Wednesday, January 9, 2013


1 package Wild Mushroom Ravioli (12 pieces)
8 ounces fresh Crimini Mushrooms, sliced
2 or 3 slices of Prosciutto, chiffonade
Olive Oil
1Tbl butter
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan, grated.

Cook Ravioli as directed.
Slice fresh mushrooms
Chiffonade Prosciutto (bunch the slices together with left hand and slice in strips.
Bring Olive Oil to just before smoking and 1/2 butter, add mushrooms and stir till all are coated.  Add the rest of the butter and turn heat down to low simmer.  Add salt and pepper.
Remove Ravioli to paper towel and pat excess water off with an other paper towel.
Add Chiffonade of Prosciutto to sauted mushrooms and toss. 
Add Ravioli and gently combine. 
Serve Ravioli on a bed of the sauted mushrooms and dust with Parmesan.
Serves 2

Wednesday, December 26, 2012




In recent years the City of Los Angeles seems to have become wonderfully enlightened.  This is a great example of this sophisticated, intelligent thinking that they are employing with city planning.  
Rather than hire and engineering firm, a bridge building company or architects, they handed over the aesthetic design to an artist, who was assisted by the technical people.  The result is absolutely stunning. 
Now, being me,my first thought was; 'can I please go into the basket ?  does the light come through the weave ?  can we put a camera obscura inside one of them ?  Well, I suppose that was three thoughts, but they came quite quickly on the heels of one another.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Angels Flight began operating in 1901. Billed as the shortest railroad in the world. It served to transport people up a steep incline between Downtown Los Angeles and The Bunker Hill residential area. In 1969 it was dismantled and place in storage when city decided to develop the Bunker Hill area in to Office buildings and Cultural Venues. It remained in storage for 27 years and at last this Los Angeles Icon is up and running again. Notice the great beauty of the interior wood work of the little cars. It is so finely crafted. It appears to be made by a shipwright to me. They are extremely talented 'cabinet makers' adept at fashioning such interiors into curved and 'lofted' spaced. A very high skill.

Monday, April 2, 2012


for 6

6 Large Sea Scallops (2"x 2")
2 cups of whipping cream (or half and half if you must )
6 oz Roquefort Cheese
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbl lime juice (Mexican or Key limes are best)
2 tbl lime zest.
2 flour gorditas or flour tortillas

Roquefort Sauce
Bring cream to a low rolling boil add Roquefort and pepper reduce by half (about 15 minutes. ) This can be done earlier the same day.

Reheat on low heat just before plating add lime juice and 1 tbl zest.

Oil and preheat grill
Pat the scallops dry, brush wit olive oil, sprinkle with white pepper and sea salt.
Grill about 3 " from heat for 2 minutes, turn and cook for another 30 seconds. Scallops should be light golden and still soft to the touch.
Toast tortilla wedges on grill for last 30 seconds or so.

Spoon about 3 tbl sauce on bottom of plate, arrange tortilla wedges (3 per plate) along left side of plate, place a scallop in middle, strew lime zest over scallops.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Yamashiro Inn

The Yamashiro Inn on a hilltop in Hollywood is closing in on it's 100th birthday in 2014. Construction began in 1911 by two wealthy brothers. The brothers were avid collectors of Japanese art and wanted a home to showcase the collection. They brought dozens of Japanese craftsmen to Hollywood to build the ten room residence. The Pagoda was purchased in Japan, disassembled and then reassembled on the hilltop. It is said to be the oldest building in California, 600 years. The views are commanding; the San Bernardino Mountains, Downtown Los Angeles, Century City and all the way to the Pacific Ocean.