Sunday, October 6, 2013

The calm after the storm

Picture this: I'm run-walking down the Commons juggling a DSW bag and my umbrella in one hand and my favorite silver bag (yes I have to mention it's color because then I'm allowed to have multiple favorites in the different colors) in the other. I'm rushing to make my 1:00 p.m. appointment on Newbury Street; it's 12:59 and I'm not even past the Boylston T-Stop. Oh and did I mention it's drizzling and cold? ... Then all of a sudden my pants are soaked near my hip. I look down and my handbag is soaking wet. I look inside and notice my water bottle cap is loose and everything inside my bag is casually floating around. Yes, my handbag is a pool and I'm still running late.

Despite all that, I still have a large smile on my face. Nothing can ruin my good mood. Not the weather, not the water whirling around in my handbag, not the frizz plaguing my hair. I'm done with LSAT studying and that trumps any and all annoying things happening this weekend. It's the calm after the storm and I'm enjoying it until October 30th (scores release date).

Now let's backtrack to the end of my last post published almost three months ago--insert frown-face here. As you may have noticed from above, I was studying for the Law School Admission Test. Add work and exercise to that and you get long days with limited, if any, free time. Consequently I had no time for cooking, baking or blogging (I still ate, but nothing worthy of a post).

But now here I am, post anti-social-LSAT-studying-hermit-crab phase and I'm ready for a new batch of recipes.

So here's a little something I cooked to break the take out/frozen dinner rut. I found the rice and spinach salad in a Martha Stewart book--insert smiley face here--and I decided to pair it with grilled fish. Try adding chopped scallions to one tablespoon each of balsamic vinegar and soy sauce; then add two tablespoons olive oil and mix well. Drizzle on top of your grilled fish and enjoy! Easy and quick, but still delicious.

Wild-Rice Salad with Spinach and Tomatoes (adapted from Everyday Food Light)
Active time: 10 minutes. Total time: 50 minutes.
Makes 4 servings.

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup wild rice (or brown)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar (or honey)
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  1. In a medium saucepan, boil the water and stir in rice. Season generously with salt. Lower heat, cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until fluffy and tender. Remove from heat and let stand for about 10 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  2. Slice cucumbers crosswise into 1/4-inch wide half-moons. Halve cherry tomatoes.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, dill and sweetener; season with salt and pepper. Add cucumbers, tomatoes and spinach and mix well. Add rice and toss until well mixed.

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