Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snowmaggedon Pho

When I fell asleep the wind was howling. When I woke up at 5am there was not much snow yet. I turned on the news and in NYC seemed to be in the same situation. I went back to sleep. It was a snow day after all. When I woke up at 9:30am the snow drifts made it difficult to get outside of the house. It's been snowing since.

After snow plowing of the driveway, it was time for soup. Snowmaggedon soup. --- With beans, ramen noodles, some mushroom and fresh spinach in a salty, spicy broth.

Saute an onion, and garlic cloves in olive oil. Add a can of cannellini beans, rinsed, a half block of ramen noodles, 3 cups of chicken broth, handful dried porcini, 2 cups of fresh baby spinach and a hot pepper. Cook for 10min, and serve.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Making up for lost time

The calm before the storm. Or, in this case, the calm before the snowstorm/blizzard. S. and I went snow shoeing yesterday. S., being from India, experienced her first snow last year, and endured her first winter in Maine, hunkered down and hoping for it to be over. I promised there is also fun to be had in the snow, and so we went snow shoeing.

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Today, everyone is talking about the blizzard. No one talks about historic blizzard here in Maine, because people are used to rough winters, but New York City and Boston might be under siege by this one. 3 feet of snow with snow drifts will do that to a metropolis. We are not envious, and happy with the 24 inches we are promised to get. Me and my trusty snowblower will be busy throughout Tuesday. The weather service mentioned there is a 3rd storm this week on the way, another 8 inches.

Guess, winter is making up for lost time, and it is finally my favorite part of winter: skiing.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Summer on my mind

Hello Sunday!

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Overnight, we got some snow. In anticipation of ‘major snowstorm’, I stayed home, and found a (one of many?) attempts to explore what could happen to the main characters after Jane Austen’s novels end; in this case, it was “Death comes to Pemberley” which takes place 6 years after the wedding of Pride and Prejudice’s Elisabeth and Darcy. I settled in with my laptop and hot passion tea (wink).

Unfortunately, both the snowfalls and the romance TV series fell a bit short of their promise. But, the next snowstorm is just around the corner, and at least 15 inches of snow are penciled in. This spells both snow day and skiing!

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My inner anticipation, however, has moved on from winter, and keeps summer in its focus, summer preparedness. Trips to make, mountains to hike, beaches to revisit, long days, endless daylight, layers to shed, and sun in my face. In my mind it is already summer.

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First things first. Some snow shoveling, a walk in sunny, snowy woods (it is not enough for skiing), and a breeze of fresh cold winter air.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Shaved fennel in a pink salad

It looks like we might get a snowstorm on Saturday. Between 6-10 inches, depending on how the system moves. This calls for organizing everyone to hunker down and cook on Saturday, and ski on Sunday. Cabin magic!

People in Maine are going bonkers because the Patriots are in the superbowl (we’ll have to see about those underinflated balls), and it will be a West coast/East coast bonanza this year. Time to make a superbowl party master plan!

The salad is inspired by the next holiday after that --- Valentine’s day: raw beets, red cabbage, shaved fennel, goat cheese, roasted walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette.

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