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Also had a different kind of fruit - a nectarine/peach cross. Got to admit it is very good. Best of both.
1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
2. Eat to heal
3. Move to live
4. Embrace today
5. Live with intention
6. Respect my body
7. Cultivate joy
8. Find my passion
9. Meditate on peace in my soul
Went on that long walk that I didn't think I would get to do today. I've been walking down the road I live on, which is extremely beautiful with water on one side and pretty little and not-so-little houses spaced along the other side. Many beautiful sailboats and kayaks. I don't know if I have explained that I don't live right on the coastline but along a "gut" which is a natural cut through the peninsula. The water is salty ocean water and tidal but there are no big crashing waves and it is almost always peaceful looking, even during big storms. I can see the other side of the peninsula that is cut off and this being Maine, it is covered with pine and fir trees. Maybe you can imagine how pretty it is.
Can't help but keep looking at my kombucha, which is of course is doing nothing. I'm not moving it, though. I want to go into town to get some of the fancy-schmancy balsamic vinegar that makes my salads taste like angels have been running their fingers through the lettuce, but there won't be any parking and it will make me cross.
One happy result of my review yesterday is that we had a long, frank talk about job security and prospects for the future. Very few hospitals the size of ours have 24/7 respiratory therapists - most just have day shifts and night call. My manager said - and I believe him - that there has been no talk at all of cutting us back, and he does not think that is going to happen. The physicians and other staff are just too used to having an RT around. The physicians, of course, are the ace because what they say goes. Many of my duties would fall on them if I weren't around. Also he said that if there were any cutbacks for the day shift he would not let anyone bump me out of my night shift. If there is a cutback on days, a day person would go. But he doesn't think that will happen, although if it happens by attrition he might be hard pressed to get approval for a replacement. I thought that over while I was walking and I feel a lot better, and maybe I can start feeling at home here. Maybe even think about buying a place or something.
One problem I am having today is that I just want to cook my way through Practical Paleo!
Major score! The local spice company makes a Berbere mix! When I went to the vinegar store, I checked out the spice rack and got a terrific surprise! And I've tasted it and it is really, really, really good. My mouth caught fire, but still the complex flavors came through...and that was just a bit on my tongue. Can't wait to cook it up into a stew. Not tonight, though. I need to eat down a bit. Also got a major treat. They had fig cake - ingredients: figs, almonds. A slice of that with a couple of slivers of artisan cheese and a good Chardonnay - oh yes. Not paleo, but okay.
Not sure about dinner tonight. Not hungry and so maybe will just have a really simple salad, lettuce, celery, chicken.
Okay, now it's about noon on Sunday. Just got back from church. Decided to show up for summer choir - there were 5 of us, scary stuff! But it was okay. Fun, actually. It is so much nicer to actually be part of the service instead of just sitting there. And it is fun to sing, and it is appreciated.
Came home and had leftover zucchini pancake and meatloaf.
Backing up to last night, finished the Doro Wat and so far the jury is out. It is not hard to make, but it is very time consuming and potentially very messy. I don't know why, but it wasn't that good. The spice mix was great - I tasted it and it was great, but the flavors didn't get into the chicken and the chicken was bland in a really spicy but watery broth (my own bone broth). Somehow need to get the flavors infused into the chicken. Am wondering if boneless breast meat (anathema, I know) would have been better. It might have absorbed the flavors better. Maybe some magic has happened overnight in the fridge.
Slept very well. Woke up about 3 AM and it was so beautiful I didn't want to go back to sleep. The French doors were open and it was very cool and fresh and the stars were brilliant in the skylights. I was so warm and cozy in my fleece blanket and all the cats snuggled up. Yes, life is good. But I did go back to sleep and woke up feeling great and decided to go to summer choir, which brings me back to the beginning of my post -
Went hiking with a friend and had fun but got eaten alive by mosquitos. Many huge bites. Then we decided to go swimming in a lake, but as soon as we got in we heard a crack of thunder and saw lightning. A beautiful storm blew through, lashing rain for just a few minutes. So now I am home for the night. There is a film I want to see, but to be honest I don't have the will to get myself there - would much rather just hang out at home.
Going to try out my doro wat and hope it is better on the second day!
I love nomnompaleo. Sorry to hear that one of he recipes didn't turn out like it should. I need to find some new go to lunch and dinner items, I may have to browse the recipe app I have of hers and see what I can find. You have any suggestions?
I looked at that recipe, and it does sound mighty fine. You said yours was watery, did you reduce it enough after the slow simmer? That would concentrate the flavours some more, I expect. I might have to give that a try if I come across some of the berbere spice. One bulk place nearby does have an amazing range of odd spices and such, so it's possible. I usually see at least a few unfamiliar things there.
I did reduce it, and it should have been thicker; onions are a fine thickener, and it has plenty of them. I don't want to discourage anyone from making it, as it is probably just me. The spice mix, berbere, is great, though. Nothing wrong with the spices!
Em, I have made many of her recipes and adore them. I particularly like the Asian Cauliflower Rice, Asian meatballs, Thai Curry Chicken, and tons of the side dishes, like sweet potato fries, prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Her Mexican chocolate pots are a staple.