So, I am trying to get the whole half marathon training routine down. My sister is 100% on point with what she needs to do… I have a difficult time accepting ‘rest’ days.
Sounds crazy, right? I am a little nuts.
I am used to running every day… just two miles, but nonetheless it is running every day. Now that I am doing longer runs I understand the importance of giving your body rest. However, this is the first time in my life I have held a job where I sit at a desk pretty much for 8 hours!! I love my job, and the 9-5 hours, but I have a very very difficult time being at rest for that long during the day. It is killing me inside! I’m pretty much convinced I will get blood clots in my legs from this job.
Solution: Run before or after work every day. It’s like I HAVE to run or I get super anxious with all the pent up energy I have from sitting down all day. In any case, I’m trying to figure it all out.
After work yesterday it was about to rain and the air felt amazing! I love the way it feels when it’s just about to rain. I ran a quick two miles just as it began misting and it was JUST what I needed.
I came home ready to relax. Tried to twist the cork out of the bottle of Vinho Verde I didn’t finish the day before (What!? An unfinished bottle of Vinho Verde!? How is that POSSIBLE!?) and this happened!!!
Eh, it happens with dry corks. Do NOT push the cork into the bottle when that happens!! That is just gross, unless you want to spend time fishing out little cork pieces, then by all means….. However, there is an easier way! Just re-open it with your corkscrew (I always use a double-hinged waiter’s cork screw… makes life easier) This time, you just have to be a bit more gentle…
Voila! Back in business.
If you haven’t tried Vinho Verde ever in your life, and you’re a white wine drinker (or someone that enjoys any crisp, refreshing adult beverage), TRY IT! It is incredibly inexpensive (If you ever find a bottle of Vinho Verde for over $20, and that is pushing it, you’re probably getting majorly ripped off). Vinho Verde typically sells for $5-$15 I would say on average. Trader Joe’s actually has a pretty killer Vinho Verde for $3.99!
Vinho Verde is a Portuguese wine that translates into ‘Green Wine’ because of it’s youthfulness. Vinho Verde is meant to be drunk very young. It’s generally lower in alcohol than most wine (9-11% alcohol vs. 12-16%) tart, acidic, fresh, crisp and has an ever so slight effervescence to it. All these factors combined make it extremely quaffable. You will probably drink the whole bottle.
Portuguese wine is seriously underrated by the way. Reds and whites included. Give ‘em a go!!
As I have said… I usually always have ground turkey in the fridge because of it’s versatility and easy-on-the-wallet price tag. I spotted some fresh dill at the store earlier and I knew I had to have it in my dinner that night. I used to be slightly obsessed with dill… almost as much as I am with salt. But not quite. I decided to do herbed turkey burgers. I used fresh dill, fresh chives (green onions… whatever you like to call them), dried oregano, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, salt and olive oil.
I am now convinced oregano does NOT belong in turkey burgers. Or anywhere near ground turkey at all. It extenuated the ‘meatiness’ of the ground turkey. I’m not kidding, it was so weird. The oregano made the turkey burgers taste strangely meaty. Now don’t get me wrong, I am a meat eater. But this was just weird.
I believe dill would have been a fabulous addition on its own minus the oregano. So, I will give you the recipe sans dried oregano (unless you want to gamble).
I also believe these burgers would have been stellar with sliced Havarti on top and eaten the way normal people eat burgers, not in salad bowls.
Mush it all up with your CLEAN hands and form patties about the size of the palm of your hand… or smaller/bigger.
Place in a skillet (a cast Iron skillet would be the bomb and would yield the best results I think) that you have pre-heated to about medium high with a little olive oil and olive oil cooking spray.
While they begin to cook, this would be a good time to perhaps pour yourself another glass of wine. I did…
No judging please! It was hot and I wanted this Summery South African wine to be as cold as possible… slushy even. I mean it’s not like I spent over $10 for it anyway.
One of the coolest things about South African wine I think is that no matter what varietal, red, or white, and no matter what region of South Africa… they all have this varying degree of an underlying smokiness. It is actually really awesome. South African reds pair amazingly with lamb by the way.
Another awesome factoid is because a bazzillion years ago, when the Earth was first forming, and there existed only one large continent, Pangea, and the tip of South Africa and the tip of Chile were attached… you get many similarities in South African and Chilean wine. Awesome stuff.
Once the burgers are cooked through and have developed a nice caramelized crust, they’re done!
Plopped right into my salad bowl! Really though, after thinking how awesome these would have been without the oregano and just the dill, topped with sliced Havarti cheese and stuffed inside a doughy whole wheat roll… I feel like I need a do-over.
I have just been told this salad looks both intriguing and disgusting. Don’t knock ’til you try it!