Tuesday, June 3, 2014

With A Cherry On Top

As many of you know, San Geraldo, the love of my life (and often my comic relief) has been eating healthier for the past 10 months. He's lost a considerable amount of weight and looks and feels great. For lunch most days, he has a huge, incredible salad of his own making. I had been having the same, but it was way too much for me. Besides which, I was also losing weight, which I definitely do not want to do. So, on the days that San Geraldo makes himself a salad, he makes me a sandwich, with a side of fresh fruit and a handful of almonds.

SAN GERALDO THOUGHT THIS RECENT SALAD LOOKED LIKE AN ICE CREAM SUNDAE...
... SO HE PUT A CHERRY ON TOP.

San Geraldo's salads are so enormous that they overflow our dinner plates. Since we usually have lunch in front of the TV (currently, we catch one episode daily of Season 2 of "Justified"), he holds his plate in his hands (too long a stretch to the coffee table).

I had been spending much of my lunch retrieving San Geraldo's salad droppings from the floor. He had been spending much of his lunch retrieving salad droppings from his shirt.

So, Monday morning, San Geraldo walked over to our local hardware/hotel supply store to buy himself a cazuela. Cazuela is Spanish for cooking pot and it comes in a multitude of sizes. A very common type of cazuela looks like a dinner plate with the addition of a vertical lip around the edge. San Geraldo thought using a cazuela as his "salad plate" would be a perfect solution to his salad avalanche problem. He was right.

FOREGROUND: SAN GERALDO'S SALAD CAZUELA.
BACKGROUND: MY LARGE SANDWICH ON A STANDARD DINNER PLATE.
(ADMITTEDLY, I USED PERSPECTIVE TO EXAGGERATE THE DIFFERENCE IN SIZE.)

27 comments:

  1. Oh, this is new music to me; brilliant!
    San Geraldo's salad looks like one of my own, (love the cherry on top) although I doubt I'd be able to eat quite that much, although the Great Scot certainly could! His solution for salad spillage is great, and good looking. I might see if I can find something similar.... Hope you can find someone to make my fruity concoction for you!

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    1. Jacqueline:
      I might even take on that fruity challenge myself! Would hate to ask San Geraldo to make it and not being able to enjoy it.

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  2. Mitch:
    Just curious, with the abdication of King Juan Carlos, is San Geraldo closer in line now for the throne? lol.
    What is the mood there? How are people responding? I think a post is in order.

    saludos,
    raulito

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    1. Raulito:
      The closest San Geraldo gets to the Spanish throne is via his 22-greats-grandfather Fernando III, El Santo, King of Castille and Leon. I was so disappointed. I wanted to be queen.

      I haven't spoken with anyone yet about the abdication. And since neither King Juan Carlos nor Prince Felipe have contacted me directly ... yet ... I don't have anything personal to share.

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  3. First off, that salad is a work of art!
    Secondly, "Justified"? Timothy Olyphant is also a work of art and considered to be My-Husband-In-My-Head.

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    1. Bob:
      I've never had a salad to beat one of San Geraldo's masterpieces, who laughed out loud when he read your comment (before I did) about Timothy Olyphant. When he said "my-husband-in-my-head," I said, "Oh, that must be Bob."

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    2. Well, I have a reputation in Spain now, too!

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  4. Well, Mitchell, you ARE the Queen of our Hearts :) ... surely the young príncipes Dudo and Moose think of you that way, también.

    Gorgeous salad! The bowl (eeuh... cazuela) is a great idea.

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    1. Judy:
      As far as Dudo and Moose are concerned I'm the valet (or maybe a lady in waiting).

      I love that cazuela. Can't believe it's taken San Geraldo this long to buy only one.

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  5. San Geraldo's salads are works of art.

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    1. Stephen:
      I don't enjoy a salad out anymore. His are too good.

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  6. Are you taking reservations?

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Ha! I've seen the photos of the kitchen productions at YOUR house!

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  7. S.G. "looks and feels great", does he? Yes, I bet he does. But how does HE feel?

    The actions of his 'real' majesty J.C. over there caused a slight flutter in our press here, wondering if our own 'Her Maj' might consider taking the unlikely step of following suit. Then we would have our very own King Carlos III - not forgetting the lovely Queen Camilla at his side. Fabiolosa!

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    1. Raybeard:
      He feels and feels great...

      I DID see lots of comparisons to QE II. But ever story ends with, "Not gonna happen."

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  8. Two questions: 1) how can anyone lose weight eating salads THAT BIG? 2) what do you do that makes you have to eat more just to MAINTAIN your weight.

    I am especially interested in the answer to #2. You could patent your secret and make a million.

    P.S. You continually make me commit the sin of envy.

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    1. Frank:
      1) I don't know! Well, maybe I do. No bread. No desserts (except fresh fruit). Low-cal snacks (mostly cottage cheese, meats, and more fresh fruit). No fried foods. Three liters of water a day (and that, especially, makes a huge difference).
      2) I was a skinny kid and spent my childhood miserable about that. Genetics; high metabolism; I stop eating when I'm stressed. (Kind of all the reverse of most people.) Now it's more of a blessing. But, for the first 30 years of my life, it didn't feel like one.

      Envy? Interestingly, I read your blog and often feel the same way. Wonderful friends (and gay friends too!!!); beautiful home and gardens; broad social awareness, empathy, and wit. The grass is always greener.

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  9. Now THAT would be salad to beat all salads! SG must have a huge appetite....good that he is 'filling up' with good food choices.
    We are what we eat.....and how often we move/walk/run.
    Great photos too Mitchell.

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    1. Jim:
      SG DOES have a huge appetite. Now he's just trying to get motivated to move/walk more.

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  10. I need to start eating more like San Geraldo. He's smart. I hope that would enable me to contort my legs like Gumby and that Cheery on Top.

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    1. Robyn:
      You want to contort your legs like that Cherry on Top???

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    2. THAT is one HELL of a salad!!!!

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    3. Knatolee:
      Four meals for a normal person...

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  11. Terrific musical interlude. And what a charming frock for lounging around the house

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