Monday, May 17, 2010

Eating Alone is just a chance to show off my new orchid

Saturday, another long day fraught with peril: Fine Arts Scholarship Audition day.
It went well, considering.
a) It was pouring down rain, so no one regretted being indoors.
b) I stopped at Safeway on my way out to the University campus to pick up refreshments for the day and got distracted in the floral department by the lovely orchid display. The Refreshment Table needed something lovely to set the correct tone for the day. What about that very graceful, elongated, delicate Alceara Pacific Nova 'Pacific Heights'? Indeed, it charmed at least the charming Chinese accompanist who spent most of the day running up and down stairs between warm up rooms and the audition room (cleverly disguised as a sailboat repair and storage room, but that's another story - the arts are seriously under siege, folks). It was she that pointed out the bloom has a very clear little face.
Made it home just as John, jauntily attired in suit, pink shirt, and bow tie en route to the vaguely questionable Susan G Komen "Think Pink" fundraising wine tasting, was pulling out. So it was me and the dog and the leftovers in the frig: Roast chicken, steamed broccoli, oven fired potatoes, some lettuce, 1/2 a really good mango, and some strawberries. Hmm, there's an avocado about to go bad.
Step 1: make a fruit salad with the mango, strawberries, and an orange. Sprinkle with Chambord. Put it in a crystal bowl.
Step 2: Set the table. Place the new orchid in a nice cachepot in the center.
Step 3: Make a Chicken Potato salad with the broccoli, sprinkled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and some salt and pepper.
Step 4: Wash lettuce and make a bed of greens, top with the Chicken Potato Salad, and garnish with avocado fans.
Had a glass of wine (Penfolds Chardonnay). I felt better. It all worked out.

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