Usually I am not overly inclined to come here and ramble on about nothing. For some reason, today is different. As much as I have been posting fairly regularly (twice per week is regular, isn’t it?), I have felt pretty disengaged from the whole process. It’s kind of like, “here’s your recipe, here’s some pictures, have fun, bye.” I am yearning for the diarizing aspect of blogging today though so I am going to go for it. There’s an element of voyeurism to blogging, isn’t there? It’s interesting to gain insight into the lives of other people. Or maybe that’s just me – maybe that’s why I want to be a psychologist. So anyways, if you just want the recipe without hearing me ramble on, skip down a bit and you will find it. Otherwise, listen up.
Did that make it seem like I had something crazily earth-shattering to share? Sorry to get your hopes up but I don’t. Just your average every day this and that; catching up over coffee kind of thing. If you want, you can go make yourself a cup, I’ll wait. Things have been busy, I mean, they are always busy, but especially so. The semester is winding down so there are projects, papers, tests and the like. I have this group video assignment for kinesiology and it is basically my hell. Honestly when was the last time I had to make a video for school? Junior high probably. Give me a 10 page paper or a Powerpoint presentation any day, I will take it hands down. Thankfully I’ve got a good group otherwise who knows?
At work the pace has been just as relentless. My boss is having her baby soon, which means getting everything in order as she will be out of commission for a while. Oh and did I mention I decided to start a new volunteer position too? In my defence I applied back in December (when things were a little calmer) and by the time the whole process was finished, a few months had passed. I had my first shift this morning and I must say, it was worth the wait. I could tell instantly that it is one of those atmospheres where everyone gets along and is like a big extended family. To say I am glad for this would probably be an understatement because I was starting to wonder what I was getting myself into. It’s nice when things actually work out, no?
What else, what else? Well I guess we cannot ramble without mentioning the weather. I woke up to a blizzard this morning. The winter tires will be staying on a bit longer (anyone who lives in Calgary and had already thought about taking them off is nothing short of dumb…or in denial…or perhaps both). Then I made the mistake of doing an arm workout at the gym (which I virtually never do, by the way). We have the Mt. Everest of driveways so I got some more fitness in when I came home. Blowdrying my hair tomorrow is not going to be fun, I can sense it already. That thing is going to feel like lead in my hands. Did I mention I would really like to train myself to be able to do a pull-up? Just one and I will be happy. The problem is, I am not even sure where to start. Arm strength is not my forte. Oh and back to shovelling, I slipped and fell on my ass. So I really am going to be a wreck in the morning. Advil for breakfast anyone?
Ok and I cannot wait for Monday because Monday is officially the best day ever. Ever. No manic Monday, I wish it was Sunday business. Not when The Blacklist is on. If you have never watched it, get out from under that rock you are living beneath and turn on the television! I do not care if you hate TV, or if you don’t have cable, or if you are not home when it is on. PVR it, Netflix it, whatever people do these days, watch The Blacklist and I am telling you, it will be the best decision you have ever made. That may sound a little extreme for a TV show. However, when I get this excited about something that is not related to food, not one bit, there is something to be said for it. That’s it, I’ve done my part. If you don’t watch it, that’s your fault.
Is my time up? Your coffee is all gone? Don’t lie to me, you probably finished it 3 paragraphs ago. Maybe you even slipped some Bailey’s in it just to get yourself through this. That’s ok, I did what I had to do. I said what I had to say. Which wasn’t much, but I said it anyways. Have a good weekend everyone. I shall return on Monday after a couple days of rest and recuperation in the mountains. If you are jealous, you should be. There is nothing like ’em (the mountains that is). If you want, you can come visit some time and see for yourself. Until then, cheerio!
- romaine lettuce, chopped
- julienned beets
- quick pickled cucumbers (literally just soaked in vinegar with a little bit of sugar, salt and pepper)
- roasted yams (again just cubed up and roasted with some S and P)
- sliced mushrooms
- sesame seeds, to garnish
- 1-2 tbsp. peanut butter, melted in the microwave until liquid
- 1-2 tbsp. lime juice, rice wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- a couple drops of sesame oil
- fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
- It's a veggie bowl so quite frankly, use whatever vegetables you want. I did a combo of lettuce, beets, mushrooms, cucumbers and yams but anything will work, from avocados to a soft boiled egg on top.
- To make the dressing, simply whisk together everything from the peanut butter to the black pepper until smooth. Pour it over the produce, garnish with some sesame seeds and dig in.