Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's the Weekend

Friday, we went to Mr. X's for a "quickie" and to say good-bye to Mungu who's headed for Canada next week (stop leaving people!). He wasn't there as it turned out, but the band The Kore was playing there so we ended hanging out for 3 hours. They really are a fantastic band. Every band member is a talent in their own right (8 last night). Even the "backup" singers, who also get to sing lead when the egotistical head singer lets them, are great (unlike the guy they're trying to groom to lead the KC-5 band. Sorry, but he stinks). Another reason we stayed was because Mr. X looked like this.
Yes, it was reggae night and he and the rest of the staff were getting into the spirit. They all looked pretty good with dreads.

Saturday, we took a look at some dirt that is being offered up to us to grow things. We're going to attempt all kinds of stuff from - cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, green beans, spinach, arugula (already there), carrots, strawberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, passion fruit, etc. etc. etc. We're good at outdoor landscaping, but can't keep houseplants alive, so are not sure how well we'll do. Luckily, we know people who can help and are hoping to enlist them (hello, Pat & Steve?!). First up will be lots of weeding and clearing, so we can start there. Very exciting.

We were so inspired by the thought of produce, that we (mostly Michael) went into a cooking frenzy. I made some pesto with some basil our pals Sue & Skip gave us (thanks!).

Supposedly it tastes better if you use a mortar and pestle and take 20 minutes, but we don't own such a thing and I don't have the patience. That's right, I'll spend 20 minutes cutting out little cheese fish, but I won't smush basil leaves. So what of it?! My Italian grandmother would be appalled. Shhh, don't tell her.

Then Michael cut up stuff for spring rolls and a stir fry. We even splurged on asparagus (cha ching), which we haven't had in over 2 years. Cucumbers have reappeared, so we're quite excited about that and the huge tomatoes we liked last year have made an appearance too. You just never know...

The spring rolls came out absolutely awesome. I could live on those. Except that it was a lot of work and a lot of time and I'd never do it (thanks Mikey). The good things is that recipe made 15 spring rolls, so we're set for a few days.

And it's Sunday...We were given some plantains so made pancakes with them. I haven't had pancakes in at least a decade, I'm not a big sweets fan, but thought these were great. Of course, they kind of tasted like banana bread which was easier to make, so...Off to the beach.A cool ship off of Shipwreck. Stay off the rocks!

The beach was the same - more seaweed - but fun because long lost friends returned. It got cloudy and a bit chilly a couple of hours after we got there, so we moved our stuff behind the car and used it as a windbreaker. It was perfect. Eating more spring rolls for dinner!  And popcorn...You can't expect us to change overnight!