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Thu, Dec. 24th, 2009, 04:17 pm

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate. And a belated happy Hanukah and Yule. I've been so distracted by work that I barely noticed Hanukah (I can never decide which spelling I like best; today I'm going for shortness, even though it looks wrong.) or the solstice (and the increasing darkness, which is a first for me and perhaps a sign I should try to spend more time outdoors.) And now, back I go to finishing up the last paper of the term, hoping that I've worked off a bit of my tendency toward parentheses and rambling sentences.

Sun, Dec. 13th, 2009, 12:26 pm
cooking plans

slate-clearing lentil-barley-veggie soup, now cooking
chili and cornbread

something with the sweet potato

apple cake
banana bread

Now I just need to actually start writing, what with many pages due over the next two weeks. At least all my Greek homework is done and my meals (sort of) planned.

Sun, Dec. 6th, 2009, 06:00 pm
Beef and cabbage soup

for future reference:

Beef and cabbage soup

1 lb stewing beef
1 onion
1/2 cabbage
1 carrot
1-2 c. tomato passata
2 small handfuls barley

Dredge beef in flour seasoned with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and a pinch of cloves then brown in batches in olive oil. Remove beef and brown sliced onions. Add tomato, water, cabbage, and carrot; simmer until done. Refrigerate overnight and add barley when reheating.

Delicious and warming, but next time I try something a bit hot and sour.

Thu, Dec. 3rd, 2009, 08:15 am
Snow! And minutiae

Not much, but still a welcome sign of winter. About to put oatmeal bread in the oven and must cook greens and butternut squash before lunch. My very quiet upstairs neighbour seems to have a very stompy guest: very disconcerting having the ceiling so loud.

Sun, Nov. 22nd, 2009, 03:03 pm

1 bunch of dino kale cooked with one sauteed onion, smoked paprika, and cayenne. About 12oz chickpeas put in to warm and then the whole thing dumped on top of red quinoa (1 c. dry). Very tasty, and tons of leftovers that will be good for lunches. I think it needs a bit of vinegar in there somehow, so may experiment a bit.

For dessert, cookies.

I made these a week or so ago, and they were very tasty, but I wasn't crazy about them. I liked this batch better, but may experiment a bit more. The extra syrup changed the consistency, and I will try adjusting next time, but these were completely flattened out, almost lacy, and delicious.

Changes: 3/4 plain sugar, 1/2 c. maple syrup (B grade), oats instead of nuts, 1/2 c. whole wheat pastry flour for 1/2 c. white, cinnamon, no vanilla (or maple flavouring)

Sat, Nov. 21st, 2009, 02:56 pm

I keep dithering about what to do with this space, but, in the meantime, perhaps posting some of the stuff I cook will help me regain my interest in cooking. And if I ever get around to buying a new usb cable, I may even have pictures! And who knows what wild and crazy things might follow from there--possibly even pictures of my cats!

So, my quick and tasty lunch today:

greens from a small bunch of spinach sauteed in a bit of olive oil, some leftover Puy lentils (cooked with red wind, carrots, and lots of garlic) tossed in to heat up, and a bit of mild feta crumbled on top.

Thu, Sep. 13th, 2007, 08:34 am

Here's hoping for a sweet and fruitful new year. I am reveling in the feeling of actually doing something new (an MA program) and looking forward to the year in a way I haven't done in quite some time. I hope all of you have a wonderful year, with whatever you are doing.

Sun, Jun. 17th, 2007, 09:56 am

If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and whom you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Many more people. Thank you all. I'm even worse at online journaling than paper, but the amusement and wisdom and different ways of living life that I've found here have been more help than I can express.

Off to get some work done and reacclimate to being on my own. (It will be the summer for that, what with all my partner's trips. I've surprised myself by enjoying it sometimes.)

Tue, Mar. 13th, 2007, 06:14 am

It's been an eventful little while here.

1. We got a new cat. I miss Billie horribly, but Ella was not dealing at all well with being an only cat and watching her and Nico get to know one another is very diverting.

2. I've been accepted into an MA program in classics and will be accepting the offer today. I'm very excited, even though I've had a few 'what am I doing?' moments.

3. We went to Quebec City this weekend, and drove up to the Saguenay. I have no pictures, nor adequate descriptive words, but it was all absolutely beautiful and one of those remarkably rejuvenating trips where a couple of days away feels like a week.

So, overall, life's been good. Now off to do my homework.

Tue, Feb. 6th, 2007, 05:15 pm

After beating the odds and astounding the vets, our sweet cat Billie finally went into total heart failure and I had her euthanized last night. She was one hell of a cat: sweet, stubborn, queen of all she surveyed, with her panther walk and head butting and...

I miss her horribly but she wasn't in pain and went peacefully. Rest in peace, sweetheart.

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