Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Monday, July 25, 2016
- black pepper
- ⅔ cup sunflower oil
- 3medium zucchini, sliced thin
- 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 cups basil leaves, shredded coarsely
- ¼ cup parsley leaves
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 8 ounces pasta
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 ½ tablespoons capers
- 7 ounces buffalo mozzarella, torn into chunks
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium saucepan, heat sunflower oil over medium-high heat. Fry zucchini slices in batches (do not crowd them) for 3 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to a colander to drain. Tip zucchini slices into a bowl, pour vinegar on top and stir, then set aside.
- In the hot water, blanch edamame for 3 minutes; drain, refresh under running cold water and set aside to dry. Keep boiling water in pot.
- In a food processor, combine half the basil, all of the parsley and the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and process until smooth.
- In boiling water, cook pasta until al dente; drain. Return pasta to pot. Pour zucchini slices and their juices over pasta. Add basil sauce, lemon zest, capers and mozzarella. Stir together gently, then taste and season with plenty of salt and pepper. Before serving, stir in remaining basil.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
This is a movie set in the time of blacklisting of communists in the motion picture industry. The contention as I understand it was that movies were powerful tools that could be used for subversive purposes, and so it was up to Congress to interrogate, ban, and jail those who had ties to the Communist Party. Trumbo was one such man, and he refused to comply with them, and he went to jail. When he finally got out of jail he was unable to write under his own name, and so he wrote first under the name of someone who sold the script as his, which was Roman Holiday. He then wrote under an assumed name, and won another Academy Award for The Brave One. He was finally awarded the Academy Awards in his name years later. The thing that I really like about this adaptation of his life story is that he comes off as a good guy, and his wife as a faithful supporter who kept their family together and never encouraged his to cave to the prevailing talk of the time. Others did not come off quite so well, and it is an enjoyable way to revisit that time in history.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Igbo are an interesting people, because they love in a meritocracy. You are what you do. You are no better than what you accomplish in life. They have beautiful masks and carved figures but the most interesting cultural phenomenon is the mbari.
Friday, July 22, 2016
1 clove garlic minced
1 Tbs. orange zest
1 1/2 Tsp. kosher salt
1 skin on salmon fillet
1/4 c. pomegranate molasses
Brush the fillet with pomegranate molasses, then garlic, salt, orange zest, and pepper.
Broil until done. I served this with a roasted cauliflower dish, and a collard green dish. The bitterness of the collards married nicely with the sweetness of the salmon.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
So there is that. It is done in a light and entertaining manner. The other component that I liked about this is that it is about food. My youngest son likened it to 'Ramen Girl', which I also liked, and also revolved around traditional Japanese cuisine being created by a non-native. The movie did make me want to hone some cooking skills, an added bonus.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
- 1 cup red lentils
- 6 cups broth
- 3 roma tomatoes diced
- 1/2 organic onion diced
- 4 cups kale (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Tzardust seasoning from Penzy's
- salt and pepper to taste
Put all ingredients except the kale into a medium-sized pot, stir well and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to simmer (low/medium) and cover and cook for 30 minutes (or until the lentils are soft), stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat, add the chopped kale, stir well, adjust seasoning, and serve.
Monday, July 18, 2016
The movie tells the story of Eilis Lacey, a young woman from a working family circa 1950. She’s bright, open and industrious, and there’s not much meaningful opportunity for her in her small Irish town. An Irish priest visiting from the United States sponsors Eilis for a job in the book’s title borough, and it is told beautifully. The beginning meanders through her uncomfortable Atlantic crossing, her loneliness and alienation in her new world, how she finds her own way and finds romance, and what happens after she’s called back to her old home—away from the place where she’s been working so hard to make good. The story is simple, and told in a quiet register. It very eloquently describes why immigrants leave their home countries, how they build a multi-cultural life in America, and how the ties of home hug at you, almost seducing you back to a life that is less fulfilling and yet more comfortable and known. Those who venture forth in the world are brave and strong and resourceful, and deserve our admiration--that is the message that underlies this gorgeously filmed movie.
Sunday, July 17, 2016
I just didn't really think it through, that if all my hair fell out that it would be a very long time indeed until it was long again. Now that my hair is just barely beginning to grown back I have decided that it is time to cope with that. Off with the hat, time to get used to being a little bit punk in my appearance. After all, how short is too short? It is going to be very short for a long time to come, and let's face it. Summer is here and the time for wearing a cap all the time has passed from a comfort stand point.
I hate when I discover that I have not anticipated very obvious things that I am going to have to face, but there it is, it happened again. Probably not the last time for that either.