On Sunday, the day after I returned from the UK and was already missing my holiday, I decided to honor my cousins' tradition of a Sunday roast, although I made mine without the meat, and sadly I had no Yorkshire puddings to accompany my vegetables. Still, it was wonderful to savor the flavors and recall the fun I had in England.
My roast consisted of sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, and carrots. I mixed together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mirin (Japanese cooking wine), sea salt, ground pepper, and a pinch of dried sage, coated the veggies, and stuck the glass dish in a 350-degree F oven for about 45 minutes, stirring once. I could have used many other vegetables in addition to these (broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, onions, artichokes, the list goes on and on), but those were what I had and they worked out well.
I also picked up a bottle of Pimm's on Sunday, and I'm looking forward to mixing it with lemonade and fruit--a perfect refresher for this unbearable summer heat and humidity!
For those who are like me, whose hips, back, shoulders, and neck suffer from long stretches in airplanes and airports, I recommend a good chiropractor and a good yoga class. I visited my chiropractor on Monday for a much-needed adjustment, and I swear by those adjustments; good, certified/licensed chiropractors aren't quacks--they're lifesavers. I did some gentle yoga on my own on Sunday, and on Monday I went to a class at the yoga studio where I practice, whereupon I emerged balanced, aligned, and rejuvenated. Here I want to praise all yoga instructors who walk around and gently adjust students during class; it's that extra lift, stretch, push, pull, tuck, rotation, or lengthening that makes me feel better in my posture and corrected in my practice at home. I raise my glass of Pimm's to you.