A case of the Mundays, Vietnamese New Year and Carol Hughes new book (and Sprouts has lamb)

30 Jan

I’ve got a case of the Mundays. I don’t want to go to work today.

I am distracted from our yummy lunch yesterday with the Vietnamese Volunteers of Phoenix. I mean, check out the spread!

Mixed and pickled veg (the cauliflour and carrots you see) and a small egg roll, some pork sausage (interesting texture), salad greens, spicy chicken wings, fried rice and coconut jello. A major feast. There were some speeches (in Vietnamese, and mine is lacking) and our national anthem was played, along with Vietnam’s, there was a New Year’s song and various members of the Vietnamese community wished everyone Chuc Mung Nam Moi, or Happy New Year. Here’s a link with some of the customs commonly practiced on Vietnamese New Year:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%E1%BA%BFt

Saturday night we enjoyed lamb kebobs (courtesy of Chef Jack). Sprouts has wonderful ground lamb, and lamb steaks (we used these) and Jack marinated chunks of lamb in a middle-eastern rub and let them marinate for 1/2 hour. He put them on the grill with some onion and peppers (shish kebab style) and grilled them until they were just pink. Tender. Delicious. Try this at home, people! We also had couscous (this takes like 5 minutes to make – buy the Near East brand http://www.neareast.com/ because it has no preservatives, you can get this at Sprouts too). And we enjoyed a pinot grigio that was well-paired with this meal. I have never been a big fan of white wine (I prefer red) but white went nicely with the lamb. Yummy yum yum.

Last night Jack made shrimp with basil and grape tomatoes over pasta. Check it out:

The kitchen wench gets the leftovers for lunch. Lucky gal!

My contemporary  Carol Hughes (at least I aspire to call her my contemporary) has written a book, with other authors. Get your copy today at Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Skirting-Traditions-Arizona-Journalists-1912-2012/dp/1604945974/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1327939729&sr=8-17

I ordered my copy already, I let Carol know I would be ordering it and asked if she would autograph it. There is nothing else like edifying someone by asking them to autograph their book (in the kitchen wench’s opinion).

It arrived! (the magic of the internet)

So happy for you, my friend. Well done.

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