Reader, I am exhausted. The sad thing is that I really didn’t do anything exceptionally exciting this weekend. Cleaning, laundry, baking (yay!), putting up the Christmas tree (double yay!), gym, walking the dog, groceries, Christmas shopping… I guess I did get quite a lot accomplished, but now I need the rest of my Sunday to recuperate.
If you need me, I’ll be in my favourite chair with a coffee and Titus Groan. Happy December 1st!
Here’s what happened this week:
What I posted:
- Curried Couscous Salad + “In Defense of Food”
- Carrot Ginger Loaf with Cream Cheese Frosting and Toasted Walnuts
- Oven-Fried Pickles with Creamy Dill Dip
What I pinned:
- Lemon Coconut Mini Pies from Hidden Ponies – I need to bake something to bring into work this week, and it needs to be both dairy-free and gluten-free. I think these luscious little lemon pies should do the trick nicely!
- Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from Just a Taste – There is nothing about these I don’t like, except that I am not eating them right this second.
- Eggnog Biscotti from Home Cooking Memories – Yesterday I snagged the very last carton of eggnog in my grocery store. It’s a good thing I did, because I could not have put up my tree without rum & eggnog! However, now I have most of a carton of eggnog left that I need to use up. Enter this beautiful recipe.
What I read:
Titus Groan is proving to be a bizarre and wonderful book. The characters have the most fantastic names: Nannie Slagg, Swelter (the obese castle cook), Dr. Prunesquallor, and Fuchsia Groan, to name a few. All of the characters are delightfully strange and have their own quirks and secrets. Fuchsia creates a kingdom of her own imagination in a forgotten attic of the huge, rambling castle:
“It was here that she would see the people of her imagination, the fierce figures of her making, as they strolled from corner to corner, brooded like monsters or flew through the air like seraphs with burning wings, or danced, or fought, or laughed, or cried. This was her attic of make-believe, where she would watch her mind’s companions advancing or retreating across the dusty floor.” (p. 55)
Every turn of the page reveals a new scheme, mystery or thing of wonder. I am thoroughly enjoying the ride. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything quite like it.
Nor have I read anything like The Jungle. Apparently a lot of people read this book in middle school or high school; I had never really heard of it until recently, when I found it for free at Project Gutenberg. Have you read it? I won’t go into detail yet (I’m about halfway through), but if I do share this book in a post I will most certainly be pairing it with an organic, vegetarian, locally-sourced meal!
Until next time,