Well, that would be a question for those of an age to remember civility in politics…..
It was our favorite party food when I was both old enough and gainfully employed sufficiently to throw parties with alcohol – rather than the keggers we had in school.
Rumaki was grown-up food after the big bags of chips and purchased cartons of dip.
Both mon mari and I loved rumaki but I haven’t made it in at least 20 years.
It seemed a bit of a waste to make for two people.
So I ‘deconstructed’ it (I hate that term) and added it to a spinach salad.
We were both pleased.
Rumaki Spinach Salad
Total time: 20 minutes
- 8 chicken livers, cut in half or thirds If you have to buy more (and they are fresh) freeze them
- 2 slices bacon, cut into matchsticks
- 10 – 12 water chestnuts, sliced in half or thirds
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp sesame or walnut oil
- 4 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 3oz (90gr) fresh spinach
- Balsamic Vinaigrette:
- 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 3 tbs salad olive oil
- Heat oils in medium skillet over medium high heat.
- Add bacon and fry until almost crisp (it’s staying in the skillet).
- Add livers; brown well, 2 – 3 minutes per side, but do not over cook. Slightly pink in the center is good.
- Add water chestnuts and heat through.
- Add soy sauce, brown sugar and stir well to dissolve sugar and combine. Remove from heat.
- While livers brown, prepare spinach and put into a bowl.
- Make vinaigrette:Whisk vinegar, soy sauce and mustard.
- Slowly add oil and whisk until it emulsifies.
- Toss spinach with half of the vinaigrette. Arrange on 2 plates.
- Add livers, chestnuts and bacon, dividing evenly..
- Serve with remaining vinaigrette on the side.
Today was a weird day.
After two days of lovely, warm sunshine, it was cold and windy…. A good day to stay in and catch up on a few projects on the computer.
I was just getting started when the internet disappeared.
It does that here from time to time.
The first thing I needed to do was determine if it was ‘my’ problem or ‘their’ problem.
I re-booted the router, ran some diagnostics (those allowed by the Company), and went outside to check for interfering branches.
I couldn’t find any problems so I called the Company.
I got a busy signal….. from the phone company.
I have been hung-up on, re-directed a million times and been on hold for three hours during past attempts to resolve problems but I have never gotten a busy signal.
It was oddly reassuring.
If the lines were that busy it must be a big problem which meant that it would be fixed sooner rather than later.
Then my neighbor came up to tell me they were offline, too.
Definitely not a problem chez nous.
I kept trying to call the Company.
I finally got through and was connected to a human almost immediately.
Very suspicious, that…..
I explained the problem and he told me, right off, that there was indeed a problem and it would be fixed by 5AM tomorrow.
I think they had maintenance work of some sort that needed to be done and, this being France, they certainly wouldn’t do it at night – that would inconvenience the workers.
So they do it during the day, hoping they finish before too many people complain.
Faced with an entire day of no internet I decided to abandon the computer completely and do a few, fun things I’d been thinking about recently.
I finished a few chores, got organized and was actually looking forward to a pleasant afternoon doing ‘other’ stuff when I heard the beeping of the router coming back to life.
I was actually disappointed…..