Agony of the Feet

A few weeks ago, I blogged about my stress fracture and how cooking suddenly became my only outlet, since cycling was off limits for at least a good month (doctor's orders).  My home literally became a gourmet restaurant.  The kids were having home made French toasts for breakfast, almond encrusted salmon for lunch and shrimp risotto for dinner.  I made numerous desserts and fancy salads while teaching both of my kids their ABC's.  Joaquin got potty trained and the house looked like a showroom 24/7.  I was unstoppable.  Forget about Martha Stewart or the Barefoot Contessa;  I became the domestic goddess of Hamilton County. In the outside I seemed strong, firm and determined to make the best out of my lack of mobility but inside I was having a hard time dealing with my emotions.
It's been almost two years since we moved from Chicago to the Cornfields and so far I was doing pretty well.  I went from non-athletic to indoor cycling instructor, I started writing for Ay Mama! on a weekly basis and the kids, Enrico and the new house were keeping me occupied most of the time.  Since I've always been on the go, I never made time to stop and think about how the new change was treating me, I was just going through the motions, so to speak.
With the stress fracture everything changed.  All of a sudden I was looking for things to do to keep me occupied because the instant I had time to think, my mind started to wonder.  What if we move back to Chicago?  This was a constant what if in the last month.  I cried quite a bit missing my sister and our friends and I couldn't help but to think that Indy was never going to be like Chicago.  Behind the spectacular cheesecakes, my kids recognizing all the alphabet and my house looking like a picture from Domino Magazine; I was sad and felt an emptiness inside that was starting to consume my days.  I decided to fight against it; I knew I couldn't teach my spinning classes from the bike so I started teaching them from the floor.  I knew that no one was going to replace my friends and family from Chicago, so I started to reach out to new people that shared more commonalities with us.
Obviously, this didn't happen overnight.  My very wise husband had a talk with me around three weeks ago and it really helped me put everything in perspective.  This will never be Chicago and will never replace what we had.  Instead, you should focus on the positive things around you and embrace this moment.  You don't want to look back when you are an old lady and regret that you didn't make the best out of your life, Nina. That night, we went out with new Indy friends and to tell you the truth, I only remember bits and pieces since I had quite a few drinks that night but it was a fun night out.  The next day I woke up with a well deserved hang over, hugged my kids, kissed Enrico and made a conscious effort to get out of the funk that was consuming me.
I have been back on the bike for the last two weeks and my foot feels a lot better.  I don't have to wear the boot anymore but I am still cooking gourmetish on a weekly basis.  The kids are enjoying the beautiful Spring days and I decided to have a more positive outlook and to embrace Indiana to the fullest.  
Relax, Chicagoans, that does not mean that I will ever vote Republican.  That's were I draw the line.  Ay Mama!
For today's recipe, a new family favorite: almond encrusted salmon.  Enjoy!
Ingredients:
-1/2 cup sliced almonds, chopped
-2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
-1 tsp. grated lime peel
-1/3 cup all purpose flour
-2 skinless salmon fillets  (4 to 6 oz each)
-1/4 cup egg whites, slightly beaten
-Olive oil for frying (2 Tbsp)
-Salt & Pepper to taste
Method:
Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper.  Set them aside.
Mix almonds, parsley and grated lime together.  Place flour on another plate.  Dredge salmon in flour shaking off excess and lightly brush one side of fillet with beaten egg white.  Press brushed side of fillet into almond mixture so that it sticks.  
Heat olive oil over medium heat and add salmon to skillet, almond side down.  Cook for about five minutes and turn salmon over.  Cook an additional five minutes.  Serve hot.  Buen provecho!
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  • I spent my entire childhood in Indy, because my maternal grandparents lived there. My parents made the 3 hour drive every other month or so and I would spend weeks at a time there.

    I have many a great memories in that town and we found TONS to do. My grandparents lived in the Broad Ripple area, so we loved the shops and different restaurants and the pretty surrounding areas. We also loved going to the County Fair every year. Indy has a huge one. So much fun, riding the animals and riding the carnival rides.

    My grandfather was a violinist in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. That was great because I spent summers going to Starlight Theater/musicals, which were outdoors at Butler University. I saw Annie for the first time on stage and got to meet stars like Phyllis Diller. That was fun! The kids would love that! I did! I have some of my fondest memories from those shows.

    And of course, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is one of the best in the country. I loved riding the merry go round with my grandma, who loved merry go rounds. :)

    Eagle Creek Park was a place where we also spent a great deal of time. http://eaglecreekpark.org/. What a fun place. I have great memories swimming there and hiking.

    Spending time south of the city in Brown County, another great place. http://www.browncounty.com/. What a gorgeous area. Go further south for a weekend to Madison, IN, and you are in for a real treat there. http://visitmadison.org/. That town is caught in a time warp-- typical river town with just beauty all around, and fun things for families.

    Then, six miles north of Indianapolis is the great place of Connor Prairie. http://www.connerprairie.org/. Take your kiddies back in time to this place. It is an interactive museum, where you can spend the night and dress in period clothes, to help out in the village and farm. VERY cool. I GUARANTEE the whole family will enjoy it and it's not far from home.

    My family was also quite involved with the Latvian community there. I became friends with other Latvian children and enjoyed hanging with them at the Latvian center when we were in town, for traditional gatherings and other things. I'm sure there is an ethnic Puerto Rican community in which you can become involved. That in itself would be enjoyable.

    Anyway, hope these ideas help. There's more, but I don't have the room! I spent years in Indy, so I have all kinds of ideas! :)

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Thanks Anita! You know what? I met a great Latvian girl at the Y, who happens to have kids the same age of my children. She used to live in the city of Chicago and now lives in the Fishers area :) Small world! Conner Prairie is two minutes from my house! Thank you for your comments!

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Wow! Awesome! Is her name Anita Erkmanis? She and her husband moved to Indy not too long ago. She is originally from MI and he from Milwaukee, but they lived in Chicago for quite some time. Let me know if it's the same girl!

    Have you been to Connor Prairie yet? That is so cool that you are so close to it! I'm jealous! :)

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    I think so! I am HORRIBLE with names, but we talk all the time and she is super nice and she is expecting a new baby :) They miss Chicago a lot too! The transition is hard, but I agree, it definitely has its good things too. The people are very friendly and welcoming around here!

  • In reply to NinaGoyco:

    Oh, please let me know if it's her! If it is, didn't know she was pregnant! Give her a big hello from me if it is! I bet they miss it in Chi-town, but Indy is a friendly town, just like you said.

  • In reply to anitarudite:

    Loved the post. Very raw and honest. Se que no siempre es facil para ti estar por alla, pero cada dia te veo mas comoda con tu nueva vida, y en verdad, los suburbios no son tan malos, lol! :-) Te queremos mucho y estamos locos por verlos!

  • In reply to KhadineKubal:

    Gracias amiga! No es facil pero ahi vamos :) Un abrazote!

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