Daily Archives: Sunday, May 18, 2008

Four Foods On Friday #30

Four Foods On Friday #30 questions

#1. What’s your favorite white beverage? If you don’t have one, what’s your favorite beverage with something white in it?

A white russian

#2. What’s your favorite white gravy, sauce, condiment, dressing or topping?

The gravy on biscuits and sausage gravy

#3. What’s your favorite white item from the refrigerated section?


#4. Share a recipe for something white.

White Gazpacho

Serves 6

Half pound of blanched almonds
1 bulb garlic, peeled
1.5 tsp salt
6 to 8 slices of slightly stale crusty bread, crusts removed
2/3 cups extra virgin olive oil
5 – 6 tablespoons sherry or red wine vinegar
Seedless green grapes
8 cups iced water

Soak the bread in the iced water. In a food processor or blender; blend salt, garlic and almonds. Squeeze the water out of the soaked bread, break it up and add it in pieces to the garlic and almond mix while the processor/blender is running. Add the oil gradually, followed by the vinegar and the remaining ice water.

Strain the soup through a strainer (go for a texture you would like; smooth use a fine mesh or just blend really well). Add more salt or vinegar to taste. Chill the soup in a covered dish, preferably overnight (or as littel as a few hours; the longer the better). Peel and/or slice the grapes in half. Serve ice cold with the grapes in chilled soup bowls. I have also had some slivered almonds to float on top just before serving, or some mild parsley.

Austria Day 3 – Meet the Mayor(s)

Before I continue to regale y’all with more mis-adventures from the trip I just wanted to share that Squink is very conscious of his “carbon footprint”. What this means is that he only eats the tomatoes that I manage to grow and not the ones I buy at the grocery store.

OK, so we return to Austria….

I manage to be woken up at about 10:30 or so with a loud knock… I still have not slept, but we (the royal one) are expecting guests, important one.

There was loads to do… however, I woke up after most of it was done. Here is Opa with the table set for 15 (I think).

Opa with the set table

Here, don’t I look tired? At this point I had not slept worth a dime for 5 days.

tired, oh so tired.

Before I continue though, I must show you this gift basket that Schatz’s parents got from Manfred, Agnes and Max… it was so cool. It had the most appealing culinary delights I have ever seen… but then, Manfred is a chef de cuisine… or something like that… all I can say is he is a damn fine cook!

the coolest gift basket ever.

Here is a picture of Agnes with Oma und Opa.

Opa, Agnes und Oma

This is Manfred. He is very tall. really tall.


[insert gratuitous Squink picture]


Myself with Max and Opa.

Looking tired, with Max und Opa

Still looking tired as we await their arrival.

still pretty tired but I manage to choo-choo spielen

The Mayor and his entourage arrive and chaos ensues… he came with the vice mayor, the town photographer and someone else whose role escapes me…

chaos ensues, the mayor arrives.

The mayor and vice mayor make a presentation to Oma und Opa. 50 years is a big deal over there too!

the presentation

Then it is the vice mayors turn to talk…

The vice mayor presents a gift basket

Here is the whole town crew.

the town honors oma und opa

Once they left we could relax and Max and Squink took to the TV.

Max and Squink

Or, Squink would want to choo choo spiel again.

more choo choo spielen

or he would give me a lecture on how to choo choo spielen correctly…


We had to drive to the town Chris grew up in in Austria the next morning and be there for mass which was at 8 or 9 a.m. so Schatz and I could meet Father Gregor before the baptism and wedding renewal masses… Again, I could not sleep. More on that soon.