Wednesday, January 26, 2011


I have a really neat binder full of photos and family tree charts from my mothers lineage. I feel really blessed to have such detailed documentation going back as far as it does, not everyone is so lucky.
My great grandmother recently turned 96, and her brother Robert is 105! My great grandmother's name is Shirley Salgo (originally Sari Halmos). She came to this country from Hungary around 1915 with her two brothers, two sisters, and mother, Johanna Halmos. Life was rough for them, but they made it through shining, each child growing up to lead interesting lives. Shirley's sister Roszika played many cameo roles in movies, and I remember watching her kiss Arnold Schwarzenegger on the cheek at the beginning of the movie 'Twins.' She also appeared in 'F.I.S.T,' as Sylvester Stallone's mother.
    The binder contains a lot of neat photos. Here is one of the 5 children:
 Shirley is at the top at age 5, next to Rozsi. Bottom left is Robert, Berta in the middle, and Martin on the right.
One of the things I loved the most about visiting my great-grandmothers house as a kid was her paintings. She did beautiful reproductions, and the walls were overflowing with these gorgeous paintings.
The top one has always been my favorite. While these are reproductions, she did do an original of her mother Johanna, from a photograph:
 At one family reunion we had, prints of this were put together by my Aunt, alongside a poem I wrote, and passed around to family members:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Wonder What They Would Do on 'Iron Chef'

...with this stuff.
My mom recently gave me a whole bunch of this mango chicken sausage from Trader Joes. So I looked online for recipes and ideas about what to do with it. There wasn't much, but one suggestion included Marsala seasoning, and included potatoes to be put over rice. No thanks, and no thanks. Marsala strikes  me as a combination better fit for pumpkin pie and other desserts, not meat. I also don't think you need potatoes (a starch) on rice (another starch). But curry powder and red bell peppers sounded great!
Note: This sausage turned out to be very sweet, and the brown sugar it contains was a whole lot more prominent in flavor than the mango.
I pan fried the cut up sausage with onion, red and orange bell peppers, minced garlic, and lots of curry powder. At the end I added some chicken broth to form a shallow sauce.
 The more curry you add, the spicier it will get, or you can use a spicier type of curry? I can't handle too spicy, but for those of you who can, that might be the best way to go with this sausage to counter the sweetness. I might try a little paprika or something the next time...hmm. Really, this sausage is so sweet you might eat it with pancakes in place of syrup!