1. Never go into Sephora with a double stroller and a baby covered in slimy Mum-Mum crumbs, whose intention is to smear the crumbs over you and everything within reaching distance in the shop.
2. A pair of pre-pregnancy jeans fit (just, if I don't breathe too much). Woohoo! (who needs to breathe anyway?) I knew there was a reason for all the running.
3. Oliver (6.5 months) is getting big: a 15-month old boy who toddled up to him at the park was almost the same size.
4. I need to make more grilled salads. And not just during summer months.
I love summer salads, especially the grilled variety. They're easy, tasty and good for you. When it comes to salads I'm not one for recipe following. I like to feel my way around the ingredients, guessing at quantities depending on my mood / how hungry I am / how long I can afford to take over the preparation. I like to throw things together with my hands, tasting and modifying along the way.
Here's one I made on Saturday. Try it - it's lovely.
Grilled Summer Salad
- 3 chicken breasts
- Big bunch of organic spinach leaves
- One red pepper & one orange / yellow pepper
- Slices of white or yellow onion
- Handful of white mushrooms chopped
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2. Grill chicken for about 30-40 minutes, turning once. When cooked through, slice the chicken and set aside.
3. Put peppers, sliced onion and mushrooms into a pan (I used one of those pans you use directly over a grill flame, but you could also fry them up for about five minutes in some olive oil in a frying pan). Toss the raw spinach leaves with the grilled veggies. The leaves will wilt a bit.
4. Pour a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over the salad, squeeze in half a lemon, and add a sprinkle of salt. Mix the salad together until the dressing touches everything. Arrange the salad in bowls with the sliced chicken on top.
Now, enjoy with a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the patio looking out over the lake, as the sun sets and the air quietly breezes around your shoulders. Or, do what we do and eat with your noisy kids in the dining room amid people protesting they "no like" it and the general clatter that makes you want to wolf down the salad as fast as possible in order to get everyone bathed and in bed.
And here are a few shots from the weekend.