“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.”

I am watching the ballgame, and it is sunny in Boston. We still have clouds, and it is still cold. A daffodil has bloomed in my front garden. It is a bright yellow. I loved seeing the color. I am so tired of winter drab.

My leg feels better today after resting it all night. I still moan and groan at the pain, but it is less than it had been. I slept until late this morning because I woke up a few times during the night. My bed is such a mess it looks like a crime scene from Forensic Files.

Other than watching the opening baseball game with my friends, I’ve done little in the last week. I shopped a few times for food, both animal and human, but that’s it. My house is clean, but I didn’t clean it. Roseana and Lee did. I just wrote the check. My laundry is piled by the door, but that will have to wait. I don’t need an excuse to avoid doing laundry, but I like having one. It makes me feel less of a sloth.

I wanted seafood so I finally got clams and onion rings, the thin ones. I didn’t even get to the French fries hidden below. Now I want Chinese food. I’m thinking lo mein, jumbo shrimp and scallion pancakes.

I saw a review of a new restaurant in Hyannis and put it on my list. It serves Caribbean food including plantain, one of my favorites. That made me wonder about all the foods I love and whether I would have tasted them had I not gone to Ghana. Plantain and okra are included. I had hummus and tabouli for the first time ever in Accra at a small restaurant called Talal’s. On my last trip to Ghana, my friends and I had Lebanese food for lunch in Accra. It was like so long ago. I ate Indian food for the first time in Ghana at the Maharaja. I didn’t know what to order, and I don’t remember what I had except I’m guessing curry as it was in Ghana where I had curry for the first time. That is now one of my favorite meals to cook for friends.

I know some people who taste with their eyes. My father would never eat hummus because he said it looked like wallpaper paste. As for me, I’m willing to try just about anything though I do think I’d avoid haggis. I had tongue once in Ghana and doubt I’ll ever eat it again. In Colorado I did give Rocky Mountain oysters a try, and they go on the same list as tongue.

Right now I’m eating coconut jelly beans.


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27 Comments on ““Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I’ve never tried coconut jelly beans but I do like coconut so I guess I would like those too 🙂

    Tongue isn’t that unusual to have on sandwiches here but I’m not a big fan of it, the taste is ok but the consistency is a bit odd 🙂 I think I’ll try most things, we talked about this at work the other day and as long as e don’t know what it is we’re eating I think most of us would try what ever is put in front of us. That was how I started to like liver 🙂 It was grilled and tasted so different from anything my mother made from liver, which perhaps isn’t that strange after all 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’m glad You feel better and I guess the pain will be gone in a day or two since nothing seems to be broken.

    Have a great day!


    • katry Says:

      They are delicious and taste exactly like coconut. Jelly Belly beans have the best flavors.

      I agree about the consistency of tongue. That’s what I really didn’t like. I will eat liver if served, but I’d never order it. Ghana was where I first had liver. It was grilled.

      My knee is pretty swollen. It hurts to stand up but hurts less when I keep using it.

      Have a great day!

    • flyboybob Says:

      Pickeled tongue was a delicacy in Kosher delicatessens in NY when I was a teenager. My aunt also made pickeled lamb tongues in a sweet and sour sauce similar to her stuffed cabbage recipe. Until recent times people ate every part of the animal such as making head cheese, Pickeled pigs feet, stuffed intestines as well as liver and other organ meats. My grandfather used to love cow brains with scrambled eggs. Today I guess those parts of the cow or the pig become pet food.

      • katry Says:

        My one taste of tongue was enough. It wasn’t pickled which might have made it a bit taster.

        When I was traveling in South America, we were at a pig roast. The head meat was requested several times.

        I ate goat and liked it.

      • olof1 Says:

        Oh I do remember pickled pigs feet 🙂 It was a favorite of mine when I was rather young but I haven’t eaten it in years.

        Now days people only buy the parts they like the most and I too guess that the rest becomes pet food.

      • katry Says:

        I have never tasted pigs’ feet, and I won’t ever!!

  2. Bob Says:

    When my parents moved us to Dallas in 1953 it was a vast food wasteland. The choices included chicken fried steak, fried chicken, Tex-Mexican and steak. Today I can find excellent foods from every corner of the globe. The first big change came in Asian restaurants after the Vietnam war because we welcomed immigrants from Southeast Asia. Our economy and intellectual base increased along with the proliferation of ethnic restaurants all over this country. Sadly, the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue wants to stifle that flow of people which will only hurt us culturally and economically in the future. 🙁

    Yesterday, the high temperature here was 85 degrees and today after the cold front passed it’s now 36 degrees. We were sparred the violent thunderstorms that dropped up to baseball size hail to the surrounding areas.

    • katry Says:

      When I was a kid, my town had a Chinese restaurant, still has the same one. They would go to Chinatown in Boston to pick up their waiters. That was considered exotic. Now the town has Thai, Indian and a fusion restaurant. My sister and I have tried them all.

      I don’t think much of the country had ethnic restaurants in 1953. We didn’t even have Mexican food.

      I agree that the loss of diversity will hurt us.

      Now 36˚ is definitely cold!

      • Bob Says:

        I probably have a prejudiced prospective moving from NYC which had a large immigrant population and many ethnic restaurants. The Mexican food that we had in 1953 and which is served in Mexican many restaurants today is really Tex-Mex. Tex-Mex is the food common of Northern Mexico which we won from Mexico in the Mexican War in the 19th Century. That territory is now South Texas. Mexican food didn’t appear in most northern cities until the fast food chains Taco Bell and Taco Bueno showed up. Of course real Mexican restaurants appeared in Hispanic neighborhoods in places like Chicago as Mexican workers were recruited by industries needing workers for jobs that Americans workers don’t want to do.

      • katry Says:

        The first Mexican restaurants in my town weren’t chains. They appeared in the early 60’s. The restaurants were small. The food was delicious.I don’t even know where there is a Taco Bell. I don’t think the Cape has any.

        We have a couple of Brazilian restaurants. I love the food in both of them.

      • Bob Says:

        You live in a very unusual or special place not to have fast food chains lead the way. Are the coconut jelly beans made by Jelly Belly?

  3. Birgit Says:

    Greetings from Munich drinking Bavarian dark wheat beer 🙂 Cheers!

  4. Coleen Burnett Says:

    Hi Kat!

    Dang…I loves me some scallion pancakes. Haven’t had them in a long while. I also love rangoons…you will force me to order them at my next craving of chinese…

    There is a Vietnamese place that is in Eatontown, NJ. Love the food, but feel so stupid because I have trouble ordering what to eat…as in pronouncing the names. Makes me feel like a spanish- speaking ballplayer who has poor command of English and has to point at the menu.

    Thankfully the staff knows this and is very helpful!

    And glad you are feeling better…pet Henry for me, will you? GOOD DOG! GOOD BOY! THAT’S OUR GOOD HENRY!



    • katry Says:

      Hi Coleen,
      I also love rangoons.

      I usually order rice or lo mein and appetizers. In Thai restaurants I get an appetizer or two and a main meal. I ate at a Vietnamese restaurant in Boston, and the food was delicious. I wish there was one down here.

      Henry is asleep beside me on the couch. He has been here two weeks. He is still a little skittish but that makes sense as I am his fourth stop and I found out he is only just 8 months old. Henry is just a baby. I’ll be glad to give him a pat!!

      Waving back,

  5. Hedley Says:

    The Prince is onboard and all is good with the World, we watched Spurs together as they won at Stoke, then following a light sandwich we went over to the Emagine Theater and caught “Black Panther”. I thought we were the last people in America to see it, but the theater was full for a 1pm show. We liked it, it reminded me of the Lion King.

    We are heading to Chapel for the 5:30 Mass, these are the days of a Pumpa and I am blessed

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      It has been a while since you’ve given an update about The Prince.
      The weekend sounds wonderful, filled with the Prince and Pumpa time.

      I haven’t seen the movie yet!

  6. Beto Says:

    Saw this and thought of you.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks so very much. This is a favorite of mine. Her strong, beautiful voice is lovely here.

  7. Spaceman Says:

    Well Miss Katry, you had a serious case of the munchies. Only one sure way to fix that – eat it all. And homemade hummus is super easy to make (with a blender) and you can flavor it however you care too.

    • katry Says:

      It’s true. I have been reading international cook books and thinking it might be time for an evening with friends and good food. I made hummus a long way back but used a pressure cooker.

  8. Spaceman Says:

    Some canned garbanzo beans and tahini (if you have an international foods store handy). If not, use sesame seeds. Can’t remember if olive oil, but there are recipes all over the internet. Toss in the blender with whatever else flavors you might fancy – and zip you have hummus.

    • katry Says:

      I have tahini in my cupboard. I don’t have beans. They would have be a special purchase. Now I want hummus!

  9. Spaceman Says:

    Good for you on the Tahini – most people don’t stock that. I usually used sesame seeds, but the 7th day Adventist produce store that sold them in bulk moved across town and I haven’t gotten over to their new location – I’ll have to make a mental note to visit there and buy some seeds. Garbanzos, here anyway, are in the canned beans section. If not, look in the Mexican food area. Enjoy!

    • katry Says:

      I do know where the beans are, but I don’t generally care as I really hate beans.The good thing about hummus is the beans change their texture so they are almost disguised.

  10. Spaceman Says:

    You might not do real well on southern cuisine. Please say that you like corn bread and peach cobbler!

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