The Joy of Cooking

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village.  Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  That cold front DID come in.  High 75.  On-and-off rain

We awoke to the glorious sound of rain.  Since we arrived here in January, it has hardly rained at all.  The rain freshened everything and cooled things down.  I took a long walk around the neighborhood.  While I was walking,  I saw 3 big rigs leave – two big 5th wheelers and one huge motor home, pulling a big pick-up.  I guess Sundays are good days to drive.  One of the 5th-wheeler travelers are our neighbors.  They reported this mishap, after only about two hours into their trip…

Our village has about 250 homes.  About 50 couples live here year-’round, I think.  Most people have another home up north somewhere.  There are about 20 couples  – like us – who fall into the 3rd category of those who normally would be leaving about now, spending the summer months camping around the USA and Canada, but this year are staying put as we have nowhere to go yet.  I just hope YET is the key word here. 

We made a nice brunch.  I made a spinach/egg bake and George made his weekly Sunday morning special – grits. 

Several months ago, someone in Retama announced that she was giving away hundreds of cookbooks that her husband had used for years.  I picked up this really good cookbook from her.  It has beautiful illustrations.  During this time of relative inactivity, I am trying to cook more vegetables and less of the fattening stuff.  The cookbook is originally from England, so it is fun to see the British words for certain things.  I knew a few – but sometimes I have to google an ingredient to figure it out.  Here are some…

Courgette – zucchini
Aubergine – eggplant
Capsicum – bell pepper
Rocket – arugula
Coriander leaf – cilantro  (this is very confusing as we also use the word coriander)
Mangetot – snow peas
Broad beans – fava
Baby cos – romaine
Witlof – endive
Beetroot – beet
Sultanas – golden raisins
Silverbeet – Swiss chard
Swedes – rutabaga

I used that cookbook for this morning’s brunch.

While on the topic of the English language, we learned from our Ontario neighbor – who used to be a policeman-  that the word cops is not offensive at all.  In Canada (and in England, too, I think), the word for policeman is constable.  At some point, in the USA, the word cops evolved from Constable On Patrol.  Nice tidbit for the day!

I did an hour of VERY strenuous yoga.  The first DVD I did the other day was pretty mild.  Somehow this second DVD fast-forwarded from beginner to advanced.  I was drenched with sweat afterwards, and couldn’t do some of the poses.  Hopefully it did some good!

We had a delightful Skype conversation with our friends Jenny and Tony from Nova Scotia.  We are hoping that we will be able to travel with them as planned this summer.  Together, we are planning a route starting at their house in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, over to PEI, then to Quebec and Labrador. 

DINNER:  Fajitas.  George bought some fajita meat at a Mexican meat market nearby.  It came seasoned with fajita flavor.  He grilled it on the charcoal grill.  We had it with tortillas, grilled onions, cheese, and salsa.  Muy bueno!

After dinner and after watching 60 Minutes, we made a fire in the firepit.  All was great, until it started raining again! 

One thought on “The Joy of Cooking

  1. Keith

    I thought capsicum was cayenne pepper? And cilantro is the fresh plant and coriander leaf is dried if I understood correctly. Never quite figured out what vegetable marrows are.


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