Notes from a Weekend of Improving and Eating

29 Mar

1. I made butter chicken from a recipe that Ai was kind enough to pass on to us from Canadian Family magazine, and it turned out to be really good and it completely met with The BF’s approval. It was a no-fuss, no-frills way to fake butter chicken without all the dairy and the best of all, without the huge complicated process of preparing the chicken.

2. We saw Alice in Wonderland in 3D. I’m totally inspired by Johnny Depp’s makeup in the movie and one day soon I will open up my kit and transform The BF into the Mad Hatter. You know, for fun.

3. We went for our first swimming class on Sunday morning. Not that we need to learn how to swim, but I signed up so that I could learn how to make my stroke more efficient, and as well to increase my endurance. I also need to work on my breathing. When I learned to swim as a child, I had never made the connection back then as to why we were taught to blow bubbles under water. Up until a few years ago, I would hold my breath while my face was in the water during the front crawl. Turning to breathe every few strokes meant exhaling, then inhaling. I didn’t know that I was supposed to be exhaling while in the water. I’m still having some trouble with this, because I was swallowing a lot of water, especially when diving. Much to The BF’s amusement, I would surface each time after a dive sputtering and choking on all the water that I had swallowed through my nose. I hope to be a master breather and an expert underwater bubble blower by June 20th, which is our last session.

4. On Sunday afternoon, we had a brunch date with one of The BF’s oldest friends B. and his girlfriend C., who happens to be a good friend of my brother’s. Their relationship makes me happy, because it goes to show you that people can find each other and connect through links within their own networks of friends, and by making your way through the degrees of separation

5. We went to West Elm again, hoping to spend the gift cards that my brother has given us for the last two Christmases. Again, we didn’t really love any of the coffee tables there and are banking on the hope that they will get some new styles really soon. I ended up just buying a recycled glass water carafe. We also finally got some white sheer linen panels for our sliding glass doors in the kitchen and he installed them last night. Also on the home improvement front, like everyone else and their little brothers it seems, we took advantage of the sale that Ikea was having last weekend on their Expedit bookcases. He has a couple of them upstairs, as they are the perfect size to store records. We bought the small one to use in our living room as a console table.

6. I decided to try a recipe for Green Tea Poached Salmon by Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix on The Food Network) in the latest issue of Clean Eating Magazine. It calls for limes, honey, fresh ginger, green tea and salmon. Just 5 ingredients, including the fish! Genius. It ended up being totally delicious, especially with the lime ginger sauce you make to go along with it, and is completely not bland as you would expect of poached salmon. I took it to work for lunch today, and it tastes even better the day after as leftovers.

It was a productive weekend, and a good lead-in to this short work week, which is supposed to progressively get warmer for us. What? 28° this Friday? I’ll take it!


12 Responses to “Notes from a Weekend of Improving and Eating”

  1. Steph S C-O March 30, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    when do they cover doggie paddle? 🙂
    The salmon recipe sounds delish! I’ll have to grab that one off you!

    • Steph March 30, 2010 at 11:37 am #

      We’re not ready for doggy paddle yet. That’s for the next level, Super Competitive Advanced Adult.

      I will scan the salmon recipe for you and email it to you. It’s not online yet.

  2. ai March 30, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Sounds like you had a good weekend. I’m glad to hear the recipe worked out for ya. We hope to see the movie this thursday!
    I’m loving the weather too 🙂 I can’t believe tomorrow is my last day!!!

    • Steph March 30, 2010 at 11:42 am #

      Wow! Time flies. I can’t believe tomorrow is your last day either! Enjoy your last few hours at work. 🙂

  3. ai March 30, 2010 at 11:28 am #

    Oh, and I love the new lay out!!!

  4. Leesh March 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    I want to try out the butter chicken recipe too! I was grocery shopping last night and wanted to buy the ingredients but I hadn’t even checked out the recipe yet. I will have to pick up the items this weekend.

    We were going to pick up some of the Expedit bookcases too but we got lazy and then decided that don’t need the bookcases just yet.

    Will I get motion sickness if I watch Alice in Wonderland in 3D? I am thinking not but I know that I won’t like that cat. HAHA!

    • Steph March 30, 2010 at 8:51 pm #

      You should definitely try the butter chicken recipe – I’m curious to know how you like it too. AND, except for the little bit of butter, it’s dairy free so it’s almost a perfect recipe for you!

      I don’t think AIW will give you motion sickness – the camera movements weren’t crazy like in Avatar. And yes, the Cheshire Cat will likely give you extreme willies. ENJOY!

  5. Sandy March 31, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks for entering my giveaway!! How ironic that I just tried butter chicken for the first time yesterday, it was delish! =)

  6. kat April 1, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    i can’t swim! i have trouble inhaling/exhaling too. whenever i try, i always get water in my face and when i inhale i get water in my mouth.

  7. Lee April 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    Was searching for an online recipe for the Green Teach Poached Salmon and happened on your website. I made it earlier tonight and bought extra salmon cuz I heard it was better the next day. I didn’t have any left!! It is delicious. Served it with roasted asparagus and garlic. Yummy meal.

  8. foodlover April 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Does anyone have the recipe for the Green Tea Poached Salmon. I say the recipe in a magazine back home, but now I am on the road I can’t find the magazine. I would love to try it.


  9. foodlover April 11, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    I am sorry, I meant to say I “seen”

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