Have you ever made your own pizza dough? It’s a lot easier than you think and maybe excluding yeast, you probably have everything in your house right now! I had played around with a ton of different dough recipes and they all have their merits, but I finally found I liked on Annie’s Eats. I especially like this version because it makes 2 dough balls and I usually end up freezing one. This officially makes homemade pizza a fast midweek meal. Even without the freezing, making the dough is pretty easy. You need to set aside a bit of time, but most of that is spent rising–so you can finish whatever you need to get done and be eating fresh pizza within a few hours!
What does a lobster roll have to do with balance? It’s actually more of a reminder. This is from the beach, when I went last Thursday. Wait–beach? On a Thursday? Aren’t you in medical school? Well yes, I am, but fortunately, they tape our classes and attendance isn’t necessarily required for all of our classes. I remember being a first year student last year and being completely overwhelmed with the prospect of medical school. After all the blood sweat and tears, I was finally in! Then you start school and it’s like a slap in the face. I felt like if I blinked during my classes, I missed an entire block of material. I’d come home from class feeling exhausted, worn out and completely unmotivated to do any studying or additional work. It was definitely a tough experience, but while the learning curve was steep, I think I finally got it by the end.
Flash forward to this year. After a summer off and feeling a bit rejuvenated, I was ready for this year. I’m not necessarily thinking that I’m going to get 100 on every test, but I know that I can find a way to get through school that will work for me and not feel bad about it. Things I’ve realized about myself: I don’t learn that well in class. So I’ve started going to the library and studying the lectures on my own during class. Giving up the obligation of getting up for an 8am class is really freeing. I feel like I’m really learning the material, while enjoying the process of learning it. And last week when it was nearing the end of summer, we realized that it may be one of our last opportunities to go to the beach, so we went. At some point, we will be on the wards, or in clinic and I’ll never have the chance to play hooky and enjoy the last 90 degree day of summer and a gorgeous lobster roll. For that one day, it was nice to pay attention to the part of me that isn’t the medical student.
I have eaten tomatoes in many different ways; in sauce, raw, in a salad, on a sandwich, as ketchup-you name it! I then read a recipe about roasting tomatoes and wondered why I hadn’t thought of that. I love roasting vegetables. First off, it’s SO easy to just toss some veggies with oil, salt and pepper and stick it in the oven and forget about it for 20 minutes or so. Granted, in the summer it can be a bit brutal, but I think these tomatoes are really worth it.
I remember when I was in junior high there was a short-lived outlet mall in the middle of Worcester. It didn’t have that great stores, but there was an Espirit and occasionally I would get some clothes from there. Other times we would walk around and go to boring stores that my parents wanted to go to. My favorite part, besides the clothes of course, was the pretzel place. A lot of women love chocolate and while I won’t say no to that, I love savory things just as much. Put some french fries in front of me and you’d better be done with them. Another weakness of mine is soft pretzels. Those beautiful, buttery things that they sell at the mall will usually sing their siren song to me.