it's certainly the season for top-ten lists, isn't it? i figured i would add one more to the fray with the overdue recap of last year's doin' time project.
overall? i'm really happy i conquered the doin' time cookthrough project. making all of the recipes in martha's cookbook allowed me to learn new techniques and forced me to make things that i know i wouldn't have chosen to tackle otherwise. some of these things were hits (beef bulgogi!); others were less exceptional (cornish hens . . . not my thing).
would i do another cookthrough? mayyyyyybe . . . though probably not anytime soon. the project actually took a fair amount of discipline! though most of the recipes in great food fast are fairly simple, i wasn't always in the mood to whip up a from-scratch, multi-component dinner after a long day at work. after all, i had all of her side dishes/salads/soups to get through in addition to the mains.
list time! top 10 meals of doin' time
crisp goat cheese salad and pork tenderloin with mustard sauce
almond-apricot chicken with mint pesto
pan-fried shrimp with green curry cashew sauce
pork quesadilla (cuban sandwich style!) with jicama slaw
greek mini lamb-burgers with grilled farmer's market vegetables
mahi-mahi fish tacos with corn fritters
coconut shrimp soup
spaghetti with turkey meatballs
something a bit more flexible and easy for the new year. details tomorrow! i decided i'd rather tie up the old before i ventured on with the new.
really, we haven't been doing much, AND I AM LOVING IT. josh has been getting his video game fix and i have been lounging around and catching up on google reader to my heart's content. there has also been a bit of cleaning (by me) and home decor (by josh) going on in the background . . . kath, look what's finally up on the wall!
today's plans? just as intense. a little trip to the gym, some studying, and probably dinner out. inspired by diana, i think i might try to make cinnamon buns.
as much as i love traveling and visiting family/friends, it has been wonderful to just take a break and stay home for once. i think i'd like to make the staycation a yearly tradition!
1.1.10 <--- so clean, so fresh!
workout: 6 miles, middle 3 at tempo pace
- first 1.5 mile warmup @ 8:54/mi
- middle 3 miles @ tempo, 7:58/mi
- last 1.5 miles coolown @ 9:09/mi
average 8:30/mi. a good start to the new year!
in the kitchen: i whipped out a neglected cookbook -- the splendid table: how to eat supper -- and made plumped ginger-caramel shrimp. served with brown rice and (martha's!) gingered sugar snap peas.
i also tried out this two-hearted ale while studying:
reading: ~40 minutes spent reading over GAPS (guidelines for adolescent preventative services). STDs, drug abuse, EDs, and depression . . .it's going to be a fun month. i also did 10 PREP questions. newfound fact: vitamin E deficiency can cause hyporeflexia and tremor, as well as hemolysis in infants. high yield, because for some reason the boards LOVE to test vitamin knowledge!
(oh, and speaking of vitamins, yes i took mine yesterday. and today. HOLLA!)