I am making a French(-ish) roasted chicken for Sunday’s dinner. My original thought was to make a carrot soup, but daughter Miriam requested a carrot salad instead. Looking at French carrot salads on-line, I found that I did not have fresh parsley and Miriam cannot eat onions at the moment. I had dried chervil—A.K.A. French parsley—and I decided to substitute currents for the onions.
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Wife Jan got back from Burning Man on Monday. She broke her arm while she was there and I have spent much of the week “doing for her”—tying shoes, driving, etc. Getting the pictures she took on her trip has not been a top priority. Jan did get pictures of some of the dishes, before they were gobbled down. I had made enough of each dish that her group could gift the remaining mixes to the camps around them. Continue reading
I found a new produce—new to me at least—at Trader Joe’s this week, Thomcord grapes. These grapes are a crossbreed of Thomson seedless and Concord grapes. They have dark purple skins and a wonderful flavor. While my wife Jan does not like grape jelly—growing up her mother bought nothing but Welch’s grape jelly—daughter Eilene loves it. She asked me to turn these grapes into a jam.
We have a new neighbor across the street and my usual practice has been to gift new neighbors with a jar of jam as a welcoming to the neighborhood. Surprisingly, I had no jam on hand—normally I have 4-5 jars ready to distribute or for personal consumption. I needed to make a new batch.
A pilau is properly made with rice, and I had originally intended to make this a rice dish. Wife Jan though that rice would take too long to cook. Israeli couscous was invented as a rice substitute when the fledgling state of Israel could not import as much rice as people wanted. This could therefore be called “Israeli pilau.”
Jan visited her friends in Fresno this weekend. One of them owns a farm and tomato bombed her. What am I going to do with 15 pounds of small Roma tomatoes?