So, as you can see, the blog re-design is complete. I’d like to thank, Lindsey, at Smitten Blog Designs for all her help! I’m happy with how everything came out! It’s been good to focus a little bit on the blog. After a few years with school, it’s nice to get back to something I started so many years ago and see where I can take it.
While I may not have kept up my blogging, I definitely have been focused on cooking – more so in the last six months than ever before. If you have a minute, please check out my Instagram page. You’ll be able to see the proverbial fruits of my kitchen labor. It’s funny. I actually looked back a few weeks ago. I can’t believe how changed my food looks from my days in the Rockville Centre Avalon (although, unfortunately, my kitchen is exponentially smaller!). It does remind me of how much practice, time, and dedication I’ve put into becoming a better home cook. I will say that most things taste pretty awesome these days. But, you’ll have to take my word for that!
You will see that I spend an awful amount of time lately working on small plates and appetizers. I like the idea of small plates. I always have a hard time making food choices so it helps to have a little bit of everything. It can be hard to cook for one. I’m not a huge leftovers person. And, let’s face it. I’m a foodie. I like interesting food. So, I find small plates are easier from a portion control perspective and create minimal leftovers to deal with.
Last night, I made a super easy tuna tartare. I diced some tomatoes, cucumber, shallot and green onion which I salted and mixed with the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of soy sauce too. Then, I added in my cubed sushi grade yellowfin tuna and mixed slowly. I served this on some corn tortilla chips that I coated with a thin layer of sour cream and guacamole. It’s a quick dinner (because it can be served with corn tortillas if you want larger portions) and is the perfect appetizer if you had guests over. If you like tuna, give it a try. It’s definitely not something to be afraid of.
Working out… where should I even begin? God, I’d love to turn back the clock and be in the shape I was a year and a half ago or even a year ago. It’s hard to not beat yourself about it. But, what are you going to do? It won’t change anything. Are any of you out there in the same boat? I just have to start again. I think it definitely helps when you’re going through a hard time. There is an innate motivation to get out of the house, put something in your own control, and go get the body of your dreams.
Last night, I did a three mile loop along the East River under both the RFK Bridge and the 59th Street Bridge. Astoria Park was beautiful especially at sunset. It made me excited for the warmer weather. It’ll be the perfect place.
I looped back around on 28th Avenue which was not as scenic as I would have liked due to the construction. So, I’ll have to try out some new routes later this week. I was pretty slow and averaged only about 10:30 min/per mile. I’ll try to get that back down to my normal 9:10 min/per mile over the next month or so. Then, I’ll work up to ramp up mileage.
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon!