What I’ve cooked recently:
- I threw myself a party and checked off most of my autumnal cooking wish list. I mulled two liters of wine. I boiled up all my ginger root into ginger syrup, made ginger beer and still have a bit of syrup left to make a new batch. I hardboiled 18 eggs from my CSA surplus and deviled them all; each and every one got eaten at the party. I stewed, I baked, and I quite honestly wore myself out on cooking for awhile.
- I still had eggs left, so I pickled some. Pickled eggs are great! They have a different consistency than regular hard-boiled eggs; the vinegar soak makes them tender, almost creamy.
- I somehow amassed a surplus of red and black radishes and treated them more or less like banh mi pickles. I adore these and put them on everything: on crackers with sliced up pickled eggs, on bread with cheese, on top of this very simple bulgogi recipe.
- I never really plan to make a gratin, but then I’ll start googling recipes to use up potatoes and heavy cream and next thing you know, I’ve made this recipe but with zucchini and sweet potatoes along with the regular potatoes. It was very comforting and filling and actually has no cheese in it, which is good, because pretty much all the cheese got eaten at that party.
What I’m looking forward to cooking:
This is the last month of my CSA, and as the farmer’s market season winds down I’ll need to schedule in regular trips to the Reading Terminal Market to get my fruits and veggies. There is always a wide array of produce to be had, but I am always drawn to the dollar bags. Large quantities of cheap, overripe produces will mean a shift toward long, slow, and large-scale cooking: fridge jams, tomato sauce, soups, casseroles. I look forward to it.
What I’m writing:
Talk to me about writing, friends, because I have written very little for myself this month. I’ve written some blog posts for work–at the museum blog and also the library blog, where I’ll also have a few posts up later this month for #NoShameNovember–but I haven’t finished any of my drafts on my own blogs or either of the chapters I am supposedly submitting for publication. I had considered starting on NaNoWriMo this month, but I think I’m just not ready. Too busy at work? Still recovering from my defense? I don’t know.
So tell me: what are you writing, and how are you doing it? When you write? How do you make time for it? What trades do you make or carrots do you tantalize yourself with? Tell me everything, I need inspiration.