Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 36 DP - Into a routine

A quick scrambled egg for breakfast and it was off to work to start a new week.  Wouldn't you guess it - pouring rain this morning on the drive.  I'd much rather have it raining on a Monday though.  All of this water is going to make for some really nice gardens in a month or two.  I bet the corn this year is going to be fantastic!  And the tomatoes - we are well known in Jersey for our corn and tomatoes in July and August.  I just hope the crabbing is even half as good as it was last season.  No sign of them yet though.

 Not much to say about today.  I was teased a bit at work and tempted with chocolate all day.  We are doing a 12 week "Biggest Loser" at work and I am WAY ahead of everyone else at this point.  There's about 6 weeks left in that contest so it should be interesting to see what happens to me after the SDC is over next week.  I'll probably splurge for a little while but I'm going to try my Secret to Losing Weight (and keeping it off) for a while to see if it actually works.

After work I had a bunch of striped bass sashimi for dinner (the kids ate just as much as I did but I have plenty - so sharing isn't a problem).  Then I got busy on making the fish jerky.  There was a lot of it this time around - the biggest batch so far.  I fired up the smoker grill with a pan of wood chips to get a good smoke going.  I had three trays full of fish strips and skin strips also.  I finally found a way to make the skin correctly - smoke it and dehydrate.  It makes a tasty jerky treat.  I experimented with some pieces by leaving the skin on the meat to see how that turns out after dehydrating.

I ended my night by placing 4 trays of fish and skin strips on the dehydrator and letting it go while I slept.  In the morning it should be ready for cooling and bagging.  I've got the system down now.

That's all for today - pretty uneventful.  On Wednesday I may try to catch some fluke in the Navesink River.  That would be a delicious finish if I could get a couple fluke for the final days.

"Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life."

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