WIAW: Spring Obsessions

Spring is in the air. And I may have a few slight obsessions…

Morning/Noon/Evening Obsession:

Chobani sent me a delectable gift. And now my fridge is a vision of gold–well a vision that is dwindling considerably. I’ve been enjoying these babies solo, with fruit, with granola, and atop protein pancakes. I’m hooked. The pear is not overly sweet and has perfectly sized bites at the bottom. I need one now.

 

Beautiful sight

Beautiful sight

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WSJ and breakfast

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I was four years old, lying on my stomach with my chin in my hands and feet kicking in the air, watching Saturday morning cartoons. My dad lay down next to me with a simple offering to the pickiest eater on the planet–it was a plated sliced pear. After much a bit of reluctance to try out the foreign food, I was pleasantly surprised. The sweet, crisp, and juicy pear won me over. And twenty years later but with less of a pixie haircut,  I can still be found kicking my legs up with a pear in hand.

 

Salty Obsession:

Seaweed wraps. Okay, let me explain. Envision nori sheets filled with lettuce, tomato, hummus and/or cottage cheese, and tempeh. Perfect summer lunch in my book. And I’ve been making my way through the pack of 1o sheets a little quicker than I’d like to admit.  This is a winner folks, get going on it.

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Supper Obsession:

The spring king himself. The asparagus. Is that not the ultimate spring vegetable or what? Wait, are you telling me it’s not standard protocol to rate your seasonal vegetables? Well, you all have another thing coming when summer heirloom tomatoes come into season. This blog will be a vision of heirloom red and yellow. Donations are welcome.

Wine is a year long obsession

Wine is a year long obsession

 

I fell in love with these long stemmed beauties my first summer home from college. I learned from Wonder Woman herself about the glories of roasting your asparagus. Olive oil, salt, pepper, and a broiler. Done and done. I’ve recently come to learn that my secret little method of preparing asparagus is more common knowledge than I realized.

 

My WIAW takeaways are three-fold: 1) grab yourself a pear chobani 2) roll out a nori wrap and 3) crisp up some asparagus. Happy Wednesday!

Spring Renewal

I hope you all had a happy weekend or Passover or Easter depending on your beliefs. I experienced some poignant reminders in between the beautiful spring weather and the dismal rain. I often feel that my time on my yoga mat is my church, my spiritual time. To set an intention for myself at that moment no matter the challenges my day brought–it’s my chance to move forward from the stress and tears that came before I stepped on my mat. To move without thought in harmony with my breath. To rejuvenate. To renew. To be. Yoga means union. The union of the body, the mind, the breath, and God. Yoga philosophy teaches us that everything is God, you are an image of God, you are one with God and grow as God.

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Following my beautiful time on the mat next to wonderful friends and a unison of breath, I attended an Easter service near the White House. The reverend spoke about the resurrection and moving away from “Befores” and “If onlys.” His words truly resonated with me. How often do I spend my time in that frame of mind? Thinking about when I was in college and things were easier, when my parents were still together, if only I had taken those prerequisite courses, if only I had done a language immersion, if only I had lived closer to my grandmother.  Easter is about renewal and change and moving forward. A new dawn with beginnings and opportunities. What is different and uncomfortable and hard allows us to grow and to begin.

 

In between my poignant lessons on renewal, I spent time enjoying the cherry blossoms (only one tree, don’t be misled), maneuvering around tourists invading DC, hunting for eggs and tiny vodka bottles, consuming too many chocolates after 40 days, and hosting a cramped (I need a real living room) but festive and joyful Easter dinner for twelve.

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Any lessons for you this weekend?

As of Late

Lately… my days look like this. Despite the kind beginning of the Spring Equinox

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Lately…I’ve been running more. Stella is getting her groove back and likes it. I ran my third half marathon, the DC Rock and Roll Half Marathon last weekend.  The route was hillier than when I PRed at it two years ago; I was also in Charlottesville hill shape then and actually training. I loved the race and it was so nice to run with a friend the entire time, rather than be plugged in to my pod. I loved having support waiting for me at the finish line 🙂

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Lately…I’ve been channeling Martha Stewart. The pre-insider trading/criminal Martha. Nothing is as cathartic as spending a few hours in the kitchen working on a dish for loved ones. Peach-pear pie anyone?

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Lately…Bloody Marys have made a come back in my life. I guess it takes a make your own Bloody Mary bar to make me reconsider my Mimosas. Getting in my veggies, right?

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Lately…Breaking Bad has been on the mind. Two episodes away from being caught up on the current season. Eeeeeeeee, so good.

 

Lately…I’ve been loving words like these, “I believe if you float that the wind will certainly one day find you… that it takes patience to hover and watch… it takes courage to put out your sails and wait for an invisible force… this is no external hand but the quiet space between effort and letting go.”

 

Lately…I discovered the best French restaurant in DC.Montematre, I have no complaints. It was the most delicious race fueling I’ve done. Wine helps the legs right?

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What have you been doing lately?

WIAW: Weekend Edition

As I mentioned, I took time to sleep in and enjoy my weekend. Leisurely moment by leisurely moment. This was clearly spurred by homemade breakfast for me and Richard. It was nice to take the time and whip something up in the kitchen, rather than rush around from obligation to errand to appointment. Perfect fuel for my ten miler that afternoon.

 

Breakfast:

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Egg scramble for me and banana flambee pancakes for him.

 

Lunch:

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Loving my big salads recently. Including falafel and hummus. You can go ahead and swoon now

 

Dinner:

Make this now. Not sure where my muse came from, but I was inspired to make nut encrusted fish. Hence, my pistachio salmon was born. I love the flavor of pistachios and per Richard’s request for flavorful fish opposed to a delicate white, we chose salmon.

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Pistachio Encrusted Salmon:
1) Drench filets in egg mixture (think egg and breadcrumb process)
2) Crush pistachios to fine/medium consistency
3) Pat pistachios onto both sides of filet
4) Season with lemon, herb mixture, salt, and pepper
5) Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Or less if smaller filet

 

Hopefully this means that spring has reawakened the chef in me. I’ve been slacking on the creativity and home cooking front.

 

Happy Wednesday!

May I Be

“may i be i is the only prayer–not may i be great or good or beautiful or wise or strong today… may i be me….five foot eleven, brown hair/eyed, smart, serious, happy, frustrated, impatient, joyful, running, sleeping, smiling, eating, trying, believing, listening, being & becoming.” -EE Cummings

 

Flowing through our Surya Namaskars on Saturday morning, we saluted the sun. These series of poses are Sun Salutations. The sun was radiating through the window, and the “blizzard” we had expected days prior was gone. Spring was in the air. As we moved through our salutes, our teacher spoke of the idle waiting we do during winter and the opportunities that emanate as spring arrives. It’s a time for us to finally plant our seeds. To cultivate. To ignite. To be and become, as EE Cummings said. It’s a season of blossoming. For the hyacinth and the cherry blossoms and ourselves.

 

It was nice to take a moment this weekend just to be. To spend time in the kitchen, to snuggle, to celebrate birthdays with my family and friends, to stay have breakfast in bed, to reconnect with my mat, to drink champagne, to feel the sun permeate my skin, to run along the Potomac with 75% of DC, to take a breath, to not plan my entire day.

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