Another pretty uneventful day in the world of whooping cough quarantine. I manage to get out and walk the dog today, knowing that I won’t bump into anyone and feeling the need to stretch my legs and get some exercise.
I go up the hill, over, back down, past the High School and along the main road before heading back up the hill. Not a bad little round trip, with views of Mount Tamalpais (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=471) in the background almost all of the way. I delight in the beauty that surrounds me today – I can feel that I’ve been holed up for a few days.
The neighborhood gardens are in full bloom, the sun is shining and the High School graduates are out cruising in their cabriolets in full force. So funny, I had no idea we had so many teenagers in the neighborhood, but all of a sudden there they all are, squeezed into their ‘wheels’, delighted that school is out for summer. Not sure this really compares to my final school days in the North of England. The sun didn’t really ever shine enough to warrant even wanting a car where the roof would come down.
It’s a good day for ‘me time’ today. Feels like I haven’t had much of that lately. Too tired to do too much, but spend a lot of time with my head in the computer, marveling at the activity of all of those bloggy moms out there and beginning to hatch plans with a friend about having a potential house sitter from Chihauhua. It’s a friend of her nanny’s. It sounds like a pretty fair deal – she gets to stay here for free – we get someone to look after the cat and the dog. Suddenly can’t get the Beverly Hills Chihauhau song out of my head and call M to let him know of the evolving plan.
I pick up the kids at the end of the afternoon and suggest they play with their LEGO for a while, so as to allow me to cook dinner. I’ve defrosted some wild Atlantic cod and some Wild blue shrimps. I decide to quickly rustle up a stir-fry with some brown rice. This is the result:
Fish and Seafood Stir-fry with brown rice
Wild Alaskan cod (in freezer section at Trader Joe’s)
Wild prawns (in freezer section at Trader Joe’s)
1 yellow onion
1 green bell pepper
Handful of sweetcorn (frozen)
Fish sauce – about a tablespoon
Soy sauce (gluten free), to taste
Black pepper, to taste
- Put a good slug of sesame oil into a wok or sauté pan
- Sauté the onion for about 5 minutes
- Add the green pepper and sauté for another few minutes
- Add the prawns and sauté for another 3 or 4 minutes and then follow with the cod
- Add in the fish and soy sauce. I only add a little soy sauce at this stage and then add more at the table, according to everyone’s own taste
- Add a little black pepper
- Serve over brown rice (I use the easy 3 minute microwave brown rice from Trader Joe’s)