Monday, July 20, 2009

Day 22

Was so happy that Alyssa called in the morning wanting to run together. I ran 1km over to her house and then 4 km together. It was nice to be able to chat over a relaxing run. Not every day needs to be a hard-core training day focused on hills, pacing and times. Sometimes a Sunday morning run is just that. I hope she comes with me next Sunday.

Had Maya's friend's family over for dinner. Sort of made everything because you don't know when kids are picky eaters... although Maya's friend Brandon will do whatever she tells him to do, including what to eat. I made Salmon with dill sauce, smashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, beef tenderloin steaks, corn OFF the cob (neither of the kids have front teeth right now so I grilled the corn first and cut it all off), and a good salad.

Two recipes today:
1. Salmon with dill sauce. The sauce here is key because it is what makes this dish good for both kids and adults. Kids like plain food and of all the fish, like salmon the best for some reason. The dill sauce on the side dresses up a plain food so everyone is happy.

Dill sauce:
1/4 cup each light mayo and plain low-fat yogurt (you could use sour cream but yogurt is healthier)
a good squirt of fresh lemon juice
less than 1/4 cup fresh chopped dill (the FRESH part being key; dried dill is not nearly as good)
Salt to taste.

Mix well and let rest in the fridge for at least an hour. Adjust seasonings as necessary.

2. Good Salad
I am not sure what else to call it except good because there is something in this salad that everyone (almost) will like and because it has no lettuce, you don't have to throw it out if there are leftovers; in fact it tastes even better the next day:

Chop into small chunks equal amounts of the following:
tomatoes, cucumbers, hearts of palm, and bocconcini cheese (you could add other veggies such as peppers and green beans, but I like to KISS-keep it simple, silly!)
Add a handful of a roughly chopped mixture of flat-leaf parsley, arugula, and anything else that is similar that you like.
Make the vinaigrette ( my favorite homemade dressing I use all the time) 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp good balsamic vinegar, 1 clove minced garlic, a good squeeze of honey & a 2 tbsp of grainy mustard. Blend & add salt or more of any of the other ingredients until it tastes the way you like it. Some people like it sweeter, some saltier, some...well, you get the picture.
Add a little bit of the vinaigrette at a time. You won't use it all but you can keep it in the fridge for about a week and use another time...and you will!
Cover your good salad and put in the fridge until ready to serve.

Getting into The Ten Year Nap. Read a really interesting part where the main protagonists, Amy, (a stay-at-home mom) talks about the working moms and how they get it all done. At one point, one of the working moms tells Amy that she barely sees her kids anymore and Amy is almost thrilled to know that this do-it-all mom is flawed, when in fact, the reason she does not see her kids anymore is because adolescent boys want very little to do with their mothers, working or not. This scene sparked a really interesting conversation the next day (today) with Roz when we were running about the new cliques you divide into once you are in your thirties & with kids: working and not working. Both cliques sees flaws in the other yet secretly envy them in some ways. And, like high school, both cliques are almost impenetrable.

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