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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

180 degree turn (and a recipe)

Last night was the monthly UMTR meeting. At 5:54, I told Larry that, as much as I'd like to run the Zumbro 100, there's no way I could be in shape in time (and then run Trail Mix the next week, Chippewa the following...). At 6:51 I said, "Great. Now I have to run the 100." I did have a good idea for a motto for the race, though: Zumbro Bottoms 100 - The Last Word in Ultras.

So, now I'm thinking of doing it, using the Fab 5 races just as training runs and doing Kettle Moraine instead of FANS.

Georgie, where's my $20?

Looking through other people's blogs, I found a graduate student who offered $20 for the best recipe using flaxseed. It's actually a million dollar idea, if you can do it, as flax seed doesn't store, can't be digested whole and can't be heated without turning fishy (some say heating destroys the omega-3 fatty acids, which I think unlikely, but it does change the flavor profile negatively, IMHO).

Curried chicken salad

Cube 1 pound cooked skinless chicken breast (leftovers work great) and add 2 tablespoons mayonaise, 1/2 cup peeled diced apple and 1 tablespoon curry powder, mix and serve immediately or store refrigerated and serve cold.

Curry powder (There's a nearly infinite number of variations one can do here)

Mix and toast together:

1/2-1 tsp black peppercorns
2 tsp. - 3 Tbsp. cumin
3-4 Tbsp. coriander
0-1/4 tsp. nutmeg
0-1 cinnamon stick (2-3 inch)
0-3 cloves
0-2 tsp. cardamom
0-1 tsp fennel seed
0-1 tsp fenugreek

Add 1 tablespoon ginger, 2 tablespoons turmeric, 0-1 tsp. cayenne and 1 tablespoon flax seed.

Grind in a coffee grinder (don't reuse grinder for coffee). Store, tightly sealed, in freezer.

What's harder, making money in real estate or taking $20 from a grad student?


Georgie Fear, RD, CPT said...

My my, aren't we confident? ;)

wildknits said...

make your own curry powder eh?!?

now I am intrigued and may take the leap into trying flax seeds ;->

keith said...

I heart all things curry. Going to try your recipe.

SteveQ said...

It's a million dollar recipe once you start pricing the ingredients. Have you seen what cardamom goes for?

Jean said...

Ooh, I have never made curry powder. That sounds great! Thanks for sharing. In fact, it seems that my coffee/spice grinder never made it with me in my last move, so I need to repurchase one!

Prudence said...

Hey Steve-

Thanx for your comment. I have a friend in Oregon who has the same thing and has been putting off surgery 3 times already. I will forward your comment.
thanx again.

wildknits said...

Bought at the co-op. only what you need, makes it a bit more affordable. yeah, may be $30 per pound, but you only need a few teaspoons and that weighs so little... ;->

Curry is a fav around here - from back in my college days when I learned to cook rice and dal from an Indian friend, first starting with the spices in the pan, then adding other ingredients.