Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October 31, 2011

This has been quite a week and its only Tuesday….  The rain predicted for Saturday was instead snow.  In October! And 17 inches of it here.  We lost power at 7 on Sat. and did not regain it until late Monday  afternoon – for which we were very grateful.  There are a hell of a lot of folk in the area who will not get their power back until the end of the week.

To put it in perspective, I mentioned to Warner that our first frost was two feet of snow. He replied that he didn’t think we’d had a killing frost even yet.  He was correct.  As the snow began to melt my parsley reappeared growing in my pots on the deck. So although Monday was Halloween, the frost was not yet on the pumpkin…
It was rustic living to say the least – and you can have it.  We kept reasonably warm by keeping large stock pots boiling on the Garland and the oven on.  But candlelight ceased to be romantic very quickly. And the cat sorely missed the space heater by her bed. Cooking was not a problem as the Garland is totally gas.  Seeing to cook was something else.  Candelabras in the kitchen may sound pretty, but they don’t help you to see to cook!

We were concerned about the freezers, but they came through.  The refrigerators, however, were not very happy. And of course, Saturday we’d cooked 20 quarts of chicken stock.  That and the big beef stew ended up in the snow to keep them chilled. Ugh!  Then there was the matter of ice….

Mon. AM             Pasta with Bolognese Sauce f/i

Mon. PM              Eric Ripert’s Roast Pork Loin with Wild Mushroom, Garlic and
                               Sage Pan Juice AE 22
                             Union Square Café’s Soft Polenta with Blue Cheese BA2/00
                             Steamed Broccoli
                             Penfold Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2009

Tues. AM             Polenta with Scrambled Eggs and Chicken-Basil-Sun Dried Tomato 

Tues. PM              Cuban Chicken Legs with Peppers, Tomato, Orange and Lime
                             Steamed Rice
                             Tossed Salad
                              Rosemount Cabernet 2009

Weds. AM            Grilled Sausage   & Sauerkraut

Weds. PM            Beef Stew with Black Olives, Orange and Clove Scented Wine
                             Steamed Orzo
                             Tossed Salad
                             Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet 2009

Thurs.  PM           Cod Stew with Chorizo, Leeks and Pot. FCA 261
                             Tossed Salad
                             Jacob Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Fri. AM                Pulled Chicken Sandwiches f/i

Fri. PM                 Roasted Pork Loin with Wild Mushrooms
                             Buttered Noodles
                             Steamed Broccoli
                             Penfold Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2009

Sat. AM               Waffles with Blueberries
                            (The syrup is store bought, the rest is homemade)

Sat. PM                Oven Fried Zucchini Sticks VF
Ham Steak with Madeira Sauce CW60 Min
                             Baked Sweet and White Potatoes
                             Sautéed Green Beans
                             Jacob Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2009

Sun. AM              Huevos Rancheros Eggs with sausage

Sun. PM               Garlic Shrimp Tapas
Balsamic Roast Chicken TST 279
                             Cheese Tortellini In Light Tomato Sauce
                             Sautéed Green Beans
                             Penfold Koonunga Hill Shiraz  Cabernet 2009

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