Saturday, July 23, 2016

Loi Couscoussaki

This was new on my local co-op's shelf this week.

And because I always try any new-to-me pasta that I see, I bought some. We had it last night with the pesto recipe I posted recently. It was so good that I hated to see the meal end!

It has a different taste from both regular couscous, and Israeli couscous. I didn't happen to have any of the latter at home, but I do have some regular couscous - on left, so you can see the difference between them.

You may find out more about Israeli couscous here. I like it, too, but this Greek couscous is my favorite! I love the texture and the taste. The Greek couscous took a few minutes to cook, while you barely have to cook regular couscous. Last fall I posted a Couscous Tabouli recipe here

You may read more about the Loi company here. They offer several different varieties, and I plan to try them all.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

CSA flowers, a birthday, and daylily season

Yesterday was week five of the CSA flowers. More about the CSA here. The woman outdid herself! Not only are the flowers outrageously beautiful, but she included two kinds of basil, and branches of crabapple trees with their little green apples! Addendum: Friday morning when I changed the water, I found rosemary hidden among the flowers!

Next Wednesday is the last week of the first half of the CSA season. I had mentioned that I signed up for both so it will be nonstop bouquets through September 7. Yesterday was Margaret's birthday, and Tom and I gave her a subscription for the second half of the flowers. She was so thrilled! Speaking of her birthday, she turned 34, the age I was when she was born. This year I am double her age!

Me at 34

And my beloved daughter.

It is daylily season at Windy Poplars Farm!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Basil pesto, 2

I posted a pesto recipe eight years ago, and since then I’ve found it too rich, too fatty for my taste. This summer I came across a recipe that used less oil, and tried it. It is great! I’ve made it several times already, using the basil that often comes in the CSA flowers and the basil from my garden. 

Speaking of the garden, I have a post coming up about the new one - that I mentioned back in March. It has been a grand success and we couldn’t be happier.

Basil Pesto

1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2 cups packed fresh basil
1/3 cup olive oil
garlic put through the press
scant teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cheese

Put walnuts in the food processor 

and grind very fine.

Add basil,



and salt, and blend well. I blend a bit after each addition, and then some more when everything is in.

At this point, I take out my 1 tablespoon (because you probably know by now that I don't like cheese). You might think that a tablespoon isn't very much, but it is so rich, so full of flavor that it is plenty.

Then add the cheese and process until well mixed.

This was last night's supper, mixed with 

A perfect meal. Absolutely delicious!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Today's picture/Pawprints

Matthew got a new four-wheeler, and very kindly lets Tom use his old one. Every day Tom and Lucy go for a 'wheeler ride,' giving terrific exercise to our energetic Labrador. They stop up at an opening in the woods where Tom has set up a couple old chairs. Lucy prowls around and swims in any water holes she can find. Yesterday Tom saw this. Lucy's print on the left, and a black bear print on the right. It was just lucky that she happened to step there so you can see the comparison.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Friend Rockefeller - 2015 movie

Can you imagine a situation where you met someone and assumed he was the person he said he was, and then found out that everything he told you was a lie? What if he had been your friend, a business associate, a boyfriend, or indeed, even a husband? I would feel so ashamed, so betrayed, so stupid. Most of us think we are pretty good judges of character. But how do we really know?

If this is intrigues you, you might like to see a documentary film which is on Netflix streaming. It is called My Friend Rockefeller. I was riveted. I sat down expecting to just give it a try, and maybe quit after a few minutes, but I watched it straight through.

You may read more about it on various internet sites, including the IMDB site here. Click there only if you don't mind knowing the plot before you watch. I had just a very vague memory of hearing something about "Clark Rockefeller." There have been a few other tellings of this tale, including a couple fictional versions, but this is the real deal, the real story which is incredible and strange.

The official website is here, but again much is revealed. The story takes us from Germany to California, New York, Connecticut, Boston, and New Hampshire. It is done very well, and I was fascinated.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Today's picture/Week four CSA flowers

Usually we take care of Hazel Nina on Tuesdays and Fridays, but this week her mother had to work today as well, so she came with us to get the CSA flowers. The woman who runs the farm is a friend of Margaret's and so Hazel knows her and was excited to go. The bouquets are all set out on the table, wrapped in paper, soaking in water. They are all pretty much the same, but we can pick the one we want. Hazel chose this week's bouquet and on the way home after five minutes in the car, she was asleep,

as was Lucy in the front seat!

Tom drove us home, I put the flowers in water, and off we went again for an hour, driving the back roads in air-conditioned comfort on this very hot day.

On Monday, I made two little bouquets from the flowers that were left from last week.

And here are this week's flowers!

More about the flower CSA here.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

What I Learned From TV - July 9

Each time I do a post about What I Learned From TV, I’ll begin with the explanation from the first posting:

Now that my kids are grown, and Tom has retired, I’ve been able to go back to my natural sleep pattern which is to stay up late and get up late. Tom’s natural rhythm is just the opposite. So, he’s the lark and I’m the owl. 

And what this owl does in the late hours is watch television- not in the traditional way but through Netflix, TunnelBear, and Acorn TV, and my own DVDs. Most of the shows are British, though I am a great fan of a few American television shows, and have been watching some from other countries now that we have TunnelBear. Some of these shows Tom will watch in the mornings, but some of them are all mine. So, when I hear a great quote from a show I know he’s not going to watch, I’ll leave him little post-it notes near the computer keyboard. I had a notion this morning to begin a new ‘letter topic’ called What I Learned From TV so I can put up some virtual post-its for you to read and, hopefully, enjoy. Some are funny, some are educational, some are wise.

From Grace and Frankie, two seasons now streaming on Netflix:

Frankie: "I'd give my good knee for a cigarette."
Grace: "Me, too. I haven't had a cigarette since smoking was good for you."
Frankie and Grace together: "Shall we?"

From As Time Goes By,which I watch on my DVDs: 

Lionel says about his father: "I'm not a child. I don't need his help."
Jean replies: "It won't do you any harm. I wish I had someone to help me. ... Parents; even when you're, well, older, you never stop missing them. You never get used to the fact that you can't go to someone and say, 'What shall I do?'"

From Inspector Lewis, which I watch on my DVDs: 
A man has been found dead with a rifle beside him.

Hathaway: "I, er... wouldn't read too much into the absence of a 'goodbye cruel world,' sir. Statistically, suicide notes in Grahame's demographic are in the 12-20% range."
Lewis: "Where do you get this stuff?"
Hathaway: "The back of cereal boxes."
Lewis: "What? Let's just say some days I'm grateful you're on our side."

When series seven of Inspector Morse came along, both John Thaw and Kevin Whately had other projects on the horizon so there were fewer episodes offered for the last years. For two years, Kevin Whately played Dr. Jack Kerruish in a drama called Peak Practice, which I am watching on my DVDs. (Yes, I buy old British television shows on DVD from I thought this was a funny line in Peak Practice, offering an homage to Whately's Lewis character:
Jack thinks someone is stealing a car, but he isn't. His brother-in-law says: "Good job you're a doctor - you'd make a bloody lousy copper."