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The trip, the return, and feeling at home, with kitties

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The cat above is Harry Houdini, a Norwegian Forest cat wearing his summertime fur. He is watching birds, and he lives with the The Eldest and The Older Grandsons.

I was somewhat timorous about the trip, but all went well, and it was a great pleasure spending time with everyone. I need only say that I returned about 14 lbs heavier than when I left—5 Guys is a terrific hamburger place, among other things.

I have, however, resumed my regular diet, and two of those pounds are gone already and the rest shall shortly follow. Last night I made grub, renamed now Mike’s Melange by popular request, and it tends to be low-calorie, plus I’ve gone back to one bowl per meal and the no-bites rule.

Here’s last night’s:

In 4-qt pot, I poured in about 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, then sautéed

1/2 an enormous spring onion
12 or so cloves of garlic
two chopped jalapeños
1 chopped Anaheim pepper
1-2 Tbsp smoked paprika
several grindings black pepper

Once that had cooked down, I added:

3/4 cup chopped celery (more or less: I don’t really measure)
1-1.5 c cooked black rice
4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 medium zucchini, diced
1/2 large red bell pepper, minced
2 Tbsp rice vinegar
1/4 c Amontillado sherry
3 Tbsp mirin
1/2 c water

I brought that to a brisk simmer, stirred, and added:

1 bunch Russian red kale, chopped small, stems minced
1 bunch collards, chopped small, stems minced
1/2 package frozen chopped spinach

After 30 minutes, it seem a little liquidy, so I added some chia to thick it up.

1/3 c chia seed
3/4 lb fresh salmon, cut into chunks, skin on

I cooked that 10 minutes, let sit a a while, then had one bowl of it for dinner. Very tasty and plenty for later meals.

Yesterday I was pretty much a zombie: besides flying back to SFO from Philadelphia, then riding down to Pacific Grove in The Wife’s new car (she drove), I had stayed up past midnight, then arose at 5:00 a.m. I did break down for a nap at one point, but had trouble thinking.

Today I feel much better: to bed at a reasonable hour, and awoke at 4:00 a.m. but didn’t get up until 5:00. Obviously my wake-up time is still on the East Coast, but it will straighten out soon.

The exciting news is that Megs and Molly are now sharing the entire apartment during the day (though for the sake of their nerves, Megs is shut into my bedroom at night). They now wander the apartment together—not exactly side by side, but in close tandem, with Molly observing closely every move Megs makes, and Megs (rather deliberately, it seemed) playing happily with Molly’s toys on the living room floor as Molly watched/glared at her from above, on the back of the couch. But there was only one brief hissing match the entire day. They are rapidly becoming accustomed to the idea that there’s another kitty around and the transition from being threatened to being interested is well underway. I will note that Megs pretty much explores as she wants (though she won’t pass too closely by Molly), whereas Molly mostly follows Megs around—but yesterday Molly felt comfortable enough to retire to The Wife’s bedroom for a nap while Megs played.

Besides Mike’s Melange, I made a GOPM for The Wife:

In 2.25-qt Staub cast-iron round cocotte, layers beginning at bottom:

1/2 leek, sliced thinly
8-10 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/3 cup Lundberg California Basmati rice
2 Tbsp sherry vinegar
3/4 lb fresh salmon (without the skin), cut into chunks
soy sauce
1/2 large red pepper, chopped
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1″ sections

Pour-over was

2 Tbsp Bragg’s Vinagrette
1 Tbsp mirin
1 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp sweet paprika

I shook it well in a little jar, then poured over the top, covered the pot, and cooked it at 450ºF for 45 minutes.

She says it’s tasty.

Written by LeisureGuy

3 October 2012 at 8:58 am

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