Mushroom marinara and mushy lettuce
Last night’s dinner was a success in some ways and a bit of a disappointment in others. First off, I made a wonderful mushroom marinara served over angel-hair pasta. Basically I caramelized onions in a little olive oil (I would have used butter but we were having vegan dinner guests, grr vegans), and once they were starting to turn brown I added the chopped mushrooms (I just used button but any...
Midsummer and over-consumption
I’m still recovering from our food group (CPG) meeting last night. The theme was a midsummer feast (not quite on the midsummer but I’ll let it go) consisting of 10 courses, and by the end of the meal at about 11ish I was ready to curl up and die, happily that is, as I had just eaten my own body weight in delicious and varied foods. We started the meal with an appetizer of lumpia, a Filipino dish...
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Prayer after eating
Wendell Berry is perhaps my favorite poet slash essayist slash economic critic slash farmer, his poems reflect the same sort of ideal that I have, that working the land is good for the spirit and can serve as a great source of poetic inspiration. A favorite poem of his is called “Prayer after Eating.” For me it invokes mindfulness, being aware of the world around, most especially while cooking and...
Today is Thursday, which means that tonight le Club des Plaisirs Gourmands is meeting! CPG, as we call it, is the food group I started last year to basically force myself to cook something good at least once a week. I’m a lot better these days about cooking and I have CPG to thank for that. Anyway, I’ll write up a post about CPG another time, but for now let’s talk about...
Ode to vegetarian chili
Just kidding, I’m not so good at writing odes, so this is going to be more like a speech I would present at some vegetarian chili honoring ceremony, probably in Texas somewhere, likely Austin as it’s vegetarian. So Just imagine for a moment that we’re in a big room somewhere, perhaps in a fancy hotel? perhaps in the back room of a restaurant? There are loads of people in fancy dress, black suits...
Quaker quote of the day
“The first Friends had an apocalyptic vision of the world transformed by Christ and they set about to make it come true. The present generation of Quakers shares this conviction of the power of the spirit, but it is doubtful whether it will transform the world in our lifetime, or in that of our children or children’s children. For us it is not so important when the perfect world will...
On gardening and self sufficiency
Today I’m making plans for a winter garden, that will include cooler weather plants to be grown in the autumn and those wonderful leafy greens I love so much that hopefully will survive through the winter if covered up with plastic. There’s something calming about planning out a garden, knowing that you’re breaking ground, using it for its true purpose which is to spring forth with life. Knowing...
Tradition! Somehow I think that song from The Fiddler on the Roof should be playing, it seems appropriate. For me traditions are those little things in our lives that we do, and hopefully enjoy doing, that we don’t really know we’re doing, it just sort of happens. Traditions and cooking go hand-in-hand all the time, in some families more than others, but I think wherever there’s a child learning...