What's For Dinner? Part XLVI
- Cherylptw Sep 6, 2010 09:17 AM
Welcome and Happy Labor Day! It's the last official weekend of summer and I expect there will be lots of outings and eating out there. What's on your plate (s)?
Potato Skordalia, tomatoes grautin, and some sort of meat (must check freezer first) with a butter blue cheese sauce. Oh, and leff-over broccoli salad from a party I threw Saturday night.
I'm making chiles rellanos with chicken, spinach & garlic; chiles will be roasted, stuffed and baked with a crispy panko coating and topped with a creamy mushroom sauce. Sides will be rice that will be cooked lightly golden in olive oil before adding chicken stock, tomato puree, onions, garlic, cumin, s & p and a dried ancho chile which will be soaked & pureed added to the mix to finish the dish and some leftover black eye pea & corn salad from the function I did on Saturday. Mango sorbet & blueberry smoothie if I need dessert later.
I already did my "eating out" type food yesterday at my friends' house, so today it's going to be roasted bone-in/skin-on chicken breasts with crushed garlic, minced rosemary, Meyer lemon juice, salt, pepper and olive oil rubbed into them and under the skin. Sides will be Israeli couscous tossed with some sauteed shallots and mushrooms, and sauteed green beans and julienned carrots.
I also earned my Girl Scout Wildlife badge today by helping a wild hawk escape from partially collapsed fenced area. I was driving from Trader Joe's to Whole Foods on a "cut through road" near TJs, and saw what I thought was a large bird stuck in the corner of some metal fencing, so I turned around and went back to look. Sure enough, the fence was partially collapsed inward (or had been broken by humans) so it formed a triangular enclosure from the corner metal fence post. There was a hole near the main post area but the hawk couldn't find its way out (assuming it went in there after prey).
It would attempt to flap and grasp onto the fence mesh (MAJOR claws!) but then fall to the ground. He looked tired and panicked. I slowly walked to one side to encourage it to move out of the triangular hole near the main fence post, but it flapped to the other side and was still dealing with the fence. So I walked over *there* and it scrambled back to where it was....but finally, with a little encouragement, it moved towards the opening...and the second he realized he could leave, he flew to the top of a local one story office building. He sat there for a few minutes to preen, catch his breath, and eyeball me, and then took off.
I feel good. :-)