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food day

Look at this cheese! It has cranberries! It is in my fridge!

Made so far: sangria, pineapple salsa
To be made: baba ghanoush, the best damned guacamole ever, some sort of bruschetta
Currently eating: fresh croissant, chocolate soy milk, gypsy salami, fresh melon

It’s going to be a good day.

good things

a la sarah

  1. chocolate soymilk
  2. doc martens
  3. perfect summer days
  4. ketchup packet fights with diner employees
  5. laughing til it hurts
  6. new haircuts
  7. paint the color of butter and sunshine

helplessly sky high magic eye sugar rushing don’t stop

i’ve taken up loitering as a part time activity and have, consequently, had some good time reading, talking, writing letters, soaking up the summer sun. the last few days have been long long long and full of all manner of randomness, and i’ve been waking up sore from smiling. i have the entire day off, and i think i’m going to waste all of it with naps and coffee and reading and music and sunshine and (maybe, just maybe) a 40 on the porch tonight with friends.

for your listening pleasure: frou frou – must be dreaming

rain

2:30am and it’s raining, a steady irregular beat punctuated here and there by summertime lightning. it is quiet on the porch, and i wish i could stay here forever, dragging my bed outside so i could crawl back between the sheets and fall back to sleep to the rhythmic patter and the rich green smell of a world scrubbed clean.

it’s a perfect night. wish you were here to enjoy it with me.

Cold Curried Peach Soup

from The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook

2 t unsalted butter
1 C chopped red onion
2 t grated peeled fresh ginger
2 t grated garlic
2 T minced fresh basil
2 T minced fresh cilantro
2 t curry powder
1 whole clove
1 T fresh lemon juice
2 t brown sugar
1 large ripe tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 large peaches (about 1 1/2 lbs), peeled and chopped
1 1/2 T unsweetened coconut, toasted
1 C nonfat buttermilk or nonfat plain yogurt (optional)

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat, swirling the pan to coat the bottom. Add the onions, ginger, garlic, basil, cilantro, curry powder, and the clove, reduce the heat to medium-low, and saute, stirring often, until the onions are soft, about 12 minutes. Add the lemon juice and stir until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the brown sugar, tomato, and peaches. Cover and let simmer, stirring often, until the peaches are so soft they seem to be melting, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat.

While the soup is simmering, you can toast the coconut. To toast the coconut, spread it out in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil. Bake at 300F until the coconut turns golden brown, about 3 minutes depending on your oven.

Returning to the soup, discard the clove (if you can find it). Using a food processor or blender (immersion is preferred), puree the soup. Strain it (if necessary) by pouring it through a sieve, pushing the pulp against the sieve with the back of a wide wooden spoon.

Stir in the coconut. Cover the soup and chill it thoroughly, at least 4 hours. Stir in the buttermilk or yogurt before serving, if desired. Serve cold. This soup makes a fantastic starter course for a meal on the grill. This recipe makes enough for 4 and can be easily doubled (or more). Super yum.