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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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