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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hoi-Sin Chicken II

The family, T.R., and Mustafa in the "gorgeous Gorge"
      This week, we have two visitors, one from Najaf, the other from New Orleans.  Both cities' names begin with Ns, but the similarities end there.  Najaf, if your wondering, is a city of about 500,000 in Central Iraq, and is the hometown of Mustafa our Iraqi exchange student.  Our other visitor is our uncle T.R.  Today we hiked to the top of Multnomah Falls with Zizu (from Iraq) and Lydia (from Louisville, Kentucky) who are staying with another local family.  While hiking up the falls I was amazed by all the languages I heard.  There was English, (And the dialects of English were enough to turn your head in and of themselves), Japanese, German (the two most common languages for tourists in Oregon), Spanish (also fairly common), as well as Hindi, Italian, Russian, we also think we heard Farsi, Portuguese, and Hebrew; and of course we heard Mustafa and Zizu conversing in their native Arabic.  After the hike we went to McMenamins Edgefield for lunch, and then came home to roast in the late afternoon heat.  Luckily, Cyrus isn't roasting anything tonight, instead he's grilling, grilling Hoi-sin chicken in fact.  If you don't remember, it was just over a year ago that Cyrus first made Hoi-sin chicken.  when he first made it, it was easily the best Sunday Dinner we had had.  It still is the best.  Now there's a hobo pack on the grill, and plates of veggies waiting for their turn on the grill.  Cyrus is drying lettuce for a salad.  I hope it's like the salad we had with Hoi-sin chicken a year ago.
     The chicken is on the grill, and the patio has been hosed off to keep it cool, and we should be ready to eat soon.  We didn't eat soon, the grilled veggies took forever, but they are just coming off now.  The last bit before we eat.  

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     The chicken was good, though not as good as a year ago.  Our salad was not as exotic as last year, and the hobo pack was quite good, despite being a little under cooked.  For dessert Cyrus is making strawberry milkshakes out of last nights ice cream.  He suggested using a Gerbil to speed the process along (Editor's Note: ????????).  It's a good dinner, even if not as magnificent as last year.  

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