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Grilled Halibut, Baked Yams and Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Posted: April 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Dinner | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

I’ve done it! I’ve gotten out of the rut. I thought I was losing myself for the past few weeks: a lot of sitting, a loss of will to walk, to exercise, or simply to move.

It didn’t hurt that the weather is lovely and the city looks like this:

So yesterday, I walked. I walked from home to Dolores park, around the Mission, over through the Castro, past the Wednesday farmers market where I pushed past the desire to buy everything, and on to Duboce Park, a lovely green filled with dogs and children and various people, somewhere in the city I had never been before.

I visited three independent bookstores – the Green Arcade, Bibliohead and Isotope comics. Even on my days off I can’t escape books. At Green Arcade I found myself talking to a skateboarding graffiti artist who had such incredible recall about street art and graphic artists that I thought to myself what a pity that someone like this should have ended up using meth instead of say, getting into Harvard or MIT.

And I walked on over to Hayes Valley, up and down the streets and past the desire to enter Miette and La Boulange, and I kept on walking, all the way to Rainbow, where I experienced an incredibly pleasant “coupon-less” day, where the lines were short and I could make my way around the store picking up my parsley and my orecchiette pasta from the bulk bins, and some strawberries, and then wait in line for all of five minutes before walking on, over to four barrel for a cup of coffee to sustain me for the walk home. Dinner was a small bowl of pasta with chimichurri sauce, and a little bit of grilled turkey tenderloin which I had made for Devon.

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And then today I went ahead and  walked again – over to the Castro, to Bi-rite to pick up some food, and home again – a little over four miles. It’s not back to where I was, but I’m hoping that it will keep me moving. To respect myself for making the right choices, I opted for a healthy dinner:

Grilled Halibut, Baked Yams and Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tonight’s food was simple, fresh, and colorful. I baked the last of the garnet yams from the farmbox, with a little bit of salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. I marinated pacific halibut in some soy sauce, ginger, rice wine vinegar and fish sauce. I cut up cucumbers and tomatoes (yes, I broke down and bought a tomato pre-season), and poured on some rice vinegar and olive oil. And then at the very end, I gave my fish about 3 minutes total in the griddle pan, and dinner was served.

I was going to stew some strawberries and rhubarb for dessert, but I’m not particularly hungry anymore, and I’ve been making due with a mug of mint tea with mint leaves from Celia’s garden, and pouring through my copy of Nigel Slater’s Tender, Volume 1.

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