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6.22.2008

Sunday Dinner, Another Wedding, and More Travel Woes



So this week I have been kind of AWOL. I have tried to keep up with my reader . My cooking attempts have been dismal. I wont even describe it.But I hadn't been grocery shopping yet since our return and needed to use what was on hand. Friday evening I caught another flight to Washington D.C for my cousins wedding. She was a former Miss Maryland and first runner up in Miss America. Not only had I lost my cooking mojo, but the travel curse continued. I was calmly informed that my flight was delayed and I would miss my connection in Detroit( it was the cheapest fare!).I almost secretly sighed oh goody , I get to turn around and crawl back to my sweet bed and have a weekend to me!But no, the most efficient airline agent got me on direct flight with my nemesis airline of last week. So I had to go. But more delays and I finally arrived at BWI .I crawled into the hotel bed at 3:00am finally and had to wake for a early morning wedding. I don't recognize my hometown at all. Downtown Silver Spring is not what I remembered from 10 years ago.There was some film festival going on connected with the Discovery Center.Lobby talk was of being in Tokyo, So Ho, Tribeca,Sydney etc. on their documentary assignments.Since when did Silver Spring become so glamorous? I guess you cant really go home again. The bride was gorgeous naturally and all the aunts started grilling me as to when I would become legal. You know the usual good natured meddling. I was the oldest cousin and still single. Certain Someone wasn't there because he was stretched to thin with work, time , etc after the events of the past few weeks. It was all just to much going on. We left the hotel that night /morning at 3:30am to catch or early 6:00 am flights. I had been riding in my youngest aunts rental car. We missed our exit and turned around only to be slammed in the rear by some young kids rushing to their internships at 4:00 am. More drama , but no serious injuries or damage. When the police came I had to chuckle when my aunt started with why we were here, to attend the former Miss Marylands wedding,surely you know her,etc. The officers admitted he didn't keep up with the beauty pageant circuit. We made our flights down to the wire and alas I'm home.After eating crap all week I wanted a nice home cooked meal.

I decided to take the last of the pork loin in the freezer and cook it like Certain Someones mother taught me . Only I took extra measures and studded it with garlic gloves, added my own rub of spices and juniper berries on top with rosemary, and then baked it in a bed of salt. Nuria did a post on this last week. Its an amazing way to cook meat. Missing Sweden I served it alongside with Ligonberries. I also made a nice egg noodle dish with cream, leeks, oyster mushrooms, red peppers and a fine drizzle of Black Truffle oil. Certain Someone said I got my cooking mojo back and all is right with the world.

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26 comments:

Paz said...

Wow! What an experience. Glad you've got your mojo back and all is right with the world. Have a great week.

Paz ;-)

Simply...Gluten-free said...

WOW! What an ordeal. It made for a good read tho - Glad you got your mojo back!

Jen said...

I'm sorry you had such a rough trip to DC... I used to work in Silver Spring and the area has changed so much (like so much of DC) over the past few years.

P.S. Love the lingonberries on the pork.

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

A certain someone is right - you have your cooking mojo back and the pork looks DIVINE!!!!! Air traffic in SA is also in a shocking state. I can only hope it improves before 2010.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That pork looks delicvious and so does that pasta dish!

cheers,

Rosa

Proud Italian Cook said...

I hope you don't have any more trips any time soon! You poor thing! It was fun to read though!
You definately have your Mojo back, cause this meal looks delish!
The first time I tasted lingonberries was at Ikea, when we stopped for lunch, they served them with Swedish meatballs, Yumm
Hay, you should do a post on that!

TeachGirl said...

Yet another trip goes bad. Good to know that all is well, despite the drama you went through.

The pork looks great, and the noodle dish looks good too.

The Caked Crusader said...

Gosh that pork looks great!

Re the travel - perhaps you should just stay home for a bit

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

I'm sending you positive airline vibes for your next trip!!

I haven't been back to Silver Spring in about 15 years (I used to live in DC.) I had no idea there was so much development going on.

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

I feel so sorry for you. I hope that you can relax at home and that you don't need to travel for a long time now.

Peter M said...

Are you whacked? Looks like your cooking mojo is firmly in place with this dish. Also, be careful, slowdown with life - that's how accidents happen.

Deborah said...

You really are having some bad travel luck, aren't you!! I hope it ends soon. It definitely looks like your cooking mojo is back - delicious!

linda said...

You certainly have your cooking mojo back, let's hope you have your travelling mojo back too...

Mary said...

I haven't been to Silver Spring in about 8 years and it certainly wasn't glam! Your pork looks mouth watering. I'm going to have to try cooking it that way! (I'm glad you got your mojo back)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I love it when you get that kind of a compliment from someone who loves you!

Both the roast and the noodle dish look absolutely amazing!

I hope you get a real rest next weekend.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Oh you and travel!!! Stay home and cook! Hopefully you are home for the next little bit...I bet you need it! The pork looks great. You seem to have your mojo back.

Megan said...

Hope your home for awhile. We missed you. But the storys are great. The pork looks delicious!

giz said...

Yikes!!! I think you need to stay away from airports and planes. I feel like I'm just recovering from your overnight at the airport and the mega hours of frustration - I can only just imagine where you're at. Thank goodness cooking can be therapeutic.

I hope you're staying put for a while :).

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Hi Glamah
You have really been travelling a lot girl...
The noodles look great ..and your stories are always a great read!!

Heather said...

Even though I am completely sick to death of pork by now, that looks WONDERFUL. I love lingonberries.

I'm stuck in Irvine, CA this week, so I feel for ya. I'll prolly try to post something from the hotel with some photos I threw onto Flickr, but it smacks of a cop-out.

Emiline said...

You are so busy! I wish I had a life. I like living through yours. :)
I can't believe those kids hit you at 4 AM. I would have killed them.

The pork sounds wonderful. I've got to try experimenting with juniper. I actually have some.

Dhanggit said...

oh what an ordeal you had..:-( just charge them to experience as the saying goes :-)

btw,all these dishes just make me drool ligonberries on pork sounds fantastic!

~~Louise~~ said...

Thank goodness everyone is safe and sound and you are home.

The pork... the pork looks scrumptious! I'll take mine with a side of noodles.

Bellini Valli said...

Yes it looks like Glamah is back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

That looks so good - especially with those Ligonberries. Delish!
Glad you are back and I hop eyou can rest now!

Núria said...

Wow Courtney! Here we say that when you have this bad luck is because you must have stepped on a dog's shit (forgive the expression, please). What you have to do now is buy a lottery ticket... you are likely to get the big prize ;-)

Hey many thanks on the mention :D and so glad that things start to get smooth! Your pork loin looks wonderful with those ligonberries on top! Yummmy :D