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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Day 11

Running:
4 miles with hills. Big hills. Am glad that the Hogg's Hollow (Yonge & York Mills) hills are in my 'hood as they are killer and great training. When I did the Toronto marathon last year, the hill I did today was apparently the hardest part of the marathon so I though that if I could get to the point where that hills was a breeze, the rest of the marathon would be a breeze. It was a good theory...
So I think my chest injury is officially gone. No pain at all going up the hill. Am so ready for my 6 miles on Friday...but even more ready for my rest day tomorrow...

Recipe:
So who said you can't make a nutritious, delicious meal for kids that's not a "kids meal" in under 20 min? Just call me Rachel Ray--except not as annoying.
Grilled Salmon (trout also works) & Pasta w/spinach & mushrooms in a cream sauce

Get enough fish so that each person has piece around the size of a deck of cards.

Fish:
1. Preheat bbq to medium heat (I always and only cook fish outside as I hate the smell in my house...are you starting to clue in to the fact that I hate a lot of smells?)
2. Season fish with a few shakes of lemon pepper & a bit of salt (kids don't like much more than that...if that)
3. Put fish on a piece of tin foil and then put that on the bbq to prevent it from sticking.
4. Fish will take about 7 minutes to cook but keep an eye on it. Remove fish from bbq and let cool. It is ok if it is close to room temp. when served.
Pasta:
1. While waiting for water for pasta (1/3 cup dry per person) to boil, chop about two cups of spinach pretty small and put in the bottom of the colander. Rinse and let drain. Leave it in the colander; when the pasta is cooked & you drain the water by dumping it into the colander, the spinach will cook just from the heat of the water & pasta.
2. While pasta is cooking, cut some mushrooms into quarters and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 5 min. This will cook them and they will release their water so they are not too mushy and spongy when they go in the pasta.
3. When pasta is cooked, drain & put it back in the cooking pot along with the spinach & mushrooms. Add store-bought Alfredo sauce & some grated parmesan & stir until combined.
4. Serve hot along with the fish.

Yum! My kids love it!

Reading:
Getting into Mr. Pip. It is similar to another book I just read, the Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, in that in both books, the citizen escape into books to forget the atrocities of war surrounding them. I like how in what I read today, the main character, Matilda, described what it feels like to when you are really getting into a book:
At some point I felt myself enter the story. I hadn't been assigned a part-nothing like that; I wasn't identifiable on the page, but I was there, I was definately there.
That is why I love reading a good book with a great story.

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