Too many heavy meals, day after day?
Feeling laden?
But refuse to surrender a delicious, satisfying dinner, so important to our day? 

Tuna fish.
The answer.
A substantial step out of the heavy meal routine.

Tuna fish.
Sashimi-grade, uncooked tuna. For sale at many markets.
Use it in the recipe as though it came from a can.
Chop it first. 

Or tuna from a container.
If you have the bucks, artisanal tuna in a jar, three times the cost of a can.
Retains the integrity of the fish.

Packed in Italian olive oil.
No added seasonings.
We’ll do that ourselves. 

Or, most common, a tin of Italian-style, Tuna-Packed in Italian Olive Oil. Pastene or Genoa brands both good.
Here the fish has a soft texture, like a paste.

If you want to avoid bread, serve the tuna as a substantial salad.
But if you are okay with bread, then find the best crusty Italian or French baguette in your area and enjoy the luscious sweetness of the bread as well as its wonderful textural qualities.

For me, I enjoy a combo, making a small tuna sandwich and eating it with the tuna salad that didn’t fit into the bread

The secret is the recipe.
And I do have another terrific recipe: today’s posting.

A reminder here that recipes are recommendations.
We should play with them.
Play with accompaniments.
Make them our own.

Of course, wine not called for in ANY of the permutations of the recipe.
Instead, look on the Web Site, Recipes, Gin and Tonic, Makin’ Love, as an adequate substitute.


An update of “The Goldfinch,” the world-respected, Donna Tartt novel I’ve been summarizing.
Chapter 3: Sections x to xii:

Theo, our 13 year-old victim of the museum bombing, remembers the ring that Welty gave him and the name that went with it: Hobart and Blackwell, that Welty whispered to him just before he died. Theo visits the address, shows the ring to the man who answers the door and is immediately welcomed to come inside.

And another thought from Dr. Scolapasta, Boston’s North Ender who specializes in the darker side of ghetto life.
He reminds us that the habit of pissing in buildings is one of many ugly third-world habits carried over to the new world, and not confined to any nationality.
Symptomatic, instead, of the poverty the immigrants ran from.
In the North End, while very few of us pissed in buildings, especially-plus in our own building, more of the population enjoyed taking a piss in alleys or alcoves, hardly trying to shield themselves.
Of course, those pissers still a tiny minority of the populace.
Not all traditions worth emulating.

Today is Friday, July 13, 2018
Good morning, my friends.
This is my ninety-sixth consecutive daily posting. 

It’s 5.58am and another beautiful day. This has been some great stretch of weather.

Wikipedia summary of what’s on the screen: "12 Angry Men" is a 1957 American courtroom drama film adapted from a teleplay of the same name by Reginald Rose. Written and co-produced by Rose himself and directed by Sidney Lumet, this trial film tells the story of a jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the conviction or acquittal of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt, forcing the jurors to question their morals and values. In the United States, a verdict in most criminal trials by jury must be unanimous. The film is notable for its almost exclusive use of one set: out of 96 minutes of run time, only three minutes take place outside of the jury room.

"12 Angry Men" explores many techniques of consensus-building and the difficulties encountered in the process among a group of men whose range of personalities adds intensity and conflict. It also explores the power one person has to elicit change. No names are used in the film; the jury members are identified by number until two members exchange names at the end. The defendant is referred to as "the boy" and the witnesses as "the old man" and "the lady across the street". The film forces the characters and audience to evaluate their own self-image through observing the personality, experiences, and actions of the jurors.

In 2007, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The film was selected as the second-best courtroom drama ever by the American Film Institute during their AFI's 10 Top 10 list and is the highest courtroom drama on Rotten Tomatoes' Top 100 Movies of All Time.

I’m at my desk.
Dinner is out at a restaurant in Ogunquit, Me.

Jim Pasto’s idea to rid the Wikipedia movie reviews of their color works. The idea simple: paste the review into a word document and select ‘text only.’
Delighted. Thank you jim.

Today’s Post

Tuna Fish Salad

Serves Two
5oz, sashimi grade raw, or can or jar of tuna fish.

AROMATICS into blender:
1 TB lemon zest
1 TB capers, drained
Fresh parsley-basil-mint, coarsely-chopped
1 TB lemon juice
½ t salt
¼ t freshly ground pepper
½ t mustard, Dijon (if using sashimi-grade tuna, substitute wasabi for the mustard)
2 TB  extra virgin olive oil
2 TB mayonnaise

In a medium bowl, crumble the fish with a fork (if using sashimi-grade raw tuna, chop the fish to a medium dice.)
Mix thoroughly with the blended aromatics. 

Small dice and stir in:
1.5 oz celery, leaves are nice
1.5 oz red onion
1.0 oz lettuce

Construct Sandwich
Moisten bread with olive oil or mayonnaise.
Cover slice with a lettuce leaf.
Add the tuna mix
Add tomato slice
Add sprouts

We’re good to go.

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