Fiddleheads and other Randomness

At our staff lunch last Friday, the organizing group of the week went with a Chinese theme.  They made these chocolate-dipped fortune cookies for dessert.  Such a simple, yet great idea!

So, in light of my fortune, Adam and I went for an after work stroll and decided upon a paint colour for our porch railing- it was quite the riveting revelation 😉

I do find that I have great thoughts and inspiration while running, though.  It’s just a different kind of experience.  The weather is supposed to cool off later in the week, so I’ve been trying to get some runs in now, and save my gym sessions for Wednesday onwards.

Macy is a great walker, and can run like the wind at the dog park.  However, I haven’t been running with her lately due to the fact that I don’t run outside in the snow, not to mention that the last time she came with me, she stopped deadweight in the middle of an intersection, laid down, and wouldn’t move from the road!

Pleeeeease?!! I can do it!

I thought I would give her a chance for redemption today when I headed out on a 45 minute run.  Unfortunately, seven minutes in and my little tubby dog was slowing me down too much, so I brought her home and started over on my own.

Steady Pace Running Suggestion:

When the weather is beautiful and the sun is shining, a steady paced 45 minute run is perfection.  It’s nice when you know your route well enough to modify the course.  I like to throw in interesting twists to a basic run, like hills, grass (change of surface), and even stairs!  Rather than avoiding adverse terrain, try to incorporate these challenges for extra fitness benefits!

Post Run Snack:

Strawberry & Spinach Smoothie

7-8 whole strawberries (frozen)
2 cups fresh spinach
1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder
1.5 cups almond milk
Plastic Travel Smoothie Mug: Superstore ($4)

Yesterday, I mentioned that I purchased Fiddleheads at the Farmer’s Market, solely based upon the fact that I hadn’t eaten/seen them in years (maybe decades?) and they remind me of New Brunswick.  I brought them home, excitedly took a picture of them, then attempted to figure out what to do with these little green monsters.

What is a fiddlehead anyway?  It’s actually a member of the fern family, and grows along the banks of rivers and near marshes of New Brunswick, Ontario, Quebec, and parts of the eastern United States.  I think mine actually came from BC, though.  They are currently in season, hence why they’re at most market produce stands.  I’m sure there are many people who aren’t too fond of their taste/texture, but they kind of remind me of asparagus!

Before Cooking with Fiddleheads (Important):
Health Canada recommends that fresh fiddleheads be washed several times in fresh cold water.  They should then be cooked in boiling water until tender (approximately 10 minutes), and this water should be discarded. This process is necessary before baking or sautéing.  Uncooked fiddleheads have a certain toxin that can give you a stomach ache, which is removed via this preparatory process.
Seeing as though I have a grand total of 0% experience cooking with fiddleheads, I found this very simple fiddlehead pasta recipe on the Canadian Living website.  Because, let’s be serious…I didn’t want to put a ton of effort into something that I wasn’t even sure I was going to like!

I made several alterations to the above 
recipe, though:
– Whole grain spaghettini
– Only half the amount of butter
– Replaced salt with ground pepper
– Replaced chili flakes with 1/4 chili powder
– No lemon rind
– I also did not use any of the left over pasta water (seemed weird to me)… so to add extra moisture, I used 1/4 cup of pesto and a tsp of olive oil!

Finished Product:

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp & Fiddlehead Pasta
Adam had never heard of fiddleheads before, and thought they were super weird looking (which they are), but he really enjoyed this dish!  As far as pastas go, it was actually reasonably lightweight.  I’m not a huge fan of fiddlehead texture, but I did like it as an alternative to our weekly asparagus feed.
Well, the Bachelorette is recorded and ready on my PVR (here’s to one of my many guilty life pleasures), but I’ll have to wait until tomorrow night to see the massive group of idiots she’ll have to pick from, as I’m exhausted.  I’m so excited for the stupidity that will ensue!  Good night! 

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