Yesterday (Friday) my mom and I ended up hiking at Henry W. Coe State Park. It’s about an hour away, nestled high up in the hills a little bit south of San Jose. After you get off 101, you go up a twisty windy road that eventually leads you to the park. It was actually a fun road to drive on, but slightly nerve-wracking – the road is narrow so you have to be careful every time you go around a turn.
Once we got the the park we decided to do a short 3.7 mile hike. It took us about 1.5 hours (maybe a little more?). We stopped to take pictures of flowers because my mom likes to look them up and find their names. We also picked up 2 huge pine cones that actually still had their nuts inside. My mom wants to figure out if we can do something to make them edible – they’re really hard right now. Any ideas?
For Bobby’s birthday dinner we didn’t go out to Japanese… we made our own sushi! The spread was huge.
We had salmon sashimi and a mix of chopped salmon, tuna, and yellowtail. The sushi rice was just white rice mixed with a rice vinegar and sugar sauce. I had 1 piece of salmon and a lot of the yellowtail (one of my favorites).
My mom and I made seaweed salad (seaweed, daikon sprouts, pickled daikon, sesame oil, sesame seeds, soy sauce, rice vinegar). I also bought fresh kimchi at Han Kook (Korean grocery where I got the sushi) and marinated short ribs (beef). I made a smallish salad of romaine, parmesan, and honey mustard dressing. I had almost all of the seaweed, a lot of kimchi, almost all of the salad, and about 2 bites of the beef. The beef was delicious, but red meat is iffy for me… especially if it’s not organic. Bobby loved it though, and since it was his birthday I was totally okay with making steak.
I also made kabocha two ways – fries (olive oil, oregano, salt) and steamed (with smart balance). My mom does not think kabocha is anything special. So sad. More for me though! I ended up eating most of these (though Bobby did like the fries a lot).
It was a really good dinner. I hope Bobby had a great birthday! I miss having intricate dinners like this. I used to make them a lot more often.
Today we were up bright and early (well, 10ish for me) to head out to the farmers’ market. We browsed and bought fresh goodies, then headed back home. My mom bought this spring roll ($3) and wanted me to put it on the blog. (Rice paper, shrimp, pork, vermicelli, lettuce, mint + a yummy hoisin dipping sauce.)
After eating we went hiking again at Castle Rock State Park, about 20 minutes away. This route was much more challenging but so fun. Bobby and I had hiked it once before but we’d forgotten how intense it is. It was 5.1 miles of inclines, climbing, and rocks. It took almost 3 hours but I love hiking like this.
We’re pretty burned out, so we’re staying in tonight. I have to prepare for my first SAT class tomorrow (I’m teaching math) – I’m kind of nervous but excited at the same time.
What have you done this weekend?