Place butter on large baking sheet,
place in oven, turn oven to 350 degrees.
When butter melts,
lightly coat both sides of tortilla triangles in the butter
and place the triangle on the baking dish.
Sprinkle the coriander, cumin,
cayenne, saffron, and cilantro over top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes,
or until golden brown.
I find this saffron from the Asian market
in Virginia Beach suspect.
It was 79 cents for an ounce.
Mr. Hawthorne insisted it was saffron
"because it says so right there on the package."
Poor Mr. Hawthorne.
Speaking of cents,
why isn't there a cent key on the typewriter?
Or if you want to Semi-Ho your tortilla triangles
in honor of Hurricane Sandy,
by all means do so.
Seasoned and ready for the oven.
Bake at 350 until lightly browned.
Mine took about 12 minutes.
Rosie's Tortilla Soup
( Serves 2)
2 - 3 cups homemade chicken consomme
(Depending on how hungry you are.)
You can sub 2 cans chicken broth if you must.
1/2 cup cooked rice
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/2 small boneless pork loin, sliced extremely thin
To properly cut a pork chop,
have the pork loin slightly frozen,
then you can shave the slices off.
Heat chicken consomme to a simmer.
Add in cooked rice, which I happened to have.
If you don't have leftover rice on hand,
you could certainly cook the rice in the consomme.
Bring the consomme to a light simmer
and add the sliced pork.
The pork is ready in two seconds.
Turn off heat.
Ladle into bowls bought in Taos, New Mexico.
Top with chopped tomatoes, red onions, diced avocados,
sliced limes, cilantro, and scallions.
Serve with Seasoned Tortilla Triangles.
Having your meat slightly frozen
helps to cut very thin slices.
Then cut the slices into strips.
Lightly season the pork strips with cumin
and freshly ground salt and pepper.
Isn't my glistening chicken consomme beautiful?
The flavor of homemade
as opposed to canned
cannot be imparted to the uninitiated.
You must make this yourself.
Pour that golden goodness into your pan
and bring to a simmer.
Add the rice and heat through
Slice the tomatoes.
Chop the avocado and slice
the noticeably absent red onion.
Thinly slice the lime
and chop the cilantro and scallions.
Drop the pork strips into the simmering consomme.
The pork cooks through immediately.
Add the tomatoes, avocado, red onion,
scallions, and cilantro.
Squish the limes with your soup spoon
to get even more flavor.
Don't forget the red onions,
like I almost did.
This is one of those dishes
in which the whole is more than the sum of its parts.
In every bite, there are myriads of flavors and textures.
Please watch this video of Coast Guard heroes rescuing 14 of 16 crew members of the HMS Bounty. The crew abandoned ship last night about 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras. The ship issued a distress call at 6:30 Sunday evening, at which time it had lost power and pumps. The Bounty Organization contacted the Coast Guard which sent out a C-130 to track the ship. By 4:30 AM, the deterioration of the situation warranted the captain to issue orders to abandon ship. Two US Coast Guard helicopters were dispatched to the scene, rescuing 14 of the 16 crew members. No word yet on the other two crew members.
and Rosie's comfort is meatloaf on white bread with butter.
A nice whole wheat heel is really good too.
Mr. Hawthorne and I (Read: mostly me.)
have spent the past few days preparing for Sandy.
We learned from ThatBitch Irene.
We'd never had flooding to that extent before.
Our homes are on pilings,
so we don't worry about that.
We worry about all the equipment and debris of our lives
one normally stores in a
ground-level utility room and garage.
the cleanup entailed taking EVERYTHING
out of the garage and setting it in the driveway
and cleaning the garage completely.
Bleach was involved.
We went to Home Depot and
bought sturdy storage/shelving units,
installed them throughout,
let everything dry out in the sun
in the driveway for about 2-3 weeks,
then organized everything and put it back together.
I never want to have to do that again.
To make a short story long,
we had to lift several rather heavy items
to put up on planks atop saw horse.
There was a power washer,
a compressor, and a generator,
which I hope we won't have to use.
Then I had to figure out what to do
with the additional items Middle Hawthorne
left in the garage 3 weeks ago
when he was moving from Point A to Point L
and stopped at Casa Hawthorne along the way
to "drop off some stuff."