Odds and Ends

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I did my pushups last night, did you? I learned two things. First, that I might actually be able to accomplish this. I did 12 push ups ( 2, 3, 2, 2, 3, and resting in between) just like it told me to do and well - I was breathing hard when I finished, but I did it, right?! Second, I might have to rethink the whole every other day vaccuuming thing. My floor was gross, internet. I have two sheddy cats and well - let's just say that laying face down on your own carpet gives you a good view of what's really going on down there. Gah.

What are these lovely things? The parsnip harvest! Cowgirl said they look like ghosts. She was having a Very Bad Day at work and I sent her a picture of these bad boys and told her to have a laugh at my expense. She thinks it quite hilarious that I send her pictures of my produce. I'm not sure I even like parsnips. But Symphony Date does. What should I do with them? And I really, really thought they would keep, but they've only been out of the ground for 2 days and they're already kind of pruney and limp.
And here's what happens when you're waiting impatiently for your next check so that you can go to the grocery store. You make a salad out of what's in your refrigerator. Wanna know what's in there? Some of my Famous Beef, a bunch of broccoli slaw for crunch, leftover roasted peppers and onions, a handful of cherry tomatoes; braised carrots and radishes.
And boy, was I creative with those braised vegetables. I never knew that you could cook radishes until last Summer and I loved, loved, loved them. Mark Bittman told me how to do it. And I wanted them again, but I didn't quite have all the ingredients. It called for chicken broth or wine - I had neither. But I DID have a packet of onion soup mix, so I mixed that up and used it instead. Not as "clean" tasting, but still excellent. And since I had two lone carrots that were soon to be worthless, I chopped them up and threw them in the mix. I'd say it was a win overall.

I'm walking again tonight and Thursday? I'm going to run, baby. RUN RUN RUN. I have no illusions that I still have the stamina that I had a month ago, but I don't care. I get to run. And if that means five minutes at a time, I'm going to do it. I'm sure you'll hear all about it.


lacochran's evil twin said...

If *I* do the push ups, I'm not really living vicariously through you.

clearness said...

That food looks amazingly delicious. You always make me want to lick my computer screen. Good work at getting in shape!

Jen said...

Ah veggies, if only they tasted like ice cream. :) Anyhow, have a great run tonight and remember to pace yourself, no need to get injured again.

Lemon Gloria said...

My dad used to LOVE parsnips. My mom would cook them for him, even though she doesn't care for them, even though they kind of smell like urine when they're cooking. But they taste good.

Congrats on the push ups! Yay, you!

justme said...

so...parsnips. i grew up hating them, because my mom would put them in stew and pretend they were potatoes. it was gross....because they are not potatoes.

as an adult, my cousin made a roasted veggie dish for thanksgiving last year. it was SO GOOD. it had beets, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, and parsnips...it was so good. basil and balsalmic and roast them in a pan.

Anonymous said...

I had to quit yoga at home because my floors depressed me too much. I'd clean and clean and still hair and dust and general ick.

Will you do my push ups for me?

kilax said...

I am happy you get to run! Be careful!

I think the parsnips are beautiful! I have never had them before. I wonder if I would like them.