August 29, 2016 Lunch – PPI Miso Pho Soup, Dinner – Sautéed Rib Steak with Squash, purslane, and Onion Pasta with Pesto
I ate granola with yogurt and tropical fruit salad and then rode to Rio Bravo and back.
At noon I heated some of yesterday's PPI soup after adding more shrimp and another fish ball.
Susan Palmer came by and brought us 1/2 of a loaf of Irish soda bread, 1/2 of a French loaf, two breakfast rolls and two chocolate croissants from her trip to San Francisco after lunch. They look yummy.
Willy came by at 4:30 and said he would return for dinner after his class at 7:30, so I started cooking at 6:45. I heated a pot of water and boiled ½ lb. of gemeli pasta. I diced about ½ of a yellow crook neck squash friom Suzette’s garden at the Center for Ageless Living and ½ of a medium white onion and went to the driveway and picked a cup of purslane and then to the garden and picked a handful of basil tops.
Willy returned early at 7:00 right after I had started sautéing the diced squash and onion in a medium skillet with a couple of cloves of sliced garlic and had chopped ½ cup of basil leaves into slices and washed the purslane.
We started the grill but it did not have much flame so I sautéed the steak in a large cast iron skillet with a sliced white onion and a sliced clove of garlic.
When the pasta was cooked, I drained it and added it to the sautéed squash and onion and tossed it with 2 to 3 T. of pesto.
When the steak was cooked to medium rare, I sliced it and poured glasses of PPI La Granja Spanish red wine (50%’Grenache and 50% Tempranillo Trader Joe’s $4.99) and we ate the delicious simple meal as we watched The Rachel Maddow Show.
The steak was a U.S. Choice hand cut 1 ¼ inch thick steak from Albertson's, so it was delicious without any sauce.
After dinner I ate some chocolate with a small glass of calvados.
I gave a Willy the 1/2 loaf of Irish soda bread and a chocolate croissant to take home when he left around 9:00.