March 17, 2005
(or Cooking Chronicle, or Onion Ode or Phood Photojournal)
An apple peeling worthy of Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle (anyone remember how Tom Hanks described his late wife peeling a whole apple in one piece, as images of Meg Ryan doing the same flashed by? But they didn't show it in one take, so I didn't get the impression she really does her own stunts...):
Apple-Squash Soup, adult version, with plain yogurt and chopped chives from the garden:
This recipe came to me about 10 years ago via my mom from an old friend of hers in Massachusetts. The first time I made it, I put in five TABLESPOONS of curry powder instead of five TEASPOONS. Oooooops. And it was my first time being pregnant...shall we say I definitely did not keep that soup down. David's stomach was less tender and he didn't seem to have too much trouble with it. But now I follow the directions more carefully.
Typically I think of myself as not enjoying being in charge of meals. I don't eagerly anticipate the planning, the ingredient listing, the shopping, the preparation, and figuring out when things are perfectly done. But this week as I was chopping up the squash, it just somehow felt like making a good recipe from scratch, working with my hands in the fresh raw produce, was a truly important and essential part of my calling. Providing something homemade and delicious and wholesome for my family takes time, time that displaces other things I could be doing. It demands energy, both physical and emotional, from me. But it is a Good Thing. I almost hate to admit it: it felt good.
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The rewards of motherhood are legion, this post of yours being one of them for me! Wish I could have a slurp right now...could not sleep, and am up paying bills at 2:50 in the morning! Just having a visit with you before I skip on back to bed!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Mar 17, 2005 8:51:19 AM
Ummm, no fair posting delicious-looking food and no recipe!!! I love butternut squash, and curry. Ok. You know what to do.
Posted by: Sami Perkins | Mar 17, 2005 5:33:52 PM