Today’s Happy Note: Everything! It was just a very pleasant Saturday. I need a list.
1. Turtles. I found this little pond in CP with a small dock. I ran down the dock and discovered that the pond was swarming with turtles — hundreds of them! My favorites are the big old ones. They’re such serene and graceful creatures.
2. Buying myself sunflowers! See farmer’s market pictures below. They are brightening up my dining room table.
3. Getting things done: lots of errands and tasks (calling grandparents, buying paper towels, letter writing, etc.).
4. One of my best random dinner creations ever.
5. Spectacular batch of protein ice cream (that I am currently eating).
6. Chatting with friends, even if only briefly. Always makes my day so much better.
7. Catching up on Bethenny Getting Married, which is the best reality show ever. I think Bethenny is really sassy and clever. She is totally someone who I would want as my friend!
I had a spectacular Adventure this morning to a yoga class with live music. I have never had a class with live musicians and it was fun, especially since the players were kinda cute. I don’t think it really changed my experience but I did notice I felt a little more relaxed. Like there was less stuff floating around in my head interfering with my practice.
I have been thinking a lot about compassion lately. Yoga always reminds me to be kind: towards myself and others. This is one of my favorite things about it, besides the obvious physical benefits. After yoga, the Adventure continued to the Farmer’s Market. Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera since I only had my running waist pack. There was such a wide variety of vendors there today. I wanted to try so many things — fresh goat cheese, blueberry jam, sprouts, lamb, herb teas, squashes. I didn’t think I should spend my life savings at the FM though, so I had to drag myself away eventually. My little trip reminded me of Averie! I wish she could shop at the farmer’s market in NYC with me. I know she would love it and we would be buddies!
When I was done shopping, I munched on a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie from Stone Arch Farms (my favorite baked goods vendor by far) dipped in my newly acquired cashew butter! I had gotten a few things at WF beforehand. Sadly, the cashew butter was a bit disappointing. It was sort of thick and goopy and slimy. Cashews are my favorite nut too. I don’t know where things went wrong.
Peaches, cookies, banana chip bread, eggs, fava beans, sunflowers, cucumbers, sweet corn! WF loot:
Basil, spring greens, almond milk, frozen mahi mahi burgers (!!!), raspberries, cashew butter. Can you tell what I was thinking of making for dinner? Probably not. Because only a few of the ingredients are here. And only my crazy brain would think up the bizarre concoction that it turned into.
So what did dinner turn into?
Summer Pasta Salad (this is for one)
1 serving whole wheat noodles
1/2 pound fava beans (once shelled, you’ll have about 1/2 – 3/4 cups)
2 C spinach, washed
1 C fresh basil, washed
2 Tbsp EVOO
2 Tbsp hummus
Lemon pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Boil a pot of water and add a teaspoon or two of salt. While it boils, remove fava beans from pods. Add them into the boiling water for three or four minutes; meanwhile, prepare a bowl of ice water. Remove fava beans from pot and submerge in ice water. Add pasta to water and cook for ten to twelve minutes. The fava beans actually have another shell that must now be removed. I took them out of the ice water and, using a dull-ish knife (I didn’t want to slice my hand open), make a slice along one edge, then squeeze the bean out. Once all of the beans have been shelled, toss into a frying pan with a little EVOO, lemon pepper, and salt. Into a blender goes the hummus, the other tablespoon of EVOO, more salt and lemon pepper, and the basil. Blend until creamy. Beans should be sauteed for about five minutes, while pasta is finishing up. When everything is complete, add pasta, beans, and sauce to a bowl. Toss together thoroughly, then add the spinach and toss again. Serve with cheese, sunny side up egg, more basil, or other fresh herbs.
This was such a fun dinner! I was *this close* to not cooking but decided I wanted to do a little kitchen experimentation. So glad I did! It’s creamy yet tangy yet not overpowering. I will probably make a version of this again. I need to buy more favas next time!
Do you have a favorite easy summer recipe?
Outside of my yoga/farmer’s market adventure, I also ran and lifted today. I did about seven and a half miles then twenty-ish minutes of arm strength. I was proud of myself for that distance. It felt surprisingly easy, considering that I have run all of five miles in the last two weeks. I think I should be back up to my regular weekend long runs in no time at all.
Tomorrow will, hopefully, include more Adventures. I think that’s what weekend are all about
What Adventures are you having on this lovely (albeit sticky) July weekend?