wide open weekend

Weekends usually bring rays of sunshine, literally and metaphorically. But when you throw a bunch of fun bucket-list items into the mix, they’re even better.

I was able to check a few items off my happy list over the weekend, days three and four of my 30-day challenge. “Read something on paper” (cookbooks count, right?), “host more,” “swim in the ocean,” and “try a new fermentation project.” We also hit the Clairemont Mesa Asian markets, which I’m counting as “be adventurous,” however tame.

Congregating at the cove for a swim and run.

Fresh red bean Chinese pancakes. “Try a new food,” check.

There was the usual Saturday morning bike ride, but instead of checking something off a training plan, the hubby, a friend and I started late, after coffee. There was a glass-clear swim at La Jolla cove, followed by six miles of hills with one of my favorite training partners. It reminded me how much I love to run with other people, something I don’t do nearly enough of.

Beets and Japanese eggplant. Fingers crossed.

On Sunday afternoon I spent some quality time with Mr. Sandor Katz, and came out with the fermented beet and Japanese eggplant experiments above. (I chose the brining approach instead of dry salting). I followed that up with a happy hour with my Nytro Women team mates, and then Mark grilled up a Korean short ribs/kimchi/roasted cauliflower dinner. Later, there were just enough mint juleps, popcorn, and Dexter watching to lull me into a nice long sleep.

And I didn’t have to get up at 5:30. Fancy that.

5 thoughts on “wide open weekend

  1. Mom
    August 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Sounds great. Except for the Dexter part. Lol. We watched the first episode last night and don’t think it’s up our dark alley.

    1. Jen
      August 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

      I understand that. I’d say it does get a little less shocking as the show goes on. But it’s definitely no Breaking Bad or Mad Men. Have you guys watched House of Cards on Netflix yet?

  2. Leslie Myers
    August 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    The fresh red bean Chinese pancakes look amazing!

    1. Jen
      August 9, 2013 at 4:27 am

      I think that waiting 40 minutes for two negatively impacted the taste, but they were fun to try!

      1. August 10, 2013 at 2:31 am

        40 minutes! I wouldn’t have had the patience. Hope that you enjoy another wide open weekend!