I was in a store the other day and ran into a friend who said "Are you shopping for your Free Range Friday blog?" Argh. I wasn't (just dry cat food, which occasionally isn't to be found on Culebra, but I heard there was some at Costa, and there was - thankfully, I've never had to cook with it). Just the idea of really cooking these days knocks me down, fearing I'd let a pot slip right out of my sweated palms. Ok, I'm slightly exaggerating, though not by much. But I realized I've been so negligent of actually doing any cooking for the blog I thought, hey, I'm going to fix that!
|Harry Whittier Frees ()|
So what did I really make and eat? Pretty much what I've been making and eating the most, except this time I did it on purpose and more together-ly. With mushrooms.
Cheese (in this case extra sharp cheddar, fresh mozzarella would have been lovely but that wasn't happening), beautiful tomato, cucumber, shallot, and crimini mushrooms (which are just baby portobellos really) all sliced very thin, but not paper thin, that's too thin. At least for me it is.
|A sprig of basil on top pulls it all together. No matter where you are, including an apartment or a boat, you can grow a pot of basil. It makes the difference between good and really good. This is Thai basil. It's good.|
Buen provecho! I'll get to that cabra eventually.
One of the things that swept me away yesterday was Jo's birthday celebration at Dinghy Dock. Twin sisters of different mothers, Jo and I are the same age, with the same name (abbreviated differently but the same name, and if you don't know it, good, there's a reason for that) and a few other factoids in common. After close to 20 years of knowing each other, we still find out new things on occasion causing exclamations of 'Really? You too?'. No, we are both NOT in the Witness Protection Program. At least, not anymore.
|Jo and Loren with Peri's pie|
|Lemon meringue pie by Peri. MERINGUE!!|
|Walt was ready for pie (always good to say pie with a strong Southern accent)|
|Woody helps Loren with cutting and serving|
|which means he gets the first piece|
|Gary being a casual pie guy|
|That look means YUM!|
|Well that didn't last long|
|Loren on pie dish washing detail. Real washing comes later.|
|People wishing they had some pie (they were also going way too fast in a no wake zone)|
|Doug trying to break the no wake speed limit.|
p.s. Happy birthday to all those friends who had very busy parents in January, there's a bunch of you!! Love you much!