Crazy Opposites

Crazy Opposites

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Crazy Opposites

Well, I might as well talk about what we had for dinner last night as it really was about as bad as I can get, food wise.  Wicked delicious though.  First, a bit of history.  When I go out to California to see my kidlets (grand children) just down the street is not only a yarn store but Bake Sale Betty’s.  BSB is a corner cafe, I believe on Telegraph in Oakland.  It’s a tiny place, no seating but what made me check it out was that there were ironing boards on the sidewalk, in a long row the width of the front with stools.  You sit at the ironing boards and eat your lunch!  I thought it was the coolest thing.  At the end of the day they fold up and lay against the building standing up so it looks like a brightly painted fence as each one has a wacky cover.  The stools have been cut down so your not actually perched that high when your sitting.  The owners serve just a fried chicken sandwich (or at least that was all last time I was there).  I got it once but wholly mackerel, gigantic, enough to feed four.  Very yummy.  They sell pies, cookies and coffee too but everything is so big.  Pie of the day is the theme…..all apple or whatever.  Line out the door, no kidding.

This month Bon Appetit profiled the chicken sandwich on the cover – I recognized it immediately.  Of course someone else put their name on it but there is a reference to Bake Sale Betty as the originator.  I made it last night.  What was I thinking??? it was so darn delicious, have to admit.

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Easy recipe….

Spicy Mayo which your supposed to keep separate but I didn’t follow the directions and mixed it into the slaw part…it all works!  I adapted this recipe to suit our taste.

2 garlic cloves, smashed & chopped

1/2 C. Mayo – I used southern Dukes, amazing stuff

1 Tbs. hot sauceBlend this together and let sit while you shred the rest.

1 small red onion

1 hot pepper of any sort – make it small

4 C. or so shredded red & green cabbage

1/2-1 C. chopped pickles

1/4 C. or so pickle juice

Fried Chicken Part:

2 C. flour

1 TBs. black pepper (yes, it’s quite a bit)

1/2 tsp. salt

Place in bowl, stir with whisk to incorporate that pepper

In another dish:

1 C. buttermilk

I had 4 large chicken thighs to dredge in flour then buttermilk then back in flour again.

Fry at high heat.

Meanwhile pan crisp some rolls in butter.

Just so delicious.  Really hot, spicy and fresh, load on that slaw!

A few days ago I was on another health kick….crunchy fresh live food type of deal.

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This one has everything in it.  It too was terrific.  We have been eating it for days and it remains great. 

Starts with a brown rice/barley/black rice package that I get at Trader Joe’s, you just zap it for 3 minutes, done, you end up with maybe 2 cups.

I let it cool then added:

3 carrots put through the slicer of my cheap food processor

1 bag of my frozen dinosaur kale from last years garden

1/2 small green cabbage, same slicing

steamed broccoli

2 bunches chopped scallions

two handfuls of pea pods put through the slicer

2 handfuls of roasted sunflower seeds

2 avocados chunked

Dressed with:

3/4 C. olive oil & 1/4 C. cider vinegar with salt & pepper

That’s it, just stuff from my fridge.  The avocado does nice stuff blending with the juices so you almost get a avocado dressing happening.  Creamy and green.

So, now I’m hibernating.  The technology factor around here is getting to be too much.  We broke down, after our washer broke down yet again (15 years though, pretty good I guess) and bought a new washer & dryer.  Geech.  Bells & whistles, dials, selections up the ying yang.  It’s too much.  And, I thought I was buying the least complicated.  I measured it at the store and it’s all pretty standard but then when we got it home….we had to take the walls down to fit it in the bathroom closet so we had a construction scene going on for a week.  Paul is not good with these things…..tends to leave his crap everywhere, sink full of plumbing tools, nails on the floor, door casings just half off with nails sticking out.  And, to complain……..no, no, no.  So, here we are, it’s working, does the job and I hope never to do that again.

And, to make matters worse.  I got rid of my Apple Phone because it’s so small I can’t see print without scrolling and the pictures are not as good as my old Samsung – what the heck?  I’ll just get another Samsung – geech, again.  I’m sitting here with this thing that is so complicated it overwhelms me.  I can do about 10 minutes at a time then my restlessness sets in and I walk away.  I need a smart teenager to call on!  I’m telling you – what a great job for a high school tecky kid.  I could keep someone employed with just the stuff we’ve got going on. 

But, to save a shred of my intelligence….the other day our newspaper The World Herald Tribune published an article on “How to Say Adieu to Online Networks”….yea, just in time.  For some reason Paul was hooked into LinkedIn and it went viral to everyone he has ever known in his life!  He has gotten zillions of responses and with his crowd most of them don’t belong to it as he didn’t know he did.  Make a long story short….I can now get him out, fairly easy.  So, I’m feeling like sort of a smarty pants for this one second of my day.

It’s a complicated world outside my door.

 

 

Florida Adventure

Hot, hot hot!  I am so glad to be home!  While down south it was 90 degrees for the whole week.  I thought I’d die.  Everyone was just barely walking.  Most people stayed in their boats with the AC on, which I don’t have and wish I did.  But, I could never stay in a little, tiny, boxed up area with a wind machine happening…..give me MAINE, any day.

But, I did drive around quite a bit (in a box with a wind machine) but at least the view changed.  I was reading the book “A Land Remembered”, a history of the “settling” of Florida; is it settled?  I saw some crazy stuff while roaming around in the countryside – seems like I was in the Ozarks/Arkansas or something like that.  I met my brother over in Acadia for lunch 2.5 hr. drive straight down a long, long road all the way across the state.  Lots of cows, citrus, prisons.  All the pedophiles are kept at this particular prison that I passed.  Wow.  Lots. Creepy.  The guys were working clearing brush as I passed….ew, ew, ew, no eye contact.

I’ll just put up the pictures of things that interested me.

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This wine was horrible.  The first one I sipped was made from Mango’s, omg too sweet.  Waaaay out in the boonies on a dirt track.

cowboys

I didn’t qualify.

spanish oak 1

spanish oak 2

Sandfly lane in Vero Beach.

florida building

boat sunset

The building is just a beautiful, abandoned building on Citrus Ave in Ft. Pierce.  Such a nice piece of work all crumbling down which was once a hub of activity…I can hear the kids running and screaming all over the place.  I hate to see these places left for dust.  Paul told me to put an offer in when I sent him this picture but the town is just falling down all over the place and as above; it’s too hot.  And, that last picture is my sunset every night from the stern of my boat.  Just lovely.  Not as many birds this time, not sure where they all went to.

Before I went south I had a nice chat with my grand daughters and read a story to them on Skype.  They live in California.  This grandmother reads to them online which is really tough cause I can’t squeeze and hug them although when we are done we always kiss the screen and say ni night.  This last time it got all dark and I panicked wondering if Colbie had shut it off but she said “no Nanni, I’m hugging you” she was hugging the screen.  Happy/Sad/Happy/Sad.  What is it?  These next pictures are the girls listening to the story I’m reading (I photographed the computer as we were talking)……two different reactions, both perfect.

colbie skype

zoe skype nap

I believe I put Zoe to sleep!