Thursday, January 30, 2014

Kitchen Inspiration From The Spanish Epicure

This morning's view was a bit different. Hardly a cloud in the sky, except for one perfectly placed as the sun rose. When I first glanced outside, I couldn't even figure out what it was. (So, I put on my glasses.)





After such an inspiring sunrise, something came over me. Not only did I cook oatmeal (in the microwave) — and blend in Greek yogurt, muesli, and almonds — but I did not open a can of peaches. I took a pear (a fresh, whole pear right out of the fruit basket). I took a small sharp knife from the block of kitchen knives. I cut the pear into bite-size pieces. I added those pieces — of freshly cut fresh pear — to my breakfast bowl. I did so without drawing blood (I tend to be a bit careless with sharp objects). Unfortunately, you'll have to take my word for this breakfast. I was so exhausted after all that cooking that I didn't have the energy to get my camera. I'm thinking of hiring a sous-chef to do my prep work.

San Geraldo usually has cottage cheese and berries for breakfast. I, on the other hand, have become quite the gourmet. Julia Child (The French Chef) used to say, "Bon Appetit." I (The Spanish Epicure) say "Buen Provecho."

Welcome to my kitchen; I even wash the dishes.

22 comments:

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    1. Bob:
      I'm much better when not getting paid for it. Too much pressure when there's money involved.

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  2. I'm thinking I should probably faint,
    you cooked, and not the Saint?
    And then you did the dishes?
    I think you deserve three wishes!

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    1. Jacquelineand....
      All this and a poet to boot! I think I deserve there wishes, too!

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  3. I am so impressed with your culinary abilities! Way to go, Mitchell!

    I have been unable to see you blogs for a while, so I have some catching up to do on notes to you:
    Thank you for all of the beautiful sunrise photos! They are spectacular!
    Re: Your sexy pose - I bet you are still sexy, pose or not. Also, I see where the cats get their inspiration.
    There is a shopping center near here called Wanker's Corner. I can never get myself to call it by that name (I say W's Corner), and I have certainly never shopped there (since they are so proud of what they are doing that they put up a sign).

    Thanks for making my day. :)

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    1. Jo:
      Do you suppose the creators of Wanker's Corner knew what they were doing? There's a restaurant chain in Los Angeles named "Big Wangs." I assumed it was a Chinese restaurant chain whose owner's name was "Wang" and they mistakenly left out the apostrophe. Turns out they're sports bars and they knew exactly what they were doing... except I wonder if it might have worked better as a gay bar.

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  4. Have you or San Geraldo ever had cottage cheese and oatmeal (with berries, maybe?)? I take the chill off of the cottage cheese by zapping it for 30 seconds, but, mixed with a little oatmeal, it is sooooooooo creamy and yummy. I don't even like cottage cheese!

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    1. Judy:
      I have a feeling San Geraldo would love his cottage cheese and berries with the addition of oatmeal. I think I would too. But, having to nuke two things separately for my morning breakfast might be a bit much to ask.

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  5. Wow! Yes, I'm really impressed. Who knows what this will lead to?

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    1. Kristi:
      I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I think I've reached my limit.

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  6. At first I thought it was an outline of a ship on the horizon......then the cloud become more obvious. Great capture here Mitch!
    What in the world came over you?! You are beginning to live on the wild side!
    And who couldn't watch Julia Child all day long!! I LOVE HER!! I became mesmerized when I watched her shows. Learned lots too! There's hope fer ya yet kid!

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    1. Jim:
      I didn't learn a thing from watching Julia, except that when you put something in the oven to cook, there's already one in the oven that's done. Fascinating.

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  7. That one cloud in an otherwise empty sky looks mysterious and evocative.

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    1. Stephen:
      It was such a fascinating view that I just happened to see at the right moment.

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  8. Making toast is quite easy, I find - with a toaster, that is.

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    1. Raybeard:
      Oh but the pressure to make sure you've got the right setting. I hate burnt toast. But the way I like it (basically, warmed) is usually not enough for others. Cooking is so stressful.

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  9. I was feeling quite impressed that you were getting into cooking, but I see from your comments that you are restraining any unbalanced culinary inclinations. With your view, it would be wrong to waste too much time looking into mixing bowls anyway!

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    1. Michael:
      The truth is, yes, I can cook... a little. I can do one recipe at a time very well. All the ingredients get lined up on the counter, in order. I put them away as I use them. I feel the need to continually clean the counter and utensils as I go or I don't feel in control. It's not fun.

      Also, I feel the need to constantly count when I'm dancing (like the King of Siam... "And one and two. And one and two. And...") Not fun for my dance partner (San Geraldo) who's trying to have a conversation. I have to answer to the beat... in monosyllables.

      I'll just stick to washing dishes and making my idea of gourmet breakfasts.

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  10. Helloooo! I have never seen the likes of that sunrise.
    Happy Valentines. yvonne

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    1. Yvonne:
      So many dramatic sunrises, but this one was really unusual. Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

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  11. Wow, what a fabulous sunrise!!

    I just bought a mandoline for my kitchen. I give it two weeks before I slice of part of a finger...

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    1. Knatolee:
      I could post a sunrise photo just about every day. As for that mandoline, my first thought was, "Wow. Knatolee plays a mandolin. I wonder why it's in the kitchen." But then I remembered... Be careful (although I've found... from experience... that parts of fingers don't make a noticeable difference in the flavor of most recipes).

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