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Happy Easter and Passover to all my friends and readers! Hope it’s filled with a lot of great food, drink and family.

It’s almost time for baseball! Can’t wait. I went to a few spring training games but am ready for the regular season. Here are some food notes, updates and changes related to your favorite team. Which, as they state, if you are a Marlins fan, is only 268 people.

I came across a pretty cool chart for beer and food pairings (didn’t post it here because it’s large and deep).

The race to grow and eat the world’s hottest chili. This is a hot story!

This is a great bit. A man tells Williamsburg hipsters that a Guy Fieri restaurant is moving into the neighborhood. It will be “factory farm to table” and, for some reason, they are horrified.

Running update

So the weather is (for the most part) pretty darn great in Florida right now. Trust me, I’m not bragging to my Northern readers, as summer is just around the corner here already. You will get your time soon enough, Northerners!

MapMyRun

To take advantage of the weather, I’ve been trying to run, training for a 10k later this month. I know I’ll be able to run the 10k, but I’m not sure I will run it at the speed I would like. I felt much more ready for my 10k last spring. I just don’t seem to have the energy or even as much motivation (this is a first for me in running) and my “good” runs are happening less often. I’m enjoying running, so I”m not sure what’s up. However, the running app I use, MapMyRun, is giving me motivation with emails like the one above to keep moving! In addition to running, I’m working on a few things to make running better and get into the zone.

I’m looking to create the ultimate running playlist. I’m not talking Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift songs that are always on the radio. I’m looking for long-term, tried-and-true songs to get people moving, especially in the 10-15 years ago range. What songs get you moving?

I’m focusing more on what I’m eating, making sure I’m eating enough food in general and a good mix of food. I haven’t felt as hungry lately, but I think that is leading to a loss of energy. I have been eating the food from my farm, so I”m eating healthy, but I think it’s still not enough variety or calories some days, especially days for a big run. I’m having a post-run smoothie (so refreshing after a run and easy to digest and start muscle recovery and restore energy) but need to keep eating enough. What do you eat after a good workout or when you feel like you are in a slump?

This lentil salad caught my eye because it seems balanced, is served at room temperature and has contrasting flavors and texture, so I knew it would be a great post-run meal in a pita or lettuce, or a small snack. I added some three-seed bread for carbs and nutrients.

pomegranate lentil feta salad

Pomegranate, feta and lentil salad

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 7 or 8 cloves garlic very finely minced
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • salt & black pepper
  • 1 pomegranate, deseeded
  • 4 ounces feta cheese

Directions

  1. Rinse the lentils under the tap then put them in a small pan with the water, bring to the boil, then simmer gently until lentils are cooked (about 25 – 30 mins). They should be tender inside but still holding their shape.
  2. Meanwhile, mince the garlic cloves & chop the onion very finely. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan, add the onion & garlic and cook over a very low heat until well softened, about 10 – 12 minutes. Then remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, cumin, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. When lentils are tender, drain well, rinse under cold water then return to the pan.(Not on the heat). Turn the heat back on the garlic & onion pan, add the lemon dressing mixture and heat for about a minute. Pour this over the lentils and gently stir to make sure the lentils are well coated in the dressing.
  5. Stir in parsley and season well with salt and black pepper. You can serve this salad warm or at room temperature. When you are ready to serve the salad sprinkle it with the pomegranate seeds, crumble over the feta and finish it off with a few more chopped herbs.

Friday Links

The big stories this week are horse meat and watered-down Budweiser, but you already know better than to find news here about meat and big-name beer.

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  • 25 household uses for food. Good list to keep around.
  • Michelle Obama brings her My Plate recipes to Pinterest. Tons of great recipes, with magazines I love as contributors.
  • I know the world is going crazy with Harlem Shake videos, but I still haven’t and don’t care to see one. I can, however, watch this video over and over.

Friday links

Friday links

The links are a bit all over the place this week, but hope that makes it more fun.

One of my favorite time-wasting, random sites is Buzzfeed. It just came out with a food channel, and it looks very promising for both serious and funny tips, videos, pictures and entertainment.

Forgot to mention last week, this week’s New York Times Magazine was the food issue, and it’s worth a look.

I really believe everyone can cook something. Cooking something good doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, timely, whatever ones reason not to cook. And it will always taste better than any cheap meal. 10 recipes for kitchen newbies.

What’s on tap? Unfortunately only iPhone users will know, but a new app tells what beer a bar has or can search for a specific beer nearby.

As a Florida lover of local food, I love avocados. Know the varieties and when they’re in season.

What have you been eating/reading/loving this week?