A Glamour Shoot Dinner, featuring: 1/3lb 80/20 ground chuck seasoned with garlic salt and pepper, bacon, smoked gouda, tomatoes and a green leaf lettuce bun. Served with broccoli and mushrooms fried in bacon fat. 

P.S. See that meat juice dribbling down onto the cheese and lettuce? Good god was it delicious. 

Taking a break from our regularly scheduled meatball program, this week’s lunch is a green curry chicken. It’s essentially the same thing as last week, except I subbed out the meatballs for chicken thighs and the coconut milk for coconut cream. The result is a rich, thick, creamy curry that’s packed full of flavor and fat (music to a keto girl’s ears). 

Ingredients: 

Sautee the chicken in the coconut oil in large saucepan until just about done, leaving the drippings in the pan. Add the curry paste to the drippings in the pan and mix until bubbling. Add the coconut cream and coconut milk, and bring to a low simmer. 

Add the eggplant and simmer, covered, for ~5-8 minutes, until the eggplant is nearly done. Add the bok choy, baby corn, and chicken, and simmer uncovered for another ~5-8 minutes until the vegetables are done. Enjoy over whatever substitute you have found for rice that will soak up the curry (I use raw spinach). 

Makes 5 hungry girl servings. 

all the best lovely! :)

Thank you!!! xoxo

Third year tracks came out today! I got my first choice, which makes me happier than I’d like to admit (but I will admit that I was already scheming plots to switch out of tracks I don’t want, namely the track that gives us 6 weeks “discretionary time” in the very first block—married people and pregnant people usually pick that block and I’m neither of those).
I’ll be starting with Medicine in July, which is a hard rotation and the one that everyone graduating from medical school should do well in, but I ain’t scared.


Okay I’m a little scared. But nothing like a good dose of healthy fear to propel you through a block.  

Third year tracks came out today! I got my first choice, which makes me happier than I’d like to admit (but I will admit that I was already scheming plots to switch out of tracks I don’t want, namely the track that gives us 6 weeks “discretionary time” in the very first block—married people and pregnant people usually pick that block and I’m neither of those).

I’ll be starting with Medicine in July, which is a hard rotation and the one that everyone graduating from medical school should do well in, but I ain’t scared.

Okay I’m a little scared. But nothing like a good dose of healthy fear to propel you through a block.  

Today is one of the only times this meme is so hilariously appropriate + I’ve been posting it on everyone’s walls because everyone should love and appreciate it

Today is one of the only times this meme is so hilariously appropriate + I’ve been posting it on everyone’s walls because everyone should love and appreciate it

Study fuel: my first time trying bulletproof coffee + roasted macadamias
Update: bulletproof coffee probably tastes better to people who like coffee in the first place…but I have a feeling this will come in super handy for rotations so I’m not against some conditioning…

Study fuel: my first time trying bulletproof coffee + roasted macadamias

Update: bulletproof coffee probably tastes better to people who like coffee in the first place…but I have a feeling this will come in super handy for rotations so I’m not against some conditioning…

Confession

If there are two things I hate in life, it’s people who mail it in and hypocrites (the blatant kind, not the normal-person-who-changes-their-opinion-about-things-with-growth kind), and lately, I’ve become a bit of both. 

The way USC works currently is the alumni association donates some funds into a tutoring program where second years hold after-class tutoring sessions for first years in selected subjects. I’m a gross anatomy tutor.

This block, the neuroscience block, the first years have been doing a head and neck dissection and I’ve had the pleasure of recalling a billion details and being able to teach them back in a competent and coherent manner. Incidentally, this is also when we are having our USMLE step 1 review, which is basically the primary focus of every second year’s priorities right now. Because of this, I’m confessing: yes, one could say that I have been mailing it in lately, and I hate myself for it. 

Granted, the head and neck dissections are a lot more detail oriented and extensive than the thorax or abdomen, so in terms of absolute recall ability, it takes more effort than the previous blocks, but it’s still really no excuse to slack on my prep duties. I am correcting myself and having to look things up more often now, and it really makes me sad that I’m not providing the best service I can be, but on the other hand, step 1 is more important to me. 

I’m just putting this out there to be able to hold myself more accountable. We have two more sessions left for the year, this coming Monday and the cumulative head and neck review the Monday after that, so I’m hoping to up my game. Although these next two sessions my teaching partner and I have been relegated to the lecture portion of the review (held in a classroom with PowerPoint slides as opposed to down in the lab getting our hands dirty) so maybe not that much effort is needed so it’ll be slightly easier to handle and I’ll hold myself to making the necessary preparations. 

Throwback Thursday to my beautiful frittata that I let sit and get progressively colder as I found the perfect light to capture its beauty (yes, the first shot is in my bedroom). I think it’s nice how the spinach seemed to align itself into tiger stripes.

Off to see patients—have a great day :)

Off to see patients—have a great day :)

Dinner, and the return of the smoked mozzarella pesto portobello. Don’t mind the metric ton of veggies fried in bacon fat, I’m gonna eat it all.

Dinner, and the return of the smoked mozzarella pesto portobello. Don’t mind the metric ton of veggies fried in bacon fat, I’m gonna eat it all.

My Miserable Daily Schedule

0700 wake up, get dressed, pull pre-packed breakfast out of fridge.
0800 class starts. head spins at things I don’t know. 
0900 eat breakfast in class. make room smell like frittata.
1200 class ends, trudge to gym.
1330 trudge home.
1400 showered, tumblr for a bit, facebook for a bit, get hungry.
1410 heat up prepped lunch, watch an episode or five of Gilmore Girls.
1600 so much time wasted.
1610 attempt to study.
1630 distracted.
1730 oh shit where did the time go
1735 back to work, open up UWorld. 
2030 60% on two question banks in a row, nice. not. 
2035 make dinner. mmmm bacon. more Gilmore Girls
2230 what it’s 10:30 already? 
2235 open up UWorld again
2400 well that was a depressing qbank. at least I’m hitting the average of 50%. 

7 more weeks of this, yay. 

I’ve recently developed an infatuation with meatballs. There’s something so satisfying about these little pods of flavor-packed meat. The latest in this series is this Thai-style red curry meatball dish, featuring the red curry paste I purchased earlier in the week (that’s him right there, the little blob of red in the first picture). Again, I’ve modified the original recipe to suit my own tastes. 

Ingredients:

Mix everything together and form into however ball-shapes in whatever size you like. I made mine about an inch in diameter. Fry in coconut oil until done (~15 minutes, turning occasionally). 

For the curry:

Heat coconut oil with curry paste in large saucepan until mixed. Add the eggplant, and sautee until the paste has coated the eggplant evenly. Add the bok choy and sautee until everything has an even red coat of curry paste. Add coconut milk, cream, and fish sauce. Bring to a slow simmer, then add corn. At this point, monitor the liquid level to see if it has your desired thickness and consistency, and reduce down if it seems a bit watery. Once it has your desired consistency, add the meatballs and simmer for another 5 minutes. 

I’m serving mine over fresh baby spinach, which I find is a pretty good substitute for starchy foods in terms of absorbing the sauces and liquids of various foods. 

Makes 5 servings.