Standing alone at midnight on a dark, cold train platform somewhere in the Alps, the train bound for Florence pulled in slowly and stopped, with only one door opening near the front car. Scrambling with my luggage in tow to reach the only open door, I was met by a porter who informed me that due to a train strike I would not be boarding my sleeping car as assigned, however a few hundred lire later I was onboard, the sole passenger on a ghost train bound for Florence.
As we descended down the dark, narrow stairs directly off a street in the shiny Belgravia district of London, this was not looking promising. We were there on a quest for a proper meal in London, intrigued, but not hopeful, we reached the bottom of the stairs facing a dark wooden door; down here we were instructed from the pub above, we would find the restaurant. We had come this far, so we guardedly opened the door. Continue reading Spicy Lentil Soup
The first signs of spring are here in LA: bulbs emerging from their winter’s sleep, the verdant green of the farmer’s market is expanding with fresh green garlic and green peas, fruit trees are flowering; but don’t blink, you may miss these first signs of spring which pass so quickly in this warm southern climate. Spring always arrives, no matter how harsh and unpredictable the winter prior has been. Cream of Celery Soup with Rice is built on all ingredients green, a Bijouxs to enjoy until spring arrives. Continue reading Cream of Celery Soup with Rice
The holiday train is on the fast track, racing us all to meetings, holiday events, shopping and also dragging behind is my broken oven that needs repair. What can I cook for holiday guests that is simple, easy and provides the warm comforts of the season without an oven? The phone rings, a friend reminds me of Seafood Chowder, a perfect soup for a chilly night and certainly company worthy – Bijouxs without an oven.
Whether I am visiting for a week, a day, or a weekday I always try to come back with the recipes from wherever I travel. Travel may mean visiting an area in California, or in this case it is was the beautiful land of New Mexico, either way, there is always a new and wonderful dish that I savor and must have the recipe, it was Green Chile with Pork.
Green chiles are roasted and sold along the highways of almost all the Four Corners states, and have popped up on the local radar as well, roasted and sold and local supermarkets. Although I was not in time to smell the smoke, I snatched a pound of the roasted hot (truth in packaging) Hatch green chiles at Bristol Farms, after eyeing the charred beauties being sold there in 1-pound packages. Perfect for my recipe. Continue reading Green Chile with Pork