Pizza, Potter and Pancakes

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Ah, it’s that time of year again…when the gym becomes more crowded and people who obviously don’t know the etiquette of good gym behavior invade our space. Let’s all take a big, deep cleansing breath and hope they learn quickly to be polite. Despite the annoyances at the gym, I had a great sweat session. After my cardio I hit the free weights and did a bunch of circuit training including ab work, squats, triceps dips and lunges.

My gym now has a TRX thing set up. I’ve seen the infomercials but have never tried it before. It looks interesting for sure. Plus, they now have kettlebells! Yeah! I really liked the kettlebell workout I did at Christian’s gym and I gave it a go on Saturday. Loved it!

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:32
Calories Burned: 775

Good numbers! Saturday night Michael and I settled in to a relaxing evening with dinner and a movie. The movie: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Dinner: homemade pizza!

The dough might have been a little deformed but it tasted great; that’s all that matters. Pepperoni, black olives and hot peppers on top, with fresh rosemary and garlic in the sauce. Michael also added oregano to the dough before mixing it. It was a tasty pizza. Michael also used his new pizza cutter that he got in his work’s white elephant exchange. Pretty nice gift!

We settled in to watch Harry Potter while we ate dinner. Michael built a fire in the fireplace (don’t you just love the bike photobombing my picture?) and I turned on the Christmas tree lights. It was a great Saturday night.

I also indulged in a seasonal treat: eggnog. I bought a small carton of eggnog at the store this week and I’ve been waiting ALL week to open it! I measured out 1/2 cup of the eggnog (a serving size) and added some fat-free milk to dilute it a bit (eggnog by itself is a little too thick for me). I added a bit of spiced rum and had the perfect Christmas drink.

The thing with eggnog for me is that I can usually only enjoy one glass of it. The calories just aren’t worth it to me and drinking more than one means I won’t enjoy it as much. So one is enough. Besides, I might have made some cookies too and wanted to eat dessert….

I’m kinda bummed at how the Harry Potter movie ended. I won’t spoil it for anyone else that is late to the game (like me) but it was sad. I know from a storyteller’s point of view it had to happen that way because Harry Potter needs to leave his mentor behind and find his way on his own–become a man, a hero, etc. But still!

When I woke up Sunday morning, I had Fat Kitty purring next to my face and Michael brought me breakfast in bed:

A pancake and bacon. What a way to start the morning right. 🙂

QUESTION: Without spoilers, what’s your favorite Harry Potter movie? 

Extra Garlic Kind of Spicy

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

Michael made the dressing on his own. I just took photos and put things away when he was done with it. I still wasn’t feeling quite myself.

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.

The fresh lemon juice really made the recipe I think. Plus all the garlic. Michael put a lot more in it than the recipe called for but I LOVE garlic. There’s no such thing as too much, in my opinion.

Extra garlic means extra spicy. Yum! Instead of anchovy fillets we used anchovy paste.

I prepped the romaine salad and mixed the dressing, then tossed the salad and dressing in a bowl to coat everything.

Shredded fresh Parmesan to put on the lettuce and Michael blackened the salmon fillets.

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!

The rain and wind was strong outside Saturday night. Michael built a fire while we watched the movie and I had some ice cream for dessert! 🙂


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.

I relaxed in the hot tub and sat in the steam room to help with my congestion then headed home. It was good to be back to my routine. And fancy that–swimming brought back my appetite!!

QUESTION: Do you make your own salad dressing? What is your favorite recipe?