No, not really; but it makes me feel better to say that.
A week of airplanes, truck terminals and rail yards has placed me in a somewhat reflective mood.
- When flying a certain "no-reserved seats" airline, Early Bird Check-in is well worth the money spent. Because we all know that the "C" in C Boarding Group stands for center. On a three + hour flight - that can be a very awkward situation to be in.
- I have also come to the understanding that many travelers on same unnamed airline have trouble counting.
- The flying process is exponentially easier when you've pre-printed your boarding pass and you don't have to check any luggage.
- You realize you've probably been somewhere too many times when the hotel manager knows you by name.
- The phrase "good cup of coffee" appears to be relative.
- Wherever you go, there are nice people and mean people. It pays to figure out which are which up front.
- The level of service at some restaurants is inversely proportional to the number of employees working at the front counter.
- Some things are Just. Plain. Cool. (And if you are meeting with the owner of the trucking company responsible for that feat, it would be pretty dang foolish to say otherwise - but it really was cool.)
- When in the South, don't pass up the fried pickles.
- Oh, and speaking of food, there are some foods that don't belong in closed spaces - no matter how tasty they are...
It was with gratitude that I realized another "stuff on toast" (or crackers) non-recipe recipe was on the agenda. I was even more grateful when the hardest part about this "stuff" was throwing it into the food processor. This was something I could pull off in my jet-lagged state.
One can of chunk light tuna? Check.
One small shallot? Check.
A couple tablespoons of creme fraiche? Got it.
Salt and a spoonful of Berbere? Absolutely. (Hey, you didn't expect me to follow all the directions, now did you.)
Turn on the processor and process it until a light fluffy paste has formed? Done, done and done.
After a rest in the refrigerator, the "rillettes"/ fish paste was ready to be slathered on crackers, toast or even a health conscious celery stick. After several days of road food, the simplicity of it hit the spot.
On the book front, I finally finished reading former Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, biography, "Duty". It took me a while to get through (I certainly felt like I was performing my patriotic duty by reading the whole thing); but overall I thought it was an interesting insight into the mechanics of our government. My next book selection is definitely going to be fluffy and require no mental concentration whatsoever. My brain needs a rest.
In cookbook land, a surprising contender has emerged as my "most reached for cookbook" - Faith Durand's Bakeless Sweets. My baking mojo has gone into hiding and I have found the uncomplicated, stovetop creations of Faith's book have hit the spot. I do hope my mojo comes back soon, because both The Dude and Runner Girl's birthdays are pending and cake-baking is not optional...
Peace out. XOXO
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