SG’s lentils and wiener / Las lentejas y salchicha de SG

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SAN GERALDO HADN’T MADE HIS lentil soup for a very long time. We enjoyed it for dinner last night and lunch today. Of course, he added his wiener(s) for more flavor. The photo above is the sofrito he starts with. He mixed carrots, onions, celery, garlic, olive oil, and seasonings. It’s artful and delicious.

After lunch today, SG told me there was a bit of lentil soup remaining if I wanted to save it in a container as a side for our dinner. I snapped, “So, now you want me to wash the dishes and cook?” “Do I usually pack up leftovers?” he asked. “Yes, you do!” I replied. He headed for the kitchen. He believes everything I say. I insisted it was no problem for me to put the rest of the soup in a container. You can see my beautiful work in a photo below.

Mesón Salvador was closed Thursday for Three Kings Day. We walked over to Hotel Ilunion for coffee. They have a beautiful lobby bar and café. It’s airy and open and very comfortable, but the service in the past could sometimes leave something to be desired. Yesterday, however, we met Raul. He was a charmer and a pro. The service was prompt, attentive, and friendly. The coffee was phenomenal. It’s so good that Raul actually asked, “Isn’t this coffee excellent?” The supplier is Supra Café. If you can find it anywhere, give it a try. Rich, strong, aromatic, and very slightly sweet. Yeah, like San Geraldo. (I was going to say “like my men,” but he’s the only one that ever filled the bill.)

When we returned from coffee, Isabel was still cleaning. The cats had just finished their treats. Moose retired to the kitty condo in SG’s office and Dudo took to the one on the terrace. A few minutes later, Isabel came in in shock. She was vacuuming the kitty condo and Dudo had not moved from the top shelf. Both cats hate the vacuum cleaner and, although they love Isabel (because she gives them their treats), they don’t love her activity level, and usually take off for another room when she’s in her cleaning frenzy. We don’t know what came over Dudo. But there he stayed.

I finish with a shot of the central area of my gym after my workout today. I go at a quiet time, but there were more people than it appears. What a pleasure.

Nutrition and Fitness Report
Stretching: Once so far today. Twice Thursday. Twice Wednesday.
Walking: 8 km / 4.5 miles Thursday. 3 km / 2 miles so far today.
Gym: Great chest and back workout today. Our portero commented when I was on my way out that I look really fit.
Notes: Apple pound cake Thursday morning (but not the whole pound).

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SAN GERALDO NO HABÍA HECHO su sopa de lentejas durante mucho tiempo. Lo disfrutamos para cenar anoche y almorzar hoy. Por supuesto, agregó su(s) salchicha(s) para darle más sabor. La foto de arriba es el sofrito con el que comienza. Mezcló zanahorias, cebollas, apio, ajo, aceite de oliva y condimentos. Es ingenioso y delicioso.

Después del almuerzo de hoy, SG me dijo que quedaba un poco de sopa de lentejas si quería guardarla en un recipiente como guarnición para la cena. Le espeté: “Entonces, ¿ahora quieres que lave los platos y cocine?” “¿Normalmente empaco las sobras?” preguntó. “¡Sí!” respondí. Se dirigió a la cocina. Cree todo lo que digo. Insistí en que no me suponía ningún problema poner el resto de la sopa en un recipiente. Puedes ver mi hermoso trabajo en una foto a continuación.

Mesón Salvador estuvo cerrado el jueves por el Día de Reyes. Caminamos hasta el Hotel Ilunion para tomar un café. Tienen un hermoso bar y una cafetería en el vestíbulo. Es aireado, abierto y muy cómodo, pero el servicio en el pasado a veces dejaba algo que desear. Ayer, sin embargo, conocimos a Raúl. Era un encantador y un profesional. El servicio fue rápido, atento y amable. El café estuvo fenomenal. Es tan bueno que Raúl preguntó: “¿No es excelente este café?” El proveedor es Supra Café. Si puede encontrarlo en cualquier lugar, pruébelo. Rico, fuerte, aromático y muy ligeramente dulce. Sí, como San Geraldo. (Iba a decir “como mis hombres”, pero él es el único que llenó la cuenta.)

Cuando regresamos del café, Isabel todavía estaba limpiando. Los gatos acababan de terminar sus aperetivos. Moose se retiró al arbol de gatitos en la oficina de SG y Dudo se dirigió al de la terraza. Unos minutos más tarde, Isabel entró en estado de sopresa. Estaba pasando la aspiradora por el arbole de gatitos y Dudo no se había movido del estante superior. Ambos gatos odian la aspiradora y, aunque aman a Isabel (porque ella les da sus golosinas), no les encanta su nivel de actividad y, por lo general, se van a otra habitación cuando está en su frenesí de limpieza. No sabemos qué le pasó a Dudo. Pero ahí se quedó.

Termino con una foto de la zona central de mi gimnasio después de mi entrenamiento de hoy. Voy en un momento tranquilo, pero había más gente de la que parece. Qué placer.

Informe de Nutrición y Estado Físico
Estiramiento: Una vez hasta ahora hoy. Dos veces jueves. Dos veces miércoles.
Caminando: 8 km / 4.5 millas el jueves. 3 km / 2 millas hasta ahora.
Gimnasio: Gran entrenamiento de pecho y espalda hoy. Nuestro portero comentó cuando salía que me veo muy en forma.
Notas: Tarta de manzana el jueves por la mañana.

• Ilunion Thursday morning. Only a few other people there — and far away from us.
• Ilunion jueves por la mañana. Solo unas pocas personas más allí, y muy lejos de nosotros.
• We splurged on moist and delicious apple pound cake. Raul served us two slices each. “They’re small,” he said. A man after our own hearts.
• Derrochamos en un delicioso y húmedo bizcocho de manzana. Raúl nos sirvió dos rebanadas a cada uno. “Son pequeños”, dijo. Un hombre conforme a nuestros corazones.

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..

37 thoughts on “SG’s lentils and wiener / Las lentejas y salchicha de SG”

  1. Wow, Scoot! You’re becoming a regular Galloping Gourmet! Such presentation! As much as I adore a good wiener, they look kind of out of place in that dish. Of course, taste is what matters. I would love to hang with you guys. You seem to be so much fun!

    1. Deedles,
      Oh, we’re a barrel laughs. We would live to hang with you, too. Maybe you and Balder Half need a little trip to Spain.

      1. Scoot, sweetie, I will never fly again! Too cooped up, small seats and a Karen or two would probably try hijacking the plane. 🙂

      2. You can lead a Deedles to a plane but you can’t make her board. It would have to be a medical emergency and I’d have to be unconscious. I do appreciate the thought, tho.

  2. I’ll have to check out Supra Café (we’re coffee hounds). As for the weiners…are there other sausages available to you that would be good with lentils? We usually have lentil soup with Italian sausage.

    1. Chris soup,
      So many other good sausage choices. SG just likes these turkey hot dogs (wieners) for some reason. Maybe so he can say he’s got wieners.

  3. SG and I were on the same wave length. I made lentil soup the other night, but instead of wieners I put in small chunks of chicken breast. Also, I add minced garlic (during the sauteing–which I did in butter this time) and several tsps of Herb de Provence seasoning once I add the broth/stock. Twas scrumptious, if I do say so myself. So did DH.

    Shocking that Dudo stayed in place for the vacuuming. A complacent cat in commotion? (gotta love alliteration) Amazing. Even my dog runs like hell when I fire up the vacuum.

  4. Reminds me to get some lentils…..love those legumes.
    Nothing better than a good pound cake.
    Maybe Dudo is maturing?

    1. Jim:
      My friend’s 4-year-old great-granddaughter calls this dish “Jerry’s Lentils.” Dudo will probably run and hide again next week.

  5. Isabel vacuuming the cat tower slays me!!!
    You packaging food slayed me.
    The fcat that I don’t see a photo of the charming Raul does not, however, slay me ….

    1. Bob:
      I know! I’ll ask handsome Raul if I can take a pic next time. Some days, I feel like a kitchen drudge. Isabel vacuums the two cat towers weekly. She’s a gift.

    1. Debra:
      I don’t hold out much hope. Like most resolutions, that one will probably fly out the window by next week.

  6. What will SG do when the book goes off the printer? He will have all of that time and energy to cook and play with the cats, and – – – – – –

  7. Hmmmm…in our household it’s the dish-doer (me) who puts away the leftovers. Just saying. 🙂

    Maybe Dudo has finally realized that vacuum cleaner isn’t going to come after him? Pets, like people, get wiser as they get older!

    1. Steve:
      I’d appreciate it if you’d just keep that leftovers information to yourself. Just saying.

      I’ll be surprised if Dudo doesn’t run from the vacuum again. I think it was an anomaly. But I’ll keep you posted. He IS an unusually smart cat. And then there’s Moose — although he does have us wrapped around his little … finger.

  8. That is the most colorful and thus tasteful looking lentil soup I’ve ever seen.

    Also, Mitchell, thanks so much for trusting HRH and adding InSanity to your ready list.

    1. larrymuffin:
      SG uses turkey hot dogs, so a bit different. But sausage would be great… or nothing.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      For you and San Geraldo, it’s an easy thing to make. And so satisfying.

  9. I don’t believe I’ve ever had lentils, either in soup or however else you would consume them. I’ll have to give them a try.

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