On being productive and meat and potatoes

getting your moorings straight

Yesterday was a very productive day for me. I made major progress on decluttering and cleaning and packing. My kitchen counter bar is once again uncluttered. My desk is partially uncluttered, and the recycle bag is full. I headed off to the park to get in another walk. It was 2 degrees hotter than the day before and the humidity was less by 10%, but it was still a tough walk, accompanied by Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball. I walked for 20 minutes and called it good enough. I added some stair stepping on the walk back to the car.

the ripple effect

I decided on roast pork tenderloin for dinner, using a new method I recently found online. I made it once before and while it was delicious, I found the chili fig glaze was too much and too sweet while also too hot, so I improvised. The best part is the tenderloin will roast at 450º for 15 minutes. First you brown it in the oven-safe skillet, then pop it in the oven. When it is ready, place it on a platter to rest while you use that same skillet to make the glaze/sauce. I totally ignored the recipe this time and just made a sauce with sriracha chili sauce, soy sauce, Worcester sauce, garlic, & fig balsamic using the taste and correct method I learned from Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen. It simmers in the pan juices for 4-5 minutes, and then you slowly pour in a mixture of 2 tablespoons water and 1 teaspoon of corn starch to thicken.

My baked potato was seasoned with non-fat feta and non-fat yogurt instead of butter. Normally I would have included a green vegetable, but this was my ‘simple fare’ night and since R is a meat and potatoes man, I knew he would not complain.

This morning dawned hot and clear again and it looks like the potential for rain today has moved on and I should do the same. Happy Thursday everyone, and stay hydrated!

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13 Responses to On being productive and meat and potatoes

  1. It looks delicious, and a great pan sauce unique to your day and mood! Love it!

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  2. peggy says:

    You have been so productive. Give yourself a gold star. Yummy looking meal. I need to get up and declutter – you have inspired me.

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  3. Beth says:

    Those pictures of the lake are just beautiful and so serene! And, I can smell that pork tenderloin cooking right now!

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  4. Your supper looks delicious. I love pork and baked potatoes are my favourite. Good for you getting out in that heat and getting some cleaning and decluttering done! My cleaning and decluttering is kind of done in fits and starts.

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  5. I love, love, love these photos of the lake and the geese. I would have to walk out to the gazebo to just sit there and be still. I really enjoy your food recipes, too.

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