Two weeks ago, we bought a top round beef roast from our local butcher, which seldom carries that cut. For me, a great treat, since it’s a lean, tasty roast. I cook it in the oven between 300°F and 325°F until the thermometer indicates that it is “medium rare”, and then let it finish cooking on top of the stove. When we returned and asked for the same cut last Wednesday, we discovered that it was not available. However, having asked about it, we found it available when we returned to the store yesterday. I cooked it last night and had a serving for breakfast, this morning. I roasted it with fajita vegetables, precut, that I found in the fresh fruit/vegetable section of the store; there are also small tomatoes that I put into a cup of water and cooked on high in the microwave for 60 seconds. Bursting with flavor but with the skin still firm.
I seared the roast on all sides in the large frying pan and then rolled it in virgin olive oil before putting it in the baking dish. I added the fajita vegetables, sprayed olive oil on the meat and vegetables, and then added kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder before putting it in the oven, not covered.
Yesterday morning and again today, I put in 3.5 miles on the exercise bike. I have been trying to get that in during my outing with the puppies after their breakfast. Today there was a nice rain, and so air pollution/pollen was not a consideration. However, I am trying to avoid being outside between 10:00 and 16:00 going into ragweed pollen season, which should begin sometime in August. (Yes, it arrives that much earlier year, now.) I’ve gradually worked up from 2.0 miles since the beginning of July. While I am gaining strength in my legs, again, I can tell that I need to exercise more muscle groups. Al and I have discussed buying an elliptical machine of some sort. Not now, but I think that by the end of the month that will be possible. I will try to rearrange things in my finally-coming-into-order bed/sitting room so that I can put it in here and not have to exercise out of doors during ragweed season, which lasts about three months. One could wish for earlier snowfall. Last fall, the blue wild flax plants were still flowering into November.
Thaddeus watches me pedal.
Pulse = 70 bpm
SpO2 = 93%
Exercise bike: 3.6 miles
Piano: 20 minutes (yesterday; not until later today)