Sunday, March 17, 2013
back on the set
"Your family is just like a sitcom."
So said my friend (and former house sitter) Jordan when he first met them. At the time, I thought it was an odd analogy. But he meant it as a compliment. And I think he was correct. In some respects.
We are one of those classic sitcom families -- like Modern Family. Earnest. Witty. People who genuinely enjoy being in each other's company.
That may sound a bit egotistical on my part. But I am calling this one as I see it. If you want to spend a good time with cascading puns, fractured cultural references, and old-fashioned banter, this is the place to stop.
And all of that is best displayed preparing and eating a meal.
Yesterday's theme was Mediterranean. Christy, my sister-in-law, had just experienced what she thought was one of the best pasta carbonaras she had ever eaten. She asked what I thought about having it for dinner. Pasta. Cream. Bacon. Parmesan. What is there not to like?
While shopping for ingredients at Safeway, I saw a display of heirloom tomatoes. The type of tomatoes that make you remember how good the store-bought variety once tasted.
I make an outstanding Greek salad. And I now make it only when I can find heirloom tomatoes. They usually run around $12 a pound. Today they were only a bit over $3 a pound. So, I gathered up some cucumbers, sweet onions, South African peppers, Kalamata olives, feta, lemons, and mint.
We were ready to go. While Christy made pasta carbonara, I sliced and diced my Greek salad. With the addition of a loaf of crusty bread, we could easily have been taking a dinner break from a hard day sailing the Adriatic.
Over dinner, my brother, mother, and I decided that we would fly to Mexico on the 24th. That will put them there on one of the busiest days of the Mexican holiday calendar -- semana santa: Holy Week. Not many northerners get the opportunity to see my sleepy little fishing village in high gear.
Until then, I intend to enjoy a few more episodes of our little family sitcom in Bend -- before we take it on the road.