Sunday with a good book

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Perfect!  Sunny and warm

We deviated from our traditional eggs and grits for Sunday breakfast as we have a lot of egg bake left over from Christmas brunch. 

We are enjoying beautiful weather, and it looks like good swimming weather for the next week. 

This Facebook memory popped up from a year ago when we were housesitting in Johannesburg, South Africa.  While we were visiting Soweto, home of Nelson Mandela and Benjamin Tutu, I decided to get my hair cut.  The “beauty shop” was actually a ship container.  The salon owner had never cut a white person’s hair, so he was quite intrigued.  He did a good job!  While traveling, it is always a gamble whether the hair cut will be decent or not.

George’s friend came over to play chess.  They took the chess board over to Joy, our Airstream, so I relaxed ALL afternoon by reading a book.  Sometimes I can get so wrapped up with a book that I start and finish the book, all in one sitting.  That is what I did today.  Truly a lazy day!

DINNER:  The last of the smoked Thanksgiving turkey.  George re-smoked it on the smoker to infuse it with more smoke while we warmed it up.  Side was from Jacques Pepin….

CREAMY LIMA BEAN GRATIN

1 8-oz can lima beans, drained
2 large eggs
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 T butter
2 T grated Gruyere or Emmenthaler cheese

Put all the ingredients except the butter and cheese in a food processor.  Process 15-20 seconds. 

Use the butter to coat a small gratin dish.  Pout the bean mixture into the dish and sprinkle with the cheese. 

Bake the gratin for 20-30 minutes until it is nicely browned on top.

This was easy-peasy and we liked it.  Jacques says you can use any type of bean for this. 

BOOK:  “The Body in the Castle Well” by Martin Walker.  This is one of my favorite series, about a French policeman Bruno.  The stories take place in the Dordogne, France where had a housesitting assignment.  This particular book is about a mystery that takes places in the former home/castle of Josephine Baker, the famous black singer.  We actually visited the castle when we were there.  In addition to solving mystery crimes, Bruno cooks up wonderful French meals.  The downside of reading these books is that it makes me want to snack while I am reading.  Delightful!  5 stars out of 5

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