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Of cooking, blogs, and lemons. But mostly lemons.


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:54:28 AM

The best part of any day is coming home, sitting down in the comfiest chair or couch available, and taking off my socks. Today, this sockless moment is accompanied (in my family's grand tradition) by the delight that is a buttered hard roll and orange juice.

Today was unquestionably better than its predecessors. I got a good morning call from Dan, which is always better than IMs (though less preservable and more subject to inconsistencies in our respective wake-up times). I had several entertaining and even absorbing things to do at work, which these days is nothing short of a miracle. I had a somewhat generic-ized recap of my last couple of shitty days with the lunch group at work, and received a comforting round of approval, which had the almost immediate result of making me feel less of a miserable wreck of a failing emotional failure and much more like a normal person again.

And in between all of that, I squeezed in the time to read back through Hungry in Hogtown's blog and start reading forward through The Julie/Julia Project. I'm a latecomer to the movement which is the latter, I know, but when I first heard about it I thought something like "Oh wow. Major points for coolness, but gods, that must have sucked!" And then I promptly forgot about it.

I came across a review of the book which the blog spawned (and by itself, how cool is that fact?) on one of my blog-hopping adventures today, and someone's comment mentioned that if you thought the book was at all entertaining, the blogger in question really ought to try reading the blog itself. Well, you know me. Things are nice, but if I can get my grubby little paws on the original of anything, I'll be a convert for life. I think it's something to do with my innate snobbishness, really... a delightful feeling of superiority over anyone who's only ever experienced the derivative.

Only I always forget to actually feel superior, and end up just happily recommending at length whatever the original in question is to my conversational partner.

The moral of this story is, I haven't actually read the book, as I think that I really would prefer Julie's story in its original, unadulterated blog format (the physical *format* of the blog drives me nuts with its total, almost vicious plainness, but given that it was one of the first of its food-blogging kind one really can't judge it too harshly. She had more things on her mind than pretty graphic). Some of the comments I read about it criticize her slightly harsh writing style, but I just don't see it. Maybe something didn't translate well to the book, or maybe people are too used to the modern style of food blogging which is all sweetness, colorful adjectives and humorous anecdotes about the [rare] mishaps that actually make it onto the internets. I think she writes honestly, and I'm looking forward to reading the next 10 months.

All of this reading about food today made me think about a project that I've had on my ToDo list for quite some time now - Preserved Lemons. The deal with preserved lemons is, you cut them in quarters, pack them in salt, and pour lemon juice over the whole thing. You shake it a few times over the next few weeks (or months). And then you eat! (The actual edible part, after all of that pickling, is the rind. The pith just peels away, and you can chop up the rind and use it like a more cohesive form of zest.) I am having visions of moroccan curries and of this risotto with chicken and lemon that I made awhile ago, devoured like it was going out of style and can't wait to have again.

Yes, I like lemons. A lot. Mmmmm, lemon.

Heh, Dan just came home and now my train of thought is complete derailed. I'm pretty sure that's all I really wanted to get through here, though.

...OH! I think that my hot pepper seeds have sprouted! I checked yesterday and there are three little sprouts peeping up out of the ground! This fills me with glee and visions of curry. The herb garden may be a wee bit difficult to transport cross-country, but if those peppers are actually growing I will find a way!


OH! again -- bought myself a present on the way home from work today. I'm so excited about the prospect of this Linguini with Lemon Cream Sauce (yes, I know. I'm obsessed. Cut me some slack, it's my first really happy day in about a week) that I gave in and bought Nigella Lawson's How to Eat, in which resides that aforementioned linguini recipe. I usually avoid trendy books and such like the plague, and those from normal-seeming people doubly so, but she just does cozy, comforting normal so darned enticingly that I really don't feel like I'm giving in for the sake of the trend. It's a good, solid cookbook which is almost idolized by many of the bloggers I read and trust, and I'm glad to finally own it.




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