Because I am interested in a variety of things, I found that I wanted to blog about an abundance of things. And so (despite the tips that can be found about how to be a successful blogger) I blog about a variety of things and I've always done it in one place. Recently I've reached a point where I want to separate the topics I blog about.
I'll still write about making, mending, and being creative here
Based on a quinoa patty recipe from Super Natural Everyday by Heidi Swanson (similar recipe here).
Mine is 3/4 cup quinoa (a mix of red/white/black), 1/4 cup ground and dried almonds (almond meal?), 1 egg, 1 tablespoon diced shallots, a sprinkle of salt, 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan and 2 tablespoons of smoked salmon. Enough for a generous serving for one, a part of a meal for two, or two snacks.
The almond was a substitution for bread crumbs, something I didn't have in the house. The almond meal was leftover from making almond milk.
Spinning and Knitting:
Over the last couple days I've been cleaning the house.
A bowl of scarlet runner beans ended up on the table with the knitting. It inspired me to spin up just a bit of black yarn on my drop spindle to add a black row.
One advantage for using the drop spindle, it's easy to just make a tiny bit of yarn.
I'll be planting the seeds this spring.
And currently reading The Power of Myth
a thought as a seed:
"I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you."
Cranberries from Olympia. Not quite local, but in state!
Also potatoes, tomatoes, a few apples and onions.
Today I picked up Jerusalem, a Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi from the library (recipes online to explore here). I was struck by this in the introduction:
"Yet we still think of Jerusalem as our home. Not home in the sense of the place you conduct your daily life or constantly return to. In fact, Jerusalem is our home almost against our wills. It is our home because it defines us, whether we like it or not."
Today I also picked up a jar of fireweed honey at the farmer's market. The person selling it made a comment about it being a nice honey. I nodded my head and added "But part of my decision is probably based on nostalgia." She said, "Are you from Alaska?" And I answered, "Yes, at least a good part of my childhood was spent there."
I've never considered Alaska home except for when my family actually lived there, but there is also no doubt that part of who I am was shaped by that time in my life.
Broccoli chopped in a food processor, olive oil added. I use it in soups, hash, pasta or with other things for a wrap (like potatoes and beans). Adding cheese or nuts where I think it will taste good once I defrost the broccoli.
I haven't been knitting on the bus much for the last couple weeks, for various reasons. Yesterday I grabbed some yarn and needles and off to work I went. This will be a scarf with long vertical stripes.
I've realized over the last week or so that when I am tired I retreat more to books, rather than knitting, sewing, or some other kind of making.
Reading fiction allows me to shut everything out and become a part of another world, at least for a little while.