Wasabi and Panko-Crusted Pork with Gingered Soy Sauce

Wasabi and Panko-Crusted Pork with Gingered Soy Sauce
Source: Cooking Light, March 2006

2/3 C panko
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
4 (4oz) boneless center cut loin pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
1 tsp peanut oil
cooking spray
1/8 tsp salt (I omitted)
1 T bottled ground fresh ginger
1/3 C fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 T sake or dry sherry
2 T low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp wasabi paste
1/3 C thinly sliced green onions
-Place panko in a shallow dish. Place egg white in another shallow dish. Dip pork in egg white; dredge in panko.
-Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium/high heat; add pork. Cook for 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove pork from pan; sprinkle with salt.
-Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Combine broth and the next 4 ingredients (through wasabi) in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add broth mixture to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in green onions. Spoon sauce over pork.
-Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 pork chop and about 1 T sauce)
CALORIES 215 (28% from fat); FAT 6.8g (sat 2.1g,mono 2.9g, poly 0.8g); PROTEIN 24.5g; CHOLESTEROL 65mg; CALCIUM 15mg; SODIUM 454mg; FIBER 0.9g; IRON 1.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 10.8

Trail….run??

For all of you waiting with bated breath, we did NOT ride in the Tour de Lopez this weekend. As pheeps71 pointed out, the registration was, in fact, full. If nothing else, at least it made our decision easier!! I suppose we can’t expect anything different if we wait until the last minute. So we ended up at home for the weekend slightly unexpectedly. After MUCH deliberation (see previous post re: our commitment issues), we decided to go for a trail run on Saturday.

Wanting to try something new, we headed to Tiger Mountain (west side) to run the Tiger 3-summit loop. It’s a 10+ mile run and unfortunately, we got a bit lost at the beginning. We only made it to one of the 3 summits. And it was killer. Our trail-running book lists it as a 3 out of 5 on the ‘pain’ scale. Man, it was steep. But we ended up with an hour and 50 minute run. If you can call it a run. We walked the vast majority of the way up and ran down.

We were in agreement. It was a little too steep to be enjoyable. Luckily, we’re not too sore today. Though I think we are starting to realize what we want in a trail run. This wasn’t really it.

On the plus side: we got in a nice morning run before the torrential rain set in for the rest of the day. We also met up with our friend Rachel for lunch, while we were on the East side. Down sides: the brutal climb and getting rear-ended on the way home. I guess it all balances out in the end.

A Bona Fide Bike Commuter

Yesterday was my first day as a bike commuter. I insisted on G riding with me from door to door both ways as I’m not the most confident on my bike. He grumbled about leaving early but we set off around 8 am and cruised in hassle-free to my office. It took about 40 minutes and was relatively easy.

The guys that I work with were extremely excited to hear I’d ridden my bike to work. It was the talk of the office for hours and they each stopped by my office to ask about my ride. They were eager to know:
-What route did we take? 17th Ave, Ballard Bridge, Myrtle Edwards Park,
-How far is it? About 7 miles each way,
-How many calories did I burn? (they’re as obsessed with the Heart Rate Monitor data as I am!) 371 on the ride in (less on the way home),
-What did I wear and was I cold? …and so on.

Surprisingly, the ride home was easier (physically) than the way in, despite it being mostly uphill. It turned out to be a pleasant evening and the rain held off so I was happy. All in all, it was a most successful experience. I don’t think I’ll do it every day. It actually took me longer than the bus. But I’d like to ride in a couple times a week. Tomorrow, G and I are planning to ride in together again, but take a different route. Myrtle Edwards is lovely, but the worst part of the ride is getting from the waterfront up to my office on 5th Ave. The Burke Gilman-Dexter route we’re planning tomorrow should take me more or less to the front door.

Oh, and an interesting observation: there are tons of men who bike to work in my building (in my office of 30 people there are 4 guys who regularly bike to work). After doing it yesterday, I’m not so sure there are ANY other women. I took my shower around 9 am and it was clear no one else had used the locker room yet. And don’t even get me started on the big debate G and I had about wearing my bike shoes all day in the office!

Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze

I made this salmon over the weekend and it was a nice change from the salmon recipes I usually make. Aside from the fact that my mini food chopper is a piece of utter crap, the recipe was very easy. I think the glaze would be really good on pork or lamb as well.

Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze
Source: Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis, Show: Everyday Italian Episode: The Lighter Side of Italian

Ingredients:
2 garlic cloves
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
3/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon dry white wine
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
Nonstick olive oil cooking spray
6 (6 to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 lemon wedges

In a mini food processor, combine garlic, rosemary, thyme, wine, oil, Dijon mustard, and 1 tablespoon of whole-grain mustard. Grind the mustard sauce until combined, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of whole-grain mustard to the sauce and stir to combine. Set aside mustard sauce.

Preheat the broiler. Line a heavy rimmed baking sheet with foil. Spray the foil with nonstick spray. Arrange the salmon fillets on the baking sheet and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Broil for 2 minutes. Spoon the mustard sauce over the fillets. Continue broiling until the fillets are just cooked through and golden brown, about 5 minutes longer.

Transfer the fillets to plates and serve with lemon wedges.

Commitment Issues

Sometimes I think G and I have commitment issues. It’s a wonder we’re married at all. We seem to be really hesitant to commit to things (i.e. events, trips, etc.) and rarely do unless it’s necessary. Case in point, we almost NEVER book a camping site. If we decide to go camping, we simply pack up the car, head to where we want to go, and try to find a site when we arrive. This has led to plenty of occasions where we drive around at 11 pm looking for a free site (and start to consider whether or not to sleep in the car). In our defense, the benefits of not committing are substantial. Namely, if we change our minds we lose nothing.

We’ve talked about doing the Tour de Lopez for the past couple of years. Thus far, we’ve never actually participated in the bike ride. This year, however, we’re SERIOUSLY thinking about it. Of course, it is 5 days away and we still aren’t sure if we’re going to do it. We haven’t bought tickets, booked a campsite or looked into the ferry schedule.

We did, however, go for a practice bike ride yesterday afternoon, My first ride on the bike this year and it hurt a lot less than I expected. We did 20 miles on the Burke Gilman trail. Admittedly, it’s about the easiest bike riding one can do, but it was a thoroughly pleasant ride.

Are we going to finally follow through and ride in the Tour this year? Your guess is as good as mine.

Riding the Pow Pow

I am WAY behind on blogging. My apologies. I am taking a much-needed relaxing evening at home. Between some weekend snowboard activities and a cold, I’m not moving very quickly today.

On Friday G and I headed to Whistler for another weekend of snow play. It got off to a melancholy start. We were supposed to travel with friends, but they had to cancel last minute due to some medical issues in the family. G and I were sobered by it all, and reminded once again to enjoy the time we have with our loved ones. Hence, we decided to head to Whistler anyway.

Another late night drive- we arrived after midnight with plenty of exciting weather on the way up. Saturday was spent snowboarding on Whistler Mountain, among massive Spring Break crowds. The lines were insanely long and the lodge was packed at lunch, but the snow was amazing so we had a great day regardless. Probably due to the Easter holiday, they all vanished and Sunday we seemed to be all by ourselves on Blackcomb Mountain. I overcame my ‘fear’ of Blackcomb and we had another good day, although my legs felt like rubber for most of the day.

It was a fantastic weekend for snow- tons and tons of powder, a rarity for this late in the season. I got lots of practice with my new board and new ‘goofy’ stance. G commented how nice it was to see me riding with a huge grin on my face. I still seem to be falling down A LOT. As such, I am covered in bruises and my neck is suffering from whiplash. In short, I hurt pretty much everywhere.

But I enjoyed my time snowboarding with G, a couple days away from home, and even some good dinners. The sheer beauty of Whistler is enough to leave a lingering smile on my face for days.