Sunday, January 29, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

experiments

Experimented with different salads this week. The greatest surprise? Honeydew melons fit into ANY recipe! Seriously.

Beet salad:
- raw beets, tomatoes, 2 red peppers, 1 yellow pepper, cucumber, avocado, 3 spoons of yogurt, bunch of cilantro, asparagus (very lightly steamed)

Mixed salad I:
- tomatoes, green pepper, honeydew melon, cranberries, hemp seeds


Mixed salad II:
- tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, avocado, honeydew melon, hemp seed


 

Monday, January 23, 2017

My tomato plant

I just thought I might share it...
I have always thought that tomato plants have fruit and then die. However, two years ago I became a happy owner of this tomato plant and it challenged all my assumptions. First, the seeds were accidentally planted (or I should say, I dropped them into one of my flower pots while eating a tomato) in mid-September of 2015. There was something growing out of the pot later but I did not pay any attention to it until I realized that the things looked like... a bunch of tomato plants! They started growing really nicely. It was getting cold though, so feeling sorry for a poor plants, I took the whole pot inside at the beginning of November. For some it may seem late but here, it was not. Actually, it was mostly nights that were too cold for my tomato but you know, it's better to be safe than sorry... In December 2015 I got first little tomatoes! Then I expected my plant to die because this is what I observed with other tomatoes grown by my family or friends in the past.
However, my tomato decided to live and looked like "never better".
When spring came, I took it outside. I have learned however, that my plant does not like to be outside too much and I need to monitor the weather very closely. It does not like strong sunlight. Actually, it prefers rather gloomy days. So not only I ended up taking it out and in throughout the summer but I also kept it under my garden umbrella.
THIS IS ONE CAPRICIOUS TOMATO!!!! If you do something wrong, you can see instantly the leaves drooping and that it looks "unhappy"...
Well, it spends the second winter with me and has tomatoes again! I have already eaten six. There are about fifteen more still growing. I took the pot outside today. Although January, it is 57F or about 15C and it rains a little, and this is my tomatoes favorite weather. Going to take it in though for the night since temps will drop to almost freeze.
This is one amazing tomato plant
And since it looks that we are stuck together for more seasons to come, maybe I should name it somehow...  So funny.
:)



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Honeydew salad

Today's salad:
  • 1/3 of a honeydew melon
  • 1 big apple
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of dried cherries, unsweetened
  • hemp seeds

Saturday, January 21, 2017

10-mile race: done!

My first 10-mile race: DONE!




It was lots of fun- actually I found it much less stressful than shorter 5K (3.1mile) races. Even though the terrain was quite hilly...


Yay!
Oh, actually, as you may have noticed, my running time on a certificate differs from what I had on my watch. Why? I simply forgot to stop timing! There were some friends cheering my on the finish line and only after few additional seconds I realized my watch is still on. The official time was 1:34:17.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Spring??

The weather has changed and all of the sudden we have much higher temperatures. Love it! Turned off the heat. It supposed to stay like this for about a week. Hopefully the warm spell lasts longer though; I don't really like warm sweaters and thick clothing.



And since it felt like spring outside, I made another salad instead of cooking an elaborate dinner


It had less ingredients than the one presented in my last post but it was still very yummy...
Ingredients: an apple, arugula, dried cherries, blueberries, cheddar cheese, and hemp seeds.

Monday, January 9, 2017

10 miler

A few weeks ago I talked with friends teasing each other about our running, and before we knew it we all signed up for 10 mile run!  It is organized by the Calhoun's restaurant chain and after the run all participants are invited to breakfast. I guess, in hindsight, this is exactly what motivated us to sign up: FOOD!!!!!!!!! Normally, I do not go to restaurants because I keep a special diet and prepare all my food myself but one time is not going to kill me (I hope). Besides, it will be possible to get healthier choices (I hope, again). So I have two weeks left for practicing. Right now, can run 8.5 miles which means that I still need to master 1.5 mile before 21st... Oh, boy.



Talking about food, today I made this salad:



I chopped several beet leaves, mustard leaves, added arugula, chopped green zucchini, cucumber, tomatoes, cranberries (dried and fresh), added a few drops of sesame oil, sprinkled it with hemp seeds, and added a little shredded cheese. I made a huge bowl that will last for two, perhaps three days- even if I eat the salad twice a day. I do not have too much free time, so I always try to prepare a little more food and have it for later. And it is not boring because- if I treat this salad as a base- each time I can add some more ingredients. My friend, suggested eggs or pieces of fried chicken but one can add even seafood... The key is to be creative and keep it yummy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

First Snow

We got some snow this morning! For many people, there is nothing unusual about it but here, snowfall is quite rare. Everyone gives in to panic and all the stores close until the roads are cleared and covered with sand several inches deep   :)
Usually, everything melts within two or three days. Sometimes we get an ice storm, which actually causes more headache than snow. Last year I was stuck at home for two full weeks because of the thick ice on the road. Luckily, I had enough food and my power was not cut off. It was fun for the first three days because I did not have to go to work or school but afterwards it was just plain BORING. Two weeks!!!! Can you imagine???

This is a picture I took this morning:
 
 
 And these are pictures from last year- everything covered with ice!