Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and a Movie

This past weekend, I got a chance to hang out with my friend Grace for dinner and a movie. Grace has a projector in her living room and we’ve been talking about having a Shirley Temple movie night for a while. However, she had the BBC version of “Emma,” so being a proper Jane Austen fan, I jumped at the chance to check it out. I had heard it was better than the movie that came out several years ago and was curious if this were true (I didn’t like the movie, so I figured I was hopeful). I’m afraid I can’t give a final review on the BBC version yet, since we’re not through watching it—it’s a whopping 230 minutes long—since I started snoring at some point in the night, most likely induced by the yummy plum wine I had with dinner. But, I can say I’ve enjoyed every minute we’ve watched so far!

Grace was having a salmon craving, and since that is by far my favorite fish, I was pro that idea. She wanted a fish salad, so we took a tour of the Asian market off Braker Lane, which seems to have the freshest fish selection of any of the super markets around. They slice the fish off while you wait. We also picked up some limes, spinach, pineapple and plum wine.

When we got back to her house, we split up duties. She got to pick basil out of the garden and cook the fish, while I was in charge of cooking the pineapple and making a salad dressing out of the limes, orange, basil, honey and olive oil.

It was a fairly quick dinner and turned out splendid! Not only did it taste really good, but it was a colorful salad that surely had lots of vitamins and minerals, too! When’s the last time you enjoyed dinner and a movie?

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Srirachi, can’t live withoutchi

A quick meal that looks and tastes fancier than it is.

I had the best dinner I’ve had in a long time tonight—and I didn’t have to leave my place to get it.

Tonight Antonio and I both decided we had a lot of projects we needed to work on, so we decided we’d do our own thing, which worked out because I ended up needing to make a visit to a friend and, also, I bought some groceries last week that still needed to be eaten.

I pulled up a recipe from that I had already preplanned. I checked out the comments, because it only had received 3 stars. The comments were not great, which put me in a ‘mood’ while I was cooking. “Why am I cooking this?” I thought. “Someone already said it was bland.”

But I had all the ingredients, so what was I supposed to do?

I am so glad I made this despite a few negative comments! There was nothing bland, in my opinion, of the salmon with gingery green beans and bok choy. I forgot the bok choy at the store, so really it was salmon with gingery green beans and carrots.

The salmon perfectly complemented the cooked carrots, which tasted sweet with the added ginger. Being out of fresh ginger and garlic, I substituted from my spice rack. Green beans, which I can usually do without, tasted wonderfully with the green onions. It was a very quick recipe, with just a little pre-chopping and maybe 10–12 minutes of cooking on a skillet.

But the best part of it was the srirachi. I bought srirachi about a year or two ago after reading a wonderful article in the New York times about it. I wasn’t really even sure what to expect, but I bought it anyway—and loved it! I can’t say there’s cause for me to break it out often, but when I do, watch out! It’s a splendidly fantastic, sweet burning taste on your tongue. And it’s addictive! Try it in soups, on chili, anything that needs a real kick to it.

Try it. Love it. Let me know what you think.