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text 2017-10-23 00:16
Sunday Post (which also has some soup in it...and a shelfie)

Happy Sunday! 

 

Yes, it may be late in the day but it is still Sunday from where I'm typing. 

 

I am woefully behind in writing reviews but, having tried for several time today, it appears I may be in a reviewing slump at the moment. So, I'll just go with the flow. Reviews may or may not follow this week. 

 

Anyway, while I procrastinated over writing up some of those long overdue reviews today, I had a good look at my living room shelves and ... *shock* ... it hit me that I need to do a read&cull&sort sometime soon.

 

 

See, my plan this year was to not stress about my physical TBR and just read what I want. As a result, my main shelves are now double-stacked...and this does not even take into account the shelves and stacks in the spare room, bedroom, and, yes, there are some books in the hall, too.

 

So, I got to thinking that for 2018 I will try and focus on my physical TBR. 

The mere thought was intimidating. 

 

Intimidating enough to need some comfort food ... Here is where the soup comes in.

 

 

Apart from the ongoing buddy reads for science non-fiction, Sherlock Holmes, and my Dame Agatha project, there is one other theme that I am looking to explore more next year - the Suffragettes. But more on that one in a separate post nearer to January. 

 

Is anyone else also thinking abut 2018 projects already?

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text 2017-10-16 21:26
Sunday Soup (?) ... but on a Monday

... because I forgot to post this yesterday. The benefit of posting the Sunday Soup post today, of course, is that I came home to find that I had received some books that I had ordered. Yay.

 

Anyway, we were supposed to get the remnants of hurricane Ophelia today. While it was very wet and incredibly dark all day (it was pitch black at around 2:30pm!), there was no wind. Thank goodness! I mean, it was unlikely that the predicted winds would hit this part any harder than the regular stiff breeze we get, but still... Unfortunately, it appears Ireland has seen some storm damage.

 

This whole topic of tropical storms and all gave me an appetite for chili yesterday. That is, veggie chili in my case, which for some reason I wanted to have in soft tortilla shells, and which made enough to have left over chili tonight (because it tastes even better on the second day).

 

 

In case you were wondering about the lack of cheese, there is some mozzarella at the bottom. 

 

The Muriel Spark book, which you can't really see, is Spark's Satire, which contains three novellas: RobinsonThe Abbess of Crewe, and Aiding and Abetting

 

Hope your Monday was not too bad either. ;D

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text 2017-09-04 23:07
Sunday Soup...erm Monday Pickles!!!

Didn't make soup this week, but did put up two types of (vinegar) pickles.  The first is my old standby pickled jalapenos to preserve a truly gorgeous lot of peppers from the CSA.  The second is my first attempt at "hamburger dill" pickles using some of the cucumbers from my garden.  

 

 

I planted three kirby vines from 3 different vendors at the farmer's market.  Two of them were duds (though I think I damaged at least one of them trying to train it), but the third climbed like a champ and has been a champion producer!!! 

 

 

School starts tomorrow, so we've spent the holiday weekend running around with last-minute pants shopping, haircuts and other pre-school prep work. I've got too many books going at once and can't seem to settle down to any of them.

 

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text 2017-09-04 19:45
Sunday, err Monday, We Soup! And Dessert!

The holiday weekend in the states threw me off, I know waiting one extra day to see what I ate probably killed you all ;)

 

 

 

 

An auspicious beginning, but stick with me!

 

 

 

See, good thing you stuck with me. Photographing appetizing only the way soup can, lol.

 

 

 

As you can tell, this soup was super easy to make and only took around 20mins. If you remember my shrimp soup from last year, this broth was similar to it. For my money though, I'd make the shrimp one, this was good but, eh. I also have never wanted a spork more in life, the noodles were an adventure to eat with a spoon. I know, I know, I should have had chop sticks on hand but a two year old has more finesse with them than I do.

 

 

 

All great adventures begin with a single step, and butter. 

 

 

During one of the wild stimulating conversations I had with the bf, I learned he never has tried rice pudding. Mind blown. This guy loves rice and lives in the midwest! Sacrilegious, I say. 

 

 

 

MOAR BUTTER. You're also looking at my $3 crock pot garage sale grab. I'm very proud of it and how worth it was to make the bf carry it around for an hour before we could make it back to the car. 

 

 

Sweet dessert rice and made the house smell good. The three hour wait was lame-o and I couldn't eat much because of the use of 2% milk but it was worth it for the bf to turn to me and sweetly say, "Can you make this with chocolate milk?". 

You win some, you lose some.

 

Is it finally soup weather in your neck of the woods? Show me your food!

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text 2017-07-07 17:53
Cookbooks planning to borrow from library
Soup Swap: Comforting Recipes to Make and Share - Kathy Gunst,Yvonne Duivenvoorden
Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen - Luisa Weiss
The New One Pot Cookbook: More Than 200 Modern Recipes for the Classic Easy Meal - Adams Media
One Pan & Done: Hassle-Free Meals from the Oven to Your Table - Molly Gilbert
A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's - Frank Bruni,Jennifer Steinhauer,Marilyn Naron

We actually like soups, stews and chilis year-round.  I like quicker ones in hot weather (it's not the cooking time or cooking heat— it's just that I get less inside time plus in winter smelling a slow simmering soup is comforting, but in summer it's somehow not).

 

One Pan & Done  is by the chick that does the sheetpan supper books.

 

A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Two Chatty Cooks, One Iconic Dish and Dozens of Recipes - from Mom's to Mario Batali's  sounds like it will be fun to read and useful.  Description says

"The definitive guide to an American classic though the lens of New York Times journalists Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer's culinary friendship. 

Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer share a passion for meatloaf and have been exchanging recipes via phone, email, text and instant message for decades. A MEATLOAF IN EVERY OVEN is their homage to a distinct tradition, with 50 killer recipes, from the best classic takes to riffs by world-famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali; from Italian polpettone to Middle Eastern kibbe to curried bobotie; from the authors' own favorites to those of prominent politicians. Bruni and Steinhauer address all the controversies (Ketchup, or no? Sauté the veggies?) surrounding a dish that has legions of enthusiastic disciples and help you to troubleshoot so you never have to suffer a dry loaf again.

This love letter to meatloaf incorporates history, personal anecdotes and even meatloaf sandwiches, all the while making you feel like you're cooking with two trusted and knowledgeable friends."

 

 

NEXT READS PLANNED

 

Five chapters a week for this July's bookclub read of Old Man's War.

 

Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows) (Volume 3) - Joshua Palmatier,Benjamin Tate  Breath of Heaven (Well of Sorrows)    

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist plus binge-ing some series, currently Drink Deep in Chicagoland Vampire series is checked out) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free (mid-month?) plus 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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