LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Still a bit chilly, especially in the AM
CLASS: Nada! Too cool for the swimming pool.
My morning walk was a bit exciting today. The Border Patrol helicopter was circling in the hayfield that I walk around. As it circled, I started hearing sirens. They were rounding up a group of undocumented people. The helicopter spotted them and radioed to the agents on the ground. I walked by a Border Patrol agent and asked him if I could continue walking, as my path passed directly by where they were huddled. He said yes, so I continued. There were about 15 Border Patrol vehicles surrounding about 10 bedraggled young men. I could see the Border Patrol agents passing out what must have been space blankets – the thermal ones used to avoid hypothermia. The pour souls must have just swum across the Rio Grande, and it was a cool/cold morning – I had spotted frost on the grass. All appeared to be wearing aluminum foil. It is such a sad situation.
Another day whizzed by somehow. I taught Spanish in the afternoon. My students are really improving!
I belong to an Airstream Facebook group called Airstream Addicts. Someone posted this photo of a beer we would like to find…..It has a picture of an Airstream on the can. More aluminum in my life today!
This Facebook memory popped up today….Two years ago we were doing a housesitting assignment near Asheville, North Carolina. We visited the beautiful Biltmore House which was decorated for Christmas. Great memories!
DINNER: Another one from Jacques Pepin’s book “Fast Food My Way”. This was a bit of a departure from his normal recipes. It is much less formal. He calls it a winter picnic dish:
SAUSAGE AND POTATO PACKET
1 T olive oil
4 medium onions, cut crosswise into halves
12 small Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
16 garlic cloves, unpeeled
1/2 tsp salt
6 Italian sausages
1 # kielbasa sausage, cut into 4 pieces
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 T chopped parsley
Heat the oven to 425. Arrange a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil on a cookie sheet so that half of the foil covers the pan and the remainder extends beyond it at either end. Pour the olive oil over the foil covering the pan, then rub the onion halves in the oil to coat them. Distribute the potatoes and garlic around the onions and sprinkle with the salt. Scatter the sausages throughout the vegetables and place the rosemary on the top. Fold the foil overhang over the mixture and fold in the sides to secure the stew in a tight casing.
Bake the foil package for one hour. Transfer the package from the pan to a platter. Sprinkle with parsley and serve directly from the aluminum foil.
This would be a great dish for cooking while camping. You could put the aluminum foil packet directly on the campfire (or grill) grate. We thought it was a bit bland, so added mustard and hot sauce. Super easy and the clean-up is a snap! Another aluminum occurrence today!