Hola! Hola! Back from Mexico, in fact since Thursday night, but I’ve been having too much fun hanging with the Bryt family, visiting from New York, to scratch a post together! It’s been a fast blast of weekend, with Bartley arriving Wednesday for work, and Maud and their daughters Catherine and Natalie joining him (us!) Friday night. We just had dinner here at the hacienda, simple pasta and roasted vegetables.
Yesterday Maud and I stole over to Stacey’s to see Cooper Cuteness, Stacey’s amazing Stacified house, as well Stacey’s studio/new work. Thanks Pooh!
Then back here to cook and cook, with Harry Cunliffe and Suz et al coming for dinner to join all of us. For a little appy I made shrimp paste, a recipe from The Gift of Southern Cooking, basically sauteed shrimps pureed with lots of sweet butter, with a hint of cayenne pepper, sherry, and lemon. We spread it on toasts, but I’m dying to try it stirred into some hot grits, oooh… I’m a little obsessed with it in fact. (Recipe posted in comments, below.) For dinner, I grilled an insane amount of beef tenderloin (lots of tasty leftovers, more than enough to put Bartley & Maud on the plane with thick roast beef, tomato, lettuce, and horseradish sandwiches!), whipped up my new favorite saute of okra, onions, and tomatoes withbacon, and made a pile o’ popovers. Ahhh, popovers. Nothing is better alongside beef, especially with pan juices to soak them in. Just kill me. It was a pretty magical evening – literally, since Harry is a sometimes magician and was gracious enough to show off a few of his tricks for the kids. (And adults!) Great, great fun!
And now, the Bryts are gone, sniff. House is very empty feeling, although not for long. Nathan is home from Florida soon (yay!) and then we’re heading out for Cooper’s 2nd Birthday Party! Happy Birthday Cooper Cuteness!
Many, many highlights from Mexico to share, a little later today, so stay tuned…