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Reflections and Food



I used to dread seeing my reflection. I was accustomed to seeing my reflection in the mirror getting ready for the day. It was the unexpected reflection. Seeing myself in the store window, the mirror in someone’s home…

I would see myself and there was always that moment when I didn’t realize it was me and then BAM….

Yesterday I went to the local mall so I could have the Apple Store folks replace my malfunctioning iPhone. AS I entered the mall I caught my reflection in the windows of a store. I loved what I saw. No dread. I actually looked forward to seeing my reflection again when I left the store.

I know I must sound vain. Certainly there is vanity involved here. The bigger picture for me is the knowledge that I am seeing ME.

I no longer fear reflections.

Good Food is not Always Bad

Last nights dinner

Last nights dinner

We had company for dinner last night. DG and PG and their sons AG. The Younger one enjoys AG’s company and we enjoy DG and PG’s company. It was a spur of the moment sort of thing and we ended up chatting until late, late at night. Time flies in good company.

I made a dish I had only ever heard of before and I made it my way with inspiration from recipes on the internet. I made Shrimp and Grits.

1 ½ pounds raw shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 cup of grits (uncooked measure)

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

12 ounces Al Fresco Brand Roasted Pepper and Asiago fully cooked Chicken Sausage cut in to thin slices

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

½ cup Zucchini fine chop about ¼ inch square pieces

½ cup string beans cut in to pieces about 1/3 of an inch long

½ cup sweet red pepper chop about ¼ inch square pieces

4 tablespoons old bay seasoning or to taste

2 tablespoons chili powder or to taste

4 tablespoons garlic

Black pepper to taste

Make the grits according to package directions. Just as they are done (you want them good and creamy) add in the cheese a little at a time stirring until fully incorporated. Leave grits on low, low heat.

In a sauté pan add the olive oil and add the peppers to the pan. Cook on high heat until the peppers soften. Add the remaining vegetables to the pan and the sliced chicken sausage. Cook until the sausage starts to brown slightly, just a few minutes. Add the seasonings and mix in well. Add the raw shrimp. Stir in and add 1/8 cup of water and put a lid on the pan. Two to three minutes the shrimp will be done.

On a dinner place spoon a cup of the grits. Spoon the Shrimp etc on top. Serve.

Serves four as a main dish.

Nutrition for the Shrimp and Grits.  A little high in sodium but otherwise very good.

Nutrition for the Shrimp and Grits. A little high in sodium but otherwise very good.

At a little under 600 calories per serving this is not a bad dinner. A little high in sodium but that can be fixed by using less Old Bay…..

Served with a side salad this makes for a very filling and very tasty dinner.

Last Day of Riding Weather

Bright Sunshine. High 40’s. A short ride (20 miles or so) is on the agenda for this afternoon.

Next week will be bitter cold. I better get the ride in today….


2 thoughts on “Reflections and Food

  1. It takes a lot of practice acknowledging a different person in the mirror.

  2. Sounds delicious. This morning I posted pictures of last night’s dinner under the heading Delicious….photo theme for yesterday. Kevin and I are so into colourful and fresh foods these days. The side dish is quinoa and rice with sweet potato, kale, garlic, lemon, feta cheese and red onion. It was suppose to have green onion and fresh mint and fresh oregano so I had to make a few substitutions but it was delicious none the less.

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