Archive for January 28th, 2009

This is what our day looked like here in New York…

Jan 28 Snow Storm

Jan 28 Snow Storm

Pretty much just me and that other car on the main road. People get smart as the weather gets worse.  Ok – before you get too depressed by that bleak looking picture, I have something to cheer you up… A CONTEST! 

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Dinners on….

What did I decide to do with my shrimp and scallops?  Well, I was feeling a little zesty and mixed up the following:

Shrimp and Scallop Zing

  • 1/4 cup Smart Balance
  • 4 TBS lemon juice
  • 2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

Mix all the above and microwave for about .5 seconds.  Just enough to melt the Smart Balance into the mix but don’t get it too hot because you don’t want to cook the shrimp and scallops yet. 

For the shell fish, I used about 1/2 lb Sea Scallops (rinsed and dried), and 1/2 lb raw shrimp (deveined and tails/shell removed).

Add the marinade to the shell fish in a bag and let sit about an hour. I let it sit about 20 minutes and it wasn’t long enough to incorporate the flavors into the fish.

Preheat broiler. Spread the shell fish on safe broiler plate and broil about 4″ from element for about 2 minutes per side.

Served with Jazzed Up Green Beans:  Put a microwaveable bag of beans in microwave for 2 minutes.  Pour 1/2 TBS EVOO into saute pan on med. high, when heated, add beans, pinch (or more) red pepper flakes, a splash of Worcestershire, and 1 TBS sliced Calamata olives. Saute about 4 minutes.

dscn0015The result…. it was a tasty dish but lacked the “zing” and the “jazz”.  Maybe a little more red pepper flakes into the beans and maybe even into the shellfish marinade.

The agenda tonight is wide open. We watched “Mamma Mia” last night and really enjoyed it. We can’t exchange the movie because the weather is just prohibitive.  I do have to make a call to our B&B in Key West to see if we should make reservations some place for Sun. evening.   Speaking of which, if a day like today doesn’t make us over anxious to get out of the cold and get to the sun, nothing could.  So look out Key West, FL and get ready for 2 snow birds!

Have a great night all. 9679


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When’s it Gonna End

Snow again. Ug! It’s nasty snow as well. Falling like tiny icicles, stinging the eyes as the swirling wind whips it into your face from every angle.  It makes you wonder why you even stepped out the door.  But…. dogs must walk.

At least I began the day working up a sweat in the gym. I tried running but an angry hamstring wasn’t going to hear of that. So I managed a slow mile and switched to the elliptical for 25 minutes.  That was followed by 45 minutes of work on the back and triceps as follows:

  • 8 x 20 lat pull downs – wide grip. + 4 x 20 skull crushers and 4 x 20 single arm overhead tricep extensions.
  • 8 x 20 mid pulley row – V grip, + 4 x 20 two arm o/h tri extenstions and 4 x 20 tricep dips off the bench.

Shane and I tackled the elements with a 38 minute 2.6 mile walk.  He just LOVES this nasty weather. He was leaping and grabbing my coat and gloves. I finally had to totally freak out in the middle of the road to get him to stop. He looked at me like “so what’s the big deal?” 

Breakfast needed to be very warming. So I made the following.

  • 1 VPX shake with 1 cup FUZE
  • 1/4 cup cream of rice with cinnamon
  • 2 TBS of soymilk added to rice + 2 chopped dried dates + 2 crumbled “Nutorious” nuts on top.
  • Fruit: 1/2 a grapefruit and 2 strawberries.


Planning ahead

I’ve got to come up with something for dinner. The main “players” are shrimp and scallops. If anyone has any suggestions… please forward my way. 

Have a terrific day and I sincerely hope you are getting warm air and sunshine.

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