I love words.
I love the way one can string them together to reflect thoughts, conjure images and tell stories.
If you love words, or even remotely enjoy them, please read "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery.
I have not given my imagination / intellect such a lovely walk in the sunshine in a long, long time.
There are two, utterly fascinating, similar yet polar opposite main characters.
I will not tell you the plot nor anything at all more about the book – but let me quote two passages, one by each of the characters, regarding pets (The story also has nothing to do with pets…)
On cats: 'The only purpose of cats is that they constitute mobile decorative objects, a concept which I find intellectually interesting, but unfortunately our cats have such drooping bellies that this does not apply to them.'
On poodles: 'Poodles come in black and apricot. The apricot ones tend to be crabbier than the black ones, who on the other hand do not smell as nice. Though all poodles bark snappily at the slightest provocation, they are particularly inclined to do so when nothing at all is happening, They follow their master by trotting on their stiff little legs without moving the rest of their sausage-shaped trunk. Above all they have venomous little black eyes set deep in their insignificant eye-sockets.'
I have nothing at all against either cats or poodles – I just thought the desctiptions were brilliantly written.
This is not a mindless read, but rather a book to be savored, line by line, much like a fine wine…. One sips, reflects, enjoys, then sips again.
As one should with all good things.
2 filet mignon steaks (tournedos), 6oz (180gr) each or other cut of choice
1 large or 2 medium onions less bit used last night
2 tsp butter
2 tsp olive oil
1 tbs brown sugar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
Mix Worcestershire sauce, oil and brush on steaks. Set aside.
Cut onion in half then into 1/4 inch (.65cm) think slices. Heat butter, oil in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until browned, stirring frequently, about 25 minutes. You may have to turn the heat down to low after about 15 minutes. When onions are nicely browned add sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, and stir until well blended and sugar is melted. Set aside and keep warm
Cook steaks on barbecue grill until done to your liking…. about 3 minutes per side for medium rare. It depends on thickness of cut, heat of grill, etc. Divide caramelized onions and place on 2 plates. Put steak on top and serve.
Note: Could be done under the broiler (grill) or quickly pan fried over high heat for about the same time.
In addition to this, for the week of June 10 we have Crab Louis, Grilled Salmon with Brown Sugar Yogurt Sauce, Pasta Salad with Ham and Green Beans, Golden Grilled Chicken….
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