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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Day 24

Running:
3 miles, including 1km of really fast, really freeing downhill running. Felt super-cool wearing my new "NYC Marathon Training" t-shirt that I received in the mail a few days ago. This is the second package I got, the first being a watch. It is funny how the running races in the states seem so much more interested in swag vs. Canada. Canadians take their running so much more seriously. If you look at the race finish times, the Canadian races have consistently faster times. Aren't Canadians supposed to be more laid back? Or maybe it is just that we need to run really fast to escape the polar bears following us, trying to grab the doughnuts and poutine from our hands.

Recipe:
Had a family favorite for dinner: Fried noodles and spring rolls as prepared by my wonderful Nanny, Janeth. I have been eating these two filipino delicacies since I was a little girl and although Nanny after Nanny has tried to teach me how to make them, it is just not the same. So I am not even going to bother putting out the recipe here because you won't be able to make them. Unless you are Filipino and you already know how to make them. Which in that case, you don't even need my recipe.

Instead, I am going to tell you how to boil an egg, as everyone needs to know how to boil & peel the perfect egg.

1. Put an egg in a small saucepan. Fill will cold water (if the water is too warm, the egg will crack...that is why you never put a cold egg into already boiling water) until the water is about 1 cm above the egg.
2. Bring to a boil.
3. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat & let sit: 3 minutes for VERY soft boiled, 5 minutes for medium, and 8 minutes for hard boiled. Any longer than 10 minutes and it may get that ugly green ring around the yolk. Consider yourself warned.
4. Peel: drain the water and rinse under cold water until it is cool enough to handle. Roll the egg on its side on the counter like you are rolling a snake out of playdough (everybody has done that once in their lives) until the egg is cracked all the way around. Carefully peel the shell off the egg. And if you take some of the egg white with it, don't feel too bad, it happens to the best of us. Rinse under cold water to get the rest of the shell bits off.
5. Eat! I like my boiled egg cooked medium & sliced onto a piece of lightly buttered rye bread and sprinkled with a little sea salt & pepper.

Reading:
I know you don't want to hear this, but I did not enjoy reading The Ten Year Nap today. There are a lot of characters in this book and I am feeling like the author is giving me too much background information on too many of them. I think that if a writer is confident in their character development and they really know their characters, then all we need is a bit of background...let us figure out the rest on our own through their dialogue, thoughts, and actions with an anecdote here and there. I did peek ahead though and it looks like things are getting interesting...I will let you know...

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