To quote Herbert Spencer "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance- that principle is contempt prior to investigation"
This morning I met with a marathon coach, with a goal in mind to improve my speed from a 3:30:44 marathon to a 3 hour marathon. What makes me think this is possible? For one thing I have already done it. In 2005 I ran my first marathon in a time of 4:35:37. In 2003 I was a smoker and couldn't run a mile. What made me think it was possible the first time? I decided to believe it was. I remember watching the early morning runners go by my window with apathy, or maybe a little bit of disdain. I thought people were either born runners, or they weren't. The athletes in school were people who seemed to just be born athletic, and because I felt I could never BE them, I chose to pity them instead. I built a story in my mind about how horrible and restrictive their lives must be. I believed that their athleticism would stop them from becoming something really useful in life. I judged. The more I lay down thick coats of judgement the smaller my corner of the world became until I was painted into a state of complete fear of anything active. Until one day, when I decided to change what I believed in.
Anything is possible.
Preheat oven to 350
cut 1 mini baguette into cubes
heat a chunk of salted butter, 3 cloves of sliced garlic and olive oil until the butter is melted. Toss the bread cubes into the mixture to coat, then pop them in the oven on a baking dish (~15 min) remove from oven and sprinkle with thyme.
3 large spicy cloves of garlic
the juice from 1 1/2 lemons
1 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 rinsed anchovies
1/2 cup olive oil
2 eggs (boiled for 2 min)
1 tsp mustard powder
sprinkle of sugar, pepper and salt
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Chop 1 head of romaine lettuce. Dress with dressing and shaved Parmesan. Garnish with croutons and olive bar olives (this is how we like it)
Christina's vote "a conspiracy of fishes"