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Magic Potion

We believe in magic around my house. In fact, we start out every day with a little dose of it.

Magic beans ground course, brewed in a French press for five minutes and served with a dash of cream is my morning not-bite-your-head-off potion.

But I have a much better potion to share with you today.

Since December 22nd, I have been suffering from any number of sinus-related afflictions. Sinus infections, ear infections, sore throats, coughs, you name it, I have been suffering from it for near on a month now. I have tried many remedies. (And yes, I have been to the doctor–jolly all that did me.) Once my ears healed, my throat hurt, then my sinuses hurt again, and back and forth. I have never, ever been sick this long. And I know many of you out there are suffering similar (though I hope shorter) ailments. So I give you my recipe for what we call, the last real acceptable magic potion.

Chicken Soup.

There is just something so healing about chicken soup. I don’t know what it is. The gross infusion of vegetable? The garlic? The onions? The chicken itself? I suspect it is all of them added together in a hot, salty broth that does it.

Magic Potion Soup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup salted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions coarsely chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
4-5 medium potatoes, chopped
8 cups water
2 chicken breasts, baked
1/2 cup rice
2 tsp. basil pesto
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

Bake chicken at 350 degrees until cooked through (about 45 minutes to an hour)

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in dutch oven.

Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery to melted butter, stirring well after each ingredient.

The massive amounts of onion and garlic are great for colds and sinusitis, plus they help set up a really good broth.

Cook in butter for about 5-7 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.

Add 8 cups water and stir well.
Add potatoes, basil pesto, rice, salt and pepper.
Stir well.

Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.

Once soup is at a good rolling boil, reduce to medium low heat and cover, stirring occasionally.

When chicken is cooked through, remove from oven. Very carefully tip any grease from bottom of baking dish into soup and allow chicken to cool for ten minutes.

Once chicken is cool, chop coarsely and add to soup. Stir well.

Allow soup to simmer for at least 30 minutes after chicken is added.

Serve, enjoy, and heal.

This isn’t a pretty soup. It’s not pureed or blended or smooth. It’s hot, garlicy and chunky. It looks like it could have come out of Widow Arden’s cauldron, you know, the one she also uses to boil her witches brew, in the log cabin she lives in along the edge of the Enchanted Forest. But it tastes good. (Brock ate half the pot in one night, and it’s enough to serve eight people easily.)

I am off to have my second dose. I feel SOOOOO close to being well, but I am just not quite there yet. I am hoping tonight’s dinner tips the odds in my favor.


And drink your carrot-ginger juice!

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In Which I Make You Hungry

I have a conundrum. It turns out that two of my favorite past-times are vying for the same space. You all know about the dyeing thing. It’s all over this blog. The interesting thing is, that for dyeing one needs some counter space, a couple of pots, probably some aluminum foil and some plastic wrap, and a stove top. This is where the problem comes in. I am really starting to fall in love with cooking, which uses similar equipment. (Not the same equipment mind you. Never mix your dyeing and your cooking materials. Dyes are not meant to be eaten.) Since it could be hazardous, I never dye and cook at the same time, which means when it comes to a choice between having enough time to dye some more products or cook a delicious, from scratch meal, the cooking usually wins out.

Joining the CSA this year was completely worth the money. I love that I can go pick up fresh produce once a week, and that there is usually a vegetable I haven’t tried before. So far it had mostly been a new type of green. It was a banner year for greens, let me tell you. This week it was turnips. I don’t know how I made it to 26 without ever (knowingly) eating a turnip, but I did. I made a turnip and potato potage from this book

that turned out delicious. In fact, I plan on having the leftovers for lunch. I the Local Flavors book a lot. It is good for generating ideas for using what you have instead of going out and buying food to cook a specific recipe. Also, the recipes I have made so far kind of follow my general method of cooking, which is to throw vegetables in a pan with some other stuff and see what happens. I especially liked making my own broth (for “Elixir of Fresh Peas”) out of pea pods.

And because I apparently have a deep desire to watch things grow and grow quickly, I bought a sprouting jar and some sprouts. I have a bag full of broccoli sprouts I have been putting on everything. They are delicious, crunchy, and have more flavor than alfalfa sprouts. I have a mix of bean sprouts growing right now that are mostly lentils. Who knows what I am going to do with those, but they are pretty.

Another recipe I have been making a lot is the Master Bread Recipe from Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Of course, I use whole wheat flour, which is not what the recipe calls for, but it turns out just as good. In fact, I find using whole grain flours actually adds to the flavor. (You should probably add an extra 1/4 cup of water, however.) This dough recipe is super versatile. It not only makes the usual little peasant loaf, but it also makes a delicious pizza crust (which Athrun will eat). I even used it to make pita bread one night. Amazing.

Tonight I am using the last of our spinach pesto (made when we had CSA spinach coming out our ears) and goat cheese pizza with caramelized onions. It’s my new favorite thing, and it makes me kind of sad that spinach season is ending. However, I am sure it will be just as good with basil pesto come August.

In Shop News
I mentioned on my Facebook Group that I have been thinking of adding some hand-knit goods to my shop inventory. Of course, this means I have to make some hand-knit goods to put in my shop. I have a few ideas, but I am slightly hesitant about taking this step. I am not sure I want to become a production knitter. (Plus, I have some things I want to make for myself, and still owe Brock sweaters…) So, I have a couple of patterns I will be knitting up over the next few weeks, and I will post them as an experiment.

But first I need finish up all my super-secret birthday knitting, so I better get to work.

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On Haitus until June 1st

Here is why:

1. Finish final essay

2. Revise first essay

3. Biology Test 4

4. Biology Final

5. Knit Brock’s birthday socks

6. Continue to cook healthy, homemade meals

7. Don’t neglect sleep.

8. Graduate.

9. Vacation.

I have been hunkering down to finish the last semester of school. Those first two list items are currently consuming all my energy. I haven’t had much time for yarn dyeing or being on the internet or promoting my shop. There is a great likelihood that I will be very quiet until June. See you then.

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Forty Things for Monday (A List) or Pea Soup

1. I have been sleeping at every opportunity.

2. That kind of explains why I haven’t been posting anything to my blog.

3.I did bring all of my blogging tools with me to Denver.

4. Put simply, the internet at my sister’s school sucks.

5. The trip was fun though.

6. I walked a lot.

7. I saw Equus.

8. I bought fiber at Gypsy Wools in Boulder.

9. I learned I really hate flying.

10. My knitting did not get confiscated as I feared it would.

11. This was lucky because I was working on my other sister’s birthday present.

12. It was a Clapotis in a variegated plum yarn.

13. I did not get a picture of the finished object, but here is a picture of the yarn.

14. I knit it in a week.

15. By Saturday morning Clapotis had taken over my life.

16. I still kind of want one for myself.

17. My family started putting in knitting orders over the weekend.

18. My sister asked for an Idlewood

19. She is willing to buy the yarn.

20. My dad wants fingerless gloves.

21. He did not ask.

22. I am going to make them anyway, because my dad never wants anything.

23. I have been dyeing. The evidence is up in my etsy shops

24. You should go there.

25. And buy something.

26. Like this self-striping yarn

ETA:  This yarn just sold. Might I interest you in this one instead?

It doesn’t stripe, but it’s just as pretty!

27. I have also been reading.

28. About food and sustainability.

29 I recently bought the following books:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
The Book of Whole Meals
Fresh Food From Small Spaces
Raising Poultry The Modern Way

30. I made pea soup last night.

31. I was pleasantly surprised.

32. I also cast on for Terra with my JMF yarn.

33. I am in love with everything about this project so far.

34. Except maybe my clumsy provisional cast-on.

35. I am still not so good with a crochet hook.

36. I am going to eat a brownie, which I made last night along with the soup.

37. After the brownie, I am going to bed.

38. So I can get up in a couple of hours and have dinner with my boyfriend.

39. At 10pm. Otherwise we don’t see each other.

40. I hope he doesn’t mind left-over pea soup.