Strawberries and Lobster, Part Deux. Also Tomatoes.

Well, it turns out that 8 pounds of strawberries do not fit in one pie.  So I made strawberry-banana-orange smoothies, which Mr. O promptly topped with whipped cream.

Smoothies with Whipped Creme

Strawberry Smoothies

That was our snack.  Then Mr. O worked leftover magic on the lobsters, turning them into this:

Lobster Creation

Mr. O's Lobster Creation

which is angel hair pasta, onion, garlic, cream, butter, parmesan, sherry, and lobster.  Cholesterol be damned, say we. Also: diet starts next week. Probably.

And we finished our evening with The Queen (a Christmas gift for Mr. O from his then-future in-laws; Sidebar: Helen Mirren is pretty much perfect in everything. Even in Excalibur, which is way weird.) and a large pot of tea brewed in our honeymoon-acquired blue British teapot.


I happen to love tea pots. Almost as much as books, but not quite.  There are books in every room of the house, but not teapots.  There are teapots in almost every room of the house.  There will be a teapot tour later in the blog.  Mind the step and keep your hands and feet within the vehicle at all times.

In other food news of today: tomato sauce.  Our lovely landlady, RR, grows lots of pretty and delicious things, but we especially like the two enormous tomato plants that she told us are ours.  Said plants are now producing tasty tomatoes — so many that I can’t eat them all in sandwiches and thus decided to turn them into:


This sauce is more than usually orange for a number of reasons.

1. I added peppers. Peppers that RR grew, Mr. O roasted, and RR jarred with olive oil, garlic, and parsley.

2. I pureed the sauce after it cooked, and it looked more orange afterwards.  Hmmm.  I should admit that this blending took place largely because the blender was already out (see smoothies, above), and because Mr. O had already washed it.

So now we have a lovely vegetarian sauce that is a cross between very thick tomato soup and very thin tomato sauce. It is delicious, and I anticipate that it will find its way to some pasta and then into our bellies tomorrow.  Here is the recipe:

Orange Tomato Sauce

  • some olive oil
  • some salt
  • a bowl full of fresh, diced tomatoes, some liquid drained
  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped the way Mrs. O chops it
  • fresh basil
  • 1 jar of peppers that RR grew, Mr. O grilled, and RR jarred.

Cook for awhile. Then blend the ingredients together AFTER the sauce cools down. Good job!

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