The Big Reveal!

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Very nice.  High 80

STEPS:  11,653
CLASSES: Chair yoga, 2 water aerobics

Today’s walk was in the state park next to us.  It was much nicer today than before, as there were no mosquitos.

We saw these chachalacas chasing the beautiful blue jays.

We walked to the “resaca” – an elbow of the Rio Grande River which is now cut off from the main river.   It is a popular fishing place

We rushed back to be home to greet the Mexican workers here to wash and wax Joy.  It was fun to joke around with them in Spanish.

Drum roll here…..The great reveal.  Previously, I told you that there are 4 men that I adore:

1)  My dear husband George
2) Jacques Pepin, chef and TV food star.  I am making all his recipes from his book “Fast Food My Way” and am posting them on this blog.
3) Rick Steves, travel writer and TV travel show host.  We share a love for European travel.

And #4 is Bill Bryson…..

I feel that I have a lot in common with Bill Bryson.  Our birthdays are just months apart.  He grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, about 30 miles where I grew up.  When he was in college, he went to England.  When I was in college, I went to Spain.  He ended up marrying a British woman and has lived in both the USA and England since then.  He now lives near Southampton, where we were last year. 

He writes delightful travel books.  Some of his first ones were tales of his adventures during his first year in England.  Then, after living in Europe for several years, he returned to the US to travel and to write about his strange/hilarious new reactions to the USA and our ways.   His stories are the kind that make you snort and laugh out loud (kind of embarassing when reading among strangers).   He has also written about Australia and his experiences in hiking the Apalachian Trail (later turned into a movie).  These are some of his books:

* Neither Here Nor There – Travels in Europe

* Notes from a Small Island

* The Lost Continent – Travels in Small-Town America

Most recently, he wrote a book called “The Body”.  It is full of fascinating facts and trivia,  and written in a very light-hearted way.  I highly recommend, especially in this era of Covid-19.

Alas, I just read that he has retired so probably won’t be writing any more books.  He has become quite famous in England. 

Speaking of books, I finished another one today….

BOOK:  The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristen Harmel.  Historial fiction about life during WWII – a love story written about various people whose lives interconnect at an apartment on Rue Amelie.  5 stars out of 5.

DINNER:  Another night with Jacques……..


He writes that his mother made this recipe, but with frog legs.  I also did a substitution – I used chicken thighs instead of breasts.

3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into 1 inch cubes
2 T Wondra flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 T good olive oil
1 T chopped garlic
5 T chopped fresh parsley
2 T unsalted butter
1 lemon, quartered

Dry the chicken cubes with paper towels and toss them with the flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl.  Heat the oil over high heat until very hot but not smoking.  Add the chicken cubes and cook in one layer, turning occasionally, for about 4 minutes. 

Meanwhile, combine the garlic and parsley in a small bowl.  Add the butter/parsley mixture to the skillet and saute for 1 minute, shaking the skillet occasionally.

To serve, divide among 4 plates and add a wedge of lemon to each plate.

I served a large lettuce and tomato salad with the meal.

The chicken was quite good, but the recipe was not up to the normal “wow” factor of his recipes. 

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