Nothing like two weeks in Hawaii to leave you with massive post-holiday apathy. The jet lag, the lack of shave ice, the extra holiday baggage around my thighs.....Getting out of bed for pre-dawn workouts when I need them most has been nigh impossible. Where did all the rainbows go?
Sophie has been a big help, a willing dinner and a movie partner (the Monterey and Sherlock Holmes), an independent cookie maker (lemon cookies--her first solo baking project when I was out riding the other day), and generally all-around inspirational. Her New Year's Resolution is to journal every night.
When I decided to make soba for dinner she said, "Aren't those the gray noodles?"
Why, yes, they are. Not pretty but tasty. I tossed them with some carrot ginger dressing and diced broccoli stems. Traditionally they are served with a dipping broth, often with some horseradish. The raw diced broccoli added a nice bite both texturally and taste-wise.
Gray and Orange Soba
2 large carrots, peeled
1 TBS grated ginger
3 scallions, white and green parts
1 TBS sugar
2 TBS rice wine vinegar
1 clementine, peeled (and seeded if necessary)
Place all in blender and puree til smooth. Thin with a little water if necessary.
Cook soba noodles as directed (I used two bundles) and drain/rinse. Toss with dressing and diced broccoli, tofu, or what have you.
I made grey soup to go with it. Actually this is a roast garlic/tomato/zucchini soup. Another beauty.
Roasted Veg Soup
4 plum tomatoes, halved
1 head garlic--slice off top but leave intact
2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1" thick rounds
Combine vegetables and garlic in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast in 375F oven till softened and browned--about 45 minutes. The garlic takes awhile so if your veg are beginning to get too brown remove them and continue cooking til garlic is soft/brown. Place veg into blender, squeeze roast garlic into blender and add vegetable stock to desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste. I added a splash of white balsamic vinegar and swirled some pesto into my bowl. Garnish with shaved parmesan.
7 layer dip. Pretty on the outside.....I made this for a friend's graduation/pre-deployment to Afghanistan party. Serve with tortilla chips, and a healthy dose of HTFU.