Saturday, January 31, 2009


This time of the year, one of our favorite treats ripen in Florida. They are called Honeybell Oranges. They are different than your typical oranges in that the juice that flows through them is very abundant. In fact, bear with me, but the best way to eat them is leaning over the kitchen sink with towel and running water. This is certainly nothing to serve to company!

They make excellent juice also. The only problem is that the time they are available is short-lived, only during January, and they are a little more expensive than regular oranges. We bought 1/4 bushel which turned out to be 16 oranges for $7. Not too bad for this once a year treat. I wish I could toss one to each and every one of you.

Friday, January 30, 2009

My good friend

In all my years, I have experienced many thrills. But when it comes right down to it, the greatest gift or thrill is a true friend and I have that with my friend, Connie. We grew up in the same town, were in Kindergarten and graduated high school together. She was actually my maid of honor at my wedding. We raised families and were not in touch frequently for a few years, but now as we have come to those special years, we are reaching out again and it feels very, very good. I never had a sister and neither did she, so maybe this is our compensation.

Tonight, Connie and I Skyped each other and it is so much better than a phone call. You can see your friend's face and expressions and know where they are coming from. Even several years ago, I could never have imagined connecting with someone with such technology.

Today it was announced that the US postal service will possibly cut delivery to 5 days a week. Thinking about it, I rarely write letters anymore. I e-mail because it is quick and certain and easier. I don't think that will make much of a difference for me. Our bills are paid with the assistance of the computer and it seems 90% of the mail we receive goes immediately into the rectangular file.

Connie and I can keep in touch with our computers on a daily basis. I can only imagine what our grandchildren will be doing in 20 years. Our country is amazing. I really love this technology, and I know some friends have not yet accepted this approach to keeping in touch. Perhaps they will someday, perhaps not. But as for me and Connie, this is a good thing and we are getting closer because of it.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Near our home

One morning this week on our walk, I decided to take the camera. It might be surprising that living in our retirement community, we do have some farm life around us. We have long-horned cows right behind our fence, an occasional buzzard looking for something (hopefully not me), orange trees and grapefruit trees hanging heavy with fruit. I love the early mornings, because you hear roosters crowing and trains from tracks nearby. Because of our frost last week, all of our neighbors lost lots of flowering shrubs. They'll come back quickly though, because this is the tropics and we can plant anytime to replace.

In my childhood home, I lived near train tracks, and I remember the soothing sound the train made as it passed by all hours of the day and night. Like a Grandfather clock in the house, soon you do not even hear it because it is so routine. Sometimes we need to silence the clock in our home when we have guests because it is too loud for them. At Christmas time, I told our grandsons how to tell the time if they wake up in the night (as if young boys wake up) because our clock chimes at each quarter hour and then on the hour. (Yes, those are mice on each side on the top of the clock ;)

We are also near Tampa and the big Super Bowl weekend. Yesterday while on the 15th hole of the golf course, we looked up and saw a cargo plane flying low with a Arizona Cardinals emblem right over us. We will not be there, but at our neighbors watching on TV like most of the states.

This is our home and I am very comfortable here. I have met wonderful neighbors and made lots of friendships. Having lived in many places since our marriage, this feels comfortable and like home to me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do You Have An Accent?

Do you have an accent? I used to. Actually, I sometimes do. l grew up in a German village in Iowa and did not step foot into Germany until I was 23, but I had an accent. It was inherited from mom and dad and Oma and Opa and all the neighbors and friends. My mother's accent was very heavy. I remember many years ago she was ordering something over the phone and when asked for her address, she was repeating it over and over. When asked her street, she lived on "V Street", she kept saying "Wee Street, Wee as in Wictor." I actually thought it was cute.

So, in high school, I started working with a tape recorder, as antique as tape recorders were in those days. I kept repeating with words over and over that I heard on the radio, etc. I actually did quite well. Of course, when The Trout and I moved to Heidelberg, Germany, courtesy of the American Army, the accent all came back. In fact, the landlady we had pinpointed , my German accent to exactly the place where my ancestors had come from over 100 years earlier. How's that for carrying on a tradition?

Through the years we lived in Louisville for a short time (finally learned the correct way to say the name of that city). Ten years in Michigan did not change my accent much, but the 20+ years in Wisconsin marked me for upper midwest, especially Wisconsin. Still, in all this, I kept a pretty normal tone of speech. That is, until I get within about 12 miles of home (Iowa). Even my husband says my accent comes back quickly.

Last evening I was Skyping with my childhood friend, Dave, whom I have known since Kindergarten. In those days, teachers were so organized all the children had to sit in alphabetical order. Dave and I had last names starting with K so we were always next to each other, all those years. He mentioned that he thought my accent was back as we were talking. It is what makes me who I am and it is a good thing, I guess.

On a real happy note, my friend Mary, at her wonderful blog just awarded me with a "Friendship Award" and I am thrilled. Mary has been a daily reader, as I have been of her blog. It is wonderful the friendships you can make by blogging. I would never have imagined. Thank you, Mary.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pie and other things

Whoa, might be a while before I let The Trout get on my blog again. :)

We were asked if we would be interested in volunteering at a pie contest in April sponsored by Crisco. We would have the job of serving, crowd control (ha) and other small jobs and for this we get a tee shirt and entrance to the pie buffet. Can you imagine the temptation? I am still thinking about this because it sounds like a month's worth of dieting to make up for this volunteering.

And then, there has been a disappointment with our hooking up with Skype. We did this to have more fun contacting the grandchildren and old friends, but The Trout was a little surprised when he was greeted by a bikini clad woman on line. Yes, he declined that friendship, but I am wondering just how all this technology works and how she got into our Skype. Why does someone always spoil the fun ?

The weather has taken a complete turn around here. Our terrible frost last week has now turned into 80 degrees and we are wondering if we can get by without the air conditioner. Florida can be unpredictable this time of year.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Thankful I made it to 65!!!!!!

Yes today was a very good day being the center of attention of this wonderful blog!! AND I had a pretty good day on the golf course with 2 of my favorite "peckerheads" Jerry and Tom, 2exMichigan football players from the late 50's - jokes all around and cheers for good shots and silence for muffed shots which exceeded the good shots probably!! I couldn't convince these cheapo to buy me a birthday MARTINI but I did get to share a pitcher of beer with these dandies!! then home to Honey and Kippy for a nice Tini and meal - thank you all!! TROUT the STUDMUFFIN!!!

Happy Birthday

Today is a very special day. The Trout has a birthday and it is a significant birthday. Today he turns 65.
I love this picture of him. He is in France, he is enjoying his wine at a very favorite restaurant in Sarlat, and he is happy. What more do you want?
The Trout will have a fine day; a golf game with his buddies, a nice meal with his wife and we will share a beautiful bottle of wine.
I am looking forward to sharing the next 30, at least, birthdays with you!
Your Schnitzel

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Remembering Victor Borge

Last evening we were watching PBS on TV and they were doing a special on Victor Borge, The great Dane. We have always found his humor delightful and funny. This year would have been his 100th birthday. What a beautiful, loving smile he always had and his talent on the piano was never fully seen by his audience.

We were so fortunate to see him in person in around 1997. He was performing at a local college and we were so anxious to see him. He had to cancel once because of illness, but he finally did show up and we were so happy to be there. I remember he walked on stage and stood quietly for a very long moment and then, finally, a huge puff of smoke came out of his mouth. All he said was "Mexican food" and the place went up for grabs.

Victor Borge, a wonderful talent, beloved man and such an entertainer. I am so glad that the TV specials can remind us how much we enjoyed this man.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Fennel, the wonder vegetable

Tonight we had one of our favorite salads again. We did use bacon instead of pancetta because it was handy and it was alright, but we really prefer the pancetta. We love fennel, raw or cooked and this salad is often found at our house. We first saw Giada De Laurentiis make this on Food TV and we have found that almost everything she cooks is a favorite of ours. Try the fennel if you have not done so yet. I think you will find it delightful. And, of course, a Cotes du Rhone is never bad...

Caramelized Pancetta and Fennel Salad
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
5 min
Cook Time:
10 min
4 servings

1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2-inch wedges
5 slices pancetta
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
5 ounces (about 6 to 7 cups) mixed salad greens
Red Wine Vinaigrette, recipe follows
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp and the fennel is caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, place the salad greens, crumbled pancetta, and caramelized fennel. Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.
Red Wine Vinaigrette:
2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Yield: scant 1/2 cup
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Friday, January 23, 2009

Thai Beef Salad

Sometimes, though rarely, we have leftover steak. We both immediately know what we want to do with it. Many years ago we found a recipe for Thai Beef Salad and we really love it for a meal.

To the leftover sliced steak, add sliced Romaine, chopped radishes, minced cilantro, sliced red onion, thinly sliced avocado, bean sprouts and lime zest. The dressing is:

Thai Beef Salad Dressing

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tsp. fish sauce

1 tsp. sesame oil

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. lime juice

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. minced ginger

This dressing is simply pour over all the salad ingredients and then ENJOY!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Surprise Package

A great surprise arrived today. My cousin (her uncle and my aunt were married) sent me a German Bible that had belonged to my aunt Louise. Unfortunately, the Bible does not have a printing date, but my aunt was born in 1910, so I am guessing that the Bible was from the early 1900's.
There are several surprises in the Bible. A funeral card or two reminding me of when family or friends died many years ago. I also have my father's German Bible. Aunt Louise was his sister, but my father had an older Bible printed in Germany and dated 1843.
I feel so fortunate to have these beautiful leather bound books that are so very old. It makes family connections so much more important

Friends as visitors

I've been away from the computer as we had guests from Wisconsin. Unfortunately, they arrived just as the coldest weather of the season hit Florida. Still, it was warmer than Wisconsin. We even managed to play 9 holes of golf in the cold yesterday. We've known Dale and Sharon for 25 years and it is always fun to reconnect. They are on their way further south for the rest of the week, so they should be running into that perfect weather by tomorrow. Safe trip back home.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day:

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Abraham Lincoln

God Bless our new president. He has a tough road ahead of him.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Artisan Bread at Home

As I have mentioned many times, The Trout and I love bread. My mother-in-law baked wonderful bread, and I grew up with a brick oven that was heated by burning wood in the oven and then removing it before putting in the loaves of bread. This was in one of our community towns. The best darn bread...until I lived in Europe. Actually, we try all breads when we travel overseas and just love them. At home, we don't eat bread very often because we try to keep the carbs down.

I have never been an excellent bread baker and I will admit it, but I do make a fairly decent baguette, actually 4 at a time. It does take time though. So, when I saw that "Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day" was on sale at Amazon, I waited frantically until it arrived. Within 1 1/2 hours, had the the bread dough in the refrigerator. It was so simple. This morning, I took out enough dough to make one boule. It worked great! I have been holding off cutting into it because it really is best to let it cool, but I did want to share the picture with you.

And yes, even my daughters could do this if they were so inclined. Maybe next time we get together, I'll give a lesson....

Friday, January 16, 2009

Oh, the wonderful smells

Yesterday, as the aroma of braised short ribs in red wine wafted through the house, my mind wandered to days past. One of my favorite smells to remember goes back to the year we lived in Germany. We window shopped a lot in those days, but my favorite day out was usually late morning or early afternoon when I liked walking through neighborhoods and smell the kitchen smells escaping into the streets. Always onions and bacon together produced the most mouth-watering effect. I often wished I knew these wonderful cooks and could go in to sample what was on the stove. Browned meats, pork and sauerkraut, cabbage, real European fare.

The week I spent in rural Budapest, Hungary, was similar. I so enjoyed walking the streets of this little village and there, the sweet and savory flavor of paprika also mixed with the wonderful smells coming out of these Hungarian kitchens. Quite often I would see the grandmas of these homes, dressed in black and head scarfs, gray hair peeking out on the top and sides, and smiling and waving as they sat on their steps or were hoeing in their gardens. How I wished I could speak to them and ask what was cooking in the kitchen.

I was on a Mission trip that time with teenagers from our church, so we ate in the castle where we were living for the week and the food was very basic, not very flavorful, but the was delivered each morning and the loaves were at least 18 inches in diameter and must have weighed close to 5 pounds. Bread and homemade was so good.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A wonderful recipe

Once again, blog friend Mary has published a wonderful recipe that spoke to me and The Trout. This recipe is putzy but so worth the flavor. The Trout has been after me for months to make short ribs, but no recipe sounded just right until....along came Mary....

It was a very cool day in Florida, so the oven working all day, pumping out miraculous scents was welcomed. Please check out Mary's blog for Braised Short RIbs Cote du Rhone at this spot. It is well worth the effort although I wonder who does Mary's dishes? Ha Ha

This and That

I promise I will not complain about the weather since I know we have it so much better than anyone else. However, it has been cold for Florida; so much so, we actually cancelled playing golf yesterday and went with friends to a matinee and saw Clint Eastwood in "Gran Torino." Very good movie, completely sad ending. In my opinion, Clint Eastwood is right up there in talent with Charleton Heston and Paul Newman. Such great actors of my time.

On a lighter note, daughter #1 sent a surprise in the mail this week. Another phrase from "Uppercase Living" to add to our home. Somehow, she knew this phrase would be "us." We will enjoy this very much.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Amazing Computers

The miracle of technology sometimes leaves me in awe. After all, I remember seeing my first television at age 5, and we had to travel to visit someone in the city to see it. My brother and I also got our pictures in that city's newspaper with a title something like, "Wide-eyed children see television for the first time."

Well, yesterday we advanced again. We have had a computer for about 16 years. I remember at the time telling my daughter we really would never need such a piece of technology in our home. Ha Ha. So now, we have added a Webcam and can talk and see the grandchildren through Skype. How great is that? It is especially wonderful for us because we are far away from the grandchildren and just a few phone calls to them doesn't make it right. Our Bichon, Kippy, even got in on the act and said hi to Rachel yesterday.

I can only imagine what will be available to our grandchildren and great grandchildren in the future.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Time to wake up

Today just might be one of those tough days. First of all, I could barely roll out of bed this morning. I have now had two cups of coffee and I still feel the same. I want to empty out our garage and rearrange things today. That is the intention. But, there are some irritating things going on in my head. Ever get a tune caught in the brain and it just doesn't leave? Well, welcome to my world.

For three days now, I have the "Bumble Bee Tuna" commercial ditty running through my head and then I find it reinforced often because it plays all hours on the TV. Please, I am just wanting to hear the news. This totally irritating goof ball looking guy plays the guitar and flies and dances and runs through the sea while singing. Help me get over this!!

I guess it is time to crank up a little Bocelli or even James Taylor. I wonder if that would make the bumble bee go away.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Favorite kitchen utensil

One of my favorite kitchen tools is our pepper grinder. We have ground our own pepper corns for many years. In fact, you can't even find one of those tin boxes of ground pepper in our home. Usually we buy the 4 pepper blend from Penzey's because we like it so much.

In all our years of cooking together, we have gone through a lot of pepper grinders. Started out with the cheap ones with plastic gears. That certainly didn't work. Went to wooden grinders with metal gears and that just didn't do the job. Then about 25 years ago I was in the kitchen area of a department store when I came upon a clearance table. Oh, yes, I would rather buy kitchen gadgets than anything else in the world. There stood this beautiful brass object that was labeled Turkish coffee bean grinder. I took it apart and carefully looked at the mechanism and said to myself, "this will grind pepper corns." And, it has ever since. I think the price at that time was something silly like $10.

I promise you, if you ever come across anything like this, consider it for grinding your pepper corns. I simply love it and it is my favorite kitchen utensil.

Mary's Thai Corn Fritters

For the last week, I have been wanting to make Mary's Thai Corn Fritters and since I found fresh Florida sweet corn at the market this weekend, I had to try this today. In no way would I ever compare myself to Mary's cooking and baking, you really need to check her blog, but she has fantastic recipes and I always want to try them. No, mine do not look like Mary's, but they tasted wonderful and I am going to make a few adjustments the next time I make them. I got too heavy with the flour thinking they might not hold together, and they would have been just fine.

A great change instead of corn on the the cob. Thanks Mary, you made my day a little more pleasant!!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Beautiful Saturday

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers." --Claude Monet

Friday, January 9, 2009

This is our home

We live in an over 55 retirement community. Sometimes people ask me what it is like. Well, it can be detailed. Everything you always wanted to do and couldn't, you can now do easily. We have a large clubhouse where you can go to monthly dances, potlucks, a billiard room, barber/beauty shop, a restaurant, a library, an exercise room, a bank, two swimming pools. One is heated and the other is not and is kindly referred to as "the Canadian pool." We have a lot of Canadian neighbors who come down for up to 6 months during the winter to get away from the cold. They don't mind the colder water. We also have a wonderful golf course, shuffle board, tennis courts, pickle ball courts (it's like playing tennis with ping pong paddles). You can also sign up for card games, Bridge, Pinochle, take yoga classes, exercise classes, play weekly Mah-Jongg and there is a crochet club and you can learn to paint.

We have about 800 homes where we live and the greatest part is that everyone is really very equal. No one talks about what they did while they were working. People are from all over the USA and it is so great making new friends.

When we first retired we moved into a neighborhood and it was a lot different. Most of the neighbors were working and it was hard to meet anyone. For us, this is great fun.

Today, the neighborhood is crazy. We are having an annual carport sale. What is it about sales like this that make people think they need what they really do not need? About the only bargains you can find sometimes are sets of barely used golf clubs and golf balls. Other than that, it's just someone else's junk. And that's what I think about that! I have decluttered my home too many times.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thank a Teacher

When I listed a "quote of the day" yesterday, it reminded me of my high school English Literature teacher. She also taught English and she was an ideal teacher. She was respected and loved by all and she was frustrating. She worked very hard to pull the impossible out of each student. She knew what we had in us and we could not even imagine it was possible to read such difficult works and understand what we read.

I developed a great love for the classics, Shakespeare, poetry, and all this was developed by one woman who knew we could be more than we imagined. The one thing I will always remember is entering her classroom and looking to the chalk board, left hand top corner, to see her quote of the day. It set the mood for the classroom and it stuck with me all day. I sort of miss that.

So let this be "thank a teacher day", and in Mrs. R's honor, I quote:

QUOTE OF THE DAY "I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework." Lily Tomlin as "Edith Ann"

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Let's Exercise

I spent some times at Curves this morning. Curves is a 30 minute exercise club for only women. I have just passed my 100th workout and in the last month started "Curves Smart" which is like having a personal trainer via the computer. It is all pretty technical, but you have your own private key card which programs each hydraulic exercise machine to make you work harder and to progress.

I feel fortunate in that I would just like to lose 20 pounds, but the toning and strengthening of the muscles is the real reward. If I had to do anything different, I would have started this at about age 45 or 50, when the body starts deteriorating without strengthening exercise.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. --Jim Ryun

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Grooming Day

It was grooming day at our house for Kippy, and she certainly understands what we talk about. The Trout and I mentioned last night that she will be going to the groomer in the morning. So, she got up, ate breakfast and then disappeared. After searching each room and calling her, I found a very small bit of her tail peaking out from under the guest bed. I advised her that her hiding left something to be desired. She actually loves being groomed and is very patient with all the hair design a Bichon needs, but it is the car ride that she despises. Always has and always will. To this I need to add, we drive 3000 miles to Montana and back each summer and she rides along but she is not happy until we get there.
I actually think she is not too happy with the ribbons and the picnic-like scarf around the neck. It's just part of being pretty, I guess!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Time to Start Knitting Again

This morning in church I had a sign that it was time to start knitting again. I have been discouraged by my talent, or lack of talent of late, and spending more time on the computer, the knitting needles have not been clicking.

A lady sitting near me in church asked if I had knit the shawl I was wearing and after church left me her phone number and name. She wants the pattern and then asked if I was aware of the group at church called "Stitches" that knits for charity. I knew of it but not much about it.

So, I have found my pattern and will get in touch with this lovely lady. Also this past week, a friend asked me to knit a felted purse for her as she liked mine so much and then there was the request for golf anklet socks...

It's time to get my confidence back and get those needles out. The shawl on the top is the one I was wearing to church today and the one on the bottom is my favorite because the pattern really challenged me. Addendum: As I was working on the blog, my new friend called and I am going to a meeting at the church, knitting for charity. It's a good thing!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Cathy's Strawberry Cake Roll

Since last October when I saw this on Cathy's blog, I have been waiting for the Florida strawberries to ripen.

This morning as we were at the very crowded farmer's market, the strawberries were screaming my name and I knew just what to do. Cathy said the recipe was easy and it certainly was. But, I have much more than this household can ever eat, so I have a few neighbors who might be singing praises to Cathy also.

This is just the beginning of the strawberries and we live in the center of the strawberries here in Florida. I have a feeling that this Strawberry Cake Roll might be making another appearance. Thanks, Cathy!

The Grand Grandchildren

As I get older, I realize one of the joys is being a grandparent. The Trout and I are fortunate to have 4 wonderful grandchildren. Each has his or her own personality which makes things even more delightful. I remember back over 11 years ago when grandson #1 was born. I was working for a doctor at the time and he tried to convince me that I was too young to be a grandparent. I was 52 at the time. I just had no clue where he was coming from. Now I know. His children weren't even married at the time and he was just jealous.

Unfortunately, distance keeps us away from all four grands, but the phone keeps us in touch and now the older boys are using the computer to check in on grandma. We also get to visit a couple of times a year which are very special times. It is an unexplainable pride that only another grandmother can understand. To see life continue in such beautiful faces and smiles is such a reward.

"The best babysitters, of course, are the baby's grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida."--Dave Barry

"A grandmother is a mother who has a second chance."--Author Unknown

"It's such a grand thing to be a mother of a mother--that's why the world calls her grandmother."--Author Unknown
Above, left to right is Josiah age 9 1/2, Noah age 11
Rachel age 4, Joshua age 7
I love you kids!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Christmas Eve Dinner

Many years ago before the days of color TV there was a cooking show on TV called "The Galloping Gourmet." Graham Kerr was from Australia and got his name from his enthusiasm of jumping over his chopping counter. The Trout and I watched him whenever we could and he must take credit for getting us interested in cooking more than the usual.

One recipe we made often back when the children were young was called "Steak a la Boite." During Christmas, daughter #2 reminded us of this dish which we have not made in a long time. We thought it fitting to finish off the old year with this wonderful tasting dish.

Steak a la Boite

2 x 12 oz beef tenderloin (we used rib eye)

3/4 cup 100% cream

1/4 cup dry white wine

1/4 cup brandy

Clarified butter

Salt, black pepper

1 garlic clove

5 sage leaves

1 spring rosemary

Dash Worcestershire sauce

3 tsp. Dijon mustard

Measure cream, mustard and white wine. Finely chop 2 sage leaves. Peel garlic clove.

Add clarified butter to a pan on the heat. Season steak with squeezed garlic, salt and pepper. Add 3 sage leaves and rosemary sprig to the butter in pan and then add steaks. Seal and cook each side.

Mix mustard with cream, wine and Worcestershire sauce.

Pour off surplus fat from steak and add brandy--set alight. Lower the heat and remove herbs.

Add the cream mixture to the steak, bring to a boil and allow to reduce. Add two minced sage leaves to the sauce. Place on a warmed platter and nap with the sauce.
Happy New Year to all. The Trout and I will be starting off the new year with a game of golf with friends. Friendship is what makes life enjoyable. Have a good day!