Portland, Oregon: Shirley and Martin are
in town from London, so Dave and I hosted a Mexican-themed (hey, why not?)
dinner party for them (and a few of our mutual friends) at our house Friday
night. I did not take photos of the food or people - but managed a few shots of
the flowers. Typical.
Tamra brought these stunning Peonies from her garden (I threw-in the roses and
lily). Can you believe all this beauty?
Other beautiful flowers graced the dining table - very unusual roses purchased
at the grocer:
$9.99 per dozen!
The menu included appetizers of pico de gallo and pinto bean dip served with
chips and jicama. For dinner we had smoked chicken enchiladas, fresh corn
sauteed with green and red chilies, and a salad made with oranges,
avocados, red onion, radishes and radish sprouts. Dessert was a triple coconut
treat - home-made coconut ice cream, a coconut macaroon, and coconut covered in
dark chocolate. Clean plates and few left-overs = successful dinner party.
Shirley and Martin brought me the prettiest tea cup from
England. The mug commemorates the 90th birthday celebration of Queen
Elizabeth. Fancy! The gift also included a selection of English teas, of
course. The china cup was produced in England and is nearly too pretty to
We slept-in Saturday. It had been far too long since neither of
us had a clear day on our calendar, and with both of us miraculously free all
day - on the same day - we decided to take a drive out to Oregon wine country
and buy some olive oil from
Oregon Olive Mill at Red Ridge Farms.
Our last visit to the mill was just a few days before we left
for Indio in November. I was out of their oil, so purchased another gallon of
Arbequina today, and had them ship a gallon to The Lovely Lisa (she loves their
oil as well
Arbequina as well). I use this oil only for "eating" (drizzled on
vegetables, in salad dressings, etc.) and do not cook with it... except when
Rosemary & Lemon Olive Oil Cake, naturally.
Their gardens were extraordinary. Oregon had two weeks of warm sunshine before
we arrived back in Portland. Nothing but rain since, but the flowers don't seem
As long as we were all the way out west of civilization, we
decided to have a late lunch/early dinner at
Fresh-caught Oregon Ling Cod, truffle fries and slaw made
with cabbage, carrots, fennel and cilantro.
We've unpacked, settled-in, had a dinner party and visited Oregon wine
country and one of our favorite restaurants - all in only one week back...
Until my next update, I remain, your "now I feel I'm truly home again" correspondent.
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