By Nancy Smorch
This video is of my horse, Lakota, playing in the “pond” that was created Saturday night here in Central Florida (there’s normally no water at all in his pasture - we had quite a rain storm come through!). I hadn’t seen him playing in it yet and I know he loves the water, so this morning I went out and gave he and Finn (Lindsey’s horse), a couple of carrots and then walked over to the edge of the newly created pond. He paused at the edge to sniff the water and then take a drink. Then he dipped his nose in and flung some water around, and, well, you see what happened after that!
I stood and watched for quite a while. I laughed out loud (which I don’t do much of when I’m by myself) and had so much fun watching him stomp and play in the water. Then I thanked him for reminding me to take the time to have fun and laugh. I just love that horse!
I ran to get Lindsey and Frankie so they could see him playing in the water and they got their horses and rode them into the pond and enjoyed a nice morning swim. I am so grateful for moments like this.
But that’s not really what this post is about. After being outside with the horses and the farrier this morning, I was in need of a heartier lunch to warm me up, and I was really missing the warmth of the winter foods I was eating in Michigan. Actually, now that I think of it, it was pretty cold here in Central Florida last night and this morning (well cold by Central Florida standards. 37 degrees last night and 45 - 50 degrees by noon), so maybe it was my body talking to me and asking for the warmth of those foods.
Anyway, although I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen for lunch, I pulled out some leftover brown rice I had from last night’s dinner (I always make extra brown rice for this very reason), along with a sweet potato I peeled and chopped last night that I decided not to use. Then I pulled out about 1/4 pound of local organic grass fed Wagyu beef I had from the other night and messed around with them to make a very satisfying snack.
Here’s what I did:
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 large sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1/4 pound (or more) Wagyu ground beef
Various warm spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, fennel
Heat up 1 to 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil in a pan.
Add the sweet potato and saute until soft and slightly browned, seasoning with salt and maybe even a few sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg, and fennel. Remove from the pan and into a bowl, and set aside.
Add about 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil into pan, add the ground beef, season with sea salt and pepper and sauté. Remove from pan and put in a small bowl, and set aside.
Take the brown rice and stir fry it in the pan along with a little more olive oil. I like to use a lot of olive oil (I probably used another 2 Tbsp.), but use enough so it doesn’t stick to the pan and it gives it some flavor.
Once the brown rice is slightly browned, return the sweet potatoes and ground beef to the pan, stir together and saute for about 5 minutes so all the flavors can blend together. Now you have enough for yourself and a friend!
Enjoy your snack, and remember to take time to play and laugh!