Category Archives: Food

Fandango’s 15

Lox bagel cream cheese

OK, so I said I wasn’t going to answer a bunch of silly questions on my refreshed blog, but I like this set, so sue me. Apparently, Stephen Colbert asks these to get to know peeps, and Fandango is doing likewise for his Provocative Question today.
  1. Best sandwich?
    See above image. I can’t remember a time when lox and cream cheese on a toasted onion bagel (with or without sliced onion and/or capers) wasn’t my favorite sandwich, and indeed it still is because change sucks. Now, you may be wondering why I didn’t choose my famous grilled cheese and tomato, right? Well, that’s a hot sandwich and since Fandango didn’t specify, I’m going with a cold sandwich. Close second is a veggie bagel sandwich or wrap with loads of avocado, cucumber, sprouts, tomato, cheese, etc. Mmm…
  2. What’s one thing you own that you really should throw out?
    Nothing. I continually toss things I no longer like or use, since I hate mess and clutter.
  3. What is the scariest animal?
    I’m copying Jim Adams here and saying human. No other animal causes such vast mayhem and destruction as our own violent, selfish, greedy species.
  4. Apples or oranges?
    Apples for sure. They’re delicious plain, with peanut butter, and baked into a pie, cobbler, tart, etc. Oranges, meh. Pulpy and stringy, no good in a pie… like, what’s the point?
  5. Have you ever asked someone for their autograph?
    No. I prefer not to worship celebs.
  6. What do you think happens when we die?
    Nothing except decomposition.
  7. Favorite action movie?
    Probably Goodfellas, if that counts. If not, then Live and Let Die.
  8. Favorite smell?
    So many good ones… vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, bread or cookies baking, lemon, coconut. I’ll go with baking. I guess there are nice smells other than food… nah, I’m sticking with food!
  9. Least favorite smell?
    Tar. Instant migraine.
  10. Exercise: worth it?
    I’ll let you know if I ever do any.
  11. Flat or sparkling?
    Sparkling, with lime.
  12. Most used app on your phone?
    Google Chrome.
  13. You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life: what is it?
    Hotel California!
  14. What number am I thinking of?
    867-5309
  15. Describe the rest of your life in 5 words?
    Work, family, friends, cats, hobbies. Which, coincidentally, is the same as it’s been for a long time because… change sucks!

~*~

Image is mine.

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Just Desserts

A friend gave me one of these gorgeous treats for my birthday, so naturally I need to describe it here. First, Just Desserts is a great name! Second, my readers may remember that I often don’t care for chocolate cake. Why put perfectly good choccy in a cake when you could make tasty candy out of it, right? Well, there are exceptions and this was one. The cake was moist and delicious, with a luscious texture. (So many choc cakes are dry.) Third, what about caramel frosting with chocolate cake? I was a bit wary of the frosting, since it practically slid off the cake when I cut it (my housemate and I both tried and judged this concoction, agreeing on every point). But it was wonderful, rich and creamy, truly bursting with flavor. It was actually a cream cheese flavor and a great complement to the cake. This may have been the first time I tried cream cheese caramel. I give Just Desserts top marks for this excellent cucpake!

What typo?

~*~

Image from Just Desserts.

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Ode to My Avo [repost]

avocado

Oh, nubby green frog skin
Gleaming dully in my fruit bowl:
You split with a pop
Under my serrated old knife.
I saw around your oval
And twist your seams apart
To find perfect unmarred flesh,
Yellow-green and fresh.
Odors of earth and sun,
Promises of spring,
Rise softly after a year of sorrow.
Sprinkle salt and pepper;
This is my solitary supper,
Spoon ripe bites,
Silky as cream cake.
All dreams are possible.

~*~

Poetry form: free verse.

Image is mine.

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My Wild and Crazy NorCal Adventure!

Paula and Diane

Last weekend I drove up to Alameda to spend a few days with my daughter Diane and her hubby Sam, plus their critters Rory and Zizi. I stopped frequently to stretch my legs so my back would not freeze up. Took me more than 8 hours (supposed to be about 6.5), but I was okay with that.

Friday night we ordered a strange pizza with ricotta cheese blobs… Diane and I loved it! Sam, not so much.

Pizza

To get even for the pizza, Sam kicked our butts at Scrabble. Next, we decided to watch a movie and chose Out of Africa. None of us liked it much, and Rory woofed at the doggie on screen. I fell asleep and we didn’t finish the film. Got a good night’s rest without being awakened by Gatsby’s howls.

On Saturday, we went to a mall in Walnut Creek to mosey around (everyone masked). Then we headed to lunch at Kabab Burgers in Lafayette. Everything was crowded, so we took our lunches to Sam’s parents’ house in Orinda.

Mediterranean sampler

Omg so delicious! The food was excellent and it was a beautiful day to dine al fresco. Then, the real adventure began. The lovely Orinda house is secluded in a gorgeous woodsy area, and I asked Sam where this path led I saw from the porch. He said there was a tiny old wooden schoolhouse back in the forest from like 100 years ago. Of course, Diane and I wanted to go see it. Sam led the way…

Sam in forest

Turned out there wasn’t much of a path and we had to hack our way through the wilderness like explorers in the Amazon. There were birds and bugs and probably salamanders, toads, and snakes. Bobcats and bears too! Finally, after an arduous 7 minutes or so of intense hiking, we found the schoolhouse.

But two things happened simultaneously. One, we saw that the building had collapsed into a pile of rotting wood. You couldn’t even tell what kind of structure it had been. Sad. Two, I lost my phone somewhere in the jungle. Oh no! Sam said we’d find it and not to worry. He took a pic of Dee and me with his phone.

Diane and Paula

We began to trace our steps back and search for my phone. Nothing. I looked around and realized what a vast woods it was, teeming with life. An eagle could have already swooped in and taken my phone, or a rattlesnake might have eaten it, or it could have sunk in a pile of quicksand. I was starting to panic in a major way. How would I get home sans GPS? What about my Scrabble games in progress? I’d miss out on all the Messenger chats! But then Dee called my number and it rang. Sam spotted my phone going off in a patch of leaves and handed it to me. Whew! What a relief!

We headed home and proceeded to play board games: Carcassonne, the Castles of Mad King Ludwig, and Ticket to Ride. I lost all of them. I wasn’t too hungry that night because of the big lunch, but I managed to try my pre-birthday cake and pie selections.

Birthday cake and pie

There was carrot cake and red velvet cake, both with scrumptious cream cheese frosting, and there was my favorite pie… key lime in a graham cracker crust. So yummy! No movies that night; we all read books on Kindle. Sunday morning I slept in even later and had cookies for breakfast. Lunch was a variety of dim sum (delivered) and later we took a walk with Rory.

Alameda geese

We saw lots of ducks and geese on the other side of the island, but it was windy and freezing, so we stayed out only a short time. Warmed up at home with some wine and baked brie, plus two rounds of Catan and two rounds of Lanterns (lost all, keeping my streak going). Doggo was happy to be back in her cozy bed.

Rory golden retriever dog
Zizi orange tabby cat

Kitty is older and not feeling well, so she mostly stays snuggled in a soft blanket. Poor sweetie. Sunday night came around so quickly… and then Monday morning when I headed back down south. Easy-peasy trip home with little traffic and a bit of drizzle in the middle of the journey. Visits with family are always too short! Already planning to return for Turkey Day. Hopefully I will get a chance to redeem myself at board games… will practice on friends in the meantime.

This trip is definitely my smile for the week.

~*~

Images are mine.

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OH NO… COOKIE DOUGH! [repost]

Cookie Dough Oreos

You are not hallucinating ~ Cookie Dough Oreos exist and I tried them. I almost passed out from excitement in the grocery store when I saw the package, and of course I grabbed it immediately, with my first thought being… I shall review these for my peeps!

Cookie Dough Oreos

Just look how incredibly adorable they are!

Cookie Dough Oreos

And they are absolutely delicious! The cookie is crispy and chocolately, which enhances the dough flavor. It really tastes like cookie dough, all buttery and sugary, but better cuz of being sandwiched between the nommy Oreo discs.

Look, I know I’m going to get some Oreo purists muttering about the olden days of basic Oreos. They turn up their snoots at Double Stuf… they think Golden Sandwiches are blasphemy. Heck, they probably wouldn’t even touch a cute Halloween Oreo. Well, you know what I say to these folks? GROW UP! You can’t keep everything the way it was when you were 5 years old, for Pete’s sake. Time marches on. Deal with it.

(Personally I can live without Birthday Cake Oreos. Meh.)

My daughter had the brilliant idea of putting some CD Oreos in the fridge to see if they’d taste like a roll of cookie dough. I did that experiment. They were superb!

Cookie Dough Oreos

Cold Cookie Dough Oreos on my pink Kindle Fire ~ pretty artistic, wot?

I can only hope that my Ode to Oreo post here comes to the attention of Mr. Nabisco himself and he sends me all the Oreos to review because I would do that for you guys! Yes, yes, I would.

Also, most of the time I can’t even find any of the awesome new special flavors, so it’d be great to have them FedEx’d to my door. I’m especially interested in the coconut fudge cremes and Mega Stuf.

Thanks!

~*~

Images are mine.

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Perfect Grilled Cheese [repost]

grilled cheese

Everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese, but very few know how to do it perfectly. Well, I’m here to help.

You will need:
2 sl. rye bread
3 sl. American cheese
2 sl. tomato
spreadable butter
skillet ~ use a small one to keep things neater

Start by buttering one side of one piece of bread. Yes, this is what you do! Do not melt a glob of butter in the pan ~ that’s wasteful and dumb. Place the bread in the pan, butter side down (dur).

Grilled cheese

Next layer on two slices of cheese, neatly, like so:

GC2

Now, put on the tomato slices.

GC3

Center the third slice of cheese over the tomatoes. At this point, you may turn on the burner to medium.

Next, butter the other slice of bread, making sure to butter the opposite side to its partner slice, so that they match up. Otherwise, you will have the curves of the bread in the wrong places and that’s a disaster. Put this piece of bread on top of the sandwich, butter side up (dur).

Now, your bottom bread should be sizzling a bit if you have done this properly and spent exactly the right amount of time buttering the second piece of bread. Wait a little longer, so that the sandwich is nicely browned ~ we don’t want one of those half-assed “golden” grilled cheeses. Those are for babies.

Flip it! (And don’t mess this up.)

GC4

Mmm… your sandwich should look wonderful! Let the bottom side brown. Idk how long. You can peek under the edge a little bit. Just make sure it’s right. Don’t burn it, FFS. When it’s done, put it on a plate, cut it in half, and nom up.

Superb! Perfection!

~*~

Images are mine.

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