, onion and bacon back, add some water and veal stock and let that reduce until about half is left. Add cream and let simmer for a while, until all the flavors have set. Add fresh thyme, season with salt and pepper and serve with rice. All done in less than thirty minutes. Now that’s what I call a quickie.

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Malin Ågren is a copywriter living in Sweden. Food is her number one hobby.

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