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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 59166  
Subject: dinner Date: 6/4/2011 11:21 AM
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Last night we made pad thai. We used to eat this amount for a single meal, maybe small portions left for breakfast or lunch the next day. But since we've been eating smaller portions of carbs & protein, we ate just half. Each portion has 2 oz firm tofu, 2 oz shrimp, 3/4 of a large egg, and a tablespoon or so of roasted peanuts. Plus rice noodles, bean sprouts, shallots, scallions, cilantro, tamarind, garlic, fish sauce, a little agave, peanut oil. And a nice squeeze of fresh lime. All in this weensy little apartment kitchen. We really like to cook together--kind of a shared hobby you might say. Then we had some boiled edamame and Asian salad (well, mostly lettuce with radish & cilantro).

Tomorrow I'm planning to fix Louisiana style red beans & rice with greens--that is, a vegan version I found online. No andouille sausage or liquid smoke, but chipotles in adobo will hopefully serve that purpose--we shall see.

Time to go to the farmer's market. We love that, too.

What are y'all eating this weekend?
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Author: lindytoes Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34332 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/4/2011 8:10 PM
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Funny you should ask what I am eating this weekend...normally nothing exciting.

BUT I am at Art's house. Last night we had squirrel. It was delicious. I mean that. It tastes like duck or maybe dark chicken only better. I really like it. Did you know there is a squirrel season? Art can't be the only one who goes squirrel hunting.

Tonight Art, his wife and my daughter, Heather, made sushi. I actually didn't have any because I don't eat much rice and I don't like seaweed. But Art also fixed delicious stir fry veggies with yuchoy and bok choy. He also stir fried tofu and there was plenty of shrimp and cod for the sushi so I had some of that.

I went to Assi, a huge oriental/hispanic grocery in Atlanta on the way to TN. They had duck on sale for 1.59 lb so Art wanted one. He plans on boiling it then frying it until it is crispy. He said that is how Anthony Bourdain showed Peking Duck while in China (I think).

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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34337 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/5/2011 11:30 AM
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Last night we had squirrel. It was delicious. I mean that. It tastes like duck or maybe dark chicken only better.

Have a rec for this interesting, well written post, but I wish I could also give one to Art for his mad cooking skillz--and I usually do when he posts about it. I've never had squirrel, but I'm not averse, if I trust the butcher/cook. You make it sound quite delectable, Linda!

Art also fixed delicious stir fry veggies with yuchoy and bok choy

I'm not familiar with yuchoy, but this sounds great. You make me wish I had planned another Asian meal for today instead of Louisiana red beans & rice ;-)

duck
Let us know how it turns out. But something tells me Art never fixes a disappointing meal!

I'll be shopping & cooking with one of my brothers soon as well--we're going for a visit in late June, Mom and my kids & grandson as well.

ASIDE...uh, REALLY FAR ASIDE
Although it's ironic in context, I'm reminded when the father of the main character in "Persuasion" sez something like "Family connections are always worth preserving." In the novel they're about to visit a boring but ostentatiously wealthy and noble cousin, not to mention that Baronet Eliot and his eldest daughter are always rude to his middle daughter, protagonist Anne. The movie of "Persuasion" starring Amanda Root, Ciaran Hinds, and Corin Redgrave is one of my faves--and Sophie Thompson, sister of Emma Thompson, is scene-stealing in a smallish role as Anne's younger sister, not to mention the always awesome Fiona Shaw as Anne's future sister-in-law. The sound track alone is worth it. (When we moved to South Carolina and put our stuff in sotrage for 3 months, I brought 3 movies to watch: Persuasion, Truly Madly Deeply (in which I discovered Alan Rickman), and The American President (what Aaron Sorkin developed before The West Wing, with a great deal in common with it).

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Author: vickifool Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34354 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/5/2011 4:50 PM
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Thanks for the movie recommendations, alstroemeria.

Vickifool

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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34361 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 9:28 AM
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You're welcome. I'd love to read movie comments by the rest of you, too.

But speaking of Truly Madly Deeply, it was the first movie in which I saw Alan Rickman (unless I saw the made-fro-TV Romeo & Juliet a couple years earlier--it is the sort of thing I'd watch--in which he played Tybalt). I never saw Die Hard in the theatre--too violent for the big screen for me.

Another actor I was pleased to see in TMD was Michael Maloney. He came to my attention in Branagh's awesome Henry V the previous year as Louis, the Dauphin of France (which reminds me that the Dauphin was called the Dolphin in Huck Finn--that Sam Clemens, what a wag!)--his scene in which he is losing and desperate is just awesomely played. MM is in lots of stuff, often hard to recognize as a good actor should be.

Not to mention the always wonderful Juliet Stevenson , star of TMD. To paraphrase The Simpsons parodying has-beens (or never-weres), you might have seen her in such vehicles as The Politician's Wife (with the also awesome, hunky Trevor Eve--have you seen Heat of the Sun?!?) and in a rather comic turn as Keira Knightley's girly-girl mother in Bend It Like Beckham.

Yeah, I kinda "collect" actors. Love finding good ones new to me and especially seeing old faves in new material, particularly in very different roles. And directors--Anthony Minghella wrote & directed TMD. Now there's a wonderful writer/director/producer who died WAY to soon (age 55?). I think the last thing he did was The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, about a female detective in Botswana (I read all the novels around the time I went on safari in Botswana--and the ones he made were great realizations).

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Author: PSUEngineer Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Top Recommended Fools Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34363 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 11:42 AM
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No andouille sausage or liquid smoke

That is just wrong.

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Author: karenlj Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34364 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 1:45 PM
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But speaking of Truly Madly Deeply, it was the first movie in which I saw Alan Rickman

If you like Alan Rickman, you need to see Blow Dry.

Karen

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Author: vickifool Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34371 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 4:52 PM
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If you like Alan Rickman, you need to see Blow Dry.

I loved Blow Dry.

Vickifool

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Author: lindytoes Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34379 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 7:10 PM
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yuchoy is sold as a green bunch and tastes somewhat like spinach. It s dark green, leafy veggie. His stir fry also had the usual suspects, like onions, red pepper, celery....it was very tasty. There might be some leftovers...maybe I will have a little for dinner.

But that might not happen because Art has made a crock pot of squirrel stew, with carrots, onions, garlic, celery.

Currently watching "The Green Zone' on HBO on Demand at Art's. I don't have much cable because I am a member of "The Cable is Too Da#n High" party. Guess what? They aren't finding any WMDs or any chemical weapons or anything in Iraq. I am so shocked.

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Author: lindytoes Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34382 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 7:56 PM
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Since you are still speaking of movies...

Art ordered "Fair Game", "Casino Jack", and "The Young Victoria" from Netflix for me while I have visited. I really enjoyed all of those.

I am looking forward to some of the block buster movies this summer...after they are at the cheap theatre. I really think James McAvoy is an excellent actor. He is in the new XMen movie. He has a fabulous career ahead of him if he changes it up and does anything and everything the way he has so far.

I just finished the Green Zone and that Irish actor, Brendan Gleeson, was in it. He and Colin Farrell did a great job in the movie In Bruges. That movie was way more violent at the end than I like, but mostly the movie was a very good character study. Colin Farrell is very easy to look at and a pretty good actor.

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Author: lindytoes Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34383 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/6/2011 7:59 PM
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Or see the older film, "Quigley Down Under" for another great Alan Rickman film. And that film is different...set in Australia in the 19th century.

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Author: alstroemeria Big gold star, 5000 posts Top Recommended Fools Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 34408 of 59166
Subject: Re: dinner Date: 6/8/2011 8:56 AM
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Thx for the recommendations of Blow Dry and Quigley Down Under for Alan Rickman fans.

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