If it seems like that is all we're eating lately, well… It is.
I did mention that I planted too much lettuce.
I used a mix of red and green Romaine for this, as well as a bit of spinach.
Grilled roasted peppers and onions, chicken with a barbecue flavor and a 'French' dressing for the salad and dinner is, once again, served.
Grilled Chicken, Pepper and Avocado Salad
Preparation and cooking time: 25 minutes
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 1 red onion
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 avocado
- 1 carrot
- Lettuce for 2 main meal salads
- Marinade for chicken
- 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- "French" Vinaigrette
- 2 tbs ketchup
- 1 tbs red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Dijon-style mustard
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 3 tbs salad olive oil
- Make marinade, pour over chicken and set aside.
- Slice the pepper into strips.
- Cut the onion in half and slice thickly.
- Put onion and pepper into a bowl, add oil and toss well. Cook pepper and onion in grill pan (or any old metal pie or cake tin) on barbecue grill for about 10 minutes until they are crisp-tender. Stir once or twice.
- When vegetables are done start to cook chicken, 12 – 15 minutes, turning once.
- Mix ketchup, vinegar and mustard.
- Slowly add olive oil, whisking constantly.
- Prepare lettuce and put in large salad bowl.
- Slice the avocado.
- Slice the carrot into paper thin strips using the vegetable peeler.
- Add a bit (2 tbs) of dressing to lettuce and toss well to coat.
- Add carrot, peppers and onions, and a bit (1 tbs) more dressing and toss well.
- Arrange avocado slices around edge of salad.
- When chicken is done, thinly slice and add to salad.
- Drizzle a bit of dressing on top and serve, any remaining dressing on the side.
I was going to work in my herb garden this afternoon.
On my way out the door, mon mari mentioned that he was planning on moving the big, ugly gray plastic cabinet from the dining room out to the barn.
On the surface that would seem like a logical place for something that ugly, but it happens to contain my office. I didn't want to have to run out to the barn whenever I needed something.
I suggested that it be moved upstairs, to the spot where there will, some day, be an office.
He said he didn't want to take the time to haul everything upstairs.
I said I'd do it…..
Did I get sucked in to doing the job myself or what?!?!?
As long as I was doing it, I decided I might as well see what was in it.
I may have mentioned that I have inherited some pack-rat tendencies.
I should also confess that I have a strange fondness for office supplies.
After I sorted, unpacked, packed, and organized I had:
Post-it notes, of various sizes and colors… about 50 packs. I do nothing that requires post-it notes.
Glue sticks, both regular glue and 'Post-it' glue…. 4 sticks, unopened, bought before I left the US. Why? Why not.
Mechanical pencils, all the same size… 5 pencils, plus 6 or 7 tubes of refill lead and erasers.
I like the 'uniball' / 'rolling ball' type pen…. Apparently. There were 6 blue, 10 black, 15 red, another 12 of assorted colors. I don't remember when the last time was that I had a pen run out of ink.
3 box of ink cartridges for my fountain pen…. which I last used when I was in college, but I have hopes.
A small bag of dinosaur fossils. (What, you didn't think I was well-rounded?)
And….. Sadly, a rather extensive collection of drawing and water color books, plus paint, pencils, pastels and stacks of art paper. It was a hobby I started when we lived in Andorra, and absolutley loved. I've gotten so involved with blogs and houses and puppies and gardens I've stopped doing something just for me that gave me a great deal of pleasure. I need to figure out how to make time to play and not feel guilty that it's not 'productive'.
Any helpful hints?