Time to Eat

First off, I want to say that we made a Cauliflower and Tomato Coconut Curry a couple nights ago, and we are still enjoying the fruits of our labor. Thank you to A Couple Cooks for sharing that one. [On a side note, I don’t know Sonja and Alex, but I love them. I love their food, I love their photo, I covet their kitchen, I want to emulate their healthy lifestyle. Huge blog crush!]

Anyway, I don’t often follow recipes exactly–not because I’m all into experimenting or anything; it’s usually because I don’t have all the ingredients and tend to just make do. Often it works, but just as often the results are very meh! But I pretty much followed this recipe, except for substituting red quinoa for the rice. Great the first night and even better today. And there’s plenty more for at least a couple more meals. I have a feeling that as those flavors continue to meld, it’s just going to get better.

But tonight we decided to take a break from the curry and move toward northern Africa. And this time I took a recipe and totally changed it up. The original recipe actually sounds delicious as is, but … (1) I don’t have a full chicken; I just have drumsticks. (2) I didn’t want to take the time to simmer and then roast said chicken; I need to get in a meal so that we can digest our food somewhat before heading out for a late workout at the Y. (Who are we, and what have we done with our real selves?) and (3) I didn’t have all the ingredients anyway.

So, take one Chicken Tagine with Herbs and Harissa Olives, courtesy of Food and Wine, and turn it into chicken thighs marinated in mint tea with ginger, cumin, coriander, turmeric, onion salt, pepper, and parsley. Add a side of roasted new and sweet potatoes tossed with chopped onion and garlic and a bunch of herbs and spices: cilantro, parsley, coriander, ginger, salt, pepper, saffron (yes, I had saffron but I didn’t have butter or olives … go figure).

We cheated and microwaved the potatoes first (we have a schedule, people!) and then threw it all together into the oven. While Mr. J grilled the chicken, I threw together a spinach, cuke, pear, goat cheese salad with another delicious discovery from A Couple Cooks: 2 T stone ground mustard + 2 T honey + 2 T white wine vinegar + 2 T olive oil.

Easy peasy. And I’m happy to say that except for overdoing it a bit with the saffron and roasting the potatoes just a little too long, it was all absolutely delicious. It would have been great with that off-dry viognier chilling in our fridge, but alas, the Y beckons.

Stupid healthy lifestyle!*


* I kid.



Fortitudethe strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression, or despondency / resolute endurance / grit, backbone, pluck, guts

Over the years, I’ve learned that I can be incredibly motivated, but apparently only in short bursts. It’s like that slow twitch versus fast twitch thing about muscles. I have the type of motivation that comes in quick little bursts and lasts for a day or two or sometimes even a week or so. But then I get distracted by something new or different, and my attention and motivation go off in a completely new direction.

What seems to be a newer trend for me, though perhaps it’s something I’ve been doing for years, is the New Year, New Me motivation. I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolution type of person, but like many people, I find that the new year is a time to evaluate who I am, where I am, what I am doing, and how I am living. This is the second winter in a row when I have been all motivated to discover my life’s purpose and challenge myself to do all sorts of self-discovery.

Last year I took part in a writing therapy group that I found super helpful. As a result, I joined a local writer’s guild and even went to a meeting. Then we started traveling and work got crazy and I totally let it all slide. Of course, I’m still a dues-paying member of that guild.

At the end of the year it was Live Your Legend that got me all amped up and excited. I did the blog writing challenge and enjoyed it. But then the holidays came along and work got crazy and I again totally let it all slide.

And, here it is … February. The time for resolutions or motivations or intentions to fade away, in typical resolution fashion. But my word this year is fortitude.  So it’s time to stick with this motivation and keep it moving on throughout the year. Continue reading