Monday, August 20, 2012

Cobbling Together a Meal


San Geraldo couldn't stand the fact that I had temporarily outshone him in the kitchen Saturday with my gourmet, original creation: "Nectarine Cut Up and Served in a Cereal Bowl." So, he just had to get back in the kitchen himself and try and outdo me. Poor guy. The pressure must be awful sometimes. He managed to throw together a peach cobbler. Okay, it was peach cobbler and not fruit-in-a-bowl. And, okay, it was a really good peach cobbler. And I do admit it took a bit more time, skill, and care than did my "Nectarine Cut Up and Served in a Cereal Bowl." One would think that would have been enough to put me back in my proper place toiling over a sink-full of dirty dishes. But One would be wrong. Oh, no, San Geraldo had to go on to make flamenquin for dinner. Show off! Isn't it awful what I have to put up with?

FLAMENQUIN A LA SAN GERALDO.

PEACH COBBLER A LA SAN GERALDO.

But back to fruit — and when I say fruit I mean peaches and nectarines, not San Geraldo — we have fallen in love with a new (to us) melon. It's called Galia Melon (or Melon Galia in Spanish, if you'd like to learn to speak like a native). Galia looks on the outside like a yellowish cantaloupe (which Jerry the South Dakotan, calls musk melon), on the inside more like a honeydew (which Jerry the South Dakotan didn't hear of until he left South Dakota), but tastes like something a little different. I just looked it up and am so proud of my original description. It's a hybrid melon that was developed in Israel around 1970 by a melon breeder named Zvi Karchi, it was named after Karchi's daugher, Galia, and... it's a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew! Ours was grown right here in Spain. Aromatic, sweet, and delicious. Oh, yeah, San Geraldo did a fine job preparing the melon, too. Game and Match: San Geraldo. I'll get back to washing dishes... gladly.

GALIA MELON. CROSS BETWEEN A CANTALOUPE AND A HONEYDEW.

30 comments:

  1. LOL! You are so funny! Speaking of fruit.....
    I was just looking at my favourite 'food blog' and he was talking about his fav melon. His name is David Lebovitz and is from NYC and now lives in Paris. I KNOW Gerry would like what David does with food and you would LOVE the results!!And of course clean up the mess afterwards!
    Seriously though, look up David Lebovitz....he is my 'food idol'!

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    1. Jim:
      I visited that David Lebovitz blog. Holy crap, way too much cooking information for me! I'll tell Jerry about it.

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  2. The cobbler looked delicious! I'm kinda embarrassed to admit that I'm not a fruity person.... raisins are okay... blueberries.. so/so..... melons... heck, I won't even allow Bill to eat one in the rig... he has to eat it outside. He'll be real happy to try all of that stuff if/when we make it to Spain... Me? I'll go to a bar and drink.... (or wash dishes for anyone who'll cook)

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    1. The Odd Essay:
      Well, maybe I should be embarrassed to admit (but I'm not), I AM a fruity person! But, I'll go to a bar and drink with you anytime.

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  3. Todd wants to know if we can call this a cantdew or a honeyloupe . But seriously, I'm glad that you and San Geraldo do not have to survive on your cooking, my old friend. I don't think that would be good.

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    1. Carole:
      I have a preference for "cantdew"! Very clever. If we had to survive on my cooking, we would have three times the recycling each day (all those cardboard boxes and microwave plastic trays)!

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  4. Mmm, your photos are fantastic. I can almost smell that melon!

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    1. Judith:
      Thanks. They're scratch 'n' sniff. You must have scratched without realizing it.

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  5. You are my hero! You actually cooked! I tried cutting grapefruit, but even with a grapefruit knife and dotted lines to follow (the cells), I still messed it up. You didn't have dotted lines and you probably didn't even use a nectarine knife! I noticed that San Geraldo didn't try to compete in your specialty: Nectarine Cut Up and Served in a Cereal Bowl. He knows when he's beat.

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    1. Jo:
      Oh, grapefruits should only be cut by professionals... after years of study. Jerry used to be friendly with a big financial supporter of one of his universities. When they would go out for breakfast, she would pull her own sterling silver grapefruit knives out of her purse. So, if you're serious about this, those are a must-have.

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  6. This post is a painful place to land for a guy named Chubby. Everything looks tempting.

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    1. Stephen:
      But look how you resisted temptation! I'll bet you just lost 3 pounds. Besides, everything on my blog is completely fat-free, calorie-free, and ultra-high in protein.

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  7. Funny how the melon is cut lengthwise rather than crosswise. I've heard of people like you...

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      That's Jerry. Always the rebel. (But he wasn't finished cutting when I took the picture.)

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  8. Cookin' you say? Cookin'? Devilish complicated process. Me damned dinin' table was broken for several days last week - sat down three evenins in a row and nothin' happened, not a morsel. Took forever to work out that the problem was in some far-flung dinin' table component called a "kitchin". Had to get some dirty great chaps in from the village to "break the strike" or somethin' and to "duff-up Cook". S'workin again now although we haven't tried it with the extra leaves folded out.

    Talkin' of re-duffin Cook I suppose it'll be Plum Duff season again soon, custard and such. Awfully fond of custard. I wonder if the dinin' table still has the recipe?

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    1. The Owl Wood:
      I'm going to dream tonight of a dining table that actually does produce the food. What an idea!

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  9. Hello Mitch:
    Galia melon is totally delicious and especially so when eaten as, so to speak, home grown. Water melons are a huge thing here in Hungary, in season right now.

    Our advice is that if others are prepared to be in the kitchen, then stay well clear!

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    1. Jane and Lance:
      I should one of these days take a picture of the kitchen AFTER one of San Geraldo's brilliant meals has been consumed. I serve a very important function: Disaster Relief.

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  10. I love a good peach cobbler, and Nectarine Cut Up In A Bowl sounds like a delicacy.

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    1. Bob:
      To hell with the peach cobbler; you haven't tasted anything until you've tasted my Nectarines Cut Up and Served in a Cereal Bowl.

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  11. Hey...I wash a lot of dishes here too...maybe San Geraldo and Jimbo should have a cook off...we could do the dishes and chat.

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    1. Ron:
      A cook-IN would be more fun. No need for competition or we'd then have to have a CLEAN-off and knowing what I know about San Geraldo, I think the odds would be stacked against me.

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  12. The flamenquin looks wonderful and the peach cobbler divine! You are an excellent food photographer. As a long-time enthusiastic consumer of food, I can appreciate your skills!

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    1. Thanks, Ms.Sparrow. You're very kind. I could do a lot better if I'd take the time. My camera has more capabilities than I take advantage of. For me, it's all about the story. As long as my photos don't make you look away, I figure I'm doing OK. The peach cobbler is divine. We've got the final two pieces to look forward to for dessert tonight (after our risotto!)...

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  13. I do like the sound of fruit in a cereal bowl after all I am a simple soul, easily pleased! I too love Galia melon.

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    1. the cuby poet:
      I was trying to imagine the sound fruit makes in a cereal bowl... but then I got it! Anyway, what do you mean "easily" pleased? I cut that up by hand! Do you realize how much work that is for me?

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  14. he is brilliant in the kitchen. wowswers :)

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    1. Monkey Man:
      Yes he is. He's there right now making risotto! Lucky me.

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  15. Next time surprise San Geraldo with Melon Galia, cut up in any bowl [cereal ones will do fine] and serve with slices of Serrano ham. It's a start[er]

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    1. Peter:
      First I have to cut up a melon? Than I'm supposed to add slices of ham? As if THAT will ever happen!

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