Sunday, February 22, 2015


The excellent Jerusalem Quartet played a fine program of Haydn, Bartok, and Schumann at our local JCC this afternoon as part of the Music@Menlo series. The concert featured an unexpected break during the first movement of Bartok 4, when the unfortunate second violinist, Sergei Bresler, suffered a coughing spasm and had to leave the stage for a few. He returned with a bottle of water, and they picked right up where they left off. Great music, especially the Schumann A major.

Keeping with the theme, for dinner I made a modified version of chicken with Jerusalem artichokes from Ottolenghi and Tamimi's Jerusalem cookbook. The Jerusalem artichoke is neither an artichoke nor from Jerusalem. And Ottolenghi's restaurant is in London. The dish is mighty tasty, regardless.

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