I made THE best freaking soup I’ve ever had in my life — and that includes restaurant soup made by people who have professional soup-making credentials.
But first of all, I just wanna say Flogging Molly was awesome. I can’t over-emphasize that. Just.plain.awesome. I will definitely raise what’s left of the flag for them. =)
Now, onto the soup.
The mystery stock
I had this stock in the freezer from several months ago that I just haven’t used, and to be honest I can’t even really remember what was in it, except for the obvious; chicken stock, garlic, EVOO…
I had some mushrooms and lentils I wanted to use so I took out the mystery stock Sunday night with the intention of ridding myself of all three in one shot – chicken soup with mushrooms and lentils. Genius, right?
I thawed the mystery stock in my giant stock pot, then poached some chicken and threw it in there; then added some carrots, celery, rosemary, thyme, onions, garlic, cayenne, and a dash of black pepper and sea salt. Then I cooked some couscous separately and added it to the bowl right before serving.
I used this couscous from TJs and it’s GOOD.
It was only when the hub and I were eating the soup that I realized I’d forgotten to put in the mushrooms and lentils. Bah — didn’t even miss ’em!
So that’s what I’ve been eating for the past three days.
I finally remembered the lentils today and added some to the last of the leftovers for my lunch at work…it was still awesome but I don’t think the lentils made it any better than it already was. How could they, right?
Next order of business, the curious case of the raging bitch…
I’ve been looking everywhere for this new beer that Flying Dog makes called — you guessed it, Raging Bitch (8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s FD’s 20th anniversary Belgian-style IPA and I had to try it for the name alone.
I did a little sweet-talking to my friendly neighborhood beer store manager (along with some networking at Gravity Head) and was able to acquire two six packs of the sweet nectar.
First impression: I’m not barking and slobbering over it, but it’s pretty durn good. Tangy, slightly citrus. It is incredibly smooth. I don’t know if maybe I just don’t have any sense of smell tonight but I stuck my whole face in the glass and I couldn’t smell a thing. Weirdy. Still, I have to give a big up to Crown Liquors in Avon for hooking it up.
It’s the shoes
One of my favorite movies is the Birdcage – I think maybe the best part in the whole film is when Hank Azaria (Agador Spartacus) buys it in the butler uniform because he’s not used to wearing shoes.
Sorta how I was feeling when I was running last week — like I was trying to wear giant clown shoes that were making me run all awkward and ridiculous.
So, finally, finally, today I picked up a spankin’ new pair of PIs —
I also got to say hello to Strider, the Athlete’s Foot official store greeter. He’s a great big baby.
I went for a short run tonight even though I didn’t really feel like running; my calves have been KILLING me for the past three days but I hate to skip a run and I really wanted to break in the new kicks, so I just phoned in a 5k and then headed home for dinner.
And, since we’re dancing around the subject of training, let’s see how I’ve been doing with that…
First number is what I was supposed to do; second number is what I did do.
Eh, whatever. I just don’t feeling like stressing if I don’t get in 40 miles a week. Obviously, it’s not realistic for me. My real goal is to work on the speed training, tempos and fartleks and see if I can get speedier this time around.
Like Colbert said, “if at first you don’t succeed, redefine what you did as success.”
Okay — off to the bath. Peace!