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Pea & lettuce saladThe weather is still pleasurably warm- although, I have to say, a bit too warm at night for someone as heavily pregnant as I am!- but at least there’s a lovely cool crisp breeze throughout the day.

I’m struggling on with my 202 tasks. Although ‘struggling’ is a bit of an exaggeration, I suppose. I’ve worked a bit on goal 189 over the weekend, which involves creating a food schedule. The idea is to eat in a fairly balanced way throughout the week: not too much meat, fish and vegeratian dishes at least once a week, a soup or a pulse dish once a week, and pasta or risotto just the once. Oh, and there’s also a much needed ‘free’ day, just because I don’t want to allow my obsessionality to overtake me. But also because I want there to be a chance for this plan to actually work!

Part of the weekly meal-plan idea is to try and include more vegetables and salads with our meals. So yesterday I looked through my saved blog recipes and chose to make a simple pea and lettuce salad, inspired by Meeta’s post in What’s for lunch honey. This is my first food-related post in this blog (how exciting!), and it’s of course a very simple recipe. But it hit the spot for such a warm spring Sunday. I took it with me to our friends’ house, and we spent a lovely lazy afternoon in the garden, eating teriyaki beef, served with rice and various salads (including mine). I fiddled with the recipe a bit, because I didn’t want the salad dressing to be too heavy (originally it calls for garlic and onion mixed in with the sour cream). I also added a bit of lemon, because it seemed too ‘mustardy’ to me… and finally, I added lots more salad leaves, not just lettuce, just because I wanted a bigger, heartier salad.

Pea and lettuce salad

Ingredients:
1 garlic clove – mashed (I ommited this)

1 medium sized onion – finely chopped (also ommited!)

200g sour cream (I used light sour cream, which works just as well)

3 tablespoons dijon mustard (this was slightly too much, in my opinion)

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

salt and pepper

100g peas

2 romain lettuce hearts – washed and cut into bite size pieces

Other salad leaves (as many as you want, and any type you prefer)

Method:
Prepare the salad dressing first. In a mixing bowl add the garlic and onions (if using) with the sour cream, mustard and vinegar. Whisk well until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste.

Steam the peas for 2-3 minutes. Run under cold water so that they keep their wonderful green color. In a salad bowl mix the peas and the lettuce together and pour the dressing over this.

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The fantastic weather continues. As you can see from the picture (which was taken at St James’s Park), London is looking amazingly green and shiny– almost glittery- at the moment. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that this weather lasts. But then again, perhaps we appreciate it all the more because it doesn’t last long… It’s bound to start raining again in a couple of days.

So. Tomorrow is day zero of my 202 challenge. I guess I should make a plan about how to start. Perhaps the easiest thing is to get going on the everyday tasks. Goal 25 (PhD related) can conveniently start on Monday since tomorrow is Saturday. Tomorrow I’ll start on goal 1- read a novel every 2 weeks: hoping to finish it by Saturday 24. I’ve decided that my first book to read will be Nicola Barker’s ‘Clear: A transparent novel‘. It was longlisted for the 2004 Booker prize (not that that necessarily means something) and I’ve watched it sitting on the shelf for a while, always thinking I’d get around to reading it at some point. Well, the time has come. Its premise is fascinating- it’s a fictional account of a non-fictional event. The story is about magician’s (or illusionist’s) David Blaine’s mysterious stay in a transparent box next to the River Thames in 2003, with no food for 44 days. I remember being fascinated at the time by Blaine’s decision to do that- fascinated and appalled at the same time. So I’m intrigued to see what Barker has made of the story.

The other thing I’ll do is start working on the every day, small goals: e.g. goal 26 (clearing up clutter for 10 mins every 2 days) & goal 89 (doing a food schedule). The first one sounds straightforward enough & hopefully will help a bit with the messiness in our flat. As for the second, it’ll help us eat a bit more healthily (hopefully).

Anyway. That’s the plan. As they say though, when people make plans, the gods laugh. It’s a good saying, even for atheists like me. But then again I suppose a bit of obsessionality can never harm anyone. So here goes… my 1001 days are about to start!

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