|Letter from Los Angeles
||Tuesday | 6 October 2015
Los Angeles, California: Day Five could
have been traumatic for me, as my co-pilot flew back to Portland this morning.
Dave has meetings to attend, so I was left with both charges today until Lisa
and Lenny returned about dinner time. But it wasn't traumatic at all. Lisa had everything planned
It was a sad departure this morning when Bubba left. I took Leo to school, while
Lisa had arranged for their sitter to stay here with Lucy. I stayed with Leo at
the school playground until it was time for him to go to class. (And by class, I
I returned to the house and the sitter remained for a few hours to entertain
Lucy while I did a bit of cooking for the returning parents - manicotti, stuffed
with roasted butternut squash, onion, garlic, ginger and sage - with a béchamel
sauce and topped with a little mozzarella, and fried sage leaves as a garnish...
except the béchamel was made with unsweetened almond milk (I used
the béchamel recipe from this site, but used olive oil) and the
mozzarella was made
with cashews. What? Yes, I was surprising them (and myself) with a vegan
The rain falling in Los Angeles over the past few days made me crave a
fall-inspired meal, and what says fall like butternut squash? No, Lenny and Lisa
are not vegan, but are always trying to eat healthy (and they live in Los
Angeles hipster land) and it was a good chance for me to experiment.
The bag of shredded mozzarella from
Parmela (made in
Los Angeles) was nearly exactly like any zip-topped bagged/shredded mozzarella
you would buy from any major American dairy cheese producer. It did not melt
100% (I'd say 90%), but the "cheese makers" go to the trouble to actually
culture the cashew milk
last time I looked cashews did not have breasts so the "cheese" does melt pretty-much like mozzarella. Ingredients are
cashews, coconut oil, modified food starch, potato starch, salt, natural flavor
and cultures. Eaten straight from the bag, you would swear it was mozzarella.
One ounce has 82 calories and 7g of fat. I was impressed with the product and it
is dairy free, cholesterol free, gluten free, vegan, lactose free, GMO free and
soy free. (Strangely, not Kosher certified, but I bet that is coming.) It was
free of a lot of things, but not free. The 7 ounce bag was $8.
Manicotti, baked in a quiche pan. Don't judge.
The manicotti was good! Not really that pretty - though the
fried sage leaves helped as a garnish. Would have been a whole lot better
made with butter and cream, but that was not the point tonight.
The point tonight was to welcome the parents home from their second
honeymoon trip with a nice meal and a clean house. I delivered two fed and
bathed children (Lucy already asleep) and a semi-clean house. Leo waited up
(in his jammies) to greet his parents. They brought him a sombrero from
their Mexican vacation. What else would you bring the King of Costumes?
Lisa and Lenny look relaxed. Tanned. Rested. And so happy to be home with their
Being able to care for the grandkids while their parents stole-away for a
few days was a joy. The time Dave and I spent with Leo and Lucy this week
though Dave said our PDX parking tab was $111.
Lenny shared a beautiful photo of Lisa this evening. The smile on her face
made me so pleased. This is one happy, beautiful and relaxed lady. Dave and
I are blessed she is our daughter.
Until my next update, I remain, your smiling correspondent.
Sign Up is NOT required! Anyone may comment. Sign
up only if you would like to add an avatar, or if you wish to be emailed when someone responds to your comment.
(Sign-up will take you to my safe and secure comment server, Pnyxe.)