On Thursday evenings Jason and I have been taking an open water swim clinic at a local lake in preparation for the Whidbey Triathlon. The classes have been great. We’ve worked on sighting and swimming in groups. Last night we practiced starts and swimming around buoys. And I was able to learn why I got kicked in the head during one of the practice starts (I didn’t keep my arms out in front of me long enough or strong enough). I am not a strong swimmer, but I am able to feel my confidence slowly building each week.
The one constant thing about each of the sessions has been the cold. We have not had even a little bit of sun at any one of the sessions and last night we even got enough wind for some mild chop! After the swimming all I want to do is get home and soak in a hot shower. I had no desire for cold soup last night! I’m not sure if that’s why I didn’t love it – I have never really been a fan of cold soup. But I think I need to give it a go on a hot day to give it a fair shake! And I don’t think I liked the hint of ginger – so maybe next time I’ll try some other flavor combinations – any suggestions?
The highlight of the recipe for me were the strawberries. We haven’t planted much of a garden this year, but our strawberry patch that we planted last year is going in full force. I love the experience of walking out to the front of the house, picking some berries, and coming back in to add them to a dish. And the juiciness and sweetness that explodes on my tongue when I eat one of these makes me want to grow the strawberry patch even bigger!
*What is French Fridays with Dorie? An online cooking group dedicated to working our way through Dorie Greenspan’s newest book, Around My French Table. We try a new recipe each week and post about it on Fridays. If you’re interested you can pick up a copy of the book and follow along with us here.