Happy March!

It has been quite a while since I last posted on The Kitchen Blackboard. January and February were spent skiing, visiting friends, traveling, and enjoying delicious food. I don’t really like cold weather but I try to make the most of it. It’s also great having two dogs who inspire me to go on walks even on the coldest days. Although I do have my limits, NO WALKS under 22 degrees Fahrenheit. I  have a 90+-year-old neighbor lady that walks her dog everyday regardless of weather. She puts me to shame some times.  I now find myself 14 days 20 hours and 35 minutes from the March Equinox and only 7 days from Daylight Savings. I feel reinvigorated with the promise of Spring.

Today is my husband’s birthday. However, we started celebrating over the weekend. On Saturday I had great success with a new recipe that I tried from Epicurious: Strozzapreti with Oxtail Ragu and Horseradish crumbs. A mouth-watering pasta dish perfect for the winter. I made the birthday cake on Saturday as well. Since neither of our children were home for this birthday I was able to make something other than a “chocolate” cake. So this year I made a yummy triple-layer coconut cake with a cream cheese frosting. Today we are enjoying Asian inspired Chicken Sates that will be served with a spicy peanut sauce. The chicken has been marinating in a mix of coconut milk, broth, ginger, garlic, shallot, soy sauce, lime zest, fish sauce, and brown sugar. The peanut sauce was made with peanut butter, broth, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, red curry paste, shallot, brown sugar, and lime juice. I plan to make a dish of spinach with chick peas that will be seasoned with cumin, sweet paprika, onion, garlic, and red wine vinegar. We will accompany the meal with coconut rice. And since coconut appears to be a recurring theme for this birthday I plan to whip up some Coconut Martinis!

Today I share a Japanese saying, Ichigo Ichie, “One Opportunity, One Encounter”. Its better translation may be “Treasure every encounter, for it will never recur.” It is a reminder to me to be mindful of the present and to appreciate this given moment because this moment will not happen again. I beg my Japanese friends to forgive my rudimentary attempt to write Japanese characters.