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There’s A Lot Going On

I have an intern. She’s fifteen, green-haired, and brilliant. She’s taken over RonAndRobertOnDivorce.com. In fact, she’s manning our entire social media campaign. The kid is so smart that half the time when I’m looking over her work I have to consciously hold my mouth closed or risk my jaw falling into my lap.

For the record, she’s also a lot of fun to work with. She’s smart and funny and she wears Doc Martens and listens to the Pixies and rocks her faded green  midnight-blue-with-turquoise-streaks* hair. She is one of the raddest chicks I’ve ever hung out with. And I hang out with some pretty rad chicks.

So I have an intern and that is fabulous. What else? Last weekend Mike and I catered a private film screening in a gorgeous house in Malibu and it was a huge success. I am super proud of us for pulling it off. The food was incredible – Mike planned the menu and cooked everything himself. His presentations were stunning. I cannot forgive myself for failing to take photographs of the table because you would have died. He served everything except the desserts on hand-painted Italian china and the desserts were served on antique silver. He cut beautiful, flower-like garnishes out of lemons and tiny red, gold, and green peppers. I’ve never seen anything like it. My husband is a god in the kitchen. Here are some crappy snap shots I took with my Blackberry while he was practice-cooking earlier in the week:

stuffed tomatoes

These have a fancy name but I can’t remember it. They are little tomatoes stuffed with lamb and goat cheese. So. Delicious.

endive salad

A little endive salad. These were so beautiful – the endive leaf is shaped like a little boat, and it’s filled with baby arugula, radiccio, sliced figs, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and a sprig of fennel.

He also served gorgonzola-stuffed bacon-wrapped dates, stuffed mushrooms, made-from-scratch spanakopita, crostinis with fresh tapenade, and the crown jewel was an onion tarte. For dessert there were lemon tarts and fruit tarts. Made from scratch. I’m telling you. Kitchen god.

We are both exhausted. Between last week’s catering gig, our jobs, social commitments, training for Bolivia, and planning for Bolivia, we are working from the moment we wake up until the moment we fall asleep.

Last night Mike and I took a night off from everything and watched four episodes of The Gates. It’s a ridiculous soap-opera about vampires and werewolves and it is mind-numbingly delicious. So we took a night off and watched four episodes while we gathered all our gear and cleaned it and folded it and sorted out what clothes need to be washed, packed our backpacks, ate dinner, and folded clean laundry.

See? Even when we take a night off we don’t take a night off. Though in all honesty, last night was perfectly lovely. It was fun to sort through our gear and I discovered all kinds of wonderful secret compartments in my hats and my backpack where I can stash emergency money in case we get robbed.

Which reminds me. We have to make our fake wallets. That way, if we do get robbed, we can hand over fake wallets with fake credit cards and fake drivers licenses and enough cash to make the thieves leave us alone. Brilliant, right? As long as they don’t search our bags. And if they do, we cross our fingers they don’t find all the secret compartments.

We’re going to be fine. I just have to remember to breathe.

*Ed: She changed colors. She’s a chameleon, that one.


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  • I LOVE the gates for the reason!  It has some of my favorite features I look for in a tv show: nonsense, vampires, werewolves and all other kinds of (not scary) “scary” monsters.

    • Do you watch True Blood? I hear it’s fantastic, but we haven’t seen more than a couple of episodes from the middle of season two. Do you think it’s worth a shot?

  • Wait, you actually have to make fake wallets? Are robberies actually that common? What a crazy/smart trick! Did the travel guides suggest it or something?

    Also, WHOA. I had no idea Michael was so awesome in the kitchen. I mean, I knew he could cook, but I had no idea. Did the two of you do all of the cooking and serving yourselves or did you have a staff? That is awesome. And I want Michael to make food for me. 

    Also? Intern? Awesome.

    Also? When you get back? Watch Game of Thrones. Or set aside 1 hour every night for 10 nights and watch it (online) before you leave.

    • I invented it all on my own. And I may be exaggerating about the robberies and how common they are. I don’t know. I am a giant worry-wart.

      Yes, he is brilliant. When we were dating, he would cook these gorgeous looking meals that tasted so good I wanted to cry. He was such a romancer. You must come visit us. I will have him whip up something wonderful.

      What on earth is Game of Thrones and why is everyone tweeting about it? (It’s driving me crazy.)

  • ‘Cita

    As one of the fortunate people who got to taste (and taste and taste) Michael’s food, it was even more delicious than it looks!