Memories of a long life: Travel, food, birds

Memories of a long life: Travel, food, birds

Yesterday marked the 92nd calendar year of my life on this earth. I discover that definitely unbelievable, and even though I am grateful for the present of longevity with wits continue to intact (primarily) I do not know wherever the past few of decades went!

Born in Coeur d’Alene in 1930, I invested the to start with 30 many years there, by education, relationship(s), and boosting my family. All through the’60s, I moved to and labored in Spokane in communication — newspapers, Television set, and other outlets needing a writer/journalist. But when those people yrs (and companions) passed and my excellent six little ones had “grown up and gone” — so to talk — I place the past totally guiding me, moved on your own to Sandpoint at age 50 — and that is when my lifetime certainly started. I commenced operating at the Bee as a attribute author and in the long run as arts editor — before long to vie with the title “travel editor” — because I commenced my private “odyssey” of the fantastic planet I had started looking through about when I was only 5 yrs outdated.*

I experienced now been to every single state other than Rhode Island, seeing The united states by automobile — and the relaxation of the entire world beckoned. I experienced resolved from the commencing that I would hardly ever be a “it’s Tuesday so this ought to be Vienna” (sic) traveler, so allowed myself time. I expended a full month in Egypt — ditto Mexico (comparing pyramids!) – Spain/Morocco, and Greece — including a fantastic cruise to the islands and Ephesus .Later on, I was captivated by London and started offering (with the assistance of vacation agent Sherry Metz) guided outings for that fantastic metropolis and its environs. Soon extra were being Scotland, France, Switzerland and Italy. Include visits to New Orleans with a pair of neat cruises to Jamaica and the Bahamas wherever I liked snorkeling (and browsing). Introducing to all this bounty, daughter Shelley and spouse Ray moved to Maui for quite a few many years, which demanded at least a few visitations.

As a result did I devote some 20 many years in traveling and studying. I spoke satisfactory Spanish, very poor French, go through the Latin on ruins — and uncovered some hieroglyphs in Luxor! How could I have finished all this, you could talk to — and my response is “God’s grace and Visa.”

  • I go through about Petra at age 5 (I however have the first Nationwide Geographic) which lit the wish for vacation inside me — and regrettably, was the just one spot I in no way created it to!


Speaking of Latin – “Hail Caesar”!

We’re all common with the famous “Caesar Salad”, and in New Orleans numerous several years ago, I ate at what I assumed to be Caesars primary restaurant.


The terrific Caesar Cardini produced his namesake piece de resistance in 1924 at his little hotel in Tijuana. The previous article in which I discovered this “new” I (to me) info disclosed that “he hardly ever combined the dressing forward of time, and nothing at all was calculated, so the salad took on the characteristics of a spontaneous operate of artwork.” The fundamentals then were being lemon juice, garlicky olive oil, eggs and Parmesan cheese. Caesar by no means included anchovies, possibly — only a dash of Worcestershire sauce. He also did not chop up the Romaine lettuce, applying only the hearts, divided for taking in with the fingers!

Here’s the original recipe.

Classic Caesar Salad

(For 6)

7 Tbsps. additional-virgin olive oil

4-6 garlic cloves, peeled, sliced

2 cups bread cubes, made from agency-textured bread

3 Romaine lettuce hearts

1/2 tsp. coarse salt

1/4 tsp. clean-floor black pepper

Juice from 1 lemon

2 big egg yolks, crushed

2 tsps. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup fresh new grated Parmegiano Reggiano cheese

Incorporate olive oil and garlic in little bowl, protect tightly and allow stand 30 minutes to 1 hour. Preheat oven to 325F. Toss bread cubes with 3 Tbsps. garlic oil to coat distribute in a solitary layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake about 10 minutes or just right until edges begin to shade. Set apart to awesome.

Cautiously independent the leaves of the romaine hearts area in a big coved salad bowl. Drizzle with 2 Tbsps. of the garlic oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper toss nicely. Increase yet another 2 Tbsps. garlic oil, the lemon juice, yolks and Worcestershire toss carefully. Sprinkle with cheese and croutons. Have shallow coved bowls out there for each individual visitor. Make it possible for them to serve with themselves with a 1-piece salad server. The initial recipe claims to encourage attendees to consume their leaves with their fingers — but you can have salad forks on hand. In any case have a wonderful stack of napkins or paper towel obtainable.

I consider this appears like a fun summer season outside take care of which could only be improved with icy Bubbly on hand! Way too, a platter of prawns would not be remiss for a “full food deal.”

Romaine mixes very well with other greens for excellent summer season salads, as witness our illustration of a fantastic montage of a variety of crunchy decisions needing only a drizzle of olive oil for perfection.


This horrid wintertime has not been sort to the birds. For weeks, I saw only the different woodpeckers doing work my “chef’s choice” of suet blocks. Now, only a really handful of Chickadees, Nuthatches and a couple of Chipping sparrows — 5 or six birds max –join the at any time-existing turkey flock at the largesse of sunflower seeds tossed on the snow. Then I caught a glimpse of black-and-orange — and knew it could only be my extensive-time resident Various Thrush — this reminded me of an write-up I wrote a several yrs back again which I known as my “Rhapsody in Black and Orange:” Incorporated have been the thrush, the Robins, wonderful Bullock’s Oriole (the West’s edition of the East’s Baltimore Oriole), the seldom noticed Black headed Grosbeak, and the Towhees with their perky black tails*. Talk about glamour in the chicken planet! At the time, observing them co-present in the most welcoming way with the resident Chickadees, Nuthatches and Juncos, I assumed it certainly could not get any much better than this! The only destructive was that my digicam experienced just ðied” and I could not get a picture!

Anyhow, it will be just fantastic when this hand-killing, breath-using chilly is long gone and the birds return with their cheery interactions and pure, harmless splendor. Amen to that!

  • My chook e book reminded me of the orange-and-black Western Tanager, but they sport a dazzling red head, so I opted not to include things like them.

Valle Novak writes the Region Chef and Weekend Gardener columns for the Day by day Bee. She can be achieved at [email protected] or by telephone at 208-265-4688 between the several hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.