Category Archives: Food

This week’s menu

Back the menu-making for a couple of weeks before traveling again . . . .

Sunday, 9 June (sourdough day)
Homemade buttermilk biscuits with homemade jam and marmalade
I’m craving Tex-Mex for lunch
Chicken in a white wine/lemon sauce, couscous, salad

Monday, 10 June (make a vanilla cream pie)
Bacon and eggs and fresh sourdough toast
Ham salad and fruit
Dinner with my sister Beth

Tuesday, 11 June
Bacon and eggs and toast, fruit
Lunch meeting at the office
Brisket, Dauphinoise potatoes, salad

Wednesday, 12 June
Bacon and eggs, fruit
Ham on sourdough toast, fruit, pie
Brisket and such

Thursday, 13 June
Sourdough French toast, fruit
Leftover chicken, pie
Brisket, beans, and a cooked apple

Friday, 14 June
Sourdough French toast and bacon, fruit
Lunch on the run
Steak, salad, and pie

Saturday, 15 June
Sausage roll and eggs, fruit
Lunch with a former student at Southwest Diner
Brisket, beans, salad

Grocery list:

  • Brisket
  • Lard
  • Potatoes for fries
  • Apple
  • Chicken
  • Yogurt
  • Tonic water

Fès: local color on Friday

As I write at 4.30 p.m., the late afternoon call to prayer is sounding from what triangulating ears present as hundreds of minarets.

I surely cannot hear 100 minarets from here at Riad El Amine, but I bet I can hear 20.

Today is Friday, and mid-day prayers today are obligatory for the faithful.  Our guide, Abdul, hurried us to a restaurant at mid-day, and came back an hour later.  He wanted to make the prayers, and we certainly obliged him.  I mean, I’m the guy who arranges my travel in order to hit noon-day Eucharist at Westminster Abbey, or Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Easter Sunday.

This has been a full day of highlights of Fès, a city worth visiting over and over.  Our guide took us to the royal palace, through a portion of the Jewish quarter in the medina, and to a deconsecrated synagogue, to an old castle with a prominent view of the old and new medinas, to a pottery and ceramic factory (I succumbed and am having shipped….), to lunch at a terrific restaurant (the best meal of the trip, says Kevin), and then to various spots in the old medina itself.  These included a 14th-century secondary school, the Koranic university, the tannery (oh, the smell), the woodworking district, the tombs of two important holy men, the cloth-dying district, and souks full of candy and nuts and spices and meat.

It’s been a full day.

Fès may well be the artistic center of Morocco.  I’d have to return more often to find out.  And I may.

Morocco: food

I’ve not yet posted photos of meals, so now is the time.

Kevin and I ate well on Thursday.  Lunch was in Meknes, on a terrace overlooking the King’s garden.  We both had the same thing:

  • chicken broth with fresh cream and a delicious crouton of fried onion
  • pastilla (chicken pie)
  • and dessert for me of oranges with cinnamon.  Kevin had a fruit salad.

Dinner at our riad in Fez was stunningly good:

  • harira, the local soup (served right now as the first course of iftar after the sunset call to prayer)
  • a delicious nut and honey paste that I could have eaten all night
  • small loaves of khobz, the local bread
  • lamb for me, and chicken for Kevin
  • a bowl of fruit for dessert (the remnants of some are on Kevin’s plate)

Our view from the riad dining room:

This week’s menu

Easter Sunday
Bacon, eggs, homemade bread
Meat loaf and salad
Lamb chops, new potatoes, green beans, lemon cake

Monday, 22 April
Bacon, eggs, grits
Meat loaf and stuff, lemon cake
Caesar salad, fruit

Tuesday, 23 April
Bacon and fried egg sandwich, fruit
Meat loaf, green beans, fruit
Taco salad, lemon cake

Wednesday, 24 April
Bacon and eggs as usual
Tuna salad sandwich, chops, fruit
The last of the meatloaf and salad, lemon cake

Thursday, 25 April
Usual breakfast, probably
Lunch with department chairs and Provost
Tuna salad sandwich on the way to Variety rehearsal
Post-rehearsal snack of lemon cake

Friday, 26 April
Southwest Diner breakfast
Cheese & crackers, oranges
Pasta and salad of some sort

Saturday, 27 April
Usual breakfast
Meals en route to/from State Music Contest

Grits

I loved this story on NPR! And on Friday morning, I had some grits, which I’ve loved since I was a kid.

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/04/18/707689763/saving-the-story-of-grits-a-dish-born-of-poverty-now-on-fine-dining-menus?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20190418

This week’s menu

Sunday, April 7
Babkas and bacon
Dinner out

Monday, April 8
Babkas and fruit
Meat loaf and an apple
Caesar salad
Monday evening — make chicken Parm and pasta, prep black beans

Tuesday, April 9
The last of the babkas, bacon
Chicken Parm, pasta, fruit
Salad and perhaps a hamburger

Wednesday, April 10
Bacon and eggs
Will decide on lunch
Black bean quesadillas and fruit

Thursday, April 11
Oatmeal or grits
Lunch at San Jose in Webster Groves
Chicken and lettuce roll-up

Friday, April 12
Bacon and eggs
Chicken Parm, pasta, salad
Dinner out

Saturday, April 13 — VARIETY GALA, and a guest artist on campus during the day
Bacon and eggs
Lunch and dinner out

At the grocer’s:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Angel hair pasta