I forgot to mention the negative experience I had at the Pearl Izumi outlet store. Michael and I went in there to check out their cycling shoes. I need to get the right pair before my Portland Century training starts for real. I want to practice on the bike trainer with clipping in and out. The sales guy made a colossal faux pas in my opinion. He came up to me and said, “Oh are you looking for cycling shoes? For spinning?”
Um, what? Because I’m a WOMAN I can’t be shopping for cycling shoes for a serious event like, oh I don’t know 100 MILES? I was so insulted. We left shortly after that. I was really insulted and even if I had found cycling shoes at a great price I didn’t want that idiot to get my commission. I have nothing against spinning but his assumption was silly.
I still didn’t have an appetite Saturday night but I knew I had to eat for nourishment. I was at a negative for calories for the day and made myself eat dinner. It was really good, too. Michael made Caesar salad dressing from scratch.
Caesar Salad Dressing
Recipe courtesy Wolfgang Puck (adapted)
1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 anchovy fillets, mashed
Scant 1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large head romaine lettuce, cleaned and cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
Freshly grated Parmesan
2 cups croutons
I honestly had no idea that Caesar salad dressing had a raw egg in it. Not sure how I feel about that. Apparently raw eggs can carry salmonella but I figured we would be okay. Michael said he did not use the vegetable oil that the recipe called for.
Topped the salad with the salmon and dinner was served. It was delicious. The dressing was a little runny but it’s better the second day once it thickens up a little. The flavors were good and it was indeed spicy.
I had a glass of white wine to go with dinner. Michael and I finally watched “The Social Network.” It was a good movie, hardly Oscar-worthy in my opinion, and it was surprising how much of a dirt bag the Facebook guy was. Talk about stabbing your friend in the back!
I woke up Sunday feeling pretty good. I decided that I would have some oatmeal and Jasmine Pearl tea for breakfast and then give swimming a try.
The quickest way to tell if I’m over a sickness is swimming. If I’m not back to my old self, swimming is VERY hard. In fact it will feel like I’m suffocating and can’t catch my breath. Thankfully that was not the case Sunday morning. I was slow, yes. My stamina was NOT what it should be. But I was able to swim 94 lengths in 55 minutes (about 1.25 miles) without feeling like I was dying.
QUESTION: Do you make your own salad dressing? What is your favorite recipe?