Day 342: Summer breeze, makes me feel fine

December 8, 2007

This evening I made Spiced Grilled Chicken and Veggie Pockets while L put Little A to bed. Although there is a fair amount of chopping to do, this meal is extremely straight forward. The chicken was marinated in yogurt, dried cinnamon, cumin and coriander, red pepper flakes and lemon juice for 10 minutes. It is then cooked on the grill or in a grill pan until charred round the edges. We did the indoor cooking, on account of it being 8?F outside. Plus the grill is buried in snow. Anyway, the salad consisted of tomatoes, pepper, carrots, cucumber, kalamata olives, feta cheese, scallions, parsley, dill and red lettuce. The dressing was simply red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil whisked together. Everything was mixed together and assembled in a pita warmed on the grill and split in two.

This is a good meal to eat on a summer’s afternoon, sitting on the deck with a tall glass of cool lemonade. It’s also reasonable on a December night in Minnesota, but perhaps less appropriate. The chicken marinade is extremely tasty and the overall meal was very light. This was no bad thing, given the amount of cake I’ve been eating this week.

I dropped my mum off at the airport this afternoon. She’ll probably come back again next year; it’s odd to know that the kids will be so very different the next time that they see their grandmother. It’s always hard to say goodbye to visitors, but it is nice to get home and completely relax. We have vague plans to go back to Europe to see family and friends in summer, but we have a strong feeling that it won’t happen. Finances plus the prospect of long-haul travel with two little ones will probably keep us here. Speaking of relaxing, we have 10 days worth of Tivo’d programs to catch up on, so I’ll be off then. Tomorrow Sausage and Mushroom Polenta “Lasagne”. I’ll say no more.

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