Do you have some good news for the readership? How are things going with churches where you are? (Good news, please.)
For my part, some of you great people who follow my live-streamed Mass each day sent donations for flowers. I have had terrific luck with these alstromeria. I think today is their final hurrah, for Mass.
Speaking of donors. Some of you have contributed chess boards, pieces and clocks. I would like to get something going with chess here. My interest revived a while back – it seems like forever ago – when I was last in D.C. and at the Army and Navy Club on a Saturday morning. They had a meeting of their chess club and they invited me to play. It had been a really long time but I acquitted myself well. I getting back into it.
Anyway, I have four vinyl boards and wonderful heavily weighted pieces which is quite simply a pleasure to pick up, along with four old fashioned wind up clocks (which they are for when the EMP hits).
Another simple pleasure provides good news, and again, due to the kindness of a reader who sent colatura di alici from my wishlist.
Chop up a clove (or more) of garlic. Put it in a bowl. Chop some parsley. Put it in the bowl. Put a three or four spoons of the colatura in the bowl. You can also add some peperoncino (really hot peppers) or use flakes. Put it in the bowl. Let it all macerate while you cook the pasta. Vermicelli works best for this: you want lot’s of surface for the mixture to cling to. When the pasta is done, drain it very well and toss everything together in the bowl.
This stuff is super fast, simple, and out of this world.
Last night we had another Supper For The Promotion Of Clericalism. There were seven of us clerics and we supped.
Here, by the way, are two of the boards set and ready for play last evening.
There was Campari and soda or Aperol Spritz with salty nibbles beforehand. I made strozzapreti alla puttana siciliana, my variant of puttanesca using homemade caponata. Leafy greens and a garlic vinaigrette with macerated cherry tomatoes. Two 2″ thick rib eye on the big Weber in the courtyard. Cheeses and Honey Crisp apples after and a choice of “Magnum” bars and “bomb pops”. Amaro.