Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Current Addictions

inspite of myself. Gogol Bordello.  Give it a try.  Deeper than you might think.

I watched a movie, "Wrist Cutters" dark, and offensive, particularly since the topic was suicide and there had been a horrible suicide at a local high school.  Despite myself I was drawn in, and part of it was Tom Waits and the soundtrack.  It's all fine being retro, rediscovering Billie Holliday and Django Reinhardt. But what if you were their contemporary? 

"Between the borders, the real countries hide.. the strategy of being is one of  in your face disguise."

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Huckleberry, gooseberry, raspberry pie
All sweetest thing one cannot buy.
Peppermint candies are six for a penny,
But true love and kisses, one cannot buy any.

---Clyde Watson 


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sunshine in a jar

There are far too many Meyer lemons hanging from the tree.  And lemon curd is too easy to resist.

Key tip: have the eggs at room temperature.

Pour one half cup of fresh lemon juice over 3/4 cup sugar.  Let steep and dissolve a bit, stirring it along.

Beat two eggs well, in a medium saucepan.  Add lemon mixture, blending well.  Cut one stick of butter into pieces, add to mixture.

Set saucepan (or double boiler) over  (OVER, not IN)
simmering water, adding water as necessary.  Stir gently and occasionally as the mixture warms up, monitor it more closely as you go along, 15 minutes or more. At some magical point it will turn from soup to custard, and you will have a very fine lemon curd indeed. (What's the clue? It will now coat your spoon, rather than slip off).   Mix in a teaspoon or two of finely grated zest.  Cool.  Slather it onto scones, biscuits, muffins, top off your non-fat Greek yogurt, spoon into pre-made tart shells.  I like it for breakfast.  And lunch.  And dinner.