On This Sunday

Sundays are home n hearth days around here, regardless of the season. On Sundays during the w-i-n-t-e-r season, we cook good food, watch a game or a movie together, sometimes play a card game or two, I always read quite a bit in there somewhere as well as work the crossword puzzle–the overall point is to relax and rejuvenate.

Today I’m in the kitchen a big part of the day, as I’ve plans to do a bit of cooking up to make good, hearty meals easier on days when the stuff of life takes us away from the kitchen either mentally, physically or both. Yes, this is relaxing to me as I cook, talk with my teenagers and that Husband o’ mine amid a ball game or reading a book as I work…ah, Sundays.

Over there is a snapshot of my scribble whiteboard I jotted a few things on so I wouldn’t have to look my list up on the my phone with kitchen hands(not that I don’t do that rather often as it is). I’ve added boiling eggs and a couple more things to the list since I snapped the pic.

Washing and chopping salad green or boiling eggs  may seem like an easy chore, but when I’m amid writing or taxi-ing a teen somewhere, having those greens ready to toss into my bowl and top accordingly means the difference in a healthy, sustaining lunch or a crash later in the day where I feel terrible and get nothing accomplished. It has taken me 40 years to learn this n some days it still doesn’t stick ~shrug~

I’m one of those cooks that when I find a recipe we like, I typically don’t mess around or experiment with it after that. However, I ran across John Besh’s recipe for stuffed peppers recently–SUCH a good book, more on that sometime. This recipe has the added bonus of a bit of cinnamon. Cinnamon in a savory dish is not something I’ve much experience with.

Thanks to some feedback from friends regarding cinnamon and savory cooking as well as the fact that I really like Chef Besh and many of his other recipes, I’m going to give it a go.

What are your habits of a Sunday, do tell?

Recent Pages I Have Turned

*insert contented sigh here* There is always SO much to read, from books and magazines to blog posts and online articles. What an amazing time to live, I tell ya.

Recently I read J.D.  Robb’s latest in the ‘In Death’ series, entitled ‘Indulgence In Death’. As I have mentioned before(click there to read ‘before’), I enjoy this series—have been smitten with Eve Dallas and her man Roarke (Just Roarke…so cool…) for several years now. Smitten to the point that I bought this latest book hot off the presses and read it in one evening…I rarely buy hardcover books hot off the presses.

This book did not disappoint in good Eve/Roarke interactions, yet it would likely not be called one of my favorites of the series. It did seem to be a bit lightweight—but because I like the characters so much, I liked the book. Make sense?  I do know that the writer of this series, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb cranks out a lot of books in a short period of time and, for many authors, sometimes that can make for less than ideal stories in the end…and that’s kind-of-a-little-bit-like what I felt with this one, that it wasn’t quite given enough development. But, in the end, I was just glad to see Eve and Roarke again, so success must be declared on all fronts.

I am fixing to give in to the urge to buy another book that I really want to read, Nicole Krauss’ ‘Great House’. I see no signs of it at my library and I know I’m going to want a copy of it anyway. I read ‘The History of Love’ by the same author and had to buy myself a copy immediately. That book was so.good. So good. (Go read it and let me know what you think.)  I have yet to post about it because it was…just. so.good…I haven’t managed to articulate or express coherent thoughts out of the feelings. Isn’t that what makes a book amazing–the feelings it evokes?!?

Happy Sunday in November!  🙂