Located quite a distance from the 23rd parallel, my island is right there, through the living room, just beyond the French doors, and situated about two-thirds of the way from the wall in my humble kitchen.
This is the place where my fan club, my girls and the occasional guest, get to see the real me.
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Themed in Green
I woke up thinking this Sunday morning: What if the view outside of my kitchen window was my culinary muse today? Would that kitchen muse be be a cloudy sky with their eddied mysteries or would it be the mammoth sunflowers staring at me with long droopy necks and enormous solar-sized disks.
I stared out the window and saw it. The intense green, unexpected for late August , color of my lawn , and of the out-of-control, yet almost-sterile hybrid tomatoes vines. Green would be it: a thematic pilgrimage I had not faced before. But once, again , a quick run to the savior pantry and there they was a small, fresh package of Green French Lentils.
Green French Lentils with green Chilis
Preparing lentils is the simplest of things No soaking or minimal required. Cook in four to five parts water to one part lentil. Pinch of salt, maybe a small bouquet , optional in most cases, of herbs. Cook over low heat. Add some warm water if needed. Ensure that they remain al dente, you will want then that way if you intend to use them as an ingredient in some more complex dish.
Serve hot with a good dose of extra vergine , high quality (read $$$$) Olive Oil. That's all there is to it. Do you see the shades of green now ?
Yesterday , was one of those days where I just needed to recoup from a very intense stretch consulting work. Longer days than usual, and lots of New York Metro pressure than I would like on a daily basis. So, with the weatherman telling me that we would have some fairly nice outlooks for this weekend, I decided to spend less time playing with my computers. My plans included included resuming and catching up with some of my blogging.. You've seen some of that already . But my highlight for the day was for me and my Queen to head down to Chinatown in NYC. Our plans: do some food shopping , correction some "window" food shopping and course, just take in as much we could of the Chinatown scene. Given that Little Italy is also right next door to Chinatown, we would stop there too. If you do not know, Manhattan's Chinatown nowadays contently fuses with it's Italian neighbors. Great combo, isn't it ? I sure do think so.