Monday, December 26, 2011

December 26, 2011


Cats are funny. Our cat, Julia Child, has very specific ideas on all matters.  But they change, so that keeps us on our toes.  As a young cat, she adored an occasional chicken liver.  Then, that became passé for about 10 years.  

Now, she has reconnected with them. She is again, most specific on fish.  Cod, flounder, sole are fine. Salmon - non! And for the last few years she’d go bonkers for shrimp.  She’s enjoy a piece of lobster now and again, but it was the shrimp that set her in motion. 

That was last week. This weekend we offered her some fresh crab meat.  She inhaled it. We were delighted she was happy.  And for Christmas we gave her not one, but two shrimp.  She ate it. Slowly.  After glaring at us. Just to let us know that in the future she prefers the crab. This week…. An oh yes, her highness refused to have anything to do with the furry toy rat that Santa brought her.  There is just no pleasing some cats…

Mon.  AM Crabmeat Omelets

Mon. PM            Roasted Prime Rib revisited
           Mashed Potatoes
Oven Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan
                           Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet

Tues. AM Pasta with Clam Sauce CCI

Tues PM         Cornish Game Hens en Cocotte revisited
Herbed Spaetzle
Tossed Salad with Pear
                         Noble Pig Pinot Gris 2008 

Weds. AM Chinese Wonton and Noodle Soup BBON

Weds PM Lidia’s Pan Roasted Spareribs FW 10/9 103
Yukon Gold Potatoes Sautéed in Garlic IHC
Tossed Salad
                       Wolf Blass Yellow Label Cabernet Shiraz 

Thurs PM     Roasted Lamb Breast Provencal ECWJ P 
                     Patricia Wells Provencal Penne with 
                     Fennel, Onion, Orange and Parmesan  AHIP
Tossed Salad
                     Rosemount Shiraz Cabernet

Fri. AM       Jacques Pepin’s Garbure
French Bread

Fri. PM Salmon Glazed with Soy and Ginger 
                     Served over Udon Noodles with a
Nest of Fresh Spinach FW 2003 166
Tossed Salad with Ginger Dressing
                     Rosemount Chardonnay 

Sat. AM       Waffles with Blueberries
                     Home cured bacon 

Sat PM Shrimp Pancakes FSW
Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy
Mashed Potatoes
Sautéed Green Beans with Cranberries
                    Noble Pig Pinot Gris 2009

Sun. PM     Princess Alexandra Kropotkin’s 
                   Braised Duck Moscow

                   Due to unavailable lobster, this was changed to 
                   braised duck, will be updated with next menu
                           Penfold Shiraz

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December 19, 2011


Just back from the gym. Am amazed at the thoughtlessness of some people.

 Sunday I watched a guy twice set up a piece of equipment for himself. Claim his “spot” by leaving his towel and his clip board, and then go off to hold lengthy chats with people in other areas while other people waited for that piece of equipment.  Today I watched a guy set up his machine, climb on…and then proceed to spend a fair piece of time texting as, again, people waited for that piece of equipment.  Or perhaps it’s just my Bah Humbug frame of mind.

For reasons I don’t know, am having a hard time getting the ho ho ho mojo this year.  I’m guessing I’m not the only one as the cards are coming in very slowly…I only got mine out at the end of last week.  Still don’t have a tree, although I do have wreathes on the door and poinsettias blooming.  As you can see, I have planned the menus for this weekend, but still have some food shopping to do. And I do need to pick up something for the cat.  She’d be terribly offended if she were not included in the festivities.  Cats are like that….  

Mon. AM    Beef Barley Soup BKS

Mon. PM    Mu Shu Shrimp FW 2007
                    Rosemount Pino Grigio 

Tues. AM   Panini
                   Roast beef, apple, cheddar, ranch dressing

Tues. PM    Navarin of Lamb
                   Tossed Salad
                    Wolf Blass Yellow Label Merlot

Weds. AM  Beef Barley Soup

Weds. PM   Key West Pork Chops CCI
                   (Pork Chops Braised On a Bed of Rice with Onion Slices, Lime Slices
                    and Chili Sauce)
                   Tossed Salad
                   Black Opal Shiraz

Thurs. PM  Cod with Fresh Orange Tomato Sauce and Arborio Rice FW 9/11 98
                   Sautéed Cucumber
                   Rosemount Pino Grigio

(lunch Friday and Saturday were switched)
Fri. AM      Japanese Shredded Pork and Fresh Noodle Soup BBOAN 72

Fri. PM       Key West Pork Chops Revisited
                   Tossed Salad
                    Black Opal Shiraz

Sat. AM      Panini

Sat. PM      Crab Imperial Baltimore Style CBC
                   Standing Rib Roast of Beef with Madeira Pan Sauce
                   Potatoes Duchesse WTC
                   Roasted Parmesan Asparagus
                   Noble Pig Pinot Noir 2008
                   From the Kitchens of North Ridge Road

Sun. AM     Grilled Knockwurst

Sun. PM     Popcorn Shrimp BOCC 27
                   Rock Cornish Game Hens en Cocotte with Baby Carrots, Mushrooms,
                      and Pearl Onions GM 10/84
                   Herbed Spaetzle
                   Tossed Salad with Pears
                    Noble Pig Pinot Gris 2008