My Old Ladies Who Lunch

While my leisurely Sunday lunch in August for my Old Ladies may not have been as mouth-watering or dramatic as Luigi’s Mid-August Lunch for his coterie of old ladies, I think it worked out.

Deliver us from egg-vil

Deliver us from egg-vil

If you’ve not seen Gianni De Gregorio’s film about a middle-aged man who can’t make the rent so agrees to host his landlord’s mother and assorted others for a few days in August, well, what are you waiting for?

Ladies who lunch

One for you, two for me…

Preparing lunch for friends and family can either be a chore or a pleasurable challenge for a summer Sunday afternoon.  Especially if we’re talking about muggy NYC.

Mid-August lunch

Mid-August lunch

But not too much sweat on this particular Sunday of My Old Ladies.   Plus, I kept it simple: Deviled eggs, tuna sandwiches, and a chickpea salad made with Cherokee tomatoes I grew from seed.



As my mom and aunt’s physical and emotional health fluctuates, and their memories enter into thin ice territory, I find myself out of sorts and hard-pressed on how to act normal around them.  So I just cook.

Lunch deck-side

Lunch deck-side

“How many more lunches and dinners do we have left together?” is probably what’s echoing around in the back-caves of my mind, spurring me on to put out good dishes, new and family favorites, before it’s too late.

Ladies who lunch

Ladies who lunch

After the chrysanthemums

besides the daikon

there is nothing


Chickpea & tomato salad

The ingredients

1 can of chickpeas, washed and drained

1 large tomato (heirloom is worth it), diced

1/4 red onion, diced

about 1 cup of arugula, washed and chopped

about 1/4 cup combination of red wine, rice wine and apple cider vinegar

about 1/8 cup olive oil

honey, to taste

chives, chopped

salt & black pepper

The steps

1.  In a big bowl, combine vinegars, honey and chives.  Mix well.

2.  Add chickpeas, tomatoes and onions into vinegar mixture.  Mix well.  Season with salt and black pepper.


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