Good morning. It's Inauguration Day in Washington, and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies tells us the menu for the luncheon that follows the ceremony will start with Maine lobster and Gulf shrimp with saffron sauce and peanut crumble, then move into Virginia grilled beef with dark chocolate and juniper jus, with potato gratin on the side. Dessert is chocolate soufflé and cherry-vanilla ice cream.
Me, I'll be monitoring my screens, then eating paint-scraper-diced curry chicken on rice with both red and white sauce from the cart outside the office, no dessert. How about you? Post pictures on social media today: #inaugurationlunch!
I'll cook up a storm when I do make it home. Perhaps some cod cakes for dinner, or miso-glazed fish. See if I can't persuade a child to help prepare Nigella Lawson's recipe for choco-hoto-pots for dessert?
Saturday would be awesome to embark on a project. I might drink dark 'n' stormies out of deference to the season, then cook up a vat of New Mexican pozole (above) for a dinner feast, or a platter of original-style chicken Cordon Bleu for that old-school dinner fanciness vibe. (For dessert either way: peanut butter cookies.)
You could follow me in one of those pursuits, or go in your own direction. Have you tried this excellent recipe for roast pork in milk, for instance? Or assayed this one for crisp, wok-fried lamb with cumin, scallions and red chiles?
Whatever you cook, and whatever I cook, perhaps we could awake together on Sunday, make Welsh rarebit for lunch, drink claret while we eat, and then take a nap on the couch in advance of a riot of cooking for dinner? I'm thinking turkey meatloaf as the main course, with a Canlis salad on the side, and a devil's food white-out cake for dessert - and, in truth, for Monday breakfast as well. Do I have your vote on that, or any part of it?
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Now, what are you reading this weekend? Lucinda Rosenfeld's "Class" will be the talk of the brunch tables at Prime Meats in Brooklyn. Dark hearts across the nation might like Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men," if only for the chance to read Orville Prescott's review of the novel, in The Times in 1946. Me, I'm finishing up Carl Hiaasen's "Razor Girl" and planning a trip south to chase bonefish on the water and the chance off it, who knows, to meet Merry Mansfield, his new greatest character. Have a nice weekend.