Q & A

16 Mar

Jade wants to know:

Do you think your Sir will make a good grandparent? do you want that?

Sir is already a grandfather, and of course He’s wonderful.  His grandkids are wild about Him.  He’s not a Disney-Grandpa, He’s the kind who spends more time with them than money.

i think Jade really wanted to know if i envision Him as a good grandfather for my own coming soon grand-baby.  Yeah, i’m sure He would be ~ i haven’t thought much about it, maybe because the baby’s not quite real to me yet.  But i’m sure Sir will be a lovely grandfather figure for the Little One.

i think Sir sees children as people, and relates to them as individuals.  He has reasonably high expectations for his grandkids and i think they try to live up to them because they want to please Him.  Go figure.  🙂

He’s not a yeller, and didn’t typically spank his own kids.  He is a warm, solid presence.  So yeah, i think He’ll be great with my grand-baby too.  You know, if my grand-baby weren’t moving to Really Far Away after he or she is born.

Heather asks:

What is your favorite thing to cook from scratch? No boxes involved.

Hmmmmm.  i don’t cook a whole lot anymore ~ not out of boxes or from scratch, really.  Lots of salad, lots of store-bought sushi or deli-cooked vegetables.  But i have a few specialty item i can whip up when the occasion calls for it.

i make really good broiled asparagus, with a little olive and garlic, topped with lemon and parmesan cheese after broiling.  (That’s bRoil not boil…}

My let-me-impress-you meal has historically been angel hair pasta in olive oil with sautéed shrimp and mushrooms, maybe some capers and cherry tomatoes thrown in too.  Topped with fresh ground parmesan cheese.  It looks pretty fancy, add a little salad and some garlic bread and people have been impressed.  And it is super, super easy.  

However.  Sir doesn’t eat shrimp unless it’s fried.  So that didn’t work for Him, and we’re all low carb these days anyhow so pasta doesn’t happen much.

When my kids were younger, my favorite meal was Stony Stew.  It’s a simple recipe that the girls’ father and i developed way back in the day before our daughter was born,  just stew meat and a little onion, mushrooms, little red potatoes, a little celery and then some stewed tomatoes.  I’d fix it so the sauce would thicken up and i’d make cornbread to go with it.  It was really good.

But yes, my original recipe was to brown the meat, saute veggies and assemble all the ingredients in the pot, bring to a boil.  “Then you turn the stove down a little bit.  Roll a joint, and smoke it.   By the time you have the munchies really bad, the stew will be ready.”

Hence the name ~ Stony Stew.  But that was all long ago and far away.

And you know, i didn’t inhale….

i love this Q & A thing!  Thanks for asking!  i’ll do some more of yours tomorrow, Jade.

9 Responses to “Q & A”

  1. heather1 March 16, 2012 at 7:50 am #

    LMAO, I almost fell out of my chair reading about Stony Stew. R would love that recipe (he didn’t inhale either). He use to time his hamburgers on the grill by smoking a cigarette. Through himself off his timing when he quit.

    Thank you for a wonderful morning wake up.


    • aisha March 18, 2012 at 6:17 am #

      Dear Heather,

      And i love that he timed the hamburgers by the length of a cigarette! That was totally a unit of time for me back when i smoked cigarettes too! So there’s seconds, minutes, hours, and there’s “wait til i finish this smoke…” right? lol. i miss that, in my non-smoking existence.

      Thank you!


  2. greengirl March 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    think how stoned you could get making it in a crockpot, you know – if you inhaled….

    • aisha March 18, 2012 at 6:17 am #


      LOL. Yes. 🙂


  3. jade March 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Dude! i would *love* to have some stony stew. (giggles) You hold out!

    i did inhale.
    (Okay, …and swallow).


    • aisha March 18, 2012 at 6:19 am #


      Funny girl. Come visit me some day and we’ll have stony stew, o, without the “stoned” part though… sorry.


  4. mouse March 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

    Stony Stew…

    That takes mouse back to the good old Grateful Dead dayz

    We used to time our roux by how long it took to smoke a J. Just smoke it for a light roux…darker ones including rolling/sorting…destemming…picking seeds…

    Or more than one…

    Which did get a bit tricky because often we’d forget about what the roux was for…

    But of course we didn’t inhale either, it was done only for scientific timing purposes.

    (smiles sweetly to Daddy…really)


    PS mouse blames her cajun roommate for that nifty trick.

    • aisha March 18, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      Dear Mouse,

      O, i love that ~ timing roux by the joint. That’s great! And i can just imagine the cooking problems that might create.

      And of course you didn’t inhale either ~ i knew that! {looking innocent…}



  5. sin March 31, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    ok, I was away and missed lots, so I’m reading back through some of the entries, I LOVE the stony stew. And of course a cigarette was a specific period of time. But … it does seem to me that you might easily forget what you were doing completely … which is what made ice cream sandwiches so great. 🙂

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