Cooking, Eating, Drinking, Reading, & Talking. What Could Be Better?

It’s bookclub night at Chez Hecate, so no time for a long post. We’re working our way through Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger.

The menu is figs & cheese tray with cocktails, a Moulin des Vrilleres 2010 rose Sancerre, Jamie Oliver’s lemon chicken, mashed yams, corn-studded corn muffins, and this new recipe (aka it’s an experiment) from Kitchens of Light: New Scandanavian Cooking by Andreas Viestad

Green Pea Puree w/ Asparagus & Scallions

2 T salt
8 asparagus spears, rtimmed & cut into 2-inch pieces
4 scallions, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 C veal or chicken stock (I’m using chicken)
3 C shelled green peas
3 T unsalted butter
3 T coarsely chopped pistachios
1 t toasted sesame oil

Combine 3 C water & the salt in a medium pot & bring to a boil over high hieat. Add the asparagus & boil for 3 minutes. Add the scallions & cook for 2 more eminutes. Drain and rinse the vegs under cold wter to stop the cooking process. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium heat. Add the peas & cook for 4 minutes or until tender; they will not be completely covered by the stock, so stir a couple of times so they cook evenly. Pour the peas & stock into a food processor or blender & pulse [what a lovely cooking term!] until most of the peas are coarsely chopped. Add 2 T of the butter and process until you have a smooth puree.

In a small skillet, heat the remaining 1 T of butter over medium heat until frothing but not brown. [There are cows in Scandanavia. We eat butter. That’s how we roll.] Saute the asparagus & scallions for 1 to 2 minutes.

Spoon the puree onto 4 plates. Sprinkle each plate w/ the chopped pistachios & drizzle w/ the sesame oil. Add asparagus & serve.

I’ll let you know if it’s a success or not.

There’s no dessert, but I have chocolate truffles and port in reserve, in case they’re needed.

Along w/ Ego & Archetype, I’m slowly working my way through Lammas Night by Katherine Kurtz, and Spirit Speak by Ivo Dominguez (who, incidentally, has a book coming out early next year with T. Thorn Coyle that looks like good Paganism 202 material). At work, I’m reading a lot of cases from various circuits in hope of a journal survey next year. For poetry, I’m focusing on Mary Oliver’s Swan, in which she reminds us that “Joy is not made to be a crumb.” True dat.

What are you reading? What are you cooking? Where’s the intersection for you?

Picture found here.

9 responses to “Cooking, Eating, Drinking, Reading, & Talking. What Could Be Better?

  1. Sounds like a blast!
    I’m rereading Twelve Wild Swans by Starhawk (because I haven’t read it in years and I got a nice new copy). Tonight I might cook up a vegan green bean casserole and have a sweet white wine with that. Tonight’s coven meeting was canceled so I have some unexpected time on my hands.
    Hope all goes well for you!

  2. Sounds like it will be a lovely evening. I am rereading Dorothy Sayers “Peter Whimsey” mysteries, particularly the books with Harriet Vane as the stand-in for the author. The underlying problems and philosophical issues of the era and discussed in the books have, unfortunately, changed little in the near century since they were written. To accompany my reading, I’ve opened a bottle of Kenwood Winery Pinot Noir 2009.

  3. Re-reading old stories and enjoying some fresh ones from Merecedes Lackey — The Diana Tregarde mysteries! She has released a new Tregarde story in her new book “Trio of Sorcery” — I love hearing from old and wise friends — even in books!

    Drinking cold pinot grigio …. still hoping for rain …..

    Plus — I made a hearty turkey casserole for dinner tonight to use up some veggies that have been hanging around ….

  4. Your comment on Wild Hunt about Rosemary Edghill’s books piqued my interest and I’ve already consumed “Speak Daggers To Her” and am now about halfway through “Book of Moons.” My local library lists 18 titles for Edghill, many of them collaborations with Mercedes Lackey. I think I’ll stop at the third Bast book, though; her other titles look suspiciously like romance novels.

  5. I’m working on Lev Grossman’s The Magician King (after re-reading his first, The Magicians). We have pot roast, green beans, the [probably] last of the corn on the cob, biscuits, and a chocolate cake to get us through the weekend. And blueberry muffins for breakfast today!

  6. Doris Lessing’s “The Sweetest Place” gave me insight into the 60s in Britain as well as post colonial Africa (very different than my experiences in the US.) Can’t wait to enjoy the blessing of fresh figs, as well as the bounty from others’ gardens. About to start teaching a class for women becoming crones. Yay, Women of Wisdom!

  7. I’m reading an e-book called “Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s hardcore impact on human behavior”, by Cindy Gallop. It’s written based on a TED talk.

  8. Reading Robert Temple’s “Netherworld” (“Oracle of the Dead” in the US I believe).
    Eating roast T Bone, roast potatoes, Basmati rice and mixed veg.
    The intersection appears to be my stomach.
    Diet, what’s that?
    Terri in Joburg

  9. That pea/scallion/aspargus puree looks delicious!
    Reading archived trials of Scottish witches in early 18th century and Arthur Machen’s Great God Pan.

    Eating toasted and steamed organic pearled barley with Asian greens like mizuna, coriander, Vietnamese mint — flavoured with peanut oil, a little sesame oil, light soy, lime juice and chilli.

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