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Friday, November 17, 2006

Après Hammock

This is how I copyedit lately: I set the bug's jumper thing out in the backyard next to the hammock, with a blanket underneath it for her delicate feet. I put lots of layers on her and on me, and I sit in the hammock with my computer and she jumps and watches the dogs until I get too cold and we have to come in and eat and warm up. When she's conked out in her bed with the space heater going full blast (we just moved from Florida, remember), I make a spicy vegetable stew, the kind you eat with a fork and a hunk of bread, and get back to work.

Vegetable stew: Make it spicy enough and it'll cure a cold. Sauté lots of garlic, 1 sliced onion, and 1 chopped potato in olive oil until the garlic is fragrant and soft. Add some canned tomatoes and a little of their juice or water, 2 coarsely chopped serrano chiles, and a big pinch of hot pepper flakes. Season with salt and black pepper. Simmer until the potato is almost tender,then add green beans (I used frozen!) and chopped fresh herbs (today I used celery-root tops and basil), and season again with salt and pepper. Simmer until the beans and potato are tender. Of course, you can add just about anything else to this you want.
This is how she prefers to wear her hat: in her mouth.


Courtney said...

I feel warmer and healthier just looking at that stew. Yum! Thanks for sharing!

Geo said...

This dish looks and sounds great! I will be trying this tomorrow.

(Not sure if I remembered to thank you for the pixie bonnet pattern, so . . . THANKS! I made it in deep red for my new niece and it turned out pretty.)

Deborah said...

I am sooooo anxious to see your holiday pictures, don't keep us waiting too long!