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May 30, 2004

Dinner with Tom, Chris, and Barbara

House is full of flowers--peonies from Rima, lilies from Barbara, stasia from Jeremy and Danielle, flowering chive-like stalks from Jeffrey, mixed bouquet from Joan, and a rose-like flower from Renee and Melanie. And, wine, jam, and other love gifts of food from the IHP reunion and Friday and Saturday dinners. Dishes and pots and pans all washed and put away. New Zealand in less than a week. Lots of great leftovers for the week and cherries--mutant doubles, little Siamese twins--from Chinatown, a huge papaya, mangoes, and persimmons.
Last night, we were regaled with Chris's army stories and Tom's start writing art criticism in Houston, Barbara on gin rummy and Max and Chris on playing poker and the importance of cards in their families.
Beautiful day, breezy with warm cones of sun, as I headed out with the little red shopping cart to Chinatown to fill in a few gaps for dinner.
This time:
* With drinks, edamame in the shell with coarse salt and edamame "guacamole" with baked tortilla chips
* Black rice and coconut milk
* Chinese greens with oyster sauce
* Plantains (not successful, too starchy), with papaya, lime. cilantro
salsa (should have added chopped fresh green chili pepper)
* Tamarind eggplant with Thai holy basil
* Salad--watercress, amaranth, yellow carrot planes, daikon disks, lotus root
* Sprouted mung bean salad
* Long bean adobo, with soy sauce, Filipino black vinegar, whacked ginger, garlic, bay leaf, and long beans cut into 3 inch lengths
* Cauliflower, from Julie Sahni, steamed whole, stuffed and smeared with a paste of sauteed onion, garlic, coriander, fennel, chili, almonds, flour and water, and roasted in the over till surface is crisp and brown. Serve with tomato and cilantro sauce.
* Dessert was sticky rice in banana leaves, steamed, fresh mango and persimmons. Max insisted on breaking out the dark chocolate and candied orange peel I brought back from Marseilles, what little there was left, and the almond stuffed figs that Nelia brought from Lisbon to Marseilles as a gift. I surprised them with the cookies that Grace baked and left on my desk as thanks in connection with her wok project.
Cooked till time ran out, as is my way. So, never got to prepare the salsify, turnip and rutabagas, and lotus as dish in itself. Will do that this week.

Posted by BKG at May 30, 2004 10:29 AM

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