Heavy Downpour In Old San Juan

Walking through Old San Juan on Thanksgiving Day, Amanda and I got stuck in a tropical downpour. Hiding under the awning of a hotel, we watched as large drops of rain turned the road into a river.

The words of birds

I recently purchased a copy of A Guide To The Birds of Puerto Rico And The Virgin Islands at Rodgers Book Barn.

A Guide To The Birds of Puerto Rico And The Virgin Islands

I particularly enjoyed its onomatopoetic descriptions of bird noises. Here’s a random list of my favorites:

  • A raspy crick-et (White-tailed Tropicbird)
  • A hoarse kak (Brown Booby)
  • A gutteral ga-ga-ga-ga (Red-Footed Booby)
  • A peculiar oong-ka-chunk! (American Bittern)
  • A raspy, insect-like kay-ti-dad (Gull-Billed Tern)
  • Plantive, liquid, twittering notes (Audobon’s Shearwater)
  • A raspy ke-aaar that fades away (Red-tail hawk)
  • A high-pitched killi-killi-killi (American Kestrel)
  • A short, emphatic bow-wow (Short-eared Owl)
  • A throaty ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-kaw-kow, kow, kow, kow (Yellow-billed Cuckoo)
  • A very loud and conspicuous squawky whistle a-leep (Smooth-billed Ani)
  • A varied assortment of gentle cooing notes (Rock Dove)
  • A deep, deliberate whoo (Plain Pigeon)
  • A raucous squawk (Brown-throated Parakeet)

Cabbage, potato, carrot, leek stew

I made this stew recipe tonight. Had a ton of cabbage + potatoes, and carrots from our CSA and needed something to do with them. Roasted cabbage and leeks in a sheet pan for 30 minutes instead of carmelizing them in the pan. Used olive oil not butter. Broth consisted of discarded stems of herbs, leeks, corn cobs, cabbage leaves, mushroom powder, cheese rinds and squash innards - detritus from summer cooking. Cooked for 2-3 hours on low. Served with fresh dill, chives, and grated parmesan.