Good morning, sunshines! It feels just like monsoon season over here… when I woke up yesterday it was raining, and it still is now! At least I’ve been getting better about bringing my umbrella (or parapluie, en français) so it’s actually been kind of nice. There’s something so pleasant about being indoors and cozy with the rain outside, don’t you think? When I was in fifth grade our teacher had us make a list of things that helped us write… “rain” was on there!
Yesterday I made another batch of Sarah‘s Microwave Pumpkin Pie… so, so good. I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to snack until lunch since I had to go to my internship, so I made it a little heartier with a container of Trader Joe’s Organic Nonfat Greek Yogurt, one whole Gala apple, and cinnamon.
I read some interesting things at work until lunchtime, when I met my mom at Pinto, a Thai restaurant that has a great prix-fixe. For $8, you get a salad, appetizer, and entrée. Pretty good price, especially for New York City!
We both warmed up with jasmine tea. It was served in a coffee press, which neither of us had ever seen used for tea before.
In addition to my salad (which came with a fabulous lemon dressing), I started with the tofu seaweed soup. I was surprised to find glass noodles at the bottom of the bowl!
My mom and I both selected the Thai Basil for our entrée.
Mine came with shrimp, hers with beef.
I had a couple bites of rice, but focused on the main event. I did a pretty good job on it!
After lunch my mom took me to buy some vitamins, then she went back to work and I walked across town to the gym. It wasn’t raining, but was very damp. The city is beautiful, but needs a little wringing out.
At the gym I biked for 30 minutes and did some ab work. I didn’t do the “cool down” today; I know I should, but it usually depends on how anxious I am to get off the machine. On Monday I was reading an interesting magazine, so I stayed on for 50 minutes. Do you stay for a cool down?
On the way out, I tore into the Jonagold apple my mom brought me from upstate. It was huge! I had to violate the “absolutely no photography” rule to show you how big it was.
When I got home I researched and applied to some temping agencies; hopefully I’ll hear something soon. Ari was working in the kitchen, so, friendly girlfriend that I am, I went out quite a bit to visit. That may have been more about the bag of pretzels that he had next to him, though…
I was on my own for dinner, which I made while catching up with some friends and enjoying some pinot noir. Recently, I’ve really been enjoying drinking cold red wine. Do you chill your red or keep it at room temperature?
I made a quick batch of roasted Brussels sprouts:
Basic Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- 1/2 pint Brussels sprouts, washed
- 2 T olive oil
- fresh cracked pepper
- balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 450. Chop stems off Brussels sprouts, and cut in half, top-to-bottom. Combine olive oil, salt and pepper in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Add sprouts, and toss to coat evenly.
Put dish in oven and bake 20 minutes. The outer leaves should have begun to brown, but the rest should be bright green.
Drizzle a little balsamic vinegar over the sprouts. Less is more, so start with about 1 tablespoon and add additional balsamic if desired.
I combined the sprouts with spinach, steamed green beans, grape tomatoes, julienned carrots and TJ’s Meatless Meatballs, and made a simple EVOO/balsamic/mustard vinaigrette.
FYI: I eat my salads out of a 3 quart Pyrex baking dish! No ordinary bowl can handle these beasts 🙂
For dessert, I finished up the Light Phish Food and mixed in a teaspoon of Nutella. Mmm.