This is not a story about the three of us....ABC used our photo (taken by Bob, sold through GettyImages) to illustrate this really good article.
My brother gave me a lot of produce yesterday, including this Japanese eggplant. Cute, isn't it? I went online to find out what kind it is and wow, there are hundreds of varieties of eggplant! This MAY be a kamo aubergine. It had a very creamy texture and was sweetish in taste.
<<<KAMO is a highly prized traditional kyo yasai or Kyoto vegetable, from the Kamo area of Japan. It has been a delicacy in that region for hundreds of years.>>>
Bob asked me to make this recipe for his birthday, which is 6 weeks away. Since I had the eggplant, I made it today.
I peeled and sliced it into sticks, then rolled it around in a seasoned flour mixture. I tried it without using a goopy egg dip, and it was fine.
I then quickly fried the eggplant in 3 batches, in canola oil....about an inch deep, then drained the fries on paper towels.
YUMMY, but I am not tempted to make this recipe too often. Too messy.
Where has the last month gone? I have been a very bad blogger!
September was a quiet month....no visitors, no going back and forth to PA, just trying to make the most of each day. I have been feeling pretty well and that has been encouraging, but in cancerland one never knows.....I felt great the day before I was diagnosed. So I just try to hold on to hope. Some days are easier than others.
I took advantage of the quiet month to read a lot of books ---Fall of Giants (970 pages by Ken Follett), Personal (Lee Child), Fin & Lady (Cathleen Schine), and others that passed the time but are not worth mentioning. I also tried out some new recipes and the only one that stands out is a watermelon salad. We have eaten out a lot, now that the crowds are gone. I especially like Liquid Assets in Ocean City, which is a very inventive restaurant.....and a liquor store. We also tried a sushi restaurant that is about a mile away...I have always been intimidated by its menu and do not eat raw fish. Well, we have been back twice! Went to the Rehoboth Farmers' Market every week and caught up with friends. Lots of beach time too...this was a beautiful September.
I look forward to daily updates about Charlie and Clara and our frequent FaceTime sessions. They are both loving school and thriving there.
I am getting ready to "move" back to PA in a couple of weeks. Packing up is always such a chore because I bring so much....but this is home for 5-6 months, so I like my "stuff" around me. Not everything can be duplicated.
The only good thing about packing up is the "housekeeping". Yes, I like to housekeep. I do not like to clean, but enjoy the other aspects, like organizing closets and drawers and taking care of the house. I will never catch up or be done! The cleaning I mostly leave to others.
I watched the entire 8 seasons (about 96 shows) of Dexter in just the last month. That is beyond "binge watching"! I cannot believe I was so entertained by a show about a serial killer - a show that was so dark, with such gore and violence. Not to mention the language. I usually avoid shows like this like the plague.
The finale was a bit unsatisfying and many fans just hated it. I would say that there is food for thought.
So what am I going to do now, since I will not be watching hours of Dexter almost every day? I have a real void to fill! I think am going to try reading "The Century" trilogy by Ken Follett....probably totals @3,000 pages. Hope I can manage to hold the books up! I do not usually like such long books, but we'll see.....
We had dinner tonight at what might be the best restaurant in Bethany.....OFF THE HOOK. Very innovative cooking and presentation.
No photo of my salad, which was arugula and melon salad ~ local melon, basil, crispy prosciutto, goat cheese, chive crumb, champagne orange vinaigrette. It was as delicious as the watermelon salad I recently had in its sister restaurant, Just Hooked. I have no idea what chive crumb was, but it was delicious and crunchy.
Last, I had the truffled sweet corn and crab flatbread ~ crab, sweet corn, bacon, garlic, basil, arugula, white truffle. Yummy --- and I brought half of it home.
We also shared a delicious slab of chocolate truffle (with sea salt) and coffee ice cream with hazelnuts.
Many signs like this all over the beach area of Delaware.....we lost a local chef, restauranteur, humanitarian (winner of James Beard Humanitarian award this spring)....Matt Haley, who died of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident in India. Very very sad.
Laura and the family are here for a week, including Gracie, who has a "hot spot" on one foot, so she has to wear an Elizabethan collar to keep her from licking it. I feel sorry for her and tried to devise a collar out of a towel today, but it did not work. Tomorrow I will use duck tape on the towel and hope for better results. She is FINALLY worn out and resting under the kitchen table. Must have taken quite a bit of maneuvering to get her head and the cone in between the chair legs!
I have been at Laura and Ken's since Sunday and am taking care of Charlie and Clara. L and K are in Las Vegas, part business for Ken, all relaxing for Laura. They needed a break.
I never could have done this a year ago, so I am happy even when I am tired. These children are so cute and so funny. I could write a book using the things they say. They went to camp on Tuesday and Thursday and have slept in the last two days. Sleeping in means not getting up at 6 AM! Bob is coming down for the day tomorrow...he has had "Isaac duty" at home. L and K's dog is away at "camp" and getting some obedience lessons while there. Not sure I could have handled having her here. She is a handful.
Some photos from this week....
The second day I was here, we found a mushroom as big as my head. It had to have grown in one day because it was too white for us not to have noticed it on the very edge of the woods. The kids were really mesmerized with it....and then it collapsed. (that is a fly on it)
New shoes for school. Don't know what Charlie was doing with his mouth! He has a dress code for Kindergarten...no more velcro and he has to wear SHOES every day. I love the idea of a dress code. He has to wear khaki pants or shorts and combinations of white or dark green in an assortment of tops. So no two students really look alike.
Charlie trying a new food: a cheese sandwich. He was so pleased with himself.
The children found two long grosgrain ribbons in Laura's stash and have played with them for HOURS this week. They have made up games and just laugh and laugh while playing. Nice to see their imagination at work.
This is how Clara came home from camp today. She spilled yogurt all over her white shorts so was wearing a pair of long nylon replacement shorts. The cowboy hat was something she made. She saw no reason to change, just went into the playroom and started playing "office".
We went to the town's Farmers' Market yesterday, on the square in front of the courthouse (built in 1792). Then C and C ran around for about an hour on the green. They were fascinated by this huge tree, which must be as old as the courthouse.
As part of his occupational therapy for sensory integration (google it), Charlie is working on being less averse to new or uncomfortable textures. Yesterday, his OT worked on having him put his hand into shaving cream and spread it on his arms. As you can see, she was successful. Last week, he would only put one finger on it. After he learns to deal with touching different textures, they will move on to foods.
I could have made a meal out of these vegetables tonight at Patsy's Restaurant in Bethany - they accompanied some delicious rockfish, perfectly cooked. If I tried to put these vegetables together, they would taste ordinary, I am sure. Whatever seasoning the chef used tonight elevated these veggies to sublime! I could have licked the plate.