Saturday, April 08, 2006

what happens after a stressful week on a solitary Friday

After an incredibly busy and mildly stressful week, I returned to Brooklyn playing Carly Simon and old, old Elton John on my ipod. You know it's time to retreat when you are recreating Magic 102 FM on your ipod. Well, that and a constant stream of Neko Case - who was incredible last night...

But I digress.

A bit lonesome without a certain sweet gentleman caller, I decided to direct my lonesome energy into cooking. I made possibly the best white lima bean soup I've ever made. Incredibly thick and a little bit sweet thanks to the onions. Who knew?

And I made this great dal w/ yellow split peas, sauteed onion and garlic, fresh ginger, curry powder, cumin, salt and a container of chopped up grape tomatoes. As soon as the soup got to just about the consistency I wanted, I added fresh chopped up parsley and cilantro. It doesn't get any better than this.

Now I have tomorrow's lunch and dinner in the fridge, plus five extra meals of food in the freezer. All that, plus two boxes of cereal, a bunch of bananas and a large bottle of pomegranate juice (which costs as much as a cheap bottle of wine!) for about $16. Talk about classy budgeting. Who says New York City is an impossible place to live? I should coach fledgling 21 year old college grads on how to survive on a budget in the city.

I meant to do some reading but it didn't happen. Sorry, John Banville. I will read "The Sea" later on. Maybe in a couple minutes.


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