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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Chick Flick 2- Cool Cucumbers
Love me: love my dogs. Or at least tolerate them.
Judy was a good sport about Tahoe's nose-to- nose "I am in charge here" routine. Reno has better manners with her "assume-position" lap-dog breeding.
Trisha is ignoring the commotion. You can see her delight with the gorgeous costuming in Mrs Henderson Presents.
English designer Sandra Powell was not recognized with an Oscar for this films exquisite furs, embroidery covered silk or cut on the bias flowing gowns as she was forShakespeare in Love, The Aviatoror The Young Victoria- but, hey, a mantle can only hold so many trophies.
Ms. Powell explained her theory of successful costuming to Joe Teeman of theLondon Times. In a surprising twist, "80 % of job is psychology and only 20% art."
Her high artistic achievement is born not on focusing on it for its own sake. Ah-ha.
Now to the Mediterranean- inspired salad of Cucumbers in Sour Cream
Peel and cube roughly 2 cups of cucumbers into serving bowl. Top with a can drained black olives. Refrigerate.
In a mixing bowl- stir together
1 cup sour cream
1/2 small lemon, juiced
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp Paprika
Salt and Pepper to taste ( try 1/2 tsp each to start)
The dressing can be poured on and held in the frig until serving time, but you may find you prefer to wait. Spooning the white cream dressing down the center of the salad; watching it melt down the unadorned cucumber cubes adds visual anticipation to the sensational contrast of textures- creamy and crisp.
Like love - dining is enhanced by anticipation.
Which is why you must wait for the grilled vegetables recipe Aphrodite would proudly put her name on.