Two Days in a Row? Crazy!

February 26, 2011

Shortly after this picture was taken, these veg became borscht.

Remember what I said about the cookies not being a big hit with the boys? Scratch that. Sam LOVED them. Thank goodness I put some in the freezer or they would all be gone.  Lunch was Roasted Beet and Potato Borscht (recipe courtesy of Everyday Food).

Long have I believed that I didn’t like beets.  Um, revising that opinion. This month, I’ve been trying to eat more colorful veggies, so I gave beets another try. Yum.  And perhaps my post yesterday was slightly misleading.  I haven’t gone completely vegan. For example, I stirred some sour cream into my soup and inhaled it like a Hoover.

I was all set this weekend to knit like the wind on a seamless, top-down raglan I started.  But instead, I worked yesterday on a giant granny blanket that’s been languishing as a WIP.  (The header photo is a close-up of it.) Unfortunately, I’ve also been reading knit blogs and browsing Ravelry and I want to start about 900 new things.  I especially am feeling the desire to knit a stripey shawl, something like this one or this one, both of which were featured on Knitted Bliss.

This house is a total disaster area, due to the Awesome Destructive Power of Small Boys. I want to sit and knit, but John’s got a piano recital and my parents are coming over afterwards and, sadly, the house doesn’t clean itself.  I think I’ll put this album on and get to work!

 

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Snow Day!

February 25, 2011

A blizzard hit us this morning, so it’s an impromptu day off for me.  On the agenda: crafting and cooking and baking.  Also, much watching of Spongebob.

Might things have been different for Kurt if he had had a Heart-Shaped Muffin?

I’ve been kind of obsessed with cooking and cookbooks lately.  My diet has been changing — increasingly away from meat, and even dairy and eggs, and toward more veggies.  The elimination of whole categories of ingredients – milk, cheese, BACON – has been, perhaps paradoxically, inspiring rather than limiting.

Some of my favorite new cookbooks were written by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero of Post Punk Kitchen.  Appetite for Reduction is great, but today I delved into Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar!  Because nothing says “Snow Day” like cookies!

It is both good and bad that vegan cookie dough is safe to eat raw.

I decided to make one of the recipes from the “Wholesome” chapter, Banana Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies.  These were not a huge hit with the boys, but I heart them.  They turned out almost scone-like in texture, and contain oats, whole wheat flour, dried cranberries, and toasted pecans. Yum.

If only I had a cup of coffee, my existence as a cookie would be fulfilled.

The recipe calls for agave nectar, but I didn’t have any so I subbed in more brown rice syrup. As a result, they’re probably less sweet than they should be.  That’s OK with me.  To be honest, these are the kind of cookies that would make other moms whisper, “Poor John and Sam. Their mother is a hippie. She makes them eat lentils and VEGAN COOKIES.”  Most of the recipes in the book are decidedly not like that.  John has made me promise to make one of the recipes with chocolate chips later.  That’s what snow days are for.

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This and that…

On a related topic, another of my favorite food writers and cookbook authors is Mark Bittman.  He has published two very interesting columns recently, one on the Department of Agriculture’s new nutrition guidelines and another on McDonald’s oatmeal.  At the heart of both pieces is the simple belief that we should be eating real food. If only the government weren’t afraid to speak this wisdom!

Yesterday, I listened to a couple of great NPR podcasts from All Songs Considered.  Their latest is a 90s retrospective, which is fun, but I really liked an older one entitled “Tunes that Got You Through Your Teens.”  The stories from listeners are great and really reminded me of how important music was to me as a teenager.  As Bob Boilen said, “What a good friend music can be.”  Lots of different stuff helped get me through my teens.  The first album I thought of, though, was Ocean Rain by Echo and the Bunnymen.  I listened to it incessantly.  To me, it was the very essence of brooding romanticism, something that I think is almost universally appealing to teenagers.  For your listening pleasure, my favorite cut…


Back to the Blog

February 19, 2011

It’s been  months, but I can’t bring myself to say goodbye to blogging.  If anything, I really want to get back to it.  There are a number of things that prevent me from doing so.  The first, of course, is time.  I have a job doing electronic document review, which means that I spend my day reading emails on a monitor.  So, naturally, coming home and getting online isn’t the most appealing idea in the world.  But I really miss the community and the writing.

Another (self-created) obstacle are the related ideas that (1) all blog posts need pretty pictures and (2) I am completely incapable of taking the pretty pictures.  I have what can charitably be described as a craptastic camera, no tripod, and highly limited skill.  I love the blogs with beautiful photography (some examples: Brooklyn Tweedjust marysePosie Gets Cozy, Hello Yarn, and Smitten Kitchen), and I want to create the type of blog I like to read!

But I’m going to try to overcome these obstacles, because I so enjoy blogging as a personal journalling exercise.  And I have so many things I’d like to write about.

Like knitting, of course!  I’ve been working on a number of things, and recently finished this Breckenridge Cowl with Malabrigo Rasta.  What a yummy yarn!  I also have two sweater-type projects on the needles (three, if you count a long-hibernating bottom-up seamless yoke sweater).  Just when I think I’ve embraced the fact that I am really a Small Project Knitter, I go and start a sweater.

Other topics to come: local food, Health Month, potholder mania, my love affair with leafy greens, other people’s UFOs, and more.