But first lets talk about the extraordinary pork loin and roasted cauliflower that Jamie and I had for dinner last night.
We love pork at our house. Especially the loin… it has such great flavor and in my opinion pork holds heat really well, and by that I mean you can put a nice spice on it
I used some leftover rub I’d made for a smoked pork shoulder that we made early this year. I slapped the rub on and let the loin set in the fridge all day marinating.
Doesn’t that look tasty!
I don’t remember everything I put in the rub, but I do know that the basics are smoked paprika, cayenne, oregano, chilli powder, and garlic powder. I’ll see if I can’t dig up the actual recipe.
Also, be cautious with the smoked paprika, it’s not the same as straight paprika. It has a much more intense, smokey flavor.
To go along with our porkloin I roasted some cauliflower. I’ll be honest with you, cauliflower is not one of my favorites, but I really think I knocked it out of the park with this one.
Toss in olive oil, salt, fresh cracked pepper, garlic powder, and some italian seasoning.
Roast at 400 for 20 minutes, then top just a hint of parmesan and gruyere. Roast for another 3-5 minutes, just until the cheese starts to brown. Even those of you who don’t love cauliflower will love this!
We also had a salad to go along with our dinner, trying to get in some more green leafy veggies! Gotta keep that good digestion.
Mmmmm Goat Cheese!
Ok, now that I have sufficiently caused you to drool all over your keyboard, lets move on to the important stuff.
How was my first time at Crossfit???
Well, first off let’s start with, 4am is early, but in a good way.
Today my friend Nicole and I started what they call a “Fundamentals” course. We started to learn the proper way to do the Crossfit exercises.
What a WAKE-UP call. Nicole and I both are fairly knowledgeable in the weight room, and we couldn’t even do a correct squat by Crossfit standards. The majority of the morning was spent learning proper form for the squat. Once we had mastered the air squat, then we moved on to bar squats. The reason the start with the squat is if you can master the proper form for the squat it will transfer into the form for all the other excercises.
The big take away from the morning was the “neutral” position. Making sure that you are working out in the most efficient and healthiest form possible.
At the end of our session today we did a little workout for time. 21, 15, 9 air squats and jump presses. Going with another person is the best thing that ever happened to me. Nicole and I are going to push each other HARD! We were racing to the finish!
Whew! And we are going back tomorrow. 0415 baby!
When I got home I had the perfect amount of time to get everything done. I cooked a healthy breakfast and showered with no rush at all.
What microwave eggs look like before you plate them.
2 microwave scrambled eggs and 1 piece of bacon.
Along with a mug of hot tea… it was chilly out this morning.
Great start to the day. I think I might actually like this getting up super early thing. I do know that I enjoyed the gym today. And honestly that hasn’t happened in a really long time.
And I bought a sewing machine off of Craigslist last night.
Look out Halloween costumes, here we come!