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Really Cooking!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

1. Really cooking on the ski trails! DH had bought me a very pretty turquoise and white XC jacket for Valentine's Day: shocking pink zips! It's so light weight and stretchy and warm -- and silent: no rustling sounds. I'd been wearing DS's old downhill stuff from when he was about 11 or 12 . . . looking like the Michelin tire man pretty much and kinda sweaty. The new jacket has been such a treat, I decided to invest in some proper light weight stretchy XC pants as well. On sale half price at the end of the season, of course! Have to say, with pearly grey skies and a fine steady snow fall and perfect wax and huge ravens cawing through the falling snow, even a few tree buds beginning to look like pussy willows , it was exceptionally peaceful and serene . . . As for me, II was zipping along, hot hot hot on the ski trail today!!

Really cooking in the kitchen too: and that's fairly unusual for me

2. Acquired a 25 pound bag of beautiful beets. They are really magnificent: so sweet and tender. So: yesterday I roasted a whole single layer pan full of them at 300 for several hours with a tiny bit of olive oil. . We had a few for dinner, but most of them I chilled in preparation for today's soup making. They peel easily when chilled: then I cubed them and set them aside while simmering together: shredded carrot, celery, onion, sliced brussels sprouts, three cubed boneless skinless chicken breasts, two cans of diced tomatoes. Seasoned with poultry seasoning and chili flakes. Then I stirred in the cubed beets and turned everything a glorious magenta shade! That'll be my protein-boosted borscht supper soup this week.

3. Experimented with a little peppercorn goat cheese in my breakfast omelette, with bright yellow bell pepper and two handfuls of spinach. Quarter cup Omega whole eggbeaters egg and a quarter cup egg white, prepared in an olive-oil sprayed microwave pan. Mmmmmmmm!

4. Salads are all made for lunch tomorrow. In the veggie salad: mixed organic baby lettuces; raw beet, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, radish, green beans, baby cucumber, yellow bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, five giant shrimp. (I've got a curried pineapple salad dressing . . . PC Blue Menu. ) Mixed fruit includes: fresh pineapple, blood orange, kiwi, mango, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries. I use frozen precooked shrimp (always bought on special) and frozen mango chunks and mixed berries (don't like frozen strawberries): they'll be nicely thawed by noon tomorrow. Quite tiny quantities of each of the above -- I actually made two vegetable and two fruit salads, splitting the kiwi and the orange: but such a variety!

OK, ready for a busy week. Now I can kick back in front of the fireplace with a book for the rest of today. I'm reading Ben Schrank's "Love is a Canoe", 2013 off the new book shelf at the library -- and it's just as good as the reviews said it would be!
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KALIGIRL 2/25/2013 8:47AM

    Cooking on all fronts! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/25/2013 8:42AM

    What a perfect weekend! You've motivated me to get off my rear end this morning.

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KANOE10 2/25/2013 8:00AM

    You sound happy and motivated. How fun to have cute workout clothes. Your recipes sound great. I am going to investigate the pineapple curry salad dressing. Is it on Spark?

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NANCY- 2/25/2013 7:41AM

    Sounds like a great day! 25lbs of beets!!! Lots of beets and love your preparation of them.
What a lovely gift, having a proper coat does make the outing more enjoyable. Bet you looked stunning.

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TRYINGHARD1948 2/25/2013 2:52AM

    You are cooking up a storm everywhere. Way to go.

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PHOENIX1949 2/25/2013 1:39AM

    Please add me to the reservations list for dining in! Sounds wonderful.

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_LINDA 2/25/2013 1:37AM

    Incredible foodie meals!! I love beets, but they don't love me, have to have them in moderation, but borscht is my favorite soup! How long would it take me to fly over there for soup??? I am curious, do you add a touch of lemon or vinegar to add a little snap to your borscht?
Curried pineapple dressing sounds really good! I am just making my own with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. On my egg whites, I have a sprinkle of Asiago, garlic, and of course, fresh ground pepper -I need a big shaker of this for all my foods ;)
So glad you have a proper ski outfit now -makes all the difference to your freedom of movement, and probably look amazing too!!! I sure discovered the benefit of wick away workout clothes, no more sweatpants and cotton T's for me.
Have a fabulous work week!

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FREELADY 2/24/2013 11:06PM

    I'm ready to dine at your gourmet grill! Fabulous!

So glad you're enjoying the enhanced ski clothing!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/24/2013 9:32PM

    You HAVE been busy! Great work in the kitchen and on the trails. You should post a photo of your new ski outfit!

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PHEBESS 2/24/2013 8:49PM

    I hope you had some hot pink accessories with that jacket!

And I had the most fabulous beets at an Ethiopian restaurant in Seattle - don't know what they did, maybe sliced and seared with some onion and hot pepper - just wonderful!!!

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CMRAND54 2/24/2013 7:37PM

    Your cooking sounds wonderful!

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MEADSBAY 2/24/2013 6:29PM

    Technology has really improved winter active clothing-
so glad you have a new outfit!
You deserve it.
That beet soup sounds delish!
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NITTINNANA 2/24/2013 5:16PM

    That outfit sounds GORGEOUS!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/24/2013 3:55PM

    WOW, 25 pounds of beets! That's a LOT of beets!!! Your new XC ski outfit sounds divine and your lunches sound delish!!

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AJB121299 2/24/2013 3:13PM

    Nice

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