For many of us this has been not just a hot summer, but a sweltering one. My brother and his family live in the Phoenix area and while they call during February and talk about their 70 degree days and taking a walk in the park, I normally get to do the same during the summer months. While we have not been as hot as they have (109 the day I am writing this intro), we have not been cool enough to really brag.
Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Do some things sound ridiculous no matter how you look at them and try to process on a logical level?! Unless, of course, they come straight from the children’s book.
And what if certain people get lost in Seussville and start claiming that what they see is in fact real and not just plausible but surely feasible and quite productive?!
Do you then call upon Dr. Seuss himself and ask to provide medical interventions as his loyal subjects definitely need some anti-pSeuss-cotics and a GPS to find way home?! Or do you yourself take the “high road” and leave them swimming with all the Red and Blue Fishes in a murky mud of their own delusional creation?! Otherwise, you’d be accused, like Horton the Elephant, of seeing and hearing things. And knowing well that most, if not all, of the Whos in Whoville will not have a voice loud enough to make themselves noticeable. Then poor Horton risks to spend a whole life being tortured by the Wickersham brothers.
And if in fact you learn to fly the kite in bed (aiming it straight at the Wickersham brothers). And if you manage, on certain occasions, to keep all ten cats on your head without them constantly running away. The task at hand then also becomes keeping your head high (no matter how many cats are sitting on it). And knowing that when Yertles the Turles try to reach over the moon standing on other little turtles, their construction, which is flimsy to begin with, will tumble down from one tiny burp. And while the little turtles will dust themself off and continue on their path, the Yertles will roll all the way down the hill and into the mud and will see their own dirty faces reflected in the water.
” So be sure when you step,
Step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains!”
Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
What’s Cooking This Week
“Something fishy” does not necessarily mean bad things. Some white, red and blue little fishes are quite tasty and packed with healthy fats and nutrients. And when the days are hot, you look for no-cook protein options that are quick yet satisfying. I love all fishes, no matter what color, but once in a while I like to substitute a traditional white fish (aka tuna) for some color and a bit of healthy fat and use red or pink salmon in a salad.
Sesame Salmon Salad
15 oz or 2 cans of pink/red salmon (bones removed)
1/2 of large Granny Smith apple
2 tspoons of sesame seeds
1/2 tspoon of dried celery seeds
1 Tbspoon of fresh lemon juice
2 Tbspoon of sesame oil
salt, pepper to taste
Empty the salmon cans into a bowl, break the fish with a fork removing big bones if you see any.
Peel and core the apple, rub the half you’ll be using with fresh lemon or sprinkle with lemon juice (to prevent it from turning brown). Grate it with a large grater.
Combine salmon, apple, chopped chives and celery seeds, add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
Add sesame seeds and sesame oil, mix it all well. Chill before serving.
It makes a great snack or a healthy lunch alongside some salad.