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Kir, and Other Things

Kir is a wonderful summertime drink, even for cold, wet summers.  It is less cold today and the wet is more traditional, with passing thunderstorms instead of a stalled grey soaking. Kir also has the advantages of making cheap white wine drinkable, and of simplicity: a glassful of white wine and a few dollops of cassis over ice.

Barley bannocks, on the other hand, suck.  At least, so far.  Two out of four recipes tried, and both went into the trash. They were edible, in that it wouldn't kill you to eat them.  I'm hoping for something a little better while trying not to get too far away from the traditional.

The Mediterranean chicken isn't too bad.  Bake cut-up chicken tenders with olive oil and lemon juice and thyme and garlic powder at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 35 minutes.  Drain some of the liquid off.   Stir in thawed chopped spinach (about 10 oz. pkg.?), diced plum tomatoes (3), and sprinkle with 1/2 lb. crumbled feta chese, return to oven for 10 minutes.   Chopped black & green olives can be served on the side, or mixed in at the same time as the spinach and tomato, depending on how people in your dinner party feel about olives.  Serve over linguine or spaghetti or rice.

Fimo is not as good as Premo!.  But Fimo was on a very good sale and it's not nearly as bad as basic Sculpey.  So now I have more clay for art pieces.

I'm still hoping to get to Readercon.

My mother broke her hip. She's 85 and fragile, just come from a hospital visit for another condition.  They will do surgery tomorrow morning because my sister, who is there, knows (and I agree) that it would kill her to be bedridden with a broken hip, even at home.  So now it's a question of if she will survive the surgery.
More Kir.  Kir Royale, btw, is made with champagne instead of white wine.  Just so you know.



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Jul. 4th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
I'll be keeping your mother, and you, in my thoughts.
Jul. 4th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Really sorry to hear about your mother. We'll keep her in our prayers.
Jul. 4th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you both!
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