Papaya-Cucumber-Red Onion-Mango Salad: So Divine You Need To Pinch Yourself

Some days back, I had introduced a Thai-style salad w/ some variations (click here), and so in-love did my firstborn fall with it, that she decided to make one all by herself– with some variations of her own, chief among them being the julienned papaya in it, and the toasted sesame seeds and crushed peanut topping.  Also, instead of whole garlic, she used the homemade garlic-chili chutney– a staple from our refrigerator– for the dressing.  The result was even more amazing than my inaugural salad in my mortar-and-pestle.  See for yourself!

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Original Sketches: Numbered and Signed By A Frenchman

Many years ago, I picked up these two original numbered sketches from a man who was selling everything in his house and moving to Florida.  They happen to be original sketches, numbered and signed by the artist.  From the name of the artist–Jacquest–I assume he must have been French, and these scenes look like they could be any street in Paris.  But they also remind me of my own town here– a small college town– that has all the essential shops like the ones portrayed here.

Beautiful, don’t you think? 

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