Cooking, feasting and entertaining our way into the New Year(s)…
This alley-not-a-rally had no scheduled, organized activities and events. Even dinner details were decided at the last moment. We set up our base camp (which faced away from the main campground) with picnic tables, umbrella, flagpole, lights and mats. Participants and dishes varied from night to night as our spontaneous rolling party continued.
These pork and shrimp siu mai were then steamed for 20 minutes in the steamer seen here.
A pre-dinner “Ain’t Misbehavin‘” was played by Rich on his tenor uke.
Seen at the dinner table on one of the feast nights were David and Ari, who brought tomato-shrimp pasta, stir-fried vegetables, and cheese cake. Eleanor brought curried beef and a spicy, Indian curry lentil dish with macadamia nuts. Terry and Greg brought Chinese spring rolls on one night and a pumpkin pie fresh out of their 19′ Safari Bambi’s oven on another night. (We are bundled up due to temperatures in the 40’s at night, but wear T-shirts during the day when the temperature is in the low 70’s.)
You can see above that, besides the Oval Office, remnants of Rich’s “Beach Club” fabric also made their way to our cushions.
Seen below are Bill and Beth who brought an assortment of sweets that included nut bread, caramel corn, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, based on a recipe by Shirley Corriher (the recipe and how to bake the perfect cookie is found here). Bill and Beth’s 1979 23′ Safari is pulled with a 1977 Lincoln Continental. In addition to siu mai, Larry made coleslaw with sesame seeds. Eleanor brought string beans and a salad with pomegranate seeds. Also seen here are Bob and Theresa who pull a 2008 30′ Classic Slide-out with a F-350 dually.
After-dinner entertainment was supplied by Larry and Emma who animated Griff, a griffin shoulder puppet that Larry found at Renaissance Faire.
The following morning, just before our hike up Palm Canyon, Rich savored the very sweet and juicy navel oranges given to us by Ron and Aldrene, who have a 16′ Bambi. Highlights of our adventurous hike up Palm Canyon will be featured in Airstream Alley, part three.
Each year we celebrate three New Years (Rosh Hashana, Western new year, and Chinese New Year). The new Chinese New Year, the Year of the Earth Ox, begins with the new moon on January 26 and we already have a string of auspicious, red Chinese firecrackers hanging on our pod bay door. The focus of the new year is on our family and friends. Larry is already at work researching Chinese recipes and I just found an Astro Chinese New Year 2009 Song.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year, with health, wealth, and prosperity.