Ok, Monday list, here I come! A little later than hoped this morning, because we started the day taking our baby girl, Pippa the wonder dog, to the vet. Torn ACL. Just like an elite athlete. So now we have to walk her calmly on a leash for 4-6 weeks and cross our fingers she heals herself so we don’t have to consider surgery…..wish us luck. This is not a dog (or a family, really) that sits still well. Other than obsessing over limping Pippa this weekend, these are some of the other things that caught my attention:

  • I had a lot of broccoli in the house, since hubby had to take his emergency trip to Ireland and there as only one of us here all week, so I made soup. Two batches of soup in one week! The first I made was Restorative Coconut Broth by Anna Jones – so delicious. (I mean, I was missing several of the called for ingredients but the basics were on hand, and it was mighty fine, if I do say so myself. I’m the only one who got to eat that soup, so we’ll have to trust me on this.) The next was this Broccoli, Lemon and Parmesan soup from this Food52 cookbook. Also very tasty.
  • The lead singer from the band Hothouse Flowers ended up in the village where hubby’s aunt was being buried, which resulted in some truly epic stories and a three day sing-song in the local pub. The Irish know how to do these things. I have loved this band since I first went to Ireland in the 80’s.
  • I launched my little small batch baking idea, Banoffi & Such, AND filled my first two orders! Which means I spent time obsessing over bakery supplies on the Webstaurant Store website. I have resisted buying things, for now. Besides, I actually just want to drive to Rutland to go to Steiger Supply and buy one of everything there.
  • I read this article about the photographer Andreas Gursky and thought about how often we don’t know that we are starting something new, or don’t know how it’s going to work out, until we just do something. And it might take a long time, and some serious perspective, to realize that we have created a ‘thing’.
  • And I thought about things I want to cook this week. Like these Salted Chocolate Chunk Shortbread Cookies, and a Vinegar Cake recipe that I found a clipping for in a old cooking notebook of my mother’s and tackling a truly traditional Bolognese sauce with the help of The Food Lab cookbook. If you want to geek out over the full explanation of developing and studying this sauce – here you go.

Ta-ta for now.

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