Arctic Circle

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The Arctic Circle is one of those imaginary lines that geographers draw on the map. It is not arbitrary, however. Located at 66 degrees south of the North Pole, it designates an area based on a peculiar phenomenon. At Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, Canada on January 1, then sun comes up for 1 hour and 24 minutes. Further north, the sun does not rise at all. In June, the process is reversed. The Arctic Ocean is, of course, located within the Arctic Circle. You may have seen articles and other reports about the rising temperatures in the Arctic. True, this has happened before, but not within human recorded memory, thus we do not know the full implications of an ice-free Arctic. Of course the humans and other animals that live there will feel the affects. Some research says that the weather will be changed 1000s of miles away. Some say that ocean currents will change, affecting ocean travel routes. Some say these conditions might usher in a new Ice Age. Time will tell.

Canada and Sweden are two countries who’s lands lie within the Arctic Circle. Canada is a BIG country, spanning many latitude lines. The breakfast comes from the milder climes of that nation, our dear Maritime Provinces. But the salt cod is a constant throughout coastal Canada. The dinner unites two recipes from the “Sweden” chapter of the NYT International Cookbook to represent that country.

Maritime ScrOmelette:  302 calories 9 g fat 3 g fiber 20 g protein 34 g carbs [28 g Complex Carbs] 245 mg Calcium   NB: Food values shown are for the ScrOmelette and fruit only, and do not include the optional beveragesPB GF  Between the salt cod and the potatoes, this breakfast is a taste of the Canadian Maritimes. And then you add the cheddar to kick it into high gear.

1 ½ eggs HINT: If you are serving one person, crack three 2-oz eggs into a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whip up those eggs and pour half of their volume, into a jar with a lid and put it in the ‘fridge for next week    ¼ oz salt cod 1 Tbsp mashed potato OR 1.5 tsp instant potato flakes + 1 Tbsp water 1/8 oz Cheddar cheese ½ tsp savory 1 oz melon  or strawberries Optional: blackish coffee [53 calories] or blackish tea or mocha cafe au lait [65 calories] or lemon in hot water   Optional: 5 oz fruit smoothie or berry-yogurt smoothie  [88 calories]

The night before, put the salt cod in a bowl of water for 30-45 minutes. Drain and cut the fish into small pieces. [Combine the potato flakes with 1 Tbsp water and let sit to reconstitute.] In the morning, stir the cod, potatoes, and Cheddar together. Heat a cast iron or non-stick pan and spritz it with oil or cooking spray. Whisk the eggs and pour into the pan. As the eggs start to cook, scramble in the cod mixture along with savory, salt, and pepper Cook as long as you like. Prepare the beverages and plate the fruit. 

Lamb Patty with Swedish Cucumber Salad:  299 calories 17 g fat 0.5 g fiber 21 g protein 12.6 g carbs 68 mg Calcium  GF The inspiration for this meal is from Craig Claibourn’s NYT International Cookbook, long a family favorite.

one 4-oz lamb patty, available at markets or make your own using 90% lean lamb 1 cups sliced cucumber 1.5 tsp sugar 1 oz white wine vinegar ½ tsp cold water salt + freshly ground pepper + ¼ tsp dill

Combine the sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and pepper in a 3-cup container. Slice the cucumbers, spread them out on towels and pat dry. Stir the cukes into the liquid, wetting all the slices. Chill for at least one hour. Cook the lamb patty by grilling or baking or pan-frying in a non-stick pan. Season to taste. Plate the lamb with the cucumber salad for the simplest of meals.

Ingredients for next week: Breakfast, single portion for Monday …………………………………. single portion for Thursday:

1 two-oz egg1.5 two-oz eggs 
leek + dill weedapple
lemon juice + salmonfresh herbs
plain non-fat yogurtVache qui Rit cheese
Optional smoothieoptional smoothie
optional hot beverageoptional hot beverage

Dinner, single portion for Monday: …………………………………….. single portion for Thursday:

vegetable oil + 2 onions + garlic2 crepe/galette + oyster sauce
fresh ginger + Thai red curry pastebeef: raw or cooked + red bell pepper
shrimp + butternut squash + baby spinachchicken stock
lime + lite unsweetened coconut milkasparagus + cornstarch
Sparkling waterSparkling water

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