Given the relatively few beach appropriate weather days we've seen this summer, we had to capitalize on anything that resembled 80 and sunny(ish), and yesterday was one of those days. I set out on a solo four miler to "front load" our beach run yesterday morning. I did this primarily in the interest of saving time, but also because neither of us wanted to push that dualie for too many miles (it's not so much the weight of the load .. it's the constant annoying screeching noises that emanate from the side where my #threenager sits..it is not something that you want to hear in 80 degree weather while you're pushing that beast!). So, after my run, I met up with the fam and we ran the kids to the beach. It was about a mile or so, giving me a total of five miles for the day. While I set up shop on the sand, my husband "rear loaded" some additional solo miles. Then it was time to play in the water and lay around (and/or stop the baby from eating too much sand (how much sand is too much sand to ingest??). Lucky for us, the sun danced in and out of the clouds, so we weren't sitting there in scorching heat, but when the golden globe did emerge, it was quite pleasant. The water was chilly as usual, but also refreshing and something you could easily get used to with time. Clearly, Baby J likes beaching! I cannot get over how adorable she looks hamming it up for the camera in this picture!
It took some coaxing for Big Girl to join us for a group girls shot- she was too busy running back and forth in and out of the water. But she humored us..and even smiled. I also think she was trying really hard to keep her sandy feet off the blanket (she's a bit of a neat freak in some ways).
|beaching it up|
So, after the beach, we had to make a decision regarding lunch. We so badly wanted seafood (because seafood is obviously the perfect post-beach nosh, no?). But dining options serving seafood in the area were poor at best, and it would have meant enduring our tired, hungry and un-napped kids which is nothing shy of torture. And not at all conducive to enjoying post beach run seafood! So we headed for home, got the kids bathed and down for naps (relatively quickly, I might add) and whipped up some peel and eat shrimp. If you haven't ever tried this, now's the time. It's quick, easy and delicious! Don't even bother with the cocktail sauce - it doesn't need it. Just peel..and eat. (Though I'd recommend adding corn - it makes the dish!)
This dish is best washed down with an icy beer, but we skipped that this time (mostly in Baby J's interest, as I was still technically "working" and shouldn't imbibe until she's in bed for the night). Anyway, this shrimp was fantastic and hit the spot.
Onto this week's menu.
Sunday (last night) - we started with a simple tomato / avocado salad. Just tomatoes, avocado, a bit of salt and olive oil. For the main - pan roasted salmon -
It was as delicious as it looked. Pan cooked in mirin, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar and finished off with lightly braised scallions in that same concoction. Pictured with the fish is my long awaited Two Brothers Hop Centric Double IPA..in a frosty glass. Pretty much heaven.
Monday - I was looking back on the blog at past menu plans and spotted a dish from Deborah Madison's "Local Flavors" book that involved zucchini, tofu, coconut milk and rice. We will be doing this tonight but probably over millet (as that is a fun substitute for rice!).
Tuesday - whole wheat pasta with fresh pesto sauce and tomatoes
Wednesday - sandwiches with mozzarella, basil and tomatoes (which will include a vinaigrette of some sort (likely balsamic) as well as the addition of some freshly grated tangy pecorino cheese).
Thursday - BLT's. Classic BLT's. Nitrate free bacon, beefsteak tomatoes, romaine lettuce and real mayo on toasted whole wheat bread. Maybe some chips.
Friday - hopefully out for a date? Kind of could use one - as well as a night off from cooking.