Radio drama

Don't recall how I stumbled across this, but I discovered a few days ago that the BBC broadcasts dramatizations of classic novels. There is nothing like this on U.S. radio.

Now I am enjoying Clarissa, though I do wish they'd offer it as a podcast. It's not so terrible, though, because I can put my computer on the kitchen counter and listen while I cook.


Just got an email that included the sentence, "I'll try and line up some people for spontaneous visits."

I found this funny, but the sender doesn't see why.

I love this

Norwich, VT, the very small town on the VT-NH border that is home to King Arthur Flour (and the baking school where I learned how to make challah), welcomed home Hannah Kearney, the first gold medal winner of these recently-concluded Olympics.

Here are great photos of the baked goods with which the citizens of Norwich celebrated Hannah's accomplishment. My favorite is the mogul cupcakes.

Supper Tonight

Potato Kale Soup with Gruyere

I used vegetable broth instead of chicken because I am no longer eating meat and milk together. I used frozen kale instead of fresh. It was a little bland, even with added aleppo pepper and smoked paprika. I liked it, though, as did my mother. Thumbs down from Primo, Seconda and my father, though. Spouse was out.

I served the soup with whole wheat corn muffins. Primo didn't like those either but the rest of us did. Except my father, who was happy with his gluten-free roll.

Favorite Vegetarian Cookbooks

In response to 85percent .

The cookbook from which I freelay adapted last night's supper is Didi Emmons's Vegetarian Planet. The recipes in that book are usually very good; they're inventive and have lots of flavor. Some, however, are more involved than I want to get on a weeknight.

The two to which I turn most often during the week are:
Moosewood Restaurant Simple Suppers: Fresh Ideas for the Weeknight Table
and Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home: Fast and Easy Recipes for Any Day.

These are not, strictly speaking vegetarian cookbooks as they include recipes for fish and ingredients like fish sauce, but they're close enough for me.

My other favorite source of vegetarian recipes is 101 Cookbooks, though nowadays there are also plenty of veg recipes on sites such as Eating Well and the New York Times, particularly in the Bitten blog and the Recipes for Health feature.

Supper tonight

Sweet Potato Tortilla Pie

2 large sweet potatoes
2-4 cloves garlic, minced.

Heat oven to 400F. Peel sweet potatoes and cut into 1/2" dice. Toss lightly with oil and spread on a baking sheet. Season with S&P. Place in oven and roast 10 minutes. Remove from oven, stir in garlic and roast 10 minutes more or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool in pan. Reduce oven temp to 375.

7 corn tortillas

Wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave about 1 minute to soften. Grease or spray a 13x9" pan and line with the tortillas, cutting as needed to cover the bottom and sides.

6 eggs or egg substitute
3 c milk or soy milk
2 t cumin
1 small can roasted chopped green chilies
1/4 c. chopped cilantro

Beat eggs, then whisk in milk and remaining ingredients.

1 c frozen chopped spinach
1 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese

Spread cooked potatoes over tortillas in pan. Scatter spinach over (still frozen is fine). Scatter cheese over vegetables and pour custard over. Bake about 35 minutes or until top is lightly browned.

Adapted from Vegetarian Planet: 350 Big-Flavor Recipes for Out-of-This-World Food Every Day, by Didi Emmons.