Right around when E was devouring that pulled pork gyro for lunch that I made him from our leftovers, I got word that friends of ours were engaged. I couldn’t be happier for the happy couple. Well, I couldn’t have been, until I got home later that day and started filling E in on the details—how the guy proposed, who designed the ring, what she said, where the wedding will be.
And then, I don’t know what happened, but something took over my brain by the time our salmon was ready, and I blurted out something I shouldn’t have said. “Everyone’s getting engaged but me!”
“Really? Everyone?” E said.
It wasn’t fair. It wasn’t even accurate. I swore I would not put pressure on E to propose. But after 254 sandwiches, I wondered how much longer would I have to hold out for an engagement. Even George Freaking Clooney put a ring on the finger of that hot international lawyer he’s been dating FOR ONLY SIX MONTHS. She must have made him one hell of a sandwich.
I’m happy for my friends. And George. They found great women to be with. Smart, caring, kind women, like myself. Women that I would be friends with (and am friends with). It makes me sad to even think I was jealous of them, and sad to think E is reading this and thinking he’s making me sad because he hasn’t popped the question yet (I have a knot in my throat typing this). I don’t want him to think he better propose or else I’ll be unhappy. But I think I gave him that impression.
I just did the absolute worst thing a girlfriend could do: I made him feel guilty about proposing.
Now I feel like the biggest heel on Earth.
My father had the best advice on how to deal with my feelings. “Get cracking on those sandwiches.”
1 cup pulled pork
2 cups red cabbage, chopped
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
4 to 5 medium yellow tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped paprika
Follow recipe for our pressure cooker pulled pork from sandwich #253. Omit adding additional barbecue sauce.
Roast tomatoes: first, blanch tomatoes in a medium saucepan. Peel skins, then place in shallow dish, with olive oil and chopped paprika. Roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until slightly charred and squishy. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix Greek yogurt, cumin, black pepper, and lemon juice. Mix well, then stir in red cabbage.
Lightly toast pita then lay out on workable surface. On one half, layer on cabbage, pulled pork, roasted tomatoes. Sprinkle on chopped cilantro. Fold other half of pita on top of filled side. Hold together with toothpicks if needed. Makes one pita sandwich.