Monday, January 30, 2012
I'm back from my book tour, during which I hit bookstores from coast to coast, and met women like this nice lady, who bought my book for their niece/daughter who lives at home/lives in New York. (Thanks to Sherry Virtz for snapping a few pictures while I read in Chapel Hill.)
Now it's back to the "real world," which is a one-bedroom in Brooklyn, where I co-habitate with a boyfriend and a cat who I'm allergic to. Time to get back on my regular asthma medication schedule!
I made my New Year's resolution "learn to cook," and yesterday was the first opportunity I had to put this into practice. (I even got this for Christmas, so I can cook in style.)
While browning onions for vegetable stock, I splashed hot oil on my face, and later cut my hand on the lid of a can of cannellini beans, but other than that I escaped from the kitchen mostly unharmed. I'm using Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, a huge green hardcover that I am very much in love with because I can hear Mark speaking to me, the cooking moron, in a very gentle voice, telling me it's all going to be okay.
On vegetable soup: "You start with a flavorful base and add the best produce you have on hand: How can you go wrong?"
How can you go wrong indeed? Unless you splash hot oil on your face.
I made Pasta e Fagioli soup (with homemade stock!) and Roasted Quinoa with Potatoes and Cheese.
Boyfriend (surprised voice): This is actually good. How did you know how to make it?
Me: I followed a recipe.
BF: You just read it?
Me: I just followed the steps in order.
BF: Good job.