In the aftermath of my mother’s funeral, my sisters and I cleaned out her clothes closet and cookbook shelves, in a burst of frenetic energy, knowing that MCVWasHere would be the great recipient of the latter.
Amongst the books was A Culinary Journey in Gascony by Kate Ratliffe, published in 1995 (a second edition was published in 2004 under the name Kate Hill). * This was the copy on the shelf. Have I mentioned that my mother was a religious purger of Things That No Longer Server, even unto cookbooks? She only kept those that had a special meaning to her or that she wanted to keep for future reference.
I have been cooking up a French barge travel dream* with Princess Ai Lin and MCV. Finding the boat was like discovering sunken treasure, a pearl anchored in a bed of seaweed. Here was Sally’s blessing. We’re taking her along in 2017.
In other news, Thing 2 is on Spring Break in Mexico. Breaking out in hives, he discovered he is allergic to El Jimador Blanco tequila. A Mexican allergic to tequila? No puede ser! I told him it is probably because I drank too much of it when I was pregnant with him. His reaction was precious. Say what, mamacita???? LaLopez, you are to blame!
Finally, I met Mr. Understanding 30 years ago today at Pasadena Rose’s home. I REJOICE.
* Kate has a wonderful cooking school in Gascony. Click here to find out more.