Letters to Holly

Thursday, June 7

Cooking With Villainy 3

The latest Shakespeare email mentions two more disturbing notions:

1) There is no rehearsal the day before opening night. This is madness. This is Sparta. This is Spartan madness. I've never done a show without a rehearsal before the curtain goes up. Never.

2) The official showtime, not counting intermission, is three hours. Romeo and Juliet is the only Shakespeare production to state how long the show should run. It's in the prologue:
... the two hours’ traffick of our stage ...
How do you add an hour to Romeo and Juliet? Slapstick and extended fight scenes. Once again, madness.

Some fuhntaztic weather allowed me to fertilize and mulch the potatoes. Here's what one does: I bought a 3 pound bag of garden fertilizer. You add one cup of the mix to each 30-foot row. I have two rows of potatoes just under 30 feet each. You sprinkle it about the plants and then water the soil to take in the fertilizer. That lasted about half an hour. I bought three bags of cypress wood mulch (mulch is cheaper than I assumed: $1.90 for a bag) and spread most of them about the plants, trapping in the moisture and preventing birds from eating the fertilizing pellets. This all took a little over an hour, and it wasn't what I'd call laborious. All I should have to do now is water occasionally for the next six weeks, and we can harvest them.

Your Sis feels guilty for not doing more to help out, but we're not growing that much, and she's dealt with school stuff at home for weeks now. The regular classes ended yesterday, and now students are taking exams for the next two days. She got home late last night, but it was my turn to make dinner anyway, and I made what turned out to be a really great recipe. And that leads us to ...


Doom again demands you to engage your underdeveloped culinary brain cells. Doom requires delicious chicken scallopini! Do you heed Doom? SCALLOPINI!

Doom commands you to mix 1 cup of bread crumbs, 2 teaspoons of parsley flakes, dashes of salt and pepper, and 2 minced cloves of garlic.

Doom commands you to whisk the white of one egg with a half cup of water.

Doom commands you to place two chicken breast pieces within their own cling wrap veil. Flatten the pieces to a 1/8-inch thickness. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture and then dredge the pieces in the seasoned crumb bowl.

Doom commands you to heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium-hot skillet. Place chicken inside. Cook chicken for 2-3 minutes each side.

Doom commands you to prepare the side of your choosing (surprise Doom, cur) and cut one lemon into wedges. When eating, drizzle chicken and side with lemon juice.

Doom affirms the deliciousness of this dish, if you but do as Doom commands. Do not deviate from Doom's master Scallopini designs.

Picture of the Day
The Mach 5 for the upcoming Speed Racer film made by the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix, V for Vendetta). Your Sis knows the cartoon. I missed it entirely. Knew of it, never saw it. But if the Wachowskis are involved, my ticket is purchased.

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