Fours or Sixes? / ¿Cuatro o Seis?

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

“DO YOU WANT ME TO cut it into fours or sixes? What do you think?” San Geraldo asked before explaining, “I could do fours because if we do sixes, then I have to have it three times.” We agreed to sixes but after each eating a six, we decided fours would be better.

To translate: San Geraldo baked another delicious Moorish pie (click here) Wednesday evening and couldn’t decide if he should cut it in fourths or sixths. We decided on sixths even though that would mean San Geraldo would have two meals-worth of leftovers (an idea he hated), but we then went back into the kitchen for another portion. We each ate a quarter that night and finished it off for lunch Thursday. The recipe says it serves 6 to 8 as a light main course. And we wanted a light main course because we planned to each enjoy half a container of Haagen Dazs ice cream for dessert. Light is a relative term.

I bought flowers for San Geraldo today after my coffee at Mesón Salvador. Granted, the flowers are for me, too. But first they’re for SG. I selected some colorful carnations that I hope will last a while in the dining room.

While I waited at the kiosk for the carnations to be wrapped up, I noticed an exotic and unusual flowering plant and grabbed that for the terrace. It’s called ornithogalum dubium. Common names are Orange Sun Star or Star of Bethlehem. I was told it loves the sun and is easy to care for. But I just read it’s a bulb that will require wintering over and it’s toxic to pets. I’ll have to keep an eye on the boys. But they don’t normally eat the plants, so I think we’ll be OK. If not, it will be a beautiful gift for someone else or I can put up a shelf on the terrace wall. It’s pictured above and in the three photos that follow the Moorish pie.


“¿QUIERES QUE LO CORTO EN cuatro o en seis? ¿Qué opinas?” San Geraldo preguntó antes de explicar, “Podría hacer cuatro. Porque si hacemos seis, entonces tengo que comerlo tres veces”. Estuvimos de acuerdo en seis, pero después de comer un seis, decidimos que cuatro sería mejor.

Para traducir: San Geraldo horneó otro delicioso pastel moruno (haz clic aquí) el miércoles por la noche y no pudo decidir si debía cortarlo en cuartos o sextos. Nos decidimos por sextos a pesar de que eso significaría que San Geraldo tendría dos comidas de sobras (una idea que odiaba), pero luego volvimos a la cocina por otra porción. Cada uno de nosotros comimos un cuarto esa noche y lo terminamos para el almuerzo del jueves. La receta dice que sirve de 6 a 8 como plato principal ligero. Y queríamos un plato principal ligero porque planeamos disfrutar de medio envase de helado Haagen Dazs como postre. Un plato principal ligero es un término relativo.

Compré flores para San Geraldo hoy después de mi café en Mesón Salvador. Por supuesto, las flores también son para mí. Pero primero son para SG. Seleccioné unos coloridos claveles que espero duren un rato en el comedor.

Mientras esperaba en el quiosco a que envolvieran los claveles, noté una planta con flores exóticas e inusuales y la agarré para la terraza. Se llama ornithogalum dubium. Los nombres populares son leche de pájaro, leche de gallina, o estrella de Belén. Me dijeron que ama el sol y es fácil de cuidar. Pero acabo de leer que es una bombilla que requerirá pasar el invierno y es tóxica para las mascotas. Tendré que vigilar a los chicos. Pero normalmente no comen las plantas, así que creo que estaremos bien. Si no, será un hermoso regalo para otra persona.

En inglés, cortar algo en “fours or sixes” no es correcto. Es el inglés de San Geraldo. Cortamos las cosas en fourths or sixths (cuartos o sextos) — ordinal y no cardinal.

It was Isabel’s day, so they had to wait. They didn’t catch on until she arrived.
Era el día de Isabel, así que tuvieron que esperar. No se dieron cuenta hasta que ella llegó.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

30 thoughts on “Fours or Sixes? / ¿Cuatro o Seis?”

  1. Love the new plant. Hope Dudo and Moose don’t like it quite as well. The carnations are a great color, too.

    Have to laugh at the photo looking straight out to the Med. Looks like the waves are heading directly into your place based on the angle…helps that you are a few floors up. 🙂

    1. Mary:
      We’re on the 3rd floor (4th if you count the lobby). Had thought the view would be even better from high up, but we’ve seen it and prefer this for exactly the reason you mention. It feels like we’re part of the sea.

  2. That new plant is gorgeously eye catching! Love it. Carnations are my absolute favorite flower. They last so long in a vase and smell soooooo good. I love the color of yours.
    I find serving sizes to be quite problematic. I can eat half a bag of Oreos by going back for more servings over and over again. I won’t eat that much if they are put in a dish right in front of me. As for any kind of pie, when in doubt go for quarters 🙂 .

    1. Deedles:
      They had some great choices in carnations and I thought they would last longer than the roses and gerbera daisies I’d gotten recently. Now I’ll think of you whenever I see them. I had an aunt who was on Weight Watchers my entire life. She only ate slivers of cake… until the entire cake was gone. We used to always quarter pies. Often we still do.

  3. We have one cat that will eat plants so we have to be careful about what goes into the sunroom,
    Now, a Moorish pie they could eat!

    1. Bob:
      The Moorish pie is so good and the cats have no interest in that either. One of our California cats ate plants. So we bought fake grasses for our dark den. The idiot ate those, too.

    1. Debra:
      This one flower kiosk always has these random unusual plants. I had never seen this before.

  4. the carnations are loverly, but I would not rest until that poison plant is gone. there is always a first time for everything with curious kitties. we do quarters in this house also; so much simpler.

  5. You chose incredibly vibrant colors for the cut flowers and the plant, Mitchell – they both are on fire! I really must try to make that Moorish pie. It looks so delicious. It looks like one of those dishes that tastes even better on the second day.

    1. Wilma:
      I think I was drawn to vibrant because it was such a gray day. The Moorish pie is absolutely perfect. And you’re right about it tasting even better the second day. We both commented on that… again.

  6. Darling Mitchell,

    What fun to reconnect after what seems like a lifetime away.

    The view from your balcony is absolutely wonderful. And, so good not to be too high up since that brings the sea even closer. At one point we lived on the third floor of a building on the Thames and friends living in the penthouse, several floors higher. We always felt that although they enjoyed a marvellous cityscape, our views of the river were better. We should definitely love to spend time watching the sea, glass of wine in hand.

    And, the moorish pie looks fabulous. We rather like it when fruit is added to chicken or other meat and it does remind one of North Africa and the exotic nature of that country. There would have been no question for us about the fraction….quarters, definitely.

    Fresh flowers around the house are always so joyful!

    1. Jane and Lance:
      When we were doing renovations a few years ago, we stayed in a vacant apartment on the 8th floor. That’s when we appreciated our location and view. We didn’t feel a part of the sea and beach. We’ve now lived here on the beach 8 years (last week). A record for us anywhere. I wonder how you find life in Budapest these days. The world has changed… and I hope some of it changes back.

  7. The second I saw the flowers I knew they were yours. You seem to like the reds and oranges..
    Love the kitties peaking around and waiting for the snacks.

    1. Anon:
      I’ve been drawn lately to the reds and oranges… and purples (because of our one eggplant wall). But I almost bought yellow carnations!

    1. Steve:
      Despite the fact that we’ve had little pure sunshine since they arrived, they’re thriving. And the cats steer clear of them.

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