Strasburg redux….

November 26th, 2011

So here I am in Virginia again… I was in Toronto, packing to go to Oaxaca, when a call came that my mom had fallen & fractured her pelvis.

So quick change, pack all the long sleeved shirts & jump on a plane. Mom is doing well- a slight fracture, so no operation, only bed rest. Easier said than done w/a lady who’s used to running all kinds of things.

Not least of the fact is that she’s opening a B&B on the farm, there are deadlines looming & she’s doped up on Vicodin. Every time she comes to, she adds to the punchlist until I’m carrying a purse that looks & feels like a boulder.

We’re working it out, and everything will work out. I’m actually amazed @ her support system. People are coming out of the woodwork offering help of all kinds (which is greatly needed.)

In the meantime, I’m keeping the animals alive, the house cleaned & learning to use a Mac (!) Each day I go to see her, she’s looking better.

She’s already chomping at the bit to come home, so I’ll be here until she’s back & settled in, then off to MX as planned.

All in all, I feel fortunate to have the sort of lifestyle that allows for quick changes in plans, and the kind of people in my life who make that possible.  And thank you to the weather gods who are holding back the snow.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Gefilte Fish Loaf

September 10th, 2011
Gefilte Fish Loaf, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Suddenly fall is upon us, with crisp mornings and leaves beginning to color. And before you know it, the holidays will be gearing up.

I keep hearing about this incredible gefilte fish loaf recipe, which is a mainstay at the family get-togethers, so decided to try my hand at it.

It’s a little difficult, because I’ve never actually eaten gefilte fish, so I have no comparison point. We did go to United Bakers’ specifically to get me some, but theirs wasn’t done yet, so I had to make do with split pea soup (which I highly recommend) and kasha w/bows & friend onions.

What a place; they call it the “yoo-hoo” restaurant because half the time is spent saying hi to old friends. The walls and ceiling are lined with mirror so that you don’t have any excuse for missing anyone. This was my premier visit, so I was vetted by Ruthie, who co-owns with her brother.

So far I’ve had 2 thumbs up on the gefilte fish loaf from the MIML (man in my life) and another family friend, and they should know, so I’ll post the recipe here, in case you’d like to give it a try.

Note that in Toronto, you just call ahead to Nortown & they’ll have your ground fish waiting for you. If you’re not in Toronto, I guess you’ll have to catch, clean, de-bone & grind your own fish. Have fun.

Gefilte Fish Loaf

  • 2 lb ground mixed fish
  • 2 carrots, chopped into 2″ chunks
  • 2 large onions, in 2″ chunks
  • 1/4 C mild oil
  • 3 TB matzoh meal
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 TB sugar
  • 1/2- 3/4 C club soda
  • 3 eggs

Line a loaf pan with lightly oiled aluminum foil. Make sure foil extends above the rim. Put loaf pan on jelly roll sheet to catch any overflows.

Grind the carrots, and then the onions, in the food processor. They should be in bits, smaller than if they were grated. Saute in the oil until most of the moisture evaporated. Cool this mixture down.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs and add matzoh meal and seasonings and mix thoroughly.

Add fish and carrot/onion mixture. (I found this easiest to do w/hands.) Gradually add the club soda. Be careful- you don’t want it soggy. 1/2 C was plenty for mine.

Put into prepared loaf pan. Place pan on rimmed cookie sheet to catch drips.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hr and 10 minutes. When cool, wrap and store in refrigerator.

Before serving, unmold & allow to come to room temperature, slice and serve with strong red horseradish and a pepper grinder on the side. Accompany with challah, rye or during Passover, matzoh.

TGIF #45

August 19th, 2011
Everywhere a butchery, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Driving between national parks, we passed through lots of little villages in Kenya, with their version of strip malls.

The business names were a little… different. We started writing down the funniest ones. Note that somehow the word “butchery” is funny, no matter what goes with it. Strangely, Tanzanian business did not have the same quirkiness.

Here are our favorites:

  • Amazing Funeral Services
  • Caskets Galore
  • Late Chemist
  • Double Vision Bookshop
  • Waki Motel
  • Amazon Accommodations
  • Plan B Highway Shop
  • Happy Go Butchery
  • By Faith Agrochemicals
  • Twine Towerz
  • Highway Butchery
  • Divine Providence Computers
  • Best Lady Hair Salon
  • God’s Power Shop & Cafe
  • Pivot Cool Bar & Butchery
  • Silent Bar
  • Travellers’ Butchery
  • Nairobi Hardware (in a tiny village)
  • Precious Dry Cleaner
  • Bull Head Butchery
  • Club Destiny Cafe & Butchery
  • Kaka Butchery
  • Meet & Greet Cafe & Butchery
  • Honey Pot Bar
  • Anointed Candy Shop

Just resting…

August 17th, 2011

Cheetah, originally uploaded by sbmilagros.

Sorry, I’ve been taking another break from blogging. The safari was incredible, and also pretty strenuous. I’m happy to say that even with transAtlantic flights & a few 10 hr rides over bumpy roads, my leg (and the rest of me) did pretty well.

I’m getting ready for the 2nd trip to BC since we’ve been back, this one to Salmon Arms’ Roots & Blues festival.

In the meantime, I’m trying to catch up on posting all the Africa photos. Here’s a start… (Check out the sets: Safari, Nairobi and Africa, on the right-hand side.)

Lala salama (Swahili for “Sweet dreams.”)