A holi-day! What joy! I was awake at 2am again when I heard my parents up and about; readjusted Mom’s brace and found a new ice pack and got everyone to the bathroom and back to bed. Tossing and turning for several hours, I finally fell back asleep and managed to have some rambling yet pleasant late morning dreams of France until the glorious hour of half past 8. It has been years since I have slept late, and so this was a real treat. Even the dogs slept late with me; it was nice that not a single person or dog was after me to do anything this morning.
At 9am I took Mom to the beach for the Labor Day pancake breakfast; it’s a Laguna affair with the firemen serving plates for $5….I always love seeing the old fire truck; today it was occupied by a suitable resident who posed for pics~
There is always lots of fun and cheer in the line~
later in the morning I did the last of the grocery runs, and started the food for the day; in years past we would have had all my sisters and families here for BBQ dinner; my parents are both feeling burned out on those events, so today it was just us, and everyone got what they wanted. Mom had sushi for lunch. Dad wanted ribs; I brown them in the skillet then add lots of crushed garlic~
and sauce them generously (1-2x what you see here, cover them well), then turn the meat-side down~
wrap well in foil and bake at 250-300 for several hours until falling off the bone~
I wasn’t interested in either ribs or sushi today; I made one of my favorite salads, pamplemousse-crevette. I used to buy this by the 100g at LeNotre Paris. Try it and tell me if you don’t love it. Boil and chill one pound of small shrimp; I use the head-on ones for $6/lb at the Chinese market. Shell the shrimp so you are left with a bowl of the meat. Section one pink grapefruit. There are several ways to do this, but I cut the rind off like this first~
then cut in half and remove the filament and white pith to reserve just the grapefruit sections. Do this over a bowl so that you also catch the grapefruit juice which results to add to the salad.
Toss the grapefruit segments with the shelled shrimp; add two tablespoons of fresh cream and a small handful of fresh cut chives. Chill again well. You will love the taste of this salad and I often serve it for lunch for friends; I will show it for a spring farm to table; it’s clean and spa-like but rich. It’s filling, and great on top of a half or 1/4 avocado or bed of greens. I have never seen this done here, or anywhere outside of Paris….maybe I am not looking….this is what the chic ladies of the 16eme always ate and so I also learned the secret~
In the meantime, the ribs came out of the oven, and Dad loved this plate~
On the advice of my friend Ann-Marie, I also made a pavlova for dessert for today. This is from Nigella Lawson. The recipe called for 8 egg whites, and I ended up with nine large. Wow, it was way too many, and instead of a 10” I had a 14”. Whatever….my parents picked to tops off when it came out of the oven~
this was slathered with 2 cups of fresh whipped cream~
then blanched white peaches and a yellow nectarine~
topped with a handful of shredded coconut~
and drizzled with the juice of 5 fresh, seeded passion fruits. Here is the passion fruit running over my largest footed glass plate and onto the kitchen floor for Biscuit to enjoy~
Despite the enormous size, my parents managed to eat half of this by themselves. I gave both of them their diabetes meds in advance, and safe to say this is their weekly quota of sugar. I have switched them to Stevia for everything else, and one day will try to bake with Stevia. Today, though, they wanted a party of three + dogs. No family, a little work, just a day to relax.
Meanwhile I am off to walk the dogs again now at dusk and go for a little swim. A long week is ahead and I have so many things on my plate that are new and fun as well as the parents’ care. In three days on the root tea all of the swelling went out of Mom’s arm. I have taken her car keys with me as she now wants to drive (against Dr.s orders). We are on the mend and I thank you all for the many kind emails and wishes. Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend~