a noble reader

Just a quick shout out to one of sophistimom’s new readers.  I found her blog on Stumble Upon last summer, when one of her posts caught my eye and had me laughing hysterically.  It’s called “Get Out Your Fat Pants. . . You Might Need Them,” and it gives the recipe for what looks almost like a grilled cheese sandwich, only it’s filled with roasted marshmallows and bananas and chocolate.  Ahh!  It’s. . . well—it’s so incredible there actually aren’t words for it.  Go see for yourself, and read the whole post.  You’ll laugh so hard.
Her blog is called Noble Pig (and did I mention she’s a riot?).  A recent post you all need to look at is her matzo crusted salmon.  It looks amazing, and in the morning I will be braving the snow storm to get the rest of the ingredients to make it for lunch.

black bean tortilla soup

tortilla-soup

The kids are on their second week of spring break (aaahhh!!), and they were watching so much TV that the cable box and DVD player froze up (I only TRY to be a good mom—never said I was one).  So now they’re keeping themselves entertained by making up songs about Spongebob Squarepants and Star Wars. 

Here’s a chicken tortilla soup I adapted to be vegetarian.  It uses chipotles in adobo, which you can buy in a can in the Mexican food aisle. Any leftover chipotles can be frozen in an airtight container for up to a year.

a book for a well-read mind

well-readHere’s just a quick book recommendation.  Though I don’t own it yet (wish I did), I  borrow it from my mom every time I visit her.  

Susan Wise Bauer, who with her mom wrote The Well-Trained Mind, outlines a vast literary curriculum, and shows the reader how to interpret the material like a scholar.  The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had is basically a manual for homeschooling yourself as an adult.  If you follow most of the book’s guidelines, it can provide you with the equivalent of a master’s degree, minus the diploma.  

I plan on one day actually finishing the book, along with all the reading.  Then I will be at ease around snooty intellectuals and hold my own at stuffy art galleries and cocktail parties.  I do dream big.

mâche and jicama salad with edible flowers

flower-salad

Sorry for being gone so long.  We didn’t have the Internet for a few days.

I spent about a half an hour roaming around the produce section of Whole Foods the other day, trying to find the makings for an interesting salad.  The first thing I saw was the edible flowers.  I absolutely love how they look.  Many edible flowers are quite peppery and pleasantly floral.  However, the box I bought had some varieties I had never tried, and I knew some had the possibility of being bitter.  If that were so, I didn’t want to add fruit to the salad, as I was afraid it might contrast too strongly against the bitter flowers and create some discordance.  Instead I went with a more analogous flavor scheme.  I chose vegetables ranging from peppery radishes, to nutty mâche, and finally to neutrally sweet jicama.  I introduced some fruity tang later with the vinaigrette.