Wednesdays Are For Knitting. Except When They Aren’t.

Wednesdays are for knitting around here. We all know that.

Except.

All of my knitting is stuff I can’t show you right now.

I have finished socks but they are a gift and the giftee hasn’t seen them yet.

I have socks I am working on but they are also a gift.

I have a shawl I am working on but it’s a mystery shawl. Plus, it’s lace and unblocked lace looks like a blob so really, nothing to see there either.

What to do . . . what to do . . .

Ahhhh.

blueberry pie for carole knits

A blueberry pie. I followed this recipe and cooked the blueberries first. It was perfect and I highly recommend this technique.

Move along now. Nothing else to see here.

Weekending: The One About The Food

Whooooooosh. That was the sound of this weekend zooming by – wow, that was a quick one. And the highlights of this weekend, from Friday night right until Sunday night? All about food. Let me show you.

mango salsa for carole knits

On Friday night I made this delicious mango salsa. I cobbled the recipe together from a few different versions I found on the interwebs. I wound up with 2 peeled and chopped mangos, a couple of chopped scallions, 1/2 of a chopped red bell pepper, a handful of cilantro, and the juice of 1/2 of a lime. It was so delicious!

After we ate that I cooked – for the first time ever – ahi tuna. I found it at our local Costco and it looked so good I couldn’t resist buying it. I marinated it for a little bit in some soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh grated ginger and chopped scallions. When I was ready to cook it I patted it dry and coated it with sesame seeds and then pan seared it in a cast iron fry pan for a minute on each sides and 15 seconds on each of the edges. I served it with sliced avocado and we gobbled it right up with our chop sticks. It was fantastic. As in, I sort of want to go to Costco every day now and buy tuna and cook it exactly like this.

On Saturday night, Dale had a band job so I met up with Jo-Ann and Anne for a girl’s night of sushi at our favorite local sushi restaurant, Tatami. We had edamame, of course, and we each picked 2 different rolls to share. Our favorite was one that was almost like sushi bruschetta. The rice was wrapped in seaweed and flattened and fried and then topped with salmon, tuna, avocado, tomatoes, onions and mango. So delicious and really different than a typical sushi roll.

On Sunday afternoon we drove to the Cape to celebrate our friend Doreen and Mark’s son’s high school graduation. We all had an amazing dinner at The Ocean House.

dale and carole ocean house

Dale and I took a selfie for ya.

tuna tartar ice cream cones

Doreen and I shared these adorable and utterly wonderful tuna tartar ice cream cones.

oysters

And Dale and I shared oysters. They were so fresh and flavorful with just a dollop of cocktail sauce and a nice fresh squeeze of lemon.

steak

Dale had steak. It was a special and I can’t even remember all of the wonderful things on that plate along with steak but it was a great combination of textures and flavors.

scallops

I had scallops. Pan seared on a bed of bacon and kale fried rice. Yep. A-maze-ing.

So yeah, the highlights of my weekend are all about food. As in, I sort of feel like all I did was kill time between meals from Friday until Sunday night. Of course, I spent that time doing good stuff like reading, knitting, taking photos of an adorable one year old, going for a walk with Dale, and hanging out with some of my favorite people in the whole world.

All of that combined to make a wonderful weekend.

 

Mexico, 2015: The One About The Food

If you are the least bit hungry you’ll want to step away from your computer right now. Seriously. Get a snack or something before you read this post because I am going to be showing you pictures of all of the fantastic food we ate in Mexico. Okay, not all of the food. I never took any photos at breakfast – although I should have since the omelets made to order are fantastic and the beautifully sliced fresh fruit is very photogenic – and I think I missed a photo of my super fish tacos and maybe another night or two but still, you are about to be bombarded by food photos.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Let’s start with this one:

beach lunch for carole knits

Lunch on the beach in front of our hotel. Please understand that I use the word “hotel” very loosely. We stay in bungalows, right on the beach. Each bungalow has 2 rooms downstairs and 2 rooms upstairs. We prefer downstairs because we like to step outside our door and right into the sand. Anyway. There is bar service and food service on the beach all day and one afternoon we ordered cervezas and sandwiches. It’s not the most glamorous food we ate but it certainly came with the best view and service.

Next up:

mushroom blue cheese bruschetta for carole knits

Mushroom and blue cheese bruschetta from La Luna. This restaurant is a short walk up the beach and the inside looks like something out of Arabian Nights. (I’ll show you restaurant photos later, today it’s all about the food.) This was a wonderful appetizer and really different. I don’t have pictures of our entrees but I had fettuccine with prawns and Dale had grouper.

Of course you know there were cocktails. This is a margarita, naturally, from Las Estrellas, also a short walk up the beach, but in the opposite direction.

las estrallas margarita for carole knits

We ate here twice and on the first visit I had this black ravioli filled with lobster and garnished with tomatoes and avocados

black ravioli for carole knits

And Dale had this amazing seared tuna. I had seared tuna a different night, at Ziggy’s, and he loved mine so much he ordered it himself at this restaurant. We eat a lot of fish in Mexico.

seared tuna for carole knits

One day we had lunch on the beach at Ziggy’s. I started with a shot of Clase Azul Tequila. It’s pricey but it makes anything else taste like rot gut. So smooth!

clase azul reposado for carole knits

And Dale had coconut shrimp

coconut shrimp for carole knits

While I had tequila shrimp tacos with a chipotle cream sauce. They were heavenly. Tacos in Mexico are pretty different than tacos in the U.S. They are smaller, for one thing, and they are almost always made with soft corn tortillas. I had tacos several times last week but these were the absolute best.

shrimp tacos for carole knits

Back to Las Estrellas on a different night where I had a flank steak with sweet potatoes and onions. So tender and rare and perfect.

flank steak for carole knits

Dale went wild and had the couscous stuffed lobster. These aren’t are cold water Maine lobsters but spiny lobsters that don’t have claws. They were grilled and very tasty – he was glad he tried them – and I was glad, too, since he’s not always very adventurous when it comes to ordering.

spiny lobster for carole knits

Happy Hour is a big deal in the area and we participated just about every day. Who can resist dos para uno margaritas? Certainly not us!

margaritas at los lirios for carole knits

Finally, on our last night, we went to Ziggy’s again. It’s hand’s down our favorite place on the beach. The atmosphere is wonderful and the food is incredible. On this night I had shrimp with passion fruit and coconut.

shrimp with passionfruit for carole knits

Dale was all set to get the tuna but the waiter suggested the surf and turf and Dale was very pleased with it. There were herb grilled shrimp and a filet of beef with a mole sauce plus – a rarity in Mexico – mashed potatoes.

surf and turf for carole knits

I saved the best for last, though. This is a photo of the tuna nachos at Ziggy’s. We get them as an appetizer every time we go because they are fan-freakin-tastic.

tuna nachos for carole knits

Three crisp wontons each stacked with fresh tuna, avocado, srirarcha mayo, onions and coriander. My mouth is watering just thinking about how amazing they are!

So there you have it – food in Mexico and not a refried bean in sight! Seriously, the cuisine is wonderful and not at all what you might expect. The Yucatan influence is strong and therefore there are lots of fish dishes, lots of sweet potatoes, achiote seasoning, limes and more. It’s all delicious and the best part is that the prices are very reasonable. Meals like this where we live, with service close to the beach (not on it because that’s pretty rare even on Cape Cod) would cost us upwards of $100 or more. In Mexico, though? Most of our dinners, with appetizers, entrees, drinks and tip, averaged $55. Factor in the no shoes thing and it’s worth even more! Sweet, right?

It’s no wonder we keep going back.

Sunday Supper: Hot Turkey Sandwiches

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We went to a friend’s home for Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was wonderful but the downside of that is that you miss out on the best part of Thanksgiving: the leftovers. So, in the spirit of the holiday, I cooked a turkey yesterday and the kids came over for dinner. And that means that tonight we get to have the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving supper: Hot Turkey Sandwiches.

Mmmmmm mmmm.

I like mine with all white meat, open faced and on white bread, with a lot of gravy. I like to have the leftover mashed potato, stuffing and gravy on the side. I like it so much I might even have two. After all, it’s only once a year.

Tonight’s supper will be served during half-time of the Pats game. Let’s hope the game score don’t give us indigestion!

Sunday Supper vs. Sunday Dinner

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When I was a kid we always had Sunday dinner after church. It was generally meat in a pan – roast chicken, roast beef, roast pork and the occasional leg of lamb. We ate at 2pm and my grandparents often joined us. It was the only day of the week that my brothers and I were allowed to sit in the living room. My parents had cheese and crackers (and cocktails, often too many) before dinner and we weren’t allowed to play in there but we were allowed to bring a book or to just talk quietly with the grownups.

Sunday supper was a whole different thing. It was often pizza, sometimes waffles or my mom’s fantastic homemade fried dough, or even scrambled eggs. It was something light because we’d had a big dinner but we had to have something to eat. And it was pretty much the only time all week that we were allowed to eat in front of the TV, often while watching The Wonderful World of Disney.

Lifestyles have changed, though, and there’s no such thing as Sunday dinner at our house now. We usually have a big-ish breakfast and often skip lunch and just have late afternoon snacks and supper. It is sometimes pizza, occasionally Chinese food, and frequently grilled cheese sandwiches. This varies with the seasons – summer is usually something grilled and eaten outside on the deck. Fall and early winter food revolves around the timing of the football game.

As for today, we are having friends over to watch the game and it starts at 1pm. I’ll be making deviled eggs and Buffalo chicken dip and I’m sure our friends will bring something delicious, too. We may eat so many snacks that Sunday supper won’t even happen.

Whatever happens on any given Sunday, whatever we wind up cooking and eating, it is always shared with love and smiles and conversation, sometimes with friends and sometimes family but more often just Dale and I. I think it’s why Sundays are my favorite day of the week.

 

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