Marianne in Cairo had the following challenge on her blog:
Take the closest book to where you are, open page 123 and copy the 6th, 7th and 8th sentences…
I had the Lonely Planet for Puerto Rico next to me but as I didn’t want to make an ad for a surf shop in Luquillo, I took the other PR guidebook – Let’s Go* and this is what I found:
A pigeon-hater’s worst nightmare and many a child’s greatest dream, Parque de las Palomas (Pigeon Park) is crawling with this urban bird. If you’re into that sort of thing, buy some bird food from the vendor in the corner ($0.50) and soon birds will be crawling all over you, too. If you’ve seen Alfred Hitchcock’s movie The Birds a few too many times, skip directly to the Capilla del Santo Cristo, the tiny chapel next to the park.
Well, I have actually seen the film The Birds, and it is definitely scary and as I don’t like pigeons (flying rats), I will check out the chapel instead of the park next time I am in the Old San Juan…
I also have my recipebook next to me since I copied the crumble recipe for Miri yesterday (see comment No 9 in yesterday’s post), so let’s see what page 123 says in that book (is this turning into a food blog?? I’ll copy the full recipe for you):
Salmon & spinach quiche with goat’s cheese (my note: made it for the first time in Brussels for my grandmother and aunt, 16th June 2003**)
2 decilitres flour
1 pinch salt
100 g butter
a little water if the crust is too dry
Mix together with a fork and put in an ovenproof pie / quiche dish.
1 yellow onion – chopped
150 grams spinach – cut in smaller pieces, (I always do it with a pair of scissors)
200 grams smoked salmon
1 decilitre goat’s cheese in crumbles
Fry the onion and spinach lightly before mixing with the other ingredients.
2,5 decilitres milk
1 pinch salt and some pepper
1 lemon – juice + grated peel
Pour over the filling once it has been added onto the pie crust.
I usually pre-bake the pie crust for about 5 minutes before I add the filling and egg mix. Bake in the oven (175 degrees Celsius / 325 degrees fahrenheit) for approx. 30-40 minutes. Serve with a green salad.
My recipe book is a simple notebook that my grandmother (second day in a row I write about my grandmother!) and my aunt gave me in 1988 when they were visiting us in England. They had written down their best recipes for me and then I have continued filling the book with recipes from friends, magazines and TV programmes… The first recipe in the book is my grandmother’s pancake recipe, which I usually make several times a month; then follow recipes for cream buns (vaniljbullar), breakfast rolls, Drömmar, Klenätter (Swedish biscuits that are impossible to translate to English), boiled cod (my favourite dish when I was a child) and my aunt’s tasty BBQ sauce etc. maybe I’ll share some more recipes another time 😀
What does it say in your book on page 123?
*) It was not a coincidence that I had guidebooks next to my computer, I am always looking up things for the blog or just out of curiosity… And I am planning an excursion this weekend to celebrate O’s and my 3rd anniversary!
**) Yes, just like I write notes in my guidebooks of when I visited a certain place, I note down in my recipebooks when I have tried the recipe…