Thursday, September 19, 2019

September 18, 2019 Brunch – IKEA  Dinner – Audrey’s at the Hammar

An unusual day of food and activities.

I ate a cup of yogurt with one large diced Mission fig in the morning.

At 10:00 we drove to IKEA in Burbank and we each ate their Swedish breakfast for $2.99.  It included two Swedish pancakes, two sausages and a scoop of scrambled eggs, plus strawberry and lingonberry preserves.  We each got elderberry drinks, but it turned out there was a dispenser with flavored waters (safts) anyway.

I made a mistake and put a large scoop of strawberry preserves on my pancakes and had to go back and get lingonberry preserves (sylt) in a cup.  But it turned out okay because there were two pancakes, so I ate one each with each type of preserve.  Then Suzette gave me one of her pancakes.

Fortified by a big breakfast, I was able to push the cart through the showroom and then the first floor picking area, which must have been at least a mile.

When we loaded up it was about 12:30, so we drove to  the Frederick Weisman  home, a mansion built in the 1920’s located high in the hills above Beverly Hills filled with modern art.  Our trip took us along Coldwater Canyon Dr. and we kept passing tour vans as we ascended out of the Valley, passed Mulholland Dr. at the top of the hill, and descended into Beverly Hills.

We arrived early at 1:30 and they said to come back at 2:00.  We drove down into the commercial area of Beverly Hills looking for a glass of wine but the traffic was so congested, we could not find a place to park.  We became convinced that unless you have a complete plan of where you want to go, how you will get there and where you can park your trip will probably be frustrated in L.A.  For example, my cousin Dharma says she only drives on Monday to do her errands and on the weekends when she sets up her booth of Mid-century collectibles at the flea markets at Pasadena Community College or at the Rose Bowl parking lot.

I understand her strong aversion to driving.  Driving in LA has ceased to be pleasurable.

We returned to the Weisman house at 2:00 and were let in the gate.  When we entered the huge mansion we were greeted by a treasure trove of modern art.  Weisman was a very successful businessman, who loved to collect modern art.  His collection fills three museums and some is touring all the time.  He was friends with many of the giants of modern art.  There are multiple portraits of him and his second wife by Andy Warhol.  We were pleased to see three large Ron Davis pieces and a Larry Bell among the hundreds of major works.  For example, I saw the best Clifford Stills painting I have ever seen. There are two in the collection. And one of the two best Morris Louis Curtain or unfurled Paintings I have ever seen.  The other was in the Steadlick Museum in Amsterdam in 1968.

I can not tell you how impressed we were.

We finished seeing the collection after 4:00 and drove to the Hammar Museum in Westwood, which is located in an office complex near UCLA.  We were hungry and tired so we went directly to Audrey’s Restaurant for dinner.  It is located in the open courtyard within the complex. They started seating for dinner at 5:30, so we sat in the bar area and drank glasses of rose $10.00 and ordered a
New Zealand fresh oyster on the half shell $3.00 and a fried chicken slider with a fresh homemade
dill pickle and aioli $5.00.













I was fascinated with the structure of the oyster shell and the waitress was kind enough to pack them for me in a take out box.

At 5:30 we were seated in the dining area.  We enjoyed looking at the menu, because of it rich selection of unusual locally grown or available ingredients.  We finally settled on four dishes to share:

 a cold cucumber soup with melon and fresh mush melons with bits of fresh dill, a plate with strips of raw Kampachi (Almaco Jack) closely related to amberjack and yellowtail.  The flavor was similar to


yellowtail and its appearance was similar to albacore tuna.  It was served with a tomato foam and slices of tiny yellow tomato.







Finally, the entrée we both enthusiastically waited for, whole sea bass wrapped in Hoja Santa.  It was grilled and filleted with a crispy charred skin side and a super tender flesh.  It was perfect, but it was not wrapped in Hoja Santa leaves.  Instead each of the two filets were laid on a bed of fresh Hoja Santa leaves.  The fresh Hoja Santa leaves sent Suzette into a frenzy to try to find some fresh Hoja Santa leaves.  The waitress told us that she thought they were grown locally, so we called Dharma and she said she would check to see who might have an Hoja Santa Bush.  The grilled fish was garnished with pickled radishes and the carrots with pickled red onions.  The fish was sauced with a mild adobo sauce.

We ordered a side of roasted carrots that were also amazing; firm but tender and sweetened by the
roasting process.




The only unfortunate part of the meal was the wine selection. All the bottles of wine were expensive, starting at $50.00.  We should have stayed with the Rose we were drinking by the glass, but instead we decided to try a Bandol Rose for $65.00 we had never heard of by a producer named Claussen. The sommelier said the producer was a red wine producer but made a Rose, so we tried it and did not like it it had a bitter licorice aftertaste that we found undrinkable.  We discussed the issue with the proprietress and she substituted a bottle of the French rose we had been drinking, removed $40.00 for the four glasses of rose we drank in the bar, and comped us a fig tart for dessert that left us with a
good taste in our mouth.  In fact the fig tart was wonderful, Poached fresh mission figs with a rustic
brioche dough folded around and baked, simple and very tasty.



Here is the wine we were given that we loked

When we finished dinner at 7:00, we were confronted by another choice, whether to get in line to see a new Toni Morrison documentary or see the Armand Hammar Museum.  We chose to see the museum.  It was a small collection but several fabulous paintings.  There were several great Rembrandts, a wonderful Sargent portrait of a man in a stunningly bright red dressing robe, and a lovely Paris street scene by Vuillard.  It only too thirty minutes to see the museum but when we returned to the patio area, all the seats were taken for the documentary.  I guess we will need to see it on PBS.

We were a little drunk and did not want to drive on the freeway, so we drove home by some circuitous route that took 45 minutes of driving through the heart of LA.  Way too picturesque for me.  We should have taken the 101 that would have delivered us nearly to our door.

We went to bed by 9:00.

Bon Appetit














Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 14, 2019 Lunch – Tortilla Paella Dinner- Eggplant Parmigiana and Spaghetti


September 14, 2019  Lunch – Tortilla Paella   Dinner- Eggplant Parmigiana and Spaghetti

Today was International Cuisine Day.

I ate a bagel with cream cheese, gravid lax, onion slices, and capers with a cup of green tea for breakfast to get in touch with my cultural heritage.

At 1:30 when Suzette returned home from work I made an new dish with the PPI gumbo and jambalya from last night's party that Susan sent us home with.  It turned out to be one of my baked egg dishes like Egg Foo Young or a Spanish Tortilla with three egg whites and one egg yolk. I sauteed diced vidalia onion, a red sweet pepper, two diced tomatoes for several minutes in 1 ½ T. of heated olive oil and then added the last 1/3 cup of sushi rice, and about a dozen green beans, sliced into 1 inch lengths.  After another minute or two I added five crustaceans and three shrimp sliced in half and a scallop and a few bits of crab.  After another minute or two during which I whipped the three eggs with a couple of T. of gumbo soup I added that and let the mixture set and cook in my wok.



After about five minutes I turned the mixture so the other side would cook.  I heated water for green tea and then served Suzette and myself a plate of the mixture.  Here is a picture.  I looked every bit like a Spanish Tortilla and was filled with all the ingredients of paella, so I name it Tortilla Paella.  We drank the last of the Emma Reichard Rose with the tortilla.

I drove to Bombay Spice Store on Central at 4:00, which proved to be a bit difficult logistically due to the masses of cars and trucks trying to enter the parking lot for the State Fair from Central, which is immediately across the street from the Bombay Spice Store.

I asked the owner if he could help me find Vicco toothpaste and a bag of Nepali peppercorns named Tumir, which he found for me quickly. I thanked him and said, “I will browse a bit.”  Soon I found a small container of Rajah Tandoori seasoning, which is my favorite for seasoning roasted chicken and took my items to the counter.  When I handed him the items, I said, “They have changed the label on the Rajah Tandoori Seasoning.  Is it the same as always?”  He smiled and said, “Yes.”

When I got home I opened the new container and it had the wonderful aroma l I have always loved about this spice mix.  I filled my old empty container with the contents of the new container, so I would have my familiar container in the spice rack.

Suzette was making pesto with fresh basil, almonds, olive oil, and Reggiano Romano cheese.  I helped her de-stem some of the basil but she was on a roll, so I lay down and watched TV.  She wanted to make Eggplant Parmigiana for dinner.  We talked and she said she wanted to not grill it or fry it, but wanted to bake it so it would not be oily or dried out. She sliced the eggplant in ½ inch thick slices and lay the lightly oiled slices into a lightly oiled pyrex baking dish and covered them with PPI spaghetti sauce and then grated Reggiano-Romano cheese and baked it in the oven for about thirty minutes until the eggplant cooked, the cheese melted and the surface was bubbling.

While the eggplant dish was cooking Suzette boiled a pot of water and cooked about ½ lb. of vermicelli. When it was just al dente, I turned off the heat and let it sit in the water.   

I fetched a bottle of 2013 Sangiovese          from the basement and opened it.  It was a little harsh as first but soon smoothed out as we ate our dinner.  We re-heated the PPI green beans and scattered them over the spaghetti and Eggplant Parmagiana

We had a wonderful dinner. The eggplant was succulent and the sauce was terrific. 

Later I ate a small bowl of peach and blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream with a cup of Chai and a bit of Grappa, while Suzette had a bit of cognac.

We were in recovery mode for most of the day from our excessive food and drink of yesterday, so less exciting menus were what the doctor ordered.

We watched a very enjoyable movie on our new Comcast subscription service called Stranger than Fiction, with a terrific cast, Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Linda Hunt, Emma Thompson, Queen Latifah, David Hale, and Dustin Hoffman.

We love our new TV service.

Bon Appetit

September 17, 2019 Brunch – Vegetarian BLT Sandwich and fruit, yogurt, almonds, and cantaloupe Dinner – Pho

September 17, 2019 Brunch – Vegetarian BLT Sandwich and fruit, yogurt, almonds, and cantaloupe   Dinner – Pho

We awakened at 4:30, dressed, and made bagels with cream cheese, pesto, and red onion slices. I sliced the last three tomatoes and bagged everything.  We drove to the airport for our 6:40 flight to L.A.

When we arrived we took anUber to Dharma Damama’s apartment.

She has lived in the same apartment for 45 years near the border of Beverly Hills where she was born and raised.

When we arrived at around 9:00 she had set the tabLe with a bowl with a slice of cantaloupe, a small pile of raspberries, some fresh almonds, and a scoop of yogurt.  Beside it was a BLT Sandwich made with a vegetarian bacon, Kumato slices, lettuce, on a sourdough bread.  We ate heartily.




We talked and talked and she showed us all the lovely art and poetry created by Dharma Damama Singh over the 40+ years of their marriage.

Luke arrived at around 1:30 and she made him a BLT sandwich also while we walked around the block.


We left around 3:00 and drove to our BNB house in the Silver Lake section.  This was where luke lived.  We collapsed for a nap and he walked to his old work location, Moon Juice on Sunset Blvd.

We wakened at around 6:00 and drove to Moon Juice.  He guided us to Pho Restaurant, next door to Moon Juice.  It was a small shotgun restaurant with seats and tables on one side and the kitchen on the other side.  There were only two categories of food, Pho noodle soup and Bun noodle bowls.


There were also a large list of appetizers.  We ordered a crepe appetizer, which came with rice papers a Vietnamese crepe (an omelet stuffed with mung bean sprouts) and a plate of basil, mint, and a small owl of a rich peanut  sauce.

We soaked the rice wrappers to soften them and then stuffed them with crepe and herbs and rolled it into a tube and dipped it into the sweet peanut sauce.



Luke and Suzette ordered bun with fried fish and I ordered bun with fried egg rolls and spiced ground beef.



We all liked our dishes.  I could not eat all of mine and boxed it.

We then drove to a Trader Joe’s and bought a bottle of Platinum Pinot Noir for $14.99 and a bottle of Charles Shaw organic Pinot Noir for $3.99, a loaf of dark flatbread, eggs, milk, a wedge of Port Salut and a roll of goat chèvre., a plastic box Mission figs, ands box of cereal.

We then filled up and drove back to the house on the side of a hill.

It was great seeing my cousin and her sharing with us all her memories.

She made us a reservation at the Weisman Museum for 2:00 tomorrow.

We plan to go to IKEA and then the Weisman and finally the Hammer Museum and dinner.

Already the vacation is really fun.  I loved seeing my cousin.  We were born within a week of each other, so we share lots of similar experiences.

Bon Appetit




Sunday, September 15, 2019

September 15, 2019 Breakfast – BLT Sandwiches. Lunch – Sausage and Eggs. Dinner – Stir Fried BBQ Pork with Baby Bok Choy, corn, yellow squash, Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Leeks This was a pleasant and restful day. I watched soccer and then Sunday morning news programs until 9:30 when we decided to make BLT Sandwiches. While Suzette fried six slices of bacon, I toasted and spread mayo on seven slices of whole wheat bread and sliced a large slicing tomato I bought at Sprouts and a medium vine ripe tomato from Suzette’s garden in Los Lunas and stripped the green part from five or six stalks of Romaine lettuce. When the bacon was fried to crisp, Suzette drained the slices on a paper towel and I made three open face sandwiches and Suzette made two BLT sandwiches. I drank chai and Suzette mares Bloody Mary by mixing tomatoes, Worcheshire sauce and some horseradish, a stalk of celery, and a dash of Tabasco in the Cuisinart and added some vodka. After breakfast I drove to Donut Mart and picked up four bagels and 8 oz. of cream cheese and then drove to Goodwill where we picked up two umbrella stands. We then drove to Costco where Suzette filled two baskets full of cleaning supplies and drinks and food for a wedding next weekend at the Center for Ageless Living. When we returned home at 1:00 I was hungry, so I sautéed three slices of Jimmie Dean sausage and two eggs over easy and toasted a slice of whole wheat Dinner roll and buttered it and spread some lemon curd of it and then lay slices of Jarlsberg cheese on it and drank another cup of chai with it for my lunch. I rested and at 5:00 started cooking dinner. We decided to make a stir fry of vegetables with about ½ lb. of chopped BBQ Pork cut from the ribs we cooked a few days ago plus Baby Bok Choy, corn, yellow squash, Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Leeks. Suzette made an oriental BBQ sauce with oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar. It was delicious and the corn kernels made up for the lack of rice. Later I ate some vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries. At 10:00 Luke called and I picked him up at the airport. We had a cup of tea and went to bed. Bon Appetit

September 15, 2019 Breakfast – BLT Sandwiches. Lunch – Sausage and Eggs. Dinner – Stir Fried BBQ Pork with Baby Bok Choy, corn, yellow squash, Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Leeks

This was a pleasant and restful day.  I watched soccer and then Sunday morning news programs until 9:30 when we decided to make BLT Sandwiches.  While Suzette fried six slices of bacon, I toasted and spread mayo on seven slices of whole wheat bread and sliced a large slicing tomato I bought at Sprouts and a medium vine ripe tomato from Suzette’s garden in Los Lunas and stripped the green part from five or six stalks of Romaine lettuce. When the bacon was fried to crisp, Suzette drained the slices on a paper towel and I made three open face sandwiches and Suzette made two BLT sandwiches.

I drank chai and Suzette mares Bloody Mary by mixing tomatoes, Worcheshire sauce and some horseradish, a stalk of celery, and a dash of Tabasco in the Cuisinart and added some vodka.

After breakfast I drove to Donut Mart and picked up four bagels and 8 oz. of cream cheese and then drove to Goodwill where we picked up two umbrella stands.  We then drove to Costco where Suzette filled two baskets full of cleaning supplies and drinks and food for a wedding next weekend at the Center for Ageless Living.

When we returned home at 1:00 I was hungry, so I sautéed three slices of Jimmie Dean sausage and two eggs over easy and toasted a slice of whole wheat Dinner roll and buttered it and spread some lemon curd of it and then lay slices of Jarlsberg cheese on it and drank another cup of chai with it for my lunch.

I rested and at 5:00 started cooking dinner.  We decided to make a stir fry of vegetables with about ½ lb. of chopped BBQ Pork cut from the ribs we cooked a few days ago plus Baby Bok Choy, corn, yellow squash, Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Leeks.  Suzette made an oriental BBQ sauce with oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar, and sugar.  It was delicious and the corn kernels made up for the lack of rice.

Later I ate some vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries.

At 10:00 Luke called and I picked him up at the airport.  We had a cup of tea and went to bed.

Bon Appetit

Saturday, September 14, 2019

September 13, 2019 Lunch – Buffet King Dinner- Susan's Cajun Dinner Party


September 13, 2019 Lunch – Buffet King    Dinner- Susan's Cajun Dinner Party

Some days there is just too much food. Today was one of those days.

I started with a big bowl of granola as I reached the bottom of a bag and poured about a double portion of granola into my bowl and then 1/2 banana sliced and some milk and four T. of yogurt instead of three. But then I rode a really fast sub one hour ten miles to Rio Bravo and back, so I was happy for the extra energy potential.

I worked until 11;15 when the film technical crew came to view the house. I gave the key to Matt and started my errands and lunch run.  I first deposited Suzette’s deposit at her bank, then I took shirts to the cleaners and said hello to Zul and Rozie.  Then I drove to the Hispanic Cultural Center and purchased two tickets for Globalquerque’s Saturday performance on September 21. Then I drove to Comcast and took care of the problems with the installation of the new modem.  Apparently, when they moved me from the four package to a three package when I rejected the security system, they disconnected the fax line to the all in one printer.  Hopefully that is now fixed.  It was 12:3o and I did not need to be at Buffet King until 1:00, so I drove to the Apple Store and had a genius look at my I  Pad’s broken button.  The first person I talked to about my broken home button that prevented me from turning it on and off said I needed a new I Pad, so they directed me to a guy who was older and scruffier, who it turned out was a genius.  After I removed my I Pad from its case, he turned on his phone and hit a few buttons and turned on my I Pad.  Then he tuched a few buttons on my I pad and voila a home button appeared on the screen.  He told me that the new home button would stay on the screen and how to access it and was kind enough  to wait while I entered that data into a document and save it on my I Pad.

He asked if I wanted a new I pad and I said, No, but thank you.  I will use the one you just fixed since it is working again.” 

He said, “You I Pad is near the end of its useful life because it will only work within a range of software  updates and we are near the end of that range for your I Pad.  You will know when the I Pad says, ‘Can not update’ for a new software generation.  We are at update number 11.2 and I think it will end when we reach 13.” 

I thanked him profusely and left the store with my now working I Pad and drove to Buffet King and arrived only 11 minutes late.  Aaron was there and had had a plate of food as I suggested in a voice mail while waiting at the Apple store.

I took my first plate of food, mostly Steamed Manila Clams in black fermented soy beans and jalapeno chilis and fried shrimp and a few stir fried rice vermicelli noodles.  We talked a bit and then I took another plate of food.  This time it was filled with Mapo Dofu and six more fried shrimp.  This put me over the top of my available food capacity.  I could eat no more.  I love the Mapo Dofu at Buffett King, It is simply spicy pork sausage stir fried with soft tofu, it is an easy way to make the dish and is delicious.  The fried shrimp are the kind that are sold in boxes at Costco that are shelled and flattened and battered with panko and baked in an oven or fried.  The process for heating them is to bake them in an oven for 19 minutes.  They are not as greasy as the other fried items, such as fried sweet and sour chicken, but they are very filling.

After lunch I drove to the library and returned the Secret Chord and then home. Soon after I arrived the film construction crew arrived to remove my art from the walls of the TV room, Dining room and living room, where the next shots are being taken.  They will set up their furniture and art on Monday and Tuesday, shoot on Wednesday and then replace everything the way it was before the shoot on Thursday and Friday of next week.

I worked for a while but had to lie down at 4:00 and slept until 5:30 when Suzette came home.  I had forgotten the club soda for the mint juleps for Susan’s party, so I drove to Lowe’s Market and bought four liter bottles of Tonic water and three bottles of Club Soda and a package of sopapilla mix to take to Cousin Daram when we go to Los Angeles.  Suzette down when I returned at 6:00 and I watched the News Hour.  At 6:55 I awakened her and we gathered up the bourbon, the newly made pitcher of mint syrup, and two bottles of Club Soda and walked the ½ block to Susan’s house.  There were about a dozen people. We knew Steve and Karen and talked to them a lot.  They have a son named Ollie who is a genius who worked for Apple and now has his own small three person business in Albuquerque that contracts with Apple for special app assignments. His group made the app for the interactive displays for Liberty Island and then was hired by Apple and the marketing company that is now working on an interactive app for Ellis Island. Steve is body building and walking a lot and Karen is cooking a lot, which she always did.  She likes to bake and she made a sheet of corn bread and molasses muffins and honey butter using Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen and his pecan pie.  

I love the similarities of retirement to childhood.  We older folks who  are no longer tied to professional careers and desk jobs can do the things we loved to do as children, like ride our bike, take long walks, and spend long hours in the kitchen baking and cooking.

Jerry made a lovely bruschetta with fresh tomatoes drizzled rather heavily with olive oil.  Charles made steamed vegetables. There was a rum soaked cake garnished with fresh whipped cream and peaches, another platter of corn bread, and we made mint juleps.

Susan made seafood gumbo and crustacean jambalya and rice.

It was a wonderful dinner and, again, I ate too much.

We returned home at 9:30 and fell into bed.

I am up at 3.30 because of all the food but will get back to sleep soon.

Bon Appetit

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 12, 2019 Lunch – Capo’s Ristorante Dinner – BBQ Pork Spareribs, Roasted Vegetables, and Steamed Green beans


September 12, 2019 Lunch – Capo’s Ristorante   Dinner – BBQ Pork Spareribs, Roasted Vegetables, and Steamed Green beans

My attraction to Southern cooking manifested itself today.  I ate a very Southern Italian dish of Spaghetti and Marinara sauce for lunch and cooked Pork Spareribs and Green beans for dinner.

I had an appointment for new tires for the car at 9:00 so combined my walk with delivery of the car and walked home from the Firestone shop at 7th and Central, a distance of about 8 blocks.

I worked on my new case until noon and then walked back to Capo’s Ristorante at 8th and Central for lunch.  The daily special today was spaghetti with meat sauce for $6.99 served with a salad and a basket of warmed Italian bread.  Everything was delicious.  I was amazed how well Capo’s cooked its spaghetti.  I now know what is meant by al dente.  The spaghetti was firm, yet tender.  I guess the word is “toothsome”. The salad was also wonderful, fresh iceburg lettuce with a couple of grape tomatoes cut in half and garnished with a slice of pepperoni, red onion, and provolone cheese. Capo’s offers a wide selection of salad dressings.  I chose Balsamic vinegar and olive oil and was pleasantly surprised when carafes of each were brought to my table so I could dress my salad as I wished instead of having a food service dressing. I felt like I was in a real Italian restaurant. The spaghetti sauce was balanced between meat and tomato, so the freshness of the tomatoes was not overwhelmed by the meat flavor. Of course, everything was better with a generous shake of grated parmesan cheese.





After lunch I fetched my car with its two new tires and went home and talked to Amy at the Court of Appeals for a while about how to file my case, because it will need to be filed in both the District Court and the Court of Appeals.

I put a bottle of Emma Reichard 100% Pinot Noir Rose into the fridge to chill and then baked the 7 lb. slab of pork ribs I bought at Smith’s for $1.29/lb. The instructions said to bake it at 350 degrees for 1 ½ to 2 hours on foil in a baking pan.  I lowered the heat to 325 degrees and cooked it for 2 ½ hours until 4:15 and then slathered the ribs with BBQ sauce and cooked it for an additional 45 minutes.

                                                   the half slab left after dinner

 The bottom edge where the meat touched the aluminum foil had hardened but otherwise the meat was super tender.  I turned the oven off at 5;00 and went to meditate from 5:30 to 6:30.  It was a really good meditation, perhaps because both Dennis and I are rapidly recovering from operations and feeling much better.

When I returned Suzette asked what I wanted to eat with the ribs and I said, “Roasted Vegetables and Steamed Green Beans.”

We drank glasses of the 2017 Domaine de Touch Cotes du Gascogne white as an aperitif while we were cooking and then poured the 2017 Emma Reichard rose for dinner.  These are both trader Joe wines I believe.  The Reichard is an amazing value at $4.99 for a really good 100% Pinot Noir Rose. It has a little edge to it that is not great with seafood paella, but is wonderful with heavy sweetened meat like BBQ’s ribs.


While I was meditating and Suzette talked to Susan on the phone about tomorrow’s dinner at Susan’s house. The menu is two Cajun Seafood dishes, Gumbo and Crawfish Jambalya.  Suzette then made a pot of mint flavored simple syrup for mint juleps for the dinner party. 



Tomato and Basil Bread

Suzette had brought home a basket of fresh ripe tomatoes.  


She got really creative and adapted her zucchini bread recipe to utilize tomatoes and fresh basil.  She cored and baked about ten tomatoes and went to the garden and harvested a bunch of basil.  I chopped the basil finely while she peeled the roasted tomatoes and then she made her batter with all the ingredients and filled two loaf pans and baked them while we ate dinner.   

Here is a photo of her recipe and the finished breads.




While Suzette was baking her tomato bread, I snapped the stalky ends off about 1 lb. of Green Beans I bought as Sprouts last week and steamed them and then heated the PPI Roasted Vegetable medley of asparagus, eggplant, potato, garlic, Brussels sprouts, and onion.  I loaded two plates with four or five ribs each and we each served ourselves the vegetables and green beans.




We watched the Democratic debate starting at 6:45 and then the commentary and interviews after the debate and went to bed at 10:00 when that all ended.
We were so full of pork ribs we could not eat any peach cobbler, but I drank a White Russian made with Rum, Kahlua, and milk and Suzette drank a sip of cognac to settle our stomachs during the debate.

Bon Appetit

Thursday, September 12, 2019

September 11, 2019 Lunch - Salmon and Anchovies Salad Dinner – Namaste


September 11, 2019 Lunch - Salmon and Anchovies Salad    Dinner – Namaste

I woke up a bit after 7:00 and made one of my favorite dishes, Egg foo Young. I sliced a few strands of Vadalia onion, and two mushrooms and sautéed them in  skillet with heated sesame oil and peanut oil.  I then added a few spoonsful of PPI Pork and You Choy stir fry and PPI rice and sautéed that.  Then I added about 1 T. of Chinese Rice Cooking Wine and two eggs and stirred that in and let it cook until it became firm.  Voila, Egg Foo Young

At 8:30 I rode to Rio Bravo at a brisk pace and when I turned to return north I found out I had a tailwind going south and had to fight a headwind out of the north all the way back in a lower gear, but I made it in about one hour, which is a decent time.

I then wrote a motion for a case in the COA.  At 12:30 I made a salad of Romaine lettuce, diced tomato and cucumber, sliced radishes, two green onions, the PPI poached salmon from last night’s dinner, and two or three Spanish smoked anchovies produced by Roland Foods and bought at Southwest Distributors.

I freshened up the dressing with the juice of a lemon, olive oil, a sprig of tarragon from the garden and a clove of garlic sectioned.


After lunch I tried to get my computer fixed and then went to a client’s.  When I returned at 3:30 I rested and then watched Mad Money.  This turned into a monster day in the Market with the Dow rising at the end of the day by over 227 points and a commensurate 1 ¼ % gain in my portfolio.

Suzette called and wanted to meet her insurance broker for a drink after work.  So she came home at 5:00 and we rested until 5:40 and then went to the Hotel Parque at Central and I-25 for a drink and to meet him.   We talked and drank until 7:30 and watched the spectacular sunset from the hotel’s fourth floor roof deck. 





It was almost 8:00 when we left the hotel and too late to cook so we drove up Central to the University area.  Suzette wanted Greek food, but we could not find a parking space by Olympia Cafe, so we went down the alley and parked at Namaste.  We had never been to Namaste in Albuquerque.  I went to its Rio Rancho location several times with Aaron. 

I told Suzette that it served Indian and Nepalese food and when we looked at its menu, we were immediately attracted to its Nepalese dishes in the Nepali Corner of its menu.

Nepali Corner
Vegetable Momo (V)
  $8.95
Mixed vegetables mildly spiced and stuffed in a dumpling wrapper
Vegetable Chow Chow (Noodles)(V)
  $8.95
Stir-fried mixed vegetables spiced with herbs & spices then mixed with Wheat noodles
Chicken Chow Chow (Noodles)
  $9.95
Stir-fried chicken spiced with herbs and spices & mixed with Wheat noodles
Chicken Momo
  $9.95
Ground Chicken spiced with herbs & spices, stuffed in a dumpling wrapper
Lamb Momo
$10.95
Ground Lamb with spices then stuffed in a dumpling wrapper
Chili Chicken (V)
$12.95
Boneless chicken pieces lightly battered then sauteed with onion, bell peppers, & spices; comes with naan.
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 Suzette immediately ordered Lamb Momo and I ordered Chicken Chow Chow.

We were brought a basket with two papadum and a small ramekin of mint chili chutney and another of a red sauce as an appetizer.


papadum is a thin, crisp, disc-shaped food from the Indian subcontinent, typically based on a seasoned dough usually made from peeled black gram flour (urad flour), either fried or cooked with dry heat (usually flipping it over an open flame). Flours made from other sources such as lentilschickpeasricetapioca, certain millets or potato can be used.
Papadums are typically served as an accompaniment to a meal in IndiaBangladeshNepal, and Sri Lanka or as an appetizer or snack, sometimes with toppings such as chopped onions, chopped carrotschutneys or other dips, and condiments.

The food was cooked to order so it took several minutes to prepare.  The platter of Chicken Chow Chow was served first and then the Lamb Momo. Both dishes had unique flavors.  The noodles were thicker fresh wheat udon noodles sauced with a thick spice mixture and sautéed pieces of chcken.  The Momo were freshly made steamed lamb filled dumplings served with a dipping sauce of fresh tomato coulis flavored with fresh cilantro and Nepali peppercorn.  The waitress brought a small handful of the black peppercorns to our table to show us the Nepalese peppercorn.  They looked similar to Malabar peppercorns but had a unique and wonderful aroma and flavor that they imparted to the sauce.  We both loved the momo coated with the tomato dipping sauce.



I later found out that the Nepalese peppercorns flavoring the tomato dipping sauce are closely related to Szechuan peppercorns, not Malabar peppercorns.

Here is an explanation.
Timur Pepper, Nepal
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From the same family as Szechuan peppercorn, this 'false flag' pepper comes from Nepal. It has the same tongue tingling, mouth numbing properties, with intense citrus and grapefruit notes. These citrus qualities make Timur pepper perfect for fish dishes. In Nepal Timur is commonly used in dry vegetable dishes, especially with potatoes, and also it is used in tomato-based dishes and curries, often with pork. It is an integral part of Nepali curry powders and seasonings, and is a very popular spice in the country. Because of its affinity with fish, Timur pepper can be used to give an exotic twist to many traditional fish preparations, and one of our favourites is to use Timur together with lemon and salt to season a sea bass cooked 'en papilotte'
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We shared a large bottle of Indian Taj Mahal beer.

It was a lovely spontaneous dinner of new flavors we had never tasted.

We returned home around 8:30 and went to bed after long days of work.

Bon Appetit   

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 9, 2014 Lunch – PPI Sashimi Dinner – Grilled Steak and Roasted Vegetables

September 9, 2014 Lunch – PPI Sashimi    Dinner – Grilled Steak and Roasted Vegetables

Patty made me a shake of Pro-Cal for breakfast and we went to court.

Here is the view in the morning from her deck of Elephant Butte Lake.





 I was unable to sustain my motion for a continuance so the court issued the State’s requested injunction.

I will now need to learn a bit more law and move for a supersedeas bond in this Court and then the Court of Appeals.

After court I talked to Steve, my client, and Patty and then drove the two hours back to Albuquerque, arriving at around 3:00.  I drove to Costco to re-fill the gas tank and drove home and ate the PPI sashimi and Squid salad and seaweed salad for a delicious lunch that had more raw fish that a regular Chirashi lunch at any restaurant.

I then thawed out a bone-in rib steak from the fridge freezer and rested.  The market has been slowly creeping upward, which is interesting.  We must be approaching some resolution in world affairs.  I know that is true in England.  The House of Commons has tried to prevent Boris Johsnon from crashing England out of the EU, at least, and the Chinese have set dates for meeting with the U.S. for trade talks.

We will see.

I got my annual report from the bank in India and it had another year of growth and profitability, so that investment is doing well.

I drove to Smith’s and bought a 5 lb. bag of nice Idaho russet potatoes for $1.99 to bake with the steaks and a slab of pork ribs at $1.29, and a dozen eggs for $109.  The disruption in trade with China is really helping lower some American produced food prices in the U.S.

When Suzette came home we discussed whether she wanted a baked potato with steak for dinner.  Suzette suggested we use some of the eggplants we picked at the Alverson/Beans house last Sunday and roast a medley of vegetables.  So, Suzette and I cubed a rosa eggplant, the Brussels sprouts I bought at Sprouts last week, six or seven asparagus, several cloves of garlic, two potatoes, and an onion and piled them high into a large pyrex baking dish, which she salted and peppered and doused with olive oil and baked in the oven covered with aluminum foil.





In an hour, after Suzette grilled the steak to medium rare, we were ready to eat our simple dinner.  I wanted a good bottle of wine and I tried the new bottle of 2014 Gitana Spanish Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain I bought at Costco recently that was rated 94 points by Wine Spectator.  It was amazing; a floral bouquet and smooth flavor that got better as it sat open in the bottle while we ate.  I will look to buy more of it to age in the cellar.

Here is the Wine Enthusiast notes for its 91 rating and other ratings are 92, so a great wine.

Leathery berry and animal aromas blend nicely into savory plum and berry scents to form a good nose. A tight, drawn-in palate is a bit hard, although there's no complaints with this Rioja's energy level. Saucy, slightly salty tomato and red plum flavors finish with earthy notes. This is a classic Rioja in every sense; drink through 2025.

As I said, the wine’s palate opened up after about an hour uncorked and it smoothed out and tasted smoother and softer.

We had a simple dinner of steak and roasted vegetables with a bit of catsup to dip the steak into with a great wine.





Suzette brought home peaches but she did not make cobbler tonight.  We had seconds of the vegetables and steak instead and passed on dessert.

A wonderful meal because of the flavor of the roasted ripened eggplant and asparagus and great wine, just short of greatness.

Bon Appetit