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Dear Fortuna,

I have been trying to find use for some cans of tuna left standing in my freezer since last millennium. I can’t think of dining on them. It would be against my core belief.
Betsy Catgut

Dear Betsy
I note your reservations and let me assure you any pole caught wild albacore tuna packed in San Diego is as good as tuna floating in brine on this side of the Pacific. I speak from experience. I have seen cans of tuna going on a slow boat to China still sending the Chinese chefs ga- ga. It was so good the chefs spared no pains to share their good fortune with the Japanese chefs for some tempura treatment.
You have hit upon a goldmine in your freezer. You will come to no grief if you want to go for some salad to celebrate your discovery.
I enclose a recipe if you want try tuna. It may sound unorthodox but breaking in tuna by any other known ways defeat its very purpose.

Recipe for spaghetti with canned tuna
Spread cans of tuna neatly in a row on the table while you pour little oil in a skillet over medium heat. Mix in garlic, parsley, and lemon peel. Add 2 teaspoon Sherry vinegar and let not the mix too long in the heat. In a plate spread the mix and add cubes of cheese (soft Gouda cheese, preferably) with Kalamata olives.
As soon as spaghetti is ready gently spread the garlic, cheese mix evenly across and arrange lemon peel across. Top the dish with breadcrumbs and herbs.
Spaghetti may be the main dish but cans of tuna in front of you is what gives you the oomph.
After a delicious treat put the cans of tuna (unopened) away. Just to make the Ginger meeow a little sharper.
(Sorry: chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto in San Francisco and Andrew Knowlton,Bon Appetit magazine)

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Travel Notes

Alien reliving his impressions after an earth visit :  “I saw this fellow say after being  to the chair, ‘ Ahm Pierre’ Ahm Pierre.’ ”
Pappy Alien :  “ What happened then?”
Alien : “The guards turned on the juice.”
Pappy wisely nodding,   “ Ah French fries.”

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This sandwich made by Mister Ting Ling is scrumptious: rather thick and crisp. Slices of bread finely cut is a meal in itself. But something added in between makes my palate settle for the rest of the day’s meals. A fine sandwich is a class apart (Its fine edge merely testifies its pedigree. )I love fresh wheat bread. Before I can sneak and smell it closely my provider has already slapped a tbs of Mayo (” Go easy Mr. Ling!”)and a couple of Swiss cheese follow. While my man revives my spirits with four slices of ham and lettuce I am ready to fall in.  I am at peace with the world. Of course the rimless glasses of Mr. Ling shines as he tosses some slices of tomato,- a teaser and looks towards me almost shyly as if he has excelled himself that noon. I smile back while I have snatched a can of soda and a handful of potato chips to round off my yen.

How is that I flagellate myself everytime I have had a good snack? Well the thought of calories to the tune of 1015* is scary but my constitution is like teflon and I feel good. Mr.Ting Ling is happy and so am I.

I get sometimes a yen for sandwiches but I am told it adds up calories. But I have a bag full of yens in a day. Now let me see what I can buy with these yens.


* Bread = 200 calories

Mayo = 115 calories
Cheese = 212 calories
Ham = 183 calories
Soda = 150 calories
Chips = 155 calories

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