Wednesday, March 26, 2008

One of Those Days

Today was one of those days. Not to be confused with one of THOSE days! Today was the kind of day when everthing came together. I found a suitable training hill here in town. Determined as ever to get better at climbing, I rode up the hill and down the hill. Then repeated until it felt like my chest would explode. Then I rested and did it again - five times.

I'm finally "getting it". I can't really explain this, but something happened. Perhaps it's gear selection, or positioning, or cadence or all of the above? Each set got easier. Each set was less wasted effort, less straining, and smoother. It was an etherial experience. No seriously, it was. I just hope it sticks. (Non-flatlanders - stop laughing!)

I finally cooked something decent. It's been a while since I had a hit. I adopted this from some recepie I had hanging around. This is a puree of cilantro, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, and sea salt.

Yes, I own the worlds smallest food processor. My tip: cilantro and lemon juice balance each other well. Too much cilantro - add lemon juice. Too much lemon juice - add cilantro.

Then I pan-grilled some chicken breasts with some poultry spice.

Served up with mexican rice, black beans, and the puree on the side for dipping a corner of you chicken bites in. A little goes a long way.