Not having immediate connection makes me realize the immediate fashion I've been viewing the world in. If news is a day or two old, it's O L D. Whatever did Laura from Little House on the Prairie do with mail that was months old, where new borns were already toddlers by the time she got word? It's strangely comforting even as it is frustrating as hell...Events are still eventful even if they didn't happen five seconds ago. What a strange lesson to learn at this stage of the game.
One of the events that made my week(end) was seeing Jimmy and Kat of Coqui Fire in Vieques when they came over for the weekend. Last weekend. It's always good to catch up with their news, how the restaurant is doing, what's happening over 'there'.
But there are other moments.
|Water diamonds at Melones|
|Ok, there is a bit of 'that smile' - MJ, we love you AND we're busy!|
|Staying on the less windy side of the bar|
|There's always time for a Chuck story|
This year, it was lump crab meat. As in Jumbo Lump. For crab cakes. David not only had ALL the ingredients he wanted, he had some ideas I'd never thought about as well. What a fabulous treat!
|Better than ice cream!|
|So many goodies in here for flavor|
(I'd tell you but then you'd have to kill me)
|A feast in the making|
|Pancetta for the rice and grains|
|It's the little things|
|Using the cooking water from the asparagus for the grains|
|Making it pretty|
(why do I never think of this?)
|An simple remoulade sauce for the crab cakes|
There was an almost visceral pleasure watching this meal being put together. Debbie and I wandered in and out from the porch where our double vices were being enjoyed, watching it grow from start to finish, flavors and aromas building upon one another, melding to the causation of drool state.
|The big covered casserole was not part of the meal.|
Don't tell that to Hound Dog though; it's dinner in his world.
|Making it pretty|
|Oops! Not quite done yet!|