My View For Awhile: Delayed Edition & Fr. Z’s Kitchen

When you are delayed because of equipment at a small airport you don’t have many options.

My fate today.

I’m glad I made a point of coming early. As it was, the rebooking line was long and the app was not too helpful. One person was at the counter until I was the next one; two more showed up.

I just might, if all goes well, make my original flight from ATL northward. Everything needs to go smoothly and the gates can’t be too far apart. I don’t have a bag checked so I’m not worried about that. I hope that they will try to get us in a bit early. I have a sense that they “pad” arrival times so they report better ontime averages. Cynical?

UPDATE

I just had a note from Delta that my flight from ATL is delayed about 20 minutes, which gives me a little buffer.

It’s an evolving – not to say kinetic – scenario. We shall see.

Meanwhile, this airport reminds me of what most airports were back in the day: people looking for plugins for their gear. I have a coveted plug by a window, which I will give up when my gizmo gets back in safe zone.

UPDATE

We have an airplane, which is disgorging as a write. Delta sent a note that my flight out of ATL is delayed 20 minutes, which provides a buffer.

UPDATE

The bag handler was singing as we entered the plane: ?”Oh my bags are packed….” ?

UPDATE

Landing in ATL was a bumpy affair which I am fairly sure left pieces of the aircraft on the runway.

As it turns out my dash from The End Of C to The End Of E went well in that in incurred no visible injuries and I arrived a couple minutes before scheduled boarding. Here I find that we are delayed for 20 minutes, so I can breathe for a while before we board.

There was a great guy on the last flight, a retired Ranger who travels a lot now for his work but manages to get to Mass every day and spend time in Adoration. There’s a guy who “leads the way”. As we went different directions he said, “I love being Catholic!” The ring of truth was bracing and helpful.

UPDATE

Settled.

Some interloper is trying to connect to my phone. Grrrr. KNOCK IT OFF.

UPDATE

I’ll find you!

In fact I should let him connect and then play him either recordings of my sermons or some of my soothing Chinese folk music.

UPDATE

With all the delays a rushing around etc., I pulled my usual and, as I get settled, I pulled my brim down and slept through the take off, massive turbulence (they never did get the service carts out) and didn’t wake until the pressure change forced me to consciousness for a view of the shore of Chicago.

Alas, phone photos at night don’t do it justice.

Arriving at my friendly destination, it was time to make supper… saltimbocca for three and spinaches.

With the application of prosciutto, into the pan it goes with a dash of flour.

Spooning the beautiful hotness of the oil and butter over the veal.

Spinach into SUPER hot oil that I had had a few cloves of garlic in.  I pulled them out.  There’s enough moisture in the spinach.

With a squeeze of lemon.

POW! Saltimbocca alla romana con spinaci in padella.   FAST!

The other day, a reader said that I had better soon produce a Fr. Z’s Kitchen post to cheer him up.

Here we are, on the fly, after flights and airports and blech.

Tomorrow, downtown to meet people etc.

 

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12 Responses to My View For Awhile: Delayed Edition & Fr. Z’s Kitchen

  1. JustaSinner says:

    Spare battery back up for the phone?

  2. bigtex says:

    Delta is ready when you are.

  3. Suburbanbanshee says:

    Your phone was probably calling itself “Airport Wifi.”

  4. Marine Mom says:

    “ O my bags are packed I’ m ready to go…….
    I’m leaving on a jet plane don’t know if I’ll be back again…….
    Peter, Paul and Mary or John Denver version

  5. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    It looks like you’re reading Nostalgia.

    I bought Nostalgia based off your recommendation. It’s on my night shelf although I am still in the opening pages.

    I greatly enjoy Esolen’s prose.

    His reference to C.S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man in the Introduction hooked me. Abolition of Man was a pivotal life-turning book in my life.

  6. APX says:

    Some interloper is trying to connect to my phone […] In fact I should let him connect and then play him either recordings of my sermons or some of my soothing Chinese folk music.

    Lol! I recently discovered that I can connect to my neighbor’s Bluetooth speakers in the apartment next to me. A person could have some fun with that…

  7. Gab says:

    Love that recipe. I’m going to try it this week!

  8. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Thanks Padre! Your prayers and recipes are a treasure.

    This isnt the first time you’ve featured saltimbocca….packaged prosciutto I can get. Looks like you toothpick/Macgyver’d it to the veal.

    Do you just get any veal from the grocer or is there a specific cut?

  9. I didn’t do the buying. My peeps in Chicago had, during the day, obtained really good veal and DOC Parma prosciutto at their local store. The rest was easy peasy. Some stores/butchers keep good veal on hand. Some you have to ask a day or two in advance. ALWAYS spend a little time chatting with your butcher or the regular guys at the meat counter. They can be really helpful. My experience is, in all the places I’ve been, is that they rather like doing things out of the routine of cutting and packaging and repackaging. They are usually interested in what I am going to do with stuff I get.

  10. youngcatholicgirl says:

    That saltimbocca looks SO good! I have recipes for it from the Vatican Cookbook, but alas, live in area where I don’t think I could find it if I tried. As for prosciutto, I seriously doubt that the stuff around here is anything like good Italian meat, or what you can fin in Chicago.
    My computer doesn’t know what satimbocca is. Spellcheck is telling me to change it to “bombastically”.

  11. youngcatholicgirl says:

    That saltimbocca looks SO good! I have recipes for it from the Vatican Cookbook, but alas, live in area where I don’t think I could find it if I tried. As for prosciutto, I seriously doubt that the stuff around here is anything like good Italian meat, or what you can find in Chicago.
    My computer doesn’t know what satimbocca is. Spellcheck is telling me to change it to “bombastically”.

  12. Semper Gumby says:

    Good friends and food, excellent.

    MarineMom: Semper Fi!

    youngcatholicgirl: I may be wrong, but “bombastically” might be part of the recipe:

    “With the application of prosciutto, into the pan it goes-bombastically-with a dash of flour.”

    APX: Try “Ride of the Valkyries” at dawn. That’ll get ’em up and at ’em.