CARPET BAG MEMORIES

Ah … perhaps it’s the music on the radio, but I was nostalgic for the Seventies yesterday. Remember Avocado Ritz, Moussaka and Devilled Eggs? I thought I’d enjoy the sunny day and cook an old favourite outside on my gas stove.

   

On my very first dinner date, the lad arrived with a carnation in a bottle of Babycham (I thought that was sooo sophisticated!) and carried me in his Alfa Sud to the Greek Sizzler, one of the few restaurants in Bloemfontein at the time. I ordered a Carpet Bag Steak, which was all the rage then. I was sick as a dog when I got home, and to this day I can’t stomach a cooked oyster, although it may have been an effect of the Grunberger Stein on my unsuspecting young tummy.

   

But from time to time, I do hanker after the combination of surf and turf tastes. The fish market in Dunkeld had fresh mussels yesterday, so I poached them in tomato, onions, garlick, ginger, corriander and a squirt of lemon.

Just perfect with a piece of rare fillet, which I had marinated in fish sauce and soya sauce …

And then the newspapers, a nice long nap …

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. adeeyoyo says:

    Your mention of moussaka reminded me of how long it’s been since I made it. I swear, Cin, you’re trying to fatten all of us up with your foodie posts. Some people just have to read recipes to put on weight, lol!

    1. theonlycin says:

      *grin* I have to cook, adee, I just can’t help myslef 🙂

    2. adee – the foodie bloggers are so bad for one, and the more you tell them so the more they tempy one

    1. adeeyoyo says:

      Me too, Sidey, me too! and when my arm is better I am going to make it… in fact I have promised myself lots of treats… 😉

  2. nrhatch says:

    Love the tablescape.
    Beautiful blues, especially in juxtaposition with the oranges.

  3. colonialist says:

    I always love surf and turf as well – in fact, I like a real mix of food. I remember having the most wonderful allsorts meals at Leipoldts – can’t remember if that’s how to spell it. All sorts of exotic things set out in a buffet.

  4. Jamie Dedes says:

    Lucious! I do enjoy steamed mussels and clams . . . and moussaka is one of my fav among Greek dishes. Your post has me drooling, Cindy. Sounds like a pleasant evening. Hooray for you!

  5. slpmartin says:

    Sound like a perfect day…or evening depending upon where you’re located on the globe. 😉

  6. deepercolors says:

    Remembering the 70’s fondly too. (Well not all of them but the latter 70’s were good.

  7. Jingle says:

    yummy,
    love the look!
    🙂

  8. Jingle says:

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    awards,
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    enjoy!
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  9. halfp1nt says:

    And there piles on another kilo!

  10. lifeinarecipe says:

    Sounds like a very yummy dinner seasoned with memories. If I lived near you I would casually drop over for a visit, with a bottle of Merlot in hand with the hopes of an impromptu invitation to dinner! 😉

  11. buttercup600 says:

    Looks sooooo yummy…I love Moussaka…and have to agree with Cindy above…bottle of Merlot in hand 🙂 : 🙂 Hope it was a good day for you girlfriend xx

  12. The Nostalgia hooked me in and the COLORS kept me!

    I Love your style…so, hmmm…can’t say paradoxical, but yes, Unconventionally Beautiful and Breathtaking 🙂

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