Saturday, August 8, 2009

88 Days to NYC

An amazing 9+ miles down to High Park. Perfect sunny weather; not too hot or humid. I love ending my runs there. The sprint up that last hill and then the serenity and beautiful shade of the park. I love when I feel so good at the end of a run that I still have the energy to sprint uphill. Although, it also feels pretty darn good when you reach your goal and cannot even take one more step. And you know that you put all that you had into that run and it was enough...Does that make sense? That is how I felt after my very first half marathon. I don't love running but I LOVE finishing. And the longer (or faster) the run, the more amazing I feel when I finish.

I also came to the conclusion that it was no the humidity that was making it difficult to breath when I ran this summer; it was the garbage.

Shabbat dinner. The usual: chicken, challah, popcorn cauliflower. Wait! You don't know what popcorn cauliflower is? It is the magic recipe that got my kids fighting over who got to eat more of it! A vegetable they are fighting over? Its true!

Popcorn cauliflower:
Preheat oven to 425. Take a whole head of cauliflower and cut it into bite-sized florets. Put in a bowl and mix with about 4tbsp of olive oil and sea salt. Toss well and spread out onto a cookie sheet. Put in the oven and roast for 1 hour, turning every 15 minutes or so. The cauliflower will get brown. Don't worry, it is not burning, it is caramelizing (this is why it tastes so yummy when it is done). If it gets black or very dark brown, however, it is burning; if this happens, take it out of the oven or turn down the heat.

Took a break from books and indulged in gossip magazines with Daniella. Nothing says relaxing on vacation more than the latest issue of People, a cool fruity drink, and suntan oil that smells like coconuts (don't worry, it was still SPF 15. I have grown up a little bit since my days at the Diplomat pool in Fla.)

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