Is it weird to feel like you’re cheating…on your job???
That’s kind of how I feel right now! Last night my brain was complete mush! I ended up deciding not to do the work I’d planned on accomplishing. Instead, I went to my very first Spin Class! My school’s gym offered a free Intro to Spin & since I’ve set my mind on doing a triathlon this summer, I decided I better get into good spin-shape! It was my first class ever, so I’m glad I did the Intro class, because the instructor did a really thorough job of walking us all through how to adjust the bike and everything. Once it was all said and done (due to the instruction), we were only spinning for about 40 minutes, but afterwards I was WIPED OUT! Two girls actually left the class in the middle – they couldn’t cut it! I knew spin is notoriously difficult, but I was really amazed at the amount of sweat dripping from my face! Let’s just say I wasn’t real cute afterwards!
And tonight I’ve got dinner plans with a few people, so it’s probably going to be ANOTHER night of “cheating” on school! What can I say? My boss is gone until next Monday and when the cat’s away the mice will play, right? In honesty, I really do plan to crank out a bunch more work this weekend (Chris comes back Sunday night, so I’ll have all weekend to work). I’ve got a long and optimistic list of things I want to get done so we’ll see how it all pans out. In the meantime, I’m taking a couple of nights “off.”
So in addition to doing my first spin class, last night I made one of the tastier dinners I have had in a LONG TIME (remember how I’ve been having chicken pot pie for a week?)
I made homemade cod fingers & flax-encrusted sweet potato balls
(Recipe for balls – and photo – by Caitlin)
Cod was on sale at the farmer’s market so I took the opportunity to scoop some up!
Parmesan Cod Fingers
I started by cutting a long filet of cod into smaller “finger” sized pieces. Then I made one bowl with a milk & egg mixture, and a separate bowl with flour (I used a mix of wheat & regular), italian herbs, and some freshly grated parmesan cheese.
I dredged the fingers in the egg/milk mixture, and then into the flour & coated evenly. Meanwhile, I had a skillet with oil on the stove heating. Once the cod was all floured, I placed the pieces into the skillet with oil and cooked on each side until golden brown.
When it was done I let them dry on a paper towel & pulled my flax-encrusted sweet potato balls from the oven. I plated them together and served with two dipping sauces: a ketchup for the cod fingers, and a mustard for the balls
The inside of the ball just looked like straight sweet potato, but I swear there were lots of black beans!
It really tasted amazing! I was so surprised that I cooked such a tasty meal (lots of times my meals end up……mediocre, shall we say?)
1 large fillet of Atlantic Cod (or other white fish)
1/8 cup whole wheat flour
1/8 cup flour
1/8 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup milk
1/2 Tbs. Italian herb seasoning
salt & pepper to taste
Cut up the cod into “finger” sized pieces. In a small bowl, combine milk & egg & whisk to combine. In a separate, medium sized bowl, combine both flours, the cheese, seasoning, and salt & pepper.
Heat a medium sized skillet over medium heat with oil, enough to liberally coat the bottom of the pan. Meanwhile, dip cod into the milk/egg mixture, and then into the flour mixture, being sure to coat evenly. Place into the skillet and cook, rotating to cook each side until golden brown. Let dry on a paper towel.
This morning I was looking around for Rocky trying to find where he was hiding. Discovered him basking in the sun outside
Does anyone else just well up with LOVE when they see their
child dog really happy, just totally enjoying life? No? Yeah….me neither!
Super plump, juicy, and ON SALE! Score!
And now I’m out the door!
Have you ever cooked with ground flax before? Do you buy it in seed-form or pre-ground?
I got mine in seed form & had to grind it myself – a total pain since I don’t have a coffee grinder!!! Another lesson learned, along with my almond butter!