I dropped by Tom and Lisa’s recently to catch up on the little girls. I wanted to see if my youngest granddaughter, Coco, had any interest in doing a cooking video with me. She wasn’t around at the moment, so I turned my attention to her mother.
Lisa Was Slicing, Dicing, and Spicing
Lisa was preparing a few salads for a barbecue they were going to later that day. Sitting on the counter was a Rice Salad with Tuna and Capers. It was a combination of rice, tuna, parsley, basil, cilantro, capers, olive oil, and lemon juice—all good ingredients for a summer salad.
There are other versions of this dish, that include olives and chunks of Swiss cheese, as well. Tomatoes can also be scooped out and stuffed with the rice salad and garnished with a basil sprig.
Coco Enters Stage Left
When Coco appeared, I made my film offer.
“We could call our video, Grandma and Coco in the Kitchen,” I said, thinking a top billing might have some appeal. “I’d post it on my food blog.”
Without a moment’s hesitation, she signed on. No questions asked. Nothing about scripts, location, filming schedule, wardrobe, supporting cast or even pay. Then she paused. She would have to work it around her two-week summer camp, she said. I was okay with that.
We sealed our film contract with a big hug, my co-star skipped off to the next room, and I returned home with a couple of new summer salad recipes, thanks to Lisa. Life is good.