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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Monday, September 15, 2008

Friday I came home from work and waited for this beautiful woman to arrive...when she did, she came in dressed to the nines...see...(all pics enlarge upon clicking)

She said it was to thank me for "just being there"...How can you not love someone like that? And TRAVIS...check out the new shoes....THUMP!

So, I had taken some Salmon Fillets out of the freezer the night before and had gone to my "Boy Meets Grill" cookbook by Bobby Flay and found a recipe that looked great. Grilled Salmon with Crunchy Sweet Mustard Vinaigrette. His suggested side dish was Coconut Basmati Rice Salad...

On the way home from work, I had stopped at the store and picked up the ingredients I needed...

The Vinaigrette is made with white wine Vinegar, dijon mustard, a shallot chopped fine, honey and olive oil...
For the rice, you slice a small onion thin and mince some garlic and saute in some canola oil and then add the rice and stir for a few minutes
You then add coconut milk and water which has been brought to a simmer in another pot and bring it to a boil, cover tight and let it cook on very low heat for 20 minutes.

When it is done, you fold in the chopped scallions and the shredded coconut.

For the Salmon you heat the grill to high (or in my case the grill pan), brush the salmon on both sides with some olive oil, and and put it skin side down. Cook for 5-6 minutes and brown the skin, then turn the fish and lower the heat (or move to a cooler part of the grill) and cook 4-5 minutes more.

Spoon some rice onto the plate, then lay the fish on top and spoon a few tablespoons of the Vinaigrette over it.

It was YUMMERS....

Full recipe on request.

Have to also tell you about this great website I have been using to track my daily food and exercise. It is called MYPLATE. You can put in what you eat and it tracks all the nutritional info. There are thousands of items already listed, with brand names. There is also information for restaurants and fast food joints.

You can also put in your daily exercise or activities and it tells how many calories have been burned (Even cleaning, gardening and S-E-X!).

Another great feature - it allows you to put in a recipe and it does all the calculations. I did this for the dinner Friday and even the omelet I made on Sunday morning for Nancy and I. It really is a remarkable site and it is FREE!

Over the weekend, we also watched "Charlie Wilson's War", with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. A true story about Congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, and his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets.

If you have not seen it, rent it and also, watch the great special feature on Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Barry White...Fitting...

33 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA Says:
  2. Do you cater?
    That meal is very nicely done and I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks. Forget Uncle Lou's, I'm comin' to your place the next time I'm in Memphis.
    Have a wonderful day.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. That's some Lady you got there my friend.

    And the shoes!


  5. DRILLERAA: Actually, I have been known to cater...and you are totally invited...

  6. TRAVIS: She sure is...and I knew you would like the shoes, but not the meal...

  7. Uh-huh. What did you do that you deserved how great that lovely lady looked?

    Well, I suppose the salmon warranted that.

    I suppose.


  8. SONGBIRD: Ummm not the I said ...she told me it was "just for being there for her when she needed"...which is so sweet, but I don't want to be anyplace else.

  9. e c f e s w Says:
  10. another day in the hospital~~don't look like i am going to get to leave like i thought~~

  11. oh yummy bond!

    smiles, bee

  12. Kimmie Says:
  13. Hi Vinnybond!
    I don't eat fish, but it sure did look yummy! You are a very sweet man to cook your lady such a lovely dinner. Nancy is stunning and I LUV her shoes and french manicured toes. I would love the recipe for the rice...coconut is one of my favorites.

  14. KIMMIE: I will send you the rice recipe was really yummy and so very easy to make.
    The shoes were scrum-dilli-icious! LOL

  15. Jay Says:
  16. I love salmon, and that looks very tasty!

    And those ARE nice shoes. Especially when they're worn by such a beautiful woman.

  17. Anndi Says:
  18. For someone who loves shoes, Turnbaby and I are going to have to teach you how to photograph them... sheesh. Heels man! We need to see the heels!
    How nice that you showed us how to cook Bobby's recopie *giggle*

  19. OBLadyBug Says:
  20. Thank you baby and you are so worth it. Nice dinner, bottle of wine, time alone with the man of my life … what an incredible evening & weekend.

    Nice choice in music today.

  21. Dianne Says:
  22. I thought she was beautiful in her red coat photo from a few weeks ago and Wow! now that I see I full portrait she is a knock-out.

    I don't know what Travis and Thump and shoes means (and that's OK lol) BUT before I got to that part I was already thinking I gotta mention the shoes! And I'm not really a shoe woman, especially now when I look like Elephant Man's Ugly Sister ;)
    Those are some fierce shoes! lol

    I just rented Charlie Wilson, haven't watched yet but looking forward to it.

  23. ANNDI: I thought I had one with the heels, but it was not there, so I did what I could with what I had...and a recipe is a recipe...except when it is a recopie! heheheheh

    NANCY: A most wonderful weekend ... you are worth the world to me
    Music was just for you

    DIANNE: It goes back to the original group we had of Taylor Hicks fans..the women used to THUD over him, so as there were only a couple of men...we decided to THUMP when something special hit us - and for Travis and I that means SHOES!
    I think you are being a tad too harsh on yourself.
    You will love the movie and the final scenes bring it all home.

  24. Anndi Says:
  25. Liked the wordplay? hehehe

    You let the shoes fluster you?

    So um, what size shoe does she wear cause I wanna borrow those!

  26. Ken Says:
  27. How womantic Vinny. You got a lucky ladybug!

  28. ANNDI: Nice wordplay and YES, they flustered me!

    MICKEY-T: I had always heard Ladybugs were good luck and now I believe it!

  29. Mimi Lenox Says:
  30. Smiling....just smiling.....

  31. MIMI: TY are we...

  32. katherine. Says:
  33. very nice vincent....

  34. TopChamp Says:
  35. Yup yup and yup. The guys have said it all!

    Beautiful lady, Sexy shoes, Delicious looking salmon (yum!).

  36. Fred Says:
  37. Have you ever heard of a restaurant? They're so much easier. :)

    The Missus loves the shoes.

  38. Wow. That is some serious cooking you were doing, huh?

    Glad y'all had a good time.

  39. Ralph Says:
  40. Your lady looks stunning, as always. You did well to serve such a beautiful salmon dish, which looks delicious.

    Although i seem to be the only fan of coconut of the four humans in our abode...

  41. KATHERINE: Thank you...hope you are well...thanks for taking the time to stop by

    TOPCHAMP: LOL thanks for all the yups

    FRED: Wuts a restaurant? This was a simple dinner to prepare...GO BUY HER A PAIR!

    RWA: Truly was not difficult...thanks

    RALPH: So nice of you to say...It is not overly coconut though...The salmon was tops.

  42. Bob Johnson Says:
  43. Wow, great looking, and the food is too,lol.

    I see you have turntable and vcr tapes, looks like my house, can't beat that vinyl.

  44. Dana Says:
  45. You are a very lucky - and I bet deserving - man Vinny!

  46. RW Says:
  47. It all looks good Vin!

  48. desert rat Says:
  49. Oh, the food looks fantastic. Would love to get the rice recipe!

    Nancy looks beautiful! I think you are both blessed! Hurrah!

  50. Julie Says:
  51. OOooh looks yummy...and the food too! **winks at Nancy**

    So I can log my cleaning/gardening and SEX? Woohoo!

  52. OBLadyBug Says:
  53. Hey Anndi
    I wear a size 8 and you can borrow my shoes anytime.

    Thank you to everyone for the sweet comments.

  54. Tug Says:
  55. The day I miss lunch, everyone's talking about FOOD. Looks delish, and Nancy looks beautiful!

    Now what's this S-E-X you speak of? ;-)


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