How Does One Cook With A Broken Index Finger? Salads!

How Does One Cook With A Broken Index Finger? Salads!

Yesterday I broke my index finger and this means no chopping, washing of dishes, or even properly opening things without feeling the twinge of pain that emanates from the first joint. I never realized how important your index finger is until mine was taken away from me. This also means that I have an excuse to clean out the fridge of chopped and dices vegetables I already have and make a nice cold salad.

Fellow bloggers and I are part of the ChicagoNow softball team and yesterday we had a game against the Wall Street Journal. I happened to have broken my finger before we took the field for batting practice, when we were just throwing the ball around to warm up out arms. When it happened I thought I had just given myself a quick jam and just pulled on it, but realized that when the joints were not smashed I had to have broken it. I forced myself through the pain to play anyways because I did not want to let my team down as we were already down a girl and the team was facing an auto out for the last batter. Luckily another blogger showed up and we were set.

After self medicating last night with a shot of Makers Mark in a glass of Simply Apple I was feeling a little better but the throbbing in my finger just would not stop. It has been almost 14 years since I had broken any fingers playing softball. I broke both my pinkies in two different positions in the same game and took it as a sign to quit playing softball until the Kup League was started. This is not enough of a sign for me to quit and you can bet your ass I will be playing next week and begging to be placed as catcher as I was unfocused at second fighting the pain yesterday.

Seeing as I still need to eat and cold pizza is just not going to cut it, I grabbed a few things from the fridge and made this delicious salad. What I used was an Italian blend of greens, Italian blend of cheeses, thinly sliced zucchini, diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green peppers, half an avocado diced, and a handful of green grapes cut in half. For the dressing I drizzled some extra virgin olive oil and the grapefruit infused white balsamic vinegar.

Not my best but it is very tasty and full of fruits and veggies that are full of good vitamins and minerals that will help my finger heal faster than the doctors say it will. They say 4-6 weeks and the fracture will heal, I am betting more like 2 weeks like it took for my pinkies to heal.

Now that I have to wait for this finger to heal you can bet there will be more salads and better ingredients to follow in the coming days. Wish me luck that it heals faster and that I am back on the field next week. I am also starting to think there is truth to my vitamin D deficiency and broken bones due to lack of absorption of calcium. Guess I will be biking and getting some sun over the next few of weeks as well.

Stay tuned for more salad as well as my SOS recipe, or as my dad likes to call it Shit On the Shingles. It's a military thing, many of my friends who had military parents know all about this one.

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