Saturday, July 28, 2018

sometimes I hate my endoskeleton

in which our plucky heroine suffers a setback...

The sacroiliac joint at the base of my spine, where it joins my pelvis, has a habit of getting misaligned, with no particular warning, and with excruciatingly painful results. In an attempt to pull up my compression socks this morning, I was stricken. A visit to my favorite acupuncture and medical massage practitioner can usually put it to rights, but they are currently on the way to Yellowstone on a well deserved vacation and will not be back in town for a tenday. Alas. This is playing hob with my everyday well being, since I cannot easily move from sitting to standing or vice versa, carry water to my baby trees in the terrible heat wave we are suffering from, or innumerable other tasks of daily life and work...
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Despite the stupidly painful SI joint, I managed to slowly and carefully wend hobble my way to the Farmers Market this morning before the heat got too bad. Brought home baby zukes, new potatoes, haricots vert, cilantro, pickling cukes, and a bag of nectarines. I totally am grateful for the match-your-EBT program, particularly since the suits in DC keep cutting food allowances for EBT users.
The cilantro is for making some Thai peanut sauce. The pickling cukes are for making Tzatziki. The other veggies will all get steamed and chilled, since they are one of my favorite midsummer meals, either as a cold salad, or microwaved with some dairy. The beautiful nectarines were from a new-to-me booth - ProFarm Orchards out of Zillah, which has an assortment of organic stone fruit! Very tempted to arrange to purchase a flat, and put them up as sauce... the price is really good and the flavor is excellent.

5 comments:

  1. Oh,yum, Thai peanut sauce! Are you willing to share the recipe?

    Re back problems: physical therapists trained me in some exercises that have helped immensely. After 6 months, I found I could stand longer without pain, and my back didn't hurt, at least for awhile. Strange feeling: to expect pain, but not have it.

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    1. this is the recipe I got from an old friend, a Vietnam era vet...
      per serving: stir together 1 1/2 T peanut butter with 1 1/2 T oil until blended. Then stir in 2 T soy sauce, 2 T brown sugar, 2 t white wine vinegar, 1/2 t cayenne, and 1 T each chopped green onions and chopped cilantro.

      This makes a large amount of dressing, more like for at least two people. I will often double or triple the recipe, and keep in the fridge for a few days. He served it as a dressing over a salad of crisp iceberg lettuce topped with cold poached chicken. I have successfully made this with almond butter instead of peanut butter for those with allergies, it tastes a little different, but still really good.

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  2. Thank you so much for the recipe, Alison! I have a feeling this is going to be a big favorite at my house.

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    1. It is a favorite of all I have tried it on... my old friend Konrad said "you could put this on old shoes and they would be delicious" :D :D

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  3. Ha Ha, Alison! I added your friend Konrad's joke to my recipe.

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