This is where I get to say anything I feel like saying and you get to agree with me.
We will also share stories and chocolate if you have any.
Naps are also encouraged, if shopping is out of the question.

How to Cope .. When there is no Chocolate

Sunday, October 19, 2014


recipe type: Soup
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serves: 4
  • 1 large butternut squash (about 2 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, grated
  • 1½ teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1 15 oz can of light coconut milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  1. Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise. Peel both halves, remove seeds, 
  2. then cut the round bottom off each half (where the seeds start). 
  3. Chop the long neck part of the squash into 1 inch square pieces.
  4. Bring a little water to a boil in a medium sized pot. 
  5. Place a colander with the squash bottoms in them on 
  6. top of the boiling water, cover with a lid, and steam the squash
  7.  for about 15 minutes. 
  8. This will later be mashed and used to thicken the soup.
  9. In a different large pot, heat sesame oil. 
  10. Add chopped squash, onion, garlic, and ginger and 
  11. cook until onions are translucent.
  12. Stir in crushed red pepper, turmeric, and cilantro. 
  13. Next add coconut milk and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, 
  14. and simmer for 20 minutes.
  15. When steamed squash is done, transfer to a food processor. 
  16. Add ½ a cup of liquid from the soup and puree until smooth. 
  17. Once soup has simmered, stir pureed squash into pot.
  18. In a small pot, cook rice. 
  19. Once rice is cooked mix with butter.
  20. Serve soup over rice with a s little bit of lime juice 
  21. and some extra cilantro on top.
From Tastespotting : Things I Made Today 

Monday, October 6, 2014

Parlez vous Tartine ?

I am gonna go all French on us ( well, me ) tonight and make Tartine for dinner.
That is really just a fancy French way of saying I am making grilled cheese sandwiches.
Except open - faced.
With more than just cheese . Maybe French cheese.
Maybe a Nicoise olive or two.
And some Dijon.
Parlez vous, tartine ?

Merci NYT for le foto

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Decorating ... someones gotta do it.

I like decorating with the Eiffel Tower.
I have the one on the far right. I have had it for many years... over 15 at least.
It sits on top of a couple of big coffee table books ... on my coffee table ! I know, I am so avant garde.

I feel like doing some decorating today.
I can do anything I want, I have only myself to please.

That is very sad .

Maybe I will buy some silk and cover the pillows .. sewing by hand .. that'll keep me busy for a month at least.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Bored ? Re-Decorate !

I just love all the white with touches of blue. All the windows and light ..
Might have to redecorate.

Sunday, September 21, 2014



Todays Tear Jerker