Mindy and I just returned from a walk through Swarthmore Forest after a nice breakfast at the Coffee Corner in Morton. This morning we both woke up early, but felt completely rested. Sleep deprivation has been the norm lately, so having a couple nights of good sleep over the weekend are necessary for survival. Last night I locked our cat Loki in the basement (along with his food and water) so that he wouldn't wake us up throughout the night with constant reports on who knows what?! I felt a little bad, but our basement is fully carpeted and has everything he needs. I'm glad I did though, since I feel more rested today than I have in weeks.
In just a few hours we are going to our much anticipated, deep-tissue massage appointment. We both love going to the massage therapist. I just wish it wasn't so expensive. When we lived in China, massage was so cheap that you could go twice a week and think nothing of it. Things are a bit different here in the US. Although massage has tons of health benefits, it's considered a luxury. In China, it's viewed as an important path to being healthy. I can't wait for my trip to Chongqing, I'll be getting foot rubs every other day!:)
So.... completely switching gears. This tuna salad was the first dish I served to my friends, Joy and Jason, when they came to visit last Friday evening. When I found this recipe in the book: PORTUGUESE FOOD & COOKING, I thought the mix of ingredients were a bit bizarre. I never thought of mixing apples with beans and tuna before. In fact, I was a bit hesitant to make it since I couldn't imagine such an eclectic mix of flavors working well. Boy was I wrong! This salad was a big hit! We all loved it. It tasted fresh, earthy, and completely healthy. The best thing about this recipe is how easy it was to make. I guarantee you'll be surprised at how good this is:)
1 apple (cored and thinly sliced)
8 1/2 oz. of tuna, drained
1 can of black-eyed beans (peas), drained and rinsed well
1 small onion (finely chopped)
2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)
6 tbsp. quality olive oil
3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
Mix the sliced apple, tuna, beans, onion and parsley in a salad bowl and mix gently.
Whisk together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, then pour over the salad. Toss and serve.
I told you it was easy! Get ready for some good eating!