Shirt: From my friend Leah’s free pile — Jacket: Gift (Sugar Lips) — Skirt: Goodwill (Patagonia) [shortened by me] — Tights: Target — Shoes: Thrifted (Naturalizer) — Earrings: Target
Ahoy-hoy and happy Tuesday! For those of you in the US, did you have Monday off? In honor of MLK Day, I spent some time reading some of Nnedi Okorafor’s online short stories, including “Biafra” and “Spider the Artist.” Powerful stuff! Both of those stories take place in Nigeria, so they’re maybe not as reflective of the African-American experience as other works I could have chosen if I wanted to be particularly on-point, but my own general idea was just to get reading some PoC literature. And read some PoC literature, I did! Good job, self. Now just keep that up every other day of the year and you’ll be on your way.
(As a side-note, “Spider the Artist” reminded me a bit of “Harry the Crow,” another PoC speculative-fiction story which I remember as being interesting, although I haven’t listened to it in two years or so. And as a side-note to my side-note, you should check out Escape Pod if you don’t already listen to it. Not all the stories are great, but a lot of them are.)
When I wasn’t busy
sitting on my butt reading expanding my mind, I spent a lot of time cooking. Like, a lot. I got the fever for it while we were in Mexico and came up with a mile-long to-cook list for when we got back home. So far, I’ve made:
* this chai concentrate
* apple-chai cookies (not going to link the recipe because they were totally not worth it–just drink the chai concentrate with milk, it’s killer good)
* these cuminy black beans with coconut rice, chipotle yogurt, and mango (I also added a tomato and avocado salad on the side)
* this roasted parsnip and cauliflower soup
* cowherd’s pie (aka shepherd’s pie with beef, because Mike’s a dork who doesn’t like lamb [when it is so clearly the king of all meats])
* roasted chicken
And that’s just the start, my friends! I want to make matcha and chai custards, semlor, chicken noodle soup, yogurt-cucumber salad, cold sesame noodles, ricotta gnudi, polenta with roasted veggies and poached eggs…I WANT ALL THE FOOD. What have you cooked lately? What’s your favorite thing to cook? Give me your recipes! Your recipes, give them to me.
Thanks to my kitchen rampage, the dishes are legion. I’ve been doing a better job of keeping up than usual, though, and I think I should be able to pull through since we’re just having leftovers (gasp) tonight. And, yes, I could ask Mike to help with them, but he always does a terrible job–it’s almost like they’re greasier afterwards than when he started, somehow. I’ll leave him the vacuuming and the cat box.
Okay, and maybe the picture-taking. I asked him to get a nice detail shot of the pansies and vines embroidered on the back of the jacket I wore this day, since I was having a hard time taking the picture myself. I think it’s pretty obvious that his idea of detail is a bit more extreme than mine. Pretty, though!