Thursday, May 7, 2009

Work... Family.... Ahhh Food...

There it is - my dieting progress! Great white blobs of fresh mozzarella. I could eat it without the tomatoes or chicken. And as you can see, it is not low-fat. To my credit, there's a lot less of the cheese than it looks. I cut three 1/4 inch pieces and threw it on the chicken and while baking it - it doubled in size! Just like bread. Really! I never lie.

My husband had it over noodles. I was virtuous and had it snuggled up to my salad. It's been a "just a salad is not going to do it kind of a day." I had this idea (which can be frightening to some) that to generate excitement for my Summer Theatre Program at Lakeshore Players - the theatre could post a link to my Kids and Theatre blog (which they did) and I would update my blog 5 days a week with tidbits about The Magic Fishbone, scene excerpts, what I was now incorporating into the play and whatever my little head could think of that might be of interest to my actors and their parents. And that's great! Except for the days when you can't think of anything. Except for the days when you are busy reading blogs and dreaming about delectable dinners and baked goods... wait! No baked goods till June ... dreaming about pasta, and breads.... wait! Dreaming about salads and lentils and mineral water.
I had one of those days today. What could I post?
Dear parents and young performers:
I know I should be updating my blog today but I'm reading recipes and drooling over photos of food.
It might generate excitement if they were coming to dinner ... but it hardly makes them line-up to do my play.
So - dinner was easy. I could clear my head of food and fill it with lines worthy of a character from Charles Dickens. Even if Charles Dickens didn't write the character. (I love Public Domain)
Chicken breasts
2 T olive oil
oregano or thyme or other herb to taste
fresh mozzarella
Pound or slice chicken breasts till thin. Salt and pepper them - add some thyme or oregano and saute them in 2 T of olive oil. When almost done, put a slice of tomato and a slice of fresh mozzarella on top of each breast. Stick pan in a 350 degree F oven for about 6 minutes.
Serve with salad or pasta or both.

I may christen it the "blob meal" because it certainly has blob tendencies. Or I may christen it the "clear your mind" meal because it was so easy, I could research Victorian melodramas (don't ask) on the computer while doing this.
As is the journey of life, the winter and spring has given our family some ups and downs. Yesterday, this appeared in the sky:

I take that as a sign (I'm Italian - I love "signs") that things are indeed looking up.

A double rainbow= double-luck. My son graduates from college on Mother's Day. I don't know how that happened - he was just born - but he insists he is 22. So, I may not blog about blobs or any such nonsense till Monday. Have a grand weekend, all. May a double rainbow come your way.


Anonymous said...

congrats on your son's graduation! time flies, doesn't it?
yumm...I love that melted cheese with all the globs of oil! oil usually freak me out, but not the ones in cheese! it's just sooooo glorious!

Reeni said...

The chicken looks delicious to me! I love blobs of fresh mozzarella-yum!!!

Congrats to your son! Enjoy your weekend!

Pearl said...

congrats to your dear son!

and you know, if you posted those photos of your dishes and told the parents that you'd cook for them if their children would participate in your play... there would be a lot of parents forcing kids to act ;)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Claudia,

Mozzarella makes everything taste good!

Congratulations to your son on his graduation and Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy two wonderful celebrations!

Anonymous said...

Congrats to your son on graduation! Gotta love the yummy cheese blobs :)

Dimah said...

This sounds so delicious! Yum!
Congrats to your son!

Donna-FFW said...

Congrats to your son.. You must be so proud.

That sandwich looks incredibly delicious. The cheese looks so tempting melted all over everything, total yum factor!

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

I love open faced, easy & yummie sandwiches as this!! I prefer Buffalo mozzarella becaus it has more flavour!! Which one do you prefer?

Gloria Chadwick said...

I love the blob! And I totally hear you on your son just being born and is now graduating from college. Only yesterday, my daughters were babies and today I have four grandchildren.

Wanda..... said...

I'm sitting here's an hour till lunch...I have these 3 ingredients on left over fettucinne so guess what I'll be having...our main meal of the day is lunch at noon...because we're retired and it also gives us all day to burn the calories!:)

Sara said...

Congratulations to your son! The food looks good to me, I just got back from the store with a ball of fresh mozzarella destined for pizza.

Heather S-G said...

Great sounding blobs and look at the rainbows...amazing! Definitely a sign. Congrats to your baby :)

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Love the blob!
Congrats on having a college grad and double rainbows!
Happy Mother's Day!