I woke up this morning to the sound of pouring rain, and decided there was no good reason to get out of bed at 6:20am just to sit inside the RV. Unfortunately, what I intended to be another 1.5 hours of sleep turned into another 4 hours of sleep. But, at least by 10:30 the rain had stopped and I was able to get some work done by the lake. I did not, however, end up going for any sort of aerobic swim. Instead, I spent 4 hours painting – which I totally think should count as exercise. Either way, I’m worn out!
Tonight for dinner I made Lemon Chicken with Grilled Fennel and Onion. I had never bought fennel before… or even seen fennel before (although I think I’ve used fennel seeds). My initial thought at the grocery store was, “what am I going to do with this!?” and when I pulled it out of the fridge today, I felt pretty much the same. Alas, I chopped up the bulb into slices as the recipe said.
I made Scott try a piece of raw fennel with me, and neither of us were huge fans. I don’t like licorice, and he hates vegetables / all healthy food. I didn’t think it was bad, just… weird. I crossed my fingers that between the marinade and the grilling, it would taste better.
The marinade called for grated lemon peel, but we have one tiny mini fridge in this RV and a limited budget for ourselves. Knowing that I had no other use for the lemon, I determined that I would just use the lemon juice and nix the lemon peel. Writing this now, I realize that I could have bought a lemon, used the peel and squeezed it for the juice, and that would have worked. Hind sight is 20/20. Anyway, I also didn’t have a brush or brush-like utensil, so after I marinated the chicken I had no way to continually brush the marinade over the chicken. The result of these two things in combination was that the recipe was not very lemon-flavored. Definitely would up the lemon flavor next time – more lemon juice in the marinade, actually using lemon peel, etc.
Other than the lack of lemon-y flavor, this turned out great! I am becoming a grill MASTER, as Scott told me the chicken was cooked “perfectly.” I was reminded how much I love the taste of grilled onions, and discovered that I also like grilled fennel quite a bit. Scott does not like grilled fennel… he thinks it tastes “weird.” Oh well.
Finished product! YUM!
Tomorrow I have a 1.5 mile run, and I’m praying that I can run a bit faster than Tuesday! The weather right now is mild, so hopefully it will also be mild in 10 hours when I run!