What is a commonplace book? For me, this is a space where I post interesting links, reflections on what I’m reading, and the newest recipes I’ve been trying out — a collection of miscellaneous micro-posts.
- Hit me with your favorite egg dishes, please. We’ve been lucky enough to be getting local eggs delivered to our house each Friday by a family at church, but this Easter week I supplemented with this incredible deal at our local closeout grocery and now we have eggs out our ears. It’s obvious if you think about it that around Easter there would be a slump in the sales of brown eggs, and I was pleased to get high quality eggs so affordably.
- (Vaguely) Korean ground beef rice bowls with ginger roasted broccoli: the poor man’s version of a terrific dinner a friend brought us with this most recent baby. I like to sidle into an ethnic cuisine with a recipe that doesn’t require a ton of obscure ingredients, an easy side or two I pretty much already know how to make, and one authentic store-bought special side. This time I served kimchi (leftover from our sweet friend!) but under other situations I would pair store-bought samosas with homemade curry and naan, for instance. It’s a cautious but fun way to dip your toes in another cuisine.
- I kind of belatedly realized, coming out of the pregnancy slump, that I can actually make Scout mac and cheese instead of resting my morning sick head on the counter as one of those terrifying plastic bowls of Easy Mac goes round in the microwave. Who knew?! She still likes the instant kind better, but I feel more wholesome making this.
What I’m reading:
- Dante. I was hoping with maturity and a venture into the upper realms I’d enjoy him more than what I remember of Inferno at 20, but nope. Still hate it.
- Les Miserables. This is my first encounter with the story in any form, and I was dreading the 60 hours of audiobook for Well-Read Mom but it is WONDERFUL. I started it early expecting a slog and now I listen folding laundry and brushing my teeth and exercising and every chance I get. Don’t tell me how it ends!
- Crunchy Cons, loaned by a friend. I don’t always love Dreher’s tone in either this or Benedict Option but I like his synthesis of ideas and observations.
- 2017: Nothing. Vomit. Despair.
- 2016: talkin’ about Cloth Napkins