• Pan-fried Salmon with Onions, Garlic, Capers, Rosemary and Lemon

    This is a dish that I threw together while we were staying in Bonnieux during our long vacation in Provence and the Côte d'Azur in France. I bought the salmon and most of the other ingredients at the weekly market in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. The rosemary was growing in a pot on the terrace of our ...
  • Bonnieux Day 1

    We arrived in Bonnieux yesterday afternoon for a nine-day stay in another Airbnb apartment. After walking around this steep hill-side village last evening, looking for a store or bar open on a Sunday evening so I could buy a couple of bottles of wine, I am sure that by the time our stay is over we ...
  • Four Nights in Arles

    We stayed four nights in Arles, Thursday to Monday. The annual Feria du Riz, a celebration of the rice harvest with music, art, and Spanish-style bullfighting, was held on Friday and Saturday. The Apartment We stayed in a VRBO apartment just outside the walls of the vieille ville (old town) on ...
  • Transport Modes

    Every vacation trip requires transport: getting there and getting around. For our trip to France, getting there involved two modes of transport: air and rail. We elected to get around by car and on foot. Bicycling is also a possibility. The Flight We flew nonstop from LAX to Paris Charles de ...
  • The Bulls of Arles

    The first of our destinations is Arles, a UNESCO world heritage site. We are here for four nights, staying in a lovely VRBO apartment just outside of the vieille ville (old town). We will put up a few posts about our experiences here, not necessarily in chronological order. Today's post is just a ...
  • Grilled Pork and Peaches

    Grilled pork and grilled peaches are just about perfect together. The technique of first brining the meat and then cooking it with the residual heat built up in a heavy cast iron or aluminum griddle preheated on a charcoal or gas grill, which I also described in an earlier recipe post, is a ...
  • Hey Siri! Open the pod bay door, please

    I had hoped that Siri would get the movie reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey and come back with a witty reply, especially since I can’t believe that I am the first geek to name my garage door the “pod bay door” in Apple’s Home app. I envisioned an exchange something like this: Me: "Hey ...
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Carrots with Garlic, Rosemary and Pancetta

    Brussels sprouts and carrots are abundant at the farmers market these days, as is fresh garlic; and the rosemary in a pot on our patio flourishes in the southern California climate. Hence this dish. I've made a similar dish of brussels sprouts without the carrots and pancetta, but carrots are so ...
  • Homekit and Google Nest (Geekish)

    I have been playing around with Apple’s Homekit home automation framework. (If you have deep religious feelings about some other brand of home automation, I suggest you stop reading now. This is about Apple’s stuff because that is what I have.) I set up our Apple TV as a homekit hub and I ...
  • Letting the market guide the menu

    Of course, I mean the farmers' market, not the financial or stock markets. One of the joys of living in Southern California is the year-round farmers' markets. It is possible to fairly routinely prepare meals from what is market-fresh, in season and locally grown. There are farmers' markets in most ...