Every January we go to Cancun, Mexico to relax and rejuvenate for the coming year. It is a needed time off after the craziness of the holiday season. The jam pots at the factory have been at a constant bubble and the ovens at the bakery have been puffing away—day and night. It always amazes me how much we produce in such a short period of time— it all begins about two weeks before Thanksgiving and slows down right after the New Year. Sitting on the beach and looking into the ocean quiets our minds and allows Bill and I to reflect on our previous years accomplishments. We talk about the new projects and goals that we have committed to for the coming year.
Unfortunately, reading books that are not food related is a luxury in my life. The newspaper is a must everyday, and business oriented matter is a given. This year I made a commitment to read biographies about people who have changed our world and made a huge contribution to mankind. I was sitting in my office and sending an email, from my MacBook Air. Next to my computer was my new I-phone and the new I-Pad. Such amazing technology and design. Everything that Steve Jobs created became the new benchmark in the industry.—I am such a sucker for beautiful things. Yes, Job's was a genius—I got up from my seat and dashed across the hall to Posman bookstore to buy a copy of "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson. This was someone I wanted to know everything about—after all, who doesn't love the Disney/Pixar movie "Toy Story"? And, anyone who helped make that happen must be pretty special! I bought the book and made sure to tuck it in my carry-on luggage.
Steve Jobs was all about eating healthy! The Grilled Salmon-Jicama Salad above would have been a favorite. (Wonder if he ever ate in one my restaurants?—would have liked that.) While on vacation, I took a break from reading his biography, to make lunch. Yes, I am eating out of a pan! Not too many dishes in that little Cancun kitchen—and I suspect he might have liked eating out of a stainless steel pan as well. Here's looking up at you Mr. Jobs. Bless you for everything you have done. I will be thinking of you often.
GRILLED SALMON-JICAMA SALAD
(serves one person—me)
6 ounces grilled or poached salmon, flaked
2 cups cabbage, sliced
2 cups iceberg lettuce, sliced
1 small jicama ( a sweet root vegetable), sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
1 small carrot, sliced
2 T cilantro leaves
1/2 cup 2% yogurt
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
juice of 1 small lime
1 teaspoon canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the dressing and add it to the vegetables. Add sea salt to taste and toss again. Gently add the flaked salmon.