jump! (not quite yet)

Jump NYC

dievca: NYC graffiti 08/2015

dievca is off of the electric scooter (borrowed from a friend),
back on to her bike (hills are tough),
walking upstairs (not down),
and moving more freely.
But JUMPING?
Not quite – unless its in her water aerobics class.

How are you doing?


Repurposing a Caprese Salad – really. (Summertime Goodness)

Heirloom Tomatodievca had her first experience with ordering fruit and vegetables from Whole Foods.

Her knee is still gimpy and the stores around her are too close for a cab ride and too far for a walk on her knee. So, she ordered online and had it delivered.

Buying fruit and vegetables is more personal than pasta or milk, dievca made her choices and hoped for the best.  The shopper did pretty well.  The peaches were a bit riper than dievca buys and the two heirloom tomatoes were HUGE.  A single tomato barely fit into dievca’s hand.

The tomatoes needed to be used immediately, so dievca chopped BOTH of them into cubes combined them with a package fresh mozzarella pearls, then added fresh basil chopped with herb scissors, olive oil, red balsamic vinegar, and salt/pepper.

Fresh Mozarella Pearls

Multi blade Herb ScissorsMaster and dievca could only eat half the tossed salad, so dievca put the leftovers into the fridge for later.

When she pulled it out there was a lot of liquid and as a salad it didn’t appeal.

What to do?

Cod was on the menu within two days and dievca had seen recipes of Cod baked with tomatoes, so she decided to be creative.  dievca removed the mozzarella pearls from the leftover caprese salad and marinated the wild caught cod with the salad liquid, tomatoes and basil. She then baked the cod, including the tomatoes and liquid, at 400 F (205 C) for 15 min. (she started with 10 min, but the liquid didn’t look like it was evaporating enough so she went to 5 min more) When the cod came out of the oven she put the mozzarella pearls on top to melt and added a dash of lemon juice.

She served the cod, tomatoes and cheese over plain white rice with a side of sautéed fresh sugar snap peas.
(recipe below)

The meal was a success!

dievca thinks it worked because cod has a tendency to take on flavors very well.
she was very happy to use the rest of the heirloom tomatoes!

Sautéed Sugar Snap Peas inspired by the Pioneer Woman blog recipe:

Sugar snap peasIngredients
1 lb. sugar snap peas
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Directions
  1. Snap the stem end of the peas; pull the string off of the length of the pod, and discard. (you may need to do both sides of the pea – dievca did)
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and oil swirl to coat the pan. Add the snap peas, salt, and black pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet crisp, 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat. Add the butter and lemon juice and stir well to coat.

What? No, I absolutely need PT

dievca finally saw her Orthopedic Surgeon after traveling.  Apparently, she arrived at the office after a number of older, non-athletic patients.  The Doctor was thrilled with his work and dievca’s range of motion, ability to walk, etc. He didn’t think she had swelling, but he didn’t bother to look at her other knee to compare either….  When he said, “I don’t think you need Physical Therapy”, dievca nearly jacked him up against the wall.

(Side note: we all know dievca as Master’s — this is an example of why dievca needs to “switch” modes to submissive.  Growing up with older brothers in a blunt family has taught her to stand up for herself – no problem.)

dievca was polite but emphatic that PT was in her best interests.
(“What f*cking planet are you on?” – was thought but not said.)

she got the script and started this week – her objectives being: getting the quadricep that atrophied to fire, getting the knee swelling down to be fitted for a custom unloader brace,  to be able to walk up and down stairs, to make sure both knees are working effectively.

Look, your dievca is amazing (sometimes) – but a PT will help (a lot).

Centipede physical-therapy-what-you-think


Pin Up, Legs Up!

Pin Up Legs Up
The best pin-up position after knee surgery.
dievca’s been practicing for Master.
XO