Here and There

Friday, August 24, 2012

Little Gidding #3

We're expecting another little gid at the end of February.  So, knowing me, probably the ides of March and he or she will make an entrance!  Thankful that the fevers are gone.  Feeling very lucky to have the chance to do it again. 

Reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Lily, isn't Charlie Bucket a special character?  He is so kind and honest.  I am struck reading about the poverty that the Buckets are neck-deep in and realized just how perfectly  it is written how Charlie finds the ticket.  Roald Dahl has built this incredible tension and the family is starving.  Charlie is making little changes to conserve energy, one of which is walking very slowly.  And in walking very slowly he sees the dollar on the ground that will buy him that chocolate bar with the golden ticket.  But not the first chocolate bar he buys, but the second one.  Ah!  So nerve-wracking!  Lily kicks her legs with anticipation on the bed when these exciting parts are happening.

Thursday, August 23, 2012


running fast in the open spaces.
hearing the hounds above on the hillside.
to run or to hide?
to hide.
she darted to a mass of branches woven together tightly,
a thicket.  a thicket.

a safe cage.
be still, nestled in the tangle.
she waited, they would run right by.

she heard them--jowls flapping and whining, whining.
they stopped with their snouts to the earth.
they were there at the edge of the branches.
the branches snapped and fell away so easily!
eyes wide.  too late to reconsider.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Aunt Stacy's Lentils

These lentils are very good and kid-friendly.  Peter's Aunt Stacy made them and gave the recipe to Jan, so it's been passed around as Aunt Stacy's Lentils, which is fun.  I know T. Monica makes them too.  Very cheap and easy, too.

Aunt Stacy's Lentils
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped fine
3 TB fresh basil, chopped
3 TB Italian parsley, chopped
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 and 1/2 cups red lentils
1 quart chicken broth

In a large pot, saute onion and garlic until translucent.  Add tomatoes and herbs.  Simmer for a few minutes.  Add lentils and broth.  Bring up to a simmer and simmer until done.  Takes about a half hour.  Transfer 4 cups of the soup to a blender and puree.  Return to pot and check for salt.  It may need it, it may not depending on your broth.

I like to serve this with buttermilk biscuits or Acme olive bread.