Sunday, August 15, 2010

Savoring Sunday Memories


What excitement we had at home last week with 4 forever puppies At times it was like being Mother Goose with the gaggle following closely. While our 2 "grand puppy" house guests were here for their extended play date with our own brood, there was not shortage of health- giving laughter. Of course, there were brief bursts where little Quila was the fuse to the "3 sticks of dynamite" ):-. Always, it was refreshing. A good summer memory.

The summer sun makes me appreciate succulents anew. With a drip line connected to the topiary "tree" - after languishing so long-  the foliage now is quickly coming to need a trim.
  In planning the summer suppers- like wardrobe- the goal should be to keep things light. 

Years ago, a food broker raised awareness that the rice I normally whipped side dishes from was common cloth. Good; but not great. There is a whole world of grains out there which deserve a place at the table. Basmati rice is an instant improvement to most recipes calling for white rice. 

Lime-Cilantro White Rice is quite simple and sublime. One of those uncommon dishes to satisfied innocent children through sophisticated gourmets. 

Begin with your standard pattern for white rice. Insist on Basmati.

Over a gentle fire, pour the grains into our favorite saucepan, which you coated ever so lightly with olive oil and butter, barely melted. 
 Stir long enough to coat and add just a touch of toastiness. 
When you add the water, also add the juice squeezed from a lime from which you have set aside the  zest.
When your recipe suggests the rice will be done- lift the lid long enough to fluff and add not quite enough  real butter to clog the arteries):- 
The lid back on will hold the heat: finish whatever else you plan to serve. 
When ready, stir one last time to even the buttery goodness throughout.
Mound on a platter. Sprinkle with the lime zest.
The Pièce de résistance- shower shavings of deep green cilantro leaves across the white mountain.

It wouldn't be the Sunday Sabbath without words of wisdom. Coming of Age in the cusp of the '60's and 70's- my generation needed to have children to grasp the lesson. From this perch in life- I hope this is a battle the culture war fights, the winning side, be it the State of  Grace. I leave you with these pearls strung by Paul

"Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not grieve God's Holy Spirit by the way you live . . . Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
"Ephesians 4:29–32.

Quila is an awesome Chihuahua. True story- she hailed from Beverly Hills.  Not quite like that movie. But "mom "works there and I swear that dog's wardrobe comes in bags better than my clothing!

The succulents were born in Pasadena. Where the cross, at time of writing, resides at the  California Cactus Center.


Oregon Sue said...

Well, Quila certainly is a cutie pie! I cannot imagine the chaos in your home with 4 of those little beasties. LOL

The rice sounds sublime. Don't have cilantro or lime, but have lemon and flat leaf parsley. That will work in a pinch! Thanks. :O)
xo Sue

Lydia said...

Good afternoon, Sue! Quila is a LOVE. None of the photos of the "crew" were good enough. I wish I could have gotten a better sense of her diminuative proportion across. She's maybe 3.5 pounds.

Have done the lemon and parsley version of the rice. Also wonderful! If you have dried cranberries and pine nuts....

Anonymous said...

Lydia, Quila is a credit to her species! What a little love. I babysat my grandson's chihuahua all last week. Took him home on Friday. Neighbor fed him until he's real family came home today. I miss him, but must admit, he was a lot of trouble and fuss. Think he was just what I needed though to get that crazy idea of me getting another dog out of my system! lol


Anonymous said...

Your post of this recipe reminds me of all those rice sides I tasted when you delivered those gourmet plates to me years ago when I was spending 10 or more hours with Cobi each day at the hospital. The one with cranberries and pine nuts was a standout. :)
I can only imagine three little ones and one very little one romping around your home for a few days. The very little one has the Beverly Hills "look" for sure.

I've always loved succulents and have many scattered around my yard, both hanging and planted in the ground. When we moved here in the 70's I brought geranium cutting and succulent cuttings from my Grandma Horsley'x yard. They are huge bushes now. Have been cutting them waaaaaay back for a very long time. Love the Donkey Tails.
Really enjoyed this one.
XO Edda