Friday, January 21, 2022

January 21, 2022 Lunch - Ham Salad Salad. Dinner - Oysters and Ham, Bean, and Macaroni Soup

January 21, 2022  Lunch - Ham Salad Salad. Dinner - Oysters and Ham, Bean, and Macaroni Soup

This was another terrible day in the market with another 1.74% loss.  My gain from last year has been reduced from 21% to 5.55% with no bottom in sight.

This is starting to look like 2008.  The market has reached the low of March 2020 and still seems to be dropping with no decrease in Omicron infections, supply chain disruptions, or inflation.

At some point these three factors will reverse and the market will go back up again, but that turn fours not seem to be in sight at the moment.

I started working on my brief in chief for the appeal early this morning and again when I awakened at 7:45. At 10:30 I ate a bowl of granola, milk, yogurt, and fruit salad.

Then at 1:30 I made a ham salad salad with a bowl of gourmet greens, a cubed tomato, 1/4 cucumber, peeled, de-seeded, and sliced, yellow onion slices, green olives, and a couple of spoonfuls of the lovely ham salad Suzette made from the baked sliced ham, eggs, celery, pickle relish, and a small jar of honey mustard, Don and Bev gave us.

I refreshed the Cesar salad dressing by adding a whisked egg, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 1/4 cup of olive oil and whisking it into a suspended solution.

I also toasted two slices of French baguette and laid slices of Gouda cheese on them.  I drank water.

Suzette arrived as was finishing the salad around 2:30.

I prepared two documents for a client after lunch and at 4:30 walked about 1/2 mile as the sun was dropping behind the trees in Kit Carson Park.

When I arrived Suzette had returned from Whole Foods with 24 shucked oysters, a dozen white oysters from Massachusetts and a dozen Kusshi oysters from the Pacific.

Suzette also bought a bottle of horseradish and a plastic container of Parmesan crisps made from 100% Parmesan cheese.

While I was fetching my I Pad, Suzette made a cocktail sauce with lemon juice, catsup, and horseradish.

We liked both types of oysters.  Suzette thought the whites had a slightly more spicy peppery taste and both of us agreed that the smaller Kusshi had a richer buttery flavor that we both liked.

I opened a bottle of De Pointe Melon du Bourgogne white wine.  I loved its elegant austere refined flavor but Suzette said up it tasted rather bland.

Suzette then fetched the pot of Ham, Bean, and Macaroni Soup from the garage and heated it and we each ate a bowl of soup for a lovely ending to the meal.  I thought the flavors of the ingredients had blended to the point that they were fully integrated.

Suzette loved the wine with the soup.

Later I cut a 1 1/2 inch slice from the decadent chocolate and white mousse cake in the garage and split it with Suzette and we both added some of the whipped cream she made Tuesday evening.  I drank the las sip of the XO Armagnac Marty and YoYo gave us with a cup of chai.

At 8:30 we watched two episodes from the second season of Emily in Paris on Netflix and the went to bed.

Bon Appetit

Thursday, January 20, 2022

January 20, 2022 Lunch - PPI Ragu Dinner - Steamed Chicken Thighs with PPI Tomato Couscous and Steamed Broccoli

January 20, 2022 Lunch - PPI Ragu  Dinner - Steamed Chicken Thighs with PPI Tomato Couscous and Steamed Broccoli

I woke up at 7:20, just in time to watch the market opening.  Today everything went up 1.7% until 12:30 and then collapsed again ending down another 1.7%.  A very dispiriting day in the market.

Other things went well.  I got two summons issued in my new case and took them to the Sheriff’s Office for service.

I also got a positive response from the Court of Appeals on my appeal.  I need to brief the case now.

I ate granola, yogurt, milk, and blueberries for breakfast at 9:30.

Then at 1:00 I ate the last of the Ragu  I loved all the mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and olives mixed in the spaghetti sauce with bits of Italian sausage.  I drank water and brought in a six pack of chicken thighs to thaw for

When I returned from the bank at 4:20 Suzette was at home.  I drank a glass of water and ate two small open faced sandwiches with ham loaf and three green olives as we watched Ari Melber.

Then from 5:00 until 5:30 I meditated.

Suzette wanted to cook the chicken thighs in the steaming oven. She ground garlic, dried tarragon and a pinch of dried lavender in a coffee grinder and smeared some under the skin of each thigh and cooked them per the instructions for cooking in the steaming oven.

I thought the thighs would cook into a soggy wet mess but they all cooked to a golden brown crisp exterior.

Suzette heated the PPI Tomato Couscous and I cut the flowerets from a stalk of Broccoli  and we steamed them with the carafe of Hollandaise sauce.  

I opened a bottle of Sparkling Champanlou Chenin Blanc from Vouvray. It was a little fruitier and a little tart, but very drinkable.

We finished the bottle of Vouvray as we watched Midsomer Mystery.

We went to bed at 9:30.

Bon Appetit

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

January 19, 2022 Brunch - Fruit Salad, yogurt, milk, and granola. Lunch - sashimi with rice and seaweed salad. Dinner - chocolate pudding with Whipped Cream

January 19, 2022 Brunch - Fruit Salad, yogurt, milk, and granola. Lunch - sashimi with rice and seaweed salad. Dinner - chocolate pudding with Whipped Cream

I slept until 8:00 and made a bowl of Fruit Salad, yogurt, milk, and granola. and worked at my s desk until 1:30 when Suzette returned from the bank and post office and a brisk walk around the duck ponds.

I did something new today.  I ordered a certificate of good standing for a Delaware corporation with an apostille in a foreign language and English from the Delaware corporation department.

Suzette made a ham salad sandwich and I cut up the remaining scallops, tuna, and salmon to make a plate of sashimi with slices of cucumber, avocado, and a pile of seaweed salad and heated the remaining PPI sushi rice for lunch at 2:00.

I drank my usual green tea and dipped the pieces of raw seafood into soy and wasabi garnished with pieces of pickled ginger.

We watched President Biden’s two hour press conference while we ate.

After the press conference I napped until 6:00.

Neither of us was hungry for dinner.

Suzette ate a bag of popcorn and I cooked a package of chocolate pudding with three cups of milk.  Suzette made whipped cream and mixed some into the pudding to make a sort of floating islands of whipped cream instead of egg whites.  We shared a bowl of pudding with whipped cream.  The idea behind the menu was that the milk for the pudding and the whipped cream expiration dates had expired and they needed to be used.

Later I drank a cup of chai with some Swedish ginger and almond cookies.

We watched TV and then went to bed; Suzette at 9:00 and I at Midnight.

Today was a big news day so I enjoyed watching it unfold.  The filibuster change failed in the Senate, the Supreme Court denied Trump’s appeal for a stay to block the turnover by NARA of his Presidential papers requested by the January 6 Committee, and the N.Y attorney General has asked the NY court to compel, Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald, Jr. to appear for a deposition in regard to its investigation of fraud.

Bon Appetit

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

January 18, 2022 Lunch - Sashimi and Sushi Rice. Dinner - Baked teriyaki Salmon and Sushi Rice and sautéed green beans, zucchini, and toasted Slivered almonds

January 18, 2022 Lunch - Sashimi and Sushi Rice. Dinner - Baked teriyaki Salmon and Sushi Rice and sautéed green beans, zucchini, and toasted Slivered almonds

I awakened at 8:00 and watched the huge sell off in the market.  It turned into a rout in the tech names with the NASDAQ falling 2.7% and my portfolio falling about 2% by the end of the day.

I did not eat breakfast.

At 1:45 I cooked a cup of sushi rice with 1 T. of sugar, 2 T. of mirin, 2 T. of rice vinegar and 1 tsp. of salt. Using mirin was a mistake so I reduced the amount of sugar by 1/2. This will become important later.  The mirin gave the sushi a softer sweetness than using all sugar in my opinion.

I peeled and de-seeded and sliced about 1/4 cucumber, laced a couple of spoonfuls of seaweed salad on a plate with the cucumbers and sliced tuna, salmon, and Peruvian scallops to complete the plate.  I put pickled ginger in another bowl and wasabi and soy in a dipping bowl.  I made green tea, which is my drink of choice with sashimi.

I finished lunch around 3:00 and made teriyaki sauce by combining 1/3 cup each of soy sauce, sake, and mirin plus 1 T. of sugar. I made anther wonderful mistake and let the sauce come to a rolling boil which thickened the sauce.  I let the teriyaki sauce cool and the put it in a 1 gallon freezer bag with the fresh salmon fillet I bought yesterday at Sprouts and put it in the fridge to marinate.

I watched some news until 4:30, when I walked about 1/2 mile.

When I returned Suzette was at home.  

She was hungry so we discussed dinner and she decided to bake the salmon fillet in the oven and sauté green beans and a zucchini with slivered almonds.  Suzette added a container of Vietnamese fish sauce to about 1 1/2 cups of rice to keep it moist and heated it in the microwave in a Pyrex baking dish covered with Saran.

This turned out to be a remarkably good dinner.  Because the teriyaki sauce was boiled and thickened it adhered to the salmon like a glaze, which was very appealing and the sushi rice was very delicious, perhaps because of the added fish sauce.

I opened a bottle of Emma Richard rose and poured her a glass.  I drank green tea again.

This was a extraordinarily good meal.

Suzette packed a dinner tray for Willy and he came by around 8:00 to pick it up, but would not stay due to his having a sore throat.

From 7:30 to 10:00 we watched “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers.  I liked Chris Cooper, also, and the movie a lot.

I had a cup of tea and two more mandel brod at 9:00.

Bon Appetit


Monday, January 17, 2022

January 17, 2022 Lunch - 2000 Vietnam No. 31 Dinner - Baked Pasta Ragu with Steamed Broccoli and Garlic Bread

January 17, 2022 Lunch - 2000 Vietnam No. 31   Dinner - Baked Pasta Ragu with Steamed Broccoli and Garlic Bread

I awakened at 8:00 and read Entangled Life and then at 9:30 showered and dressed.

I ate a bowl,of granola, milk, yogurt, and fruit Salad and at 10:30 drove to yoga session.  I seemed to be making progress today opening up my shoulder joints and hip joints and much of the pain has subsided, so I am going to stick with it.

After yoga at 12:15 I called in a take out order for my favorite dish at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant, No. 31 at 2000 Vietnam.  It includes three layers, a cold layer on bottom of mung bean sprouts, lettuce, cucumber slices, and herbs; in the middle is a layer of steamed rice vermicelli, and the top layer is two Vietnamese fried egg rolls and a pile of marinated grilled pork. It is served with fish sauce and sriracha.  I love the dish, especially in warm weather.

I put it in the car and drove to Sprouts to shop.  I bought pearl onions, a bulb of celeriac, yogurt, milk, fresh salmon, tuna, and scallops and 4 small avocados.

I then drove home and heated the No, 31 in the microwave for 1:11 at a power of 8 to re-heat the dish.  I added pieces of romaine lettuce and cilantro leaves and   I drank water with the meal.

After lunch I worked until 3:30 and then read and napped until 5:15.

Suzette soon arrived and we discussed dinner and decided to re-heat the baked pasta ragu.  I called Willy to tell him the menu since I had mentioned salmon earlier and he was okay with the menu change.

At 6:45 I went to the garage and fetched the PPI Ragu and a bag of broccoli.  I cut a head of broccoli into bite sized pieces off the thick stem and put them in steamer with water and steamed them for 8 minutes, while I sliced two cloves of garlic into flat rounds and sautéed them in a skillet with 2 T. of olive oil and 1 T. of butter and added about ten small slices of French baguette and sautéed the bread until it was browned and saturated with garlic oil.

Meanwhile, Suzette heated the Pyrex dish of Ragu in the microwave.

I fetched the open bottles of Gabbiani Chianti Riserva and Rivera Tempranillo Reserva and poured three glasses of Chianti.

Willy arrived precisely at 7:00 as he usually does as Suzette was plating pasta bowls with spoonfuls of heated Ragu and steamed broccoli.  I wrapped the garlic bread in paper towels and a large napkin to keep it warm and Willy served it.

We enjoyed dinner.  Suzette has perfected this dish.  I think the secret if there is one is the addition of marsacapone that with the spaghetti sauce binds the ingredients into a homogenous creamy texture.

After dinner Willy left and we watched the Antiques Roadshow until 9:00 and then I watched drank a cup of tea and ate the last chocolate chip cookie as I watched The Last Word and the Black Church documentary until 10:00.

Suzette slept and I blogged this blog entry and read a little mote Entangled Life.

Tomorrow I shall marinate the salmon in teriyaki sauce for dinner and eat sashimi for lunch.

Bon Appetit 

Sunday, January 16, 2022

January 16, 2022 Lunch - Crab, Corn, and Spinach Soup with corn bread. Dinner - Mushroom, Ham, and Cheese Omelet

January 16, 2022 Lunch - Crab, Corn, and Spinach Soup with corn bread. Dinner - Mushroom, Ham, and Cheese Omelet

Today was lovely.  I awakened at 7:30 and watched the news and the a bit of soccer.

At 10:00 I got dressed and at 11:15 we drove to the Art Museum and viewed the Indigo Exhibit. Talking about well dressed, I felt perfectly dressed in my new pair of indigo dyed cotton Levi’s.

The exhibit was comprehensive by regional objects and information regarding techniques of growing and producing indigo.

Suzette was ready to sign up for a course and ordered an indigo dying kit in the Museum Store.

I liked the Rio Grande and Navajo blankets, as well as many of the weavings from Nigeria, Japan, and India.

After the exhibit we decided to eat the rest of the crab soup, but we wanted to add some corn and spinach, so we drove to Lowe’s where Suzette bought eggs, a bunch of spinach, and a bag of frozen white corn kernels.

When we returned home we fetched a bottle of Kirtland 2020 Friuli Pinot Grigio from the fridge.  Suzette heated the PPI crab soup and added 1/2 lb. of the corn kernels and I destemmed and Suzette added about 1/2 cup of spinach leaves.

I opened and poured glasses of Friuli, which instantly became  one of my favorite whites

The soup was amazing.  It was the best crab soup I have eaten in a long time, perhaps because it contained so much fresh crab.

Suzette heated a slice of PPI cornbread for me and I sliced it in half and buttered and squeezed a layer of honey onto each half.

After lunch I lay down for a few minutes and then at 2:15 we disassembled the Christmas tree and put it back in its bag and put the bag back in the garage.

We decided we liked putting the tree up and decorating it on the porch and will do it again next year.

After the tree was put away I watched Dallas lose its Wildcard game against San Francisco.

Dinner -

Then at 6:00 we watched 60 Minutes and I sliced about ten mushrooms and the last 1/3 of a small red onion and opened the wedge of Jarlsberg cheese and sliced about 7 or 8 slices of cheese for the mushroom omelet we decided to make for dinner.

Suzette then sautéed the mushrooms and onion in a large skillet in melted butter and then added the PPI ham.  After that cooked for several minutes Suzette added the chopped ham and then 4 whisked eggs.

After the egg set slightly Suzette lay the cheese slices on top of the omelet.

She left me in charge for a few minutes and I flipped one half onto the other half with two spatulas.

Suzette returned and when she thought the cheese had melted, cut the omelet in half and place one-half on each plate.

The omelet was amazingly filling. Suzette saved some of her portion for breakfast.

We watched Around the World in 80 days, All Creatures Great and Small, and Vienna Blood on PBS and then went to bed, I to blog and Suzette to sleep.

Bon Appetit

January 15, 2022 Lunch - Steak, chicken, and mushroom Quesadilla, Dinner - Baked Rigatoni and Salad

January 15, 2022 Lunch - Steak, chicken, and mushroom Quesadilla,   Dinner - Baked Rigatoni and Salad

I watched soccer starting at 6:15 the first match was the best of the day.  No. 1 Man City against No. 2 Chelsea.  The action was fast and it took 70 minutes for Man City to score the only goal to increase its lead over Chelsea.

I ate a bowl of fruit salad with yogurt and granola at 10:30.

25 minutes into the second match between Aston Villa and Man United I left wIth Suzette to visit a client in Rio Rancho.

It took a long time and then we drove to Costco.  They did not have glucose tablets but we bought a bottle of Malbec and a bottle of Portuguese red wine and Suzette bought a couple of containers of Lysol cleaner.

We then drove home and Suzette made a wonderful steak, chicken, cheese, and mushroom quesadilla. And I made three open face sandwiches with basil Mayo, salami, ham, ant prosciutto, plus tarragon mustard and finally slices of Iberico cheese.

Suzette drove to the store for more mushrooms and a bunch of green onions and picked up glucose tablets for me.

The Baked Rigatoni

After lunch I cut ingredients for dinner, an onion, a head of garlic, three Italian sausages, a can of pimientos diced, about a lb. of mushrooms, 1 1/2 cup of olives, and 1 1/2 cup of artichoke hearts and Suzette sautéed the ingredients p.

Suzette boiled rigatoni macaroni and sautéed the ingredients and mixed  the heated and 3/4 cup of marsacapone cheese and a cup of fresh mozzarella diced. Then Suzette added three cups of warm spaghetti sauce  and poured the mixture into a greased deep dish baking dish and topped the mixture with grated Pecorino-Romano cheese and covered the dish with aluminum foil and baked for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

Suzette actually did not bake it after lunch, but saved it for after the symphony for our dinner with Cliff and Nancy.

Dinner - At 4:30 we got ready for the symphony and drove to Popejoy Hall at 5:30.  The program was Brahms’ Violin Concerto played by Midori and Brahms’ 2nd Symphony.  I think I am not a violin enthusiast or a Brahms enthusiast.

We drove home and put the pasta dish into the oven to bake for 45 minutes.

Cliff and Nancy arrived soon after with a bottle of Ruffino Chianti and a bag of almond biscotti.  You call them biscotti, we call them “mandel brod”.

Suzette fetched the Spring Mix salad greens , cucumbers, and Roma tomatoes and I fetched the radishes and then reconstituted the salad dressing with juice of 1/2 lemon and about 1/4 cup of olive oil and helped Cliff open the bottle of Chianti.

I also sliced a piece of baguette into slices and wrapped it in aluminum foil and placed it in the oven to heat.

Suzette put some dressing into a pitcher. 

We served the salad and bread and poured glasses of wine and sat at the dining room table. I was happy we had recovered the chairs.

After we finished the salad, Suzette served pasta bowls with spoonfuls of the baked pasta.

Cliff ate two helpings and said he would have eaten three if it did not seem like he was a glutton.

After dinner Suzette served thin slices of the chocolate mousse cake and whipped cream with coffee.

We talked and looked at the newly reupholstered indigo covered chairs and look at recent acquisitions until 11:00. It was a pleasant evening.

One of the most interesting thing about Nancy and Cliff is that they grew up within four houses of our house and they knew the history of every house and every family going back seventy years.

A lovely day and evening.

Bon Appetit