Saturday, January 29, 2011

Attempting balance

Stephen made me dinner on Thursday, and it was a big, fat WIN.  Not something I should eat every day, but it tasted amazing, and that’s all I cared about after a long day of work (a statement that could get me in trouble if said too often).

dinner on the stove

I made the green beansOpen-mouthed smile

Stephen making dinner

It had garlic and chicken and cream and pasta and pecans and holy crap it was good.

dinner

So last night, I tried to make something simple and healthy for Mom and myself to create some balance in my weekly eats.

bourbon citrus salmon

Boy did it suck.  Yeah, we’re still using Christmas dishes.  Hush.  I marinated some salmon by putting down slices of orange, some minced garlic, and then bourbon and letting it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.  Normally when I do bourbon-based marinades, I mix it with something like honey or maple or something sweet to round out the flavors and balance out the alcohol.  I don’t know what I was thinking last night.  Strong bourbon + acidic oranges = sharp-tasting salmon with no depth of flavor.  It’s been far too long since I experimented with a recipe.

On the exercise front, I’m looking into working out at another branch of the Y closer to my office, maybe even on my lunch hour if I get crazy enough.  My all-or-nothing thinking gets in the way and I think, “I only have an hour to drive there, change, work out, (shower?), change, and drive back…it’s not worth it.”  I brought my running clothes on Friday but didn’t have enough time to go to the park with the errands I had to run.  Le sigh.  One of these days I’ll get it all figured out!