I love a guest who brings guests. Forty-five minutes before Sheila and Tony were to arrive, I got a text:
Hi, Sue – Can we bring a guest? He’s from Spain.
What would you say?
Yes. Of course.
Bethany had just returned from Spain and she could chat a bit in case he was homesick.
Sheila was a new friend and what else do you say to a new friend?
Sheila brought three kinds of ice cream.
Guests who bring guests reminds me of a substantial salad:
Kale, With Apples and Cheddar.
Such unexpected but welcome guests: Apples and Cheddar! Kale–well-messaged kale. Well-oiled and well-garlic’d kale –is good, great even. But Kale that brings guests: Apples and Cheddar? Well, that’s worth a night in, with or without company!
- 4 cups finely chopped curly kale, washed and rinsed
- 2 T. coarsely chopped toasted almonds
- 1 apple, cored and diced
- 1 oz. sharp Cheddar, cut in ¼" pieces
- 2 T. fresh lemon juice
- Salt to taste
- 1 small garlic clove, crushed
- 5 T. olive oil
- 2 T. grated Parmesan
- Combine kale, almonds, apple and Cheddar in large bowl
- Whisk together the lemon juice, salt, garlic and olive oil
- Add to salad and toss well (I made this up to this step and refrigerated until dinner to help soften the Kale)
- Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve
Add grilled chicken and sliced avocado and you can pretend you live on the Central Coast of California. Just turn up the furnace, wrap your legs in an afghan and watch Hawaii 5-0. Can you dig it? I can. But not this:
Of course you can, especially if you bring ice cream. One kind will do.