Sunday, January 04, 2009

Back, la-la, back from Orcas Island, a very beautiful place with a cabin and a fireplace and eagles and big booming waves. I cooked better than ever, something about having a minimum of ingredients and someone else's utensils and no tv or radio or internet or cellphones. Ah, bliss. It was effing cold so we holed up and played Scrabble every evening. I suck at Scrabble. I am so competitive too. It was difficult not to pout when I used words like 'moue' and 'raspy' and I still lost.

I have a new favorite bird. They're called kinglets and they have greenish feathers and black stripes on their faces and yellow or red stripes on the tops of their heads. And they're weensy. They do a hover too, like humming birds. People go all shivery for eagles and hawks but chicadees and juncos are more interesting. And they let you get up close to them while they pick around at your feet.

All the cats are lying on me. They missed me and they didn't poop everywhere like that one time...just a bit of barf, nothing to get excited about really.

For the vegan challenged, here's a recipe I made up with leftover quinoa:

A few cups of cooked quinoa
sauteed onion and garlic, just a 1/2 cup
2 tbs sesame tahini
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup brewer's yeast (very important)
a bunch of curry powder
1/4 cup grated fake cheese
chopped parsey for color

I tried to make it into patties to fry in olive oil but it stuck and fell apart so I ended up scrambling it. It was crunchy and curry-ish and delish. I would add some currents next time.


Valerie Loveland said...

Kinglets are adorable! They look like they have punk rock haircuts.

beth coyote said...