It’s 11pm, and I just arrived in Edmonton. I’m exhausted, and cranky, and it was a long day and a long drive, made longer by what was supposed to be a quick pull-over in Red Deer to a) wake up and b) find a bathroom that didn’t come with the obligation to buy junk food, which turned into c) a brief meltdown in the Winners changing room with bad florescent lighting. And then an arrival to find no record of the hotel booking I made on Expedia – fortunately the good folks at the Matrix took pity on the fact that I did have a printout from them and gave me a room – a suite, even, for the same price. And because it has a swank little kitchenette, I hauled up my CrockPot and am going to cook some ribs overnight. If I don’t fall asleep in this chair.
My eyes look like I popped them out and soaked them in chlorine for a spell, and I don’t have much confidence they’ll look any better at 7 tomorrow morning when I’m on BT trying to sound smart.
But good news: I’m proud to report I gave in to no road food to keep me awake (if you don’t count coffee) – I brough a few leftover pork satay with almond butter sauce (which are delicious cold, and great for picnics) that I made on the weekend. I found another jackpot of interesting recipes – pork ones – over 20 food writers and bloggers have entered pork recipes to celebrate the launch of Maple Leaf Prime® Pork, and if you go and vote (and live in Western Canada) you get a 50% off coupon to pick up your own piece of pig. Not a bad deal for a click!