Contemplating “UP” and Grilled Oriental Salad

by Joanne on August 2, 2010

Hit the treadmill running and then some. The “then some” was the chest and back workout for 35 minutes, but it all began on the dreaded mill.  Interval training:  2 mile warm up. 4 x 5 minute intervals, rest for 5 minutes (slow jog).   To continue outside with Shane for 3 1/4 cool down miles.  Total miles run Monday AM = 10 miles.

The mornings are dark now when we leave the house. I wear a reflective vest (did you see my new one from Nathan’s? ) and Shane has a reflective collar and leash.  It was a great running temperature at 67 degrees and not humid.  The route was around the well lit streets of Utica.  Nothing much exciting going on that early. Guess that’s a good thing. 

My penchant for linguistics is much more than my comprehension of linguistics.  I can’t imagine the struggle people have trying to learn the English language.  Where am I going with this?  Consider the word “UP” sent to me by my Uncle Ralph who lives in the UK:

There is a two-letter word in English that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is UP. It is listed in the dictionary as being used as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].
It’s easy to understand
UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP ? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP our friends and we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car.
At other times the little word has a real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.
To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed
UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night. We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP !

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions
If you are
UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.  
When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets UP the earth. When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on & on, but I’ll wrap it
UP , for now …….my time is UP , so time to shut UP! more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?     U      P  

What is your favorite language and are you fluent in it?

Grilled Oriental Salad

This salad uses tofu or beef if you prefer.  The dressing has a strong taste because we use toasted sesame oil as our oil base. Adjust some flavors, add different vegetables, customize this salad to your liking.


Makes 6 servings


  • 3 TBS toasted sesame oil
  • 4 TBS fish sauce
  • 4 TBS sherry
  • 1 TBS Lime Soy Sauce
  • 1 TBS Worchester sauce
  • 1 TBS Grainy Dijon Mustard
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Zest from 1/2 a lime
  • 1/4 tsp red chili paste
  • 1 pint button mushrooms, peeled and sliced
  • 12 oz Tofu – pressed to get the moisture out and sliced…OR 1 3/4 lb grilling steak
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  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 12 oz sugar or snap peas – boil for 3 minutes then rinse in cold water
  • 1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens

Mix together the oil, fish sauce, sherry. lime soy, Worchester, Dijon Mustard, lime juice, lime zest, chili paste.  This is your dressing. Set aside

Grill the tofu or beef until desired doneness then slice into thin slices.


Place the salad greens on plates, about 1 cup per plate.

In a bowl, add the sliced mushrooms, red pepper slices, cooled sugar/snap peas, and the toasted sliced almonds.

Add the grilled tofu or steak

Pour on the dressing and mix all together. 

Spoon the mixture on top of the salad greens and garnish as desired.


Another summer salad success!DSC_5205

I used the Sunergia tofu in this recipe. That tofu is seriously the best I’ve ever had. Love it!


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