You Win Some, You Lose Some
The other day I heard a simple recipe on a podcast that I was ready to try out last night for Top Chef Masters dinner with ITP-Reader Betsy.
The recipe called for salmon (I know, I need to step up my vegetarian eating but at the same time I need to inject more fish into my meaty diet), Ranch dressing (yes, Ranch dressing), orange slices, some oil, and some salt and pepper.
The preparation was dead simple:
- preheat your oven to 350º F
- slice your orange into 1/4″ slices
- wash the fish and pat it dry
- spread some oil on the fish, then spice to your taste with salt and pepper
- spread the Ranch dressing on the flesh side of the fillet
- lay the orange slices on top of the fish
- make a packet out of the foil by sealing it
- place the foil packet into the oven for 20 (or so) minutes
Since I was heating an entire oven I also made foil packets of mixed vegetables, onto which I spread some of the rind of the orange and some of its juice.
The meal was good, but I’m not so sure that I’d make it again. The Ranch dressing was a bit overwhelming and I think the orange provided too much citrus to the meal. One of the unforeseen benefits of this preparation was that when the fish is completely cooked the meat comes off the skin easily as the skin adheres to the foil. And if care is taken in extracting the packet goodness onto a plate cleanup is a snap (but not a snapper because you’ve prepared salmon and are not an alchemist).
The vegetables were really tasty though they lost much of their color during the packet-roasting process.
Goodbye And Dare I Say Good Riddance, US 10k Classic
It was with slightly mixed emotions to read of the cancellation of this year’s Labor Day staple, the US 10k Classic yesterday. As has been the case with many events which require major sponsorship the economy has kicked them in the proverbial balls.
I ran the US 10k once, during my fitness hey-day in 1996 and didn’t do so well — 52 minutes if I remember correctly. That race was the second 10k I ever entered, doing so only to prove to myself that I could do it. I’d run the Peachtree Road Race that year at the urging of the then-girl-I-wanted-to-be-with Domnique, who broke up with me two weeks prior to the July 4th event. The only thing which got me through that boring, straight, up-and-downhill course from Cobb Galleria to Whitewater Amusement Park was the time I spent parked a few feet behind a very attractive young lady who ran at a pace slightly faster than my own.
It’s Flaming Lips Night
Tonight I’ll be headed to The Tabernacle (not really my favorite venue) for the first night of the Flaming Lips’ performance of The Soft Bulletin and some of their other greatest hits. I’ll admit that I’m not a hard-core Flaming Lips fan but I’ve liked their music for some time and and enjoy the infectious happiness which accompanies their concerts.
Eventually I will allow myself a vacation this year. I have a few things in mind (a long-weekend in Raleighwood, a weekend away in the North Georgia mountains using the LivingSocial deal I bought last year, a long-weekend visiting my brother and sister-in-law), but have rekindled the planning process. Assuming I have a week to spare, what do recommend? When would be the best time to do it?
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – see yesterday
Current Music – listening to this week’s “Breakfast Club” podcast from CBC Radio 3
Website Of The Day – Cooking Outdoors meet Outdoor Cooking. The salmon recipe was provided by Cooking Outdoors, but I inadvertently discovered Outdoor Cooking in the process of Googling.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – not checking right now
Foot Mileage – 0.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 0
Carnivorous Days – 17
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
Go out on a date with someone else
– Read an entire book, specifically The Laws Of Simplicity
2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than
two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions