July 8th, 2007

Sea dragon

breakfast at Bob Evans

Country biscuit breakfast, yum! Picture of me and the cat soon. Still no greenbacks, miss the internet, have already had a steak dinner. And weather is perfect, except rain expected on the 4th.


Back to reality

We're here, with the cat, and I'm still sick and even more exhausted. I've gone through the luggage, pulled out the Sacred American Food Items (dutch processed cocoa, lemon pepper, minute tapioca), the new games, the new clothes and shoes, the dirty clothes (ick), and the other obvious things (such as the flying monkeys) and put them away.

The cat is hiding somewhere. shadowdaddy is sitting on the couch in a near-hallucinatory state.

I'm reading something I've been wanting for a long time, Southern Cooking from Mary Mac's Tea Room (and realizing I left my strawberry freezer jam behind, damn!). The recipes lok great, although there's an awful lot of cream used, a roux for every third dish, and more sugar than I would ever use if I wasn'[t making dessert. Some of the recipes ("Green Tomato Chow Chow" and "Pot Likker") have funny names but read well. Here's one that looks good:

Scalloped Tomatoes with onions (serves 6)
Oven at 350 (appx 180 C)
Melt in 10" frying pan: 4 T margarine
Saute: 1/2 c chopped onion
Add: 12 oz can of tomatoes, with juice, mashed
1 t salt
1/4 t white pepper
1 T sugar
1 T strained bacon drippings
1 C untoasted bread crumbs ("this can be 2 slices of day-old bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/2 inch pieces")
Mix all together. Add salt to taste. Pour into 1 quart buttered baking dish.

Top with: 1/2 C toasted bread crumbs (directions included, I'm skipping)
1/4 C grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

That said, I'm going to shove the suitcases off my bed and see about catching another nap before dinner. I'm beat.