Saturday, May 17, 2008
The weather is fool in' with us. Yankin' our chain, as it where: nearly 80 two days in a row. This day has been productive. I awoke at 6:15 drank black coffee and gazed lovingly at my cool expanse of backyard. Gardening called but so did the annual task of summarizing my wardrobe. So I went through boxes and this and that came off of hangars and this and that went into drawers and a little went into bags for Goodwill. Then 'the husband' says, "I am off to roller blade." I say, "Wait, wait, me too!"and we collect our skates and I grab that last cup 'o joe and we scoot into the truck. At Alki by 8:15 on a sunny day, now that IS perfect. After an hour of roller blading we are back at home. I tackle weeds and do arranging of pots. I schlep 9 to the deck: geraniums, miniature roses, peppers and arrangements too obscure to recall. After four hours of gardening in the high heat of the day, I am fried. That midday shower was much needed! Then I make a list and zip off to Trader Joes. $125. later, laden with goodies, I am back at the house putting this into the fridge, that into the freezer. I start browning the chicken thighs for paella (if it were authentic it would be rabbit). I chuck the beginnings of paella into the fridge and jet off to 5:00 mass. Father's homily about the trinity was blessedly short; he took pity on all of his over heated parishioners. Then back home again and I finish the Paella and it is perfect. This is a Spanish 'catch-all' dish: seafood, chicken, and salami with rice, red peppers, onions, and peas. It is NOT low in fat, but OH is it tasty! 'The husband' suggested making sangria which would have made the dinner perfectly Spanish but I nixed the idea. Instead I chose a 2007 Gascon vintners Malbec from Argentina. White wine probably would've been a more understandable pairing but this Malbec with it's blueberry, blackberry, and cherry undertones was very yummy indeed. We also watched (and enjoyed) Charlie Wilson's War on DVD tonight.