The day of the tongue…..

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Much warmer.  High 86

STEPS:  13,090
CLASSES:  Chair yoga and 2 water aerobics

I got my morning walk in before it got too hot.  Nothing exciting to report. 

Today was the “day of the tongue”.  We bought a cow tongue at one of the Harvest Host farms where we camped in October.  They raise miniature cows, so the tongue was not as huge as a regular cow’s tongue (thank goodness.)

First, we had to boil it in broth and herbs for 3 hours.

After the 3 hours, we had to let it cool.  Then, we (aka George) skinned it, sliced it thin, and grilled it over our campfire.  I froze a lot.  I see tongue sandwiches in many future lunches for George!

Tongue cooking/prep/finishing up  was an all-day affair.  At the same time we were doing this, George was trying to sell our old (rusted out) fire pit.  He had put it on Marketplace for $10.  His phone buzzed all day with interested customers.  Most were in Spanish, so I had to help him out.  I corresponded with several people who eventually petered out, mostly due to being too far away to come to our house.  The problem was that their Spanish was unrecognizable.  I don’t know if it was due to voice activation, or whether they just used made-up words on their text messages.   I responded to each with correct spelling and grammar.  They probably thought that was odd.  George communicated with one lady who said she was on her way.  She texted him later saying that she hadn’t realized that we are located so close to the Rio Grande, and when she got close by, she turned around afraid.  We assume that means that she is an undocumented person.  Finally, he got it sold.

I had two great Facebook memories pop up today.  One is from our safari last year in South Africa, in Krueger National Park.  The other is from 5 years ago when we camped on the beach in Baja California, Mexico.  Both are such fond memories of travel.  Hopefully we can return to international travel in 2021.

While George had the fire going, we grilled some stuffed anaheim and poblano peppers for an appetizer.   Delicioso!

DINNER – Another Jacques Pepin recipe.  This was spectacular! 

RED SNAPPER WITH TOMATOES AND CREAM

2 cups sliced red onions
2 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup water
1.5 cup diced tomatoes
4 red snapper fillets (I substituted the drum and sheepshead that George caught a few weeks ago)
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp salt
1/2 heavy cream
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp potato starch (I substituted corn starch) dissolved in 1 T water
1 T chives or parsley for garnish

Put the onions and olive oil in a large skillet with the water.  Cook over high heat for about 3 minutes, or until the liquid is gone.  Add the diced tomato, saute for 1 minutes, then set aside and keep warm.

Arrange the fish fillets in one layer in another large skillet and add the wine and 1/2 tsp of the salt.  Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and boil very gentlly for about 2 minutes, until fish in tender but not overcooked.

Transfer the fish to a platter and set aside in a warm place.  Add the cream to the liquid remaining in the skillet used to cook the fish and boil over high heat for a few minutes to reducue it to 1 cup.  Add the remaining 1/2 tsp salt, pepper and dissolved potato starch.  Mix well. 

To serve, divide the warm red onion-tomato mixture among 4 plates, and arrange a piece of fish on top.  Coat with the cream sauce, sprinkle with the chives or parsley, and serve immediately. 

Side was an arugula and tomato salad

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