I marked yesterday as a day of peace and celebration. After working up a great sweat in the morning, I came home and swam my 30 laps. I swore I wouldn’t spend the entire afternoon in the kitchen, but when you are making wholesome food, sometimes there are no shortcuts. First I baked a peanut-butter banana bread. Then, after cutting up all the veggies into small cubes, (tofu and tempeh as well) I put them in baggies and poured a marinade of olive oil, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, agave nectar, cumin, fresh garlic, salt and pepper over them and let them sit in the baggies for about an hour. Meanwhile I made a huge garden salad and dressed it in olive oil, safflower oil and fresh lemon juice. A can of cannellini beans in the food processor, with a little olive oil, red pepper, lemon juice and garlic, made a nice hummus appetizer, which I would later serve as an appetizer with Stacy’s pita chips. Once I skewered up all the veggies, I put up a big pot of brown rice. The skewered veggies fit just perfectly on the grill and I turned them a few times till they were starting to brown on the outside.
Derek, James, Pete and John showed up and the 6 of us basically ate everything! Honeydew, (which has been insanely perfect) cherries, berries and banana bread satisfied the sweet tooth and then the kids told me about some apps for my iPhone and iPad. Uh-oh, Words for Friends seems highly addictive. (Interactive scrabble!) I feed them food and they feed me technology and that youthful energy that is like juice for a battery! It is, as they say, “all good.”
Though there were no bands playing or no dancing in the streets, I savored the day and celebrated peace, fitness and love. I was singing and I was dancing, if not literally, definitely figuratively. Sometimes it just doesn’t get better than that.