Lately I've been thinking what I'd like to do with my blog in terms of changing it up. I always knew that at some point, I would stop losing weight and not have to post incessantly about my weight, my workouts, and anything weight-loss related. Not that I'll never post about that again, it just won't be my primary focus any longer.
The weight loss ticker has to go, in my opinion.
I want to arrive at a point where I feel great about where my weight is (within reason, of course) and I'd also like to write about other things. Like life, books and recipes!
I finished House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende last week and am currently reading News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Of course, the copy I checked out of the library is absolutely useless since it's been translated into English from the original Spanish version. (I read 100 Anos de Soledad in Spanish and English when I was in college. I cannot recommend that book enough. Garcia is one heck of a writer.) And yes, the irony that he is Colombian like me is noted on me. :-) I'm about 100 pages in so far, and I am riveted.
It's about the real life kidnapping of reporters, journalists and their crews, and relatives of politicos in Colombia in 1990. Pablo Escobar, the head of the Medellin cartel used this form of terrorism because he protested one particular condition of a decree signed into law: extradition to the US for narco-traficantes if they were arrested and/or turned themselves in. In one hand, he offered peace by his surrender while holding terrorism, violence & fear in the other.
I also tried out this recipe that I found floating around online on Pinterest. Now I understand why I don't have an Instagram nor Pinterest account: it's far too easy to waste valuable time - and braincells - on these sites.
Pesto baked chicken. You can find the link for the recipe here.
It was delicious, but the only thing I would recommend is making your own pesto sauce from scratch. I used a store bought pesto, and it was good, but way too oily for my taste. I also brushed both sides of the chicken with the sauce, since chicken breast tends to be very bland. This is what my version looked like.
I added some cherry tomatoes & shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the chicken later. Yummy. If you're going the low carb option, spaghetti squash with the left over pesto sauce would be tasty also instead of regular or whole what noodles.
Ileana - Pearl S. Buck is next on my reading list after News of a Kidnapping!