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October 19, 2004
soup weather

quick, look! the weather pixie is wearing a long sleeved shirt and carrying an umbrella! so's eleanor (though if you look carefully at the picture, you'll notice that she's actually playing rain in the sprinkler... i took the picture last week when "rain" was as exotic an imagining as "princess" or "dinosaur".)

the rains have perked up all the plants and made the birds sing. me, i'm thinking of knitting (a Hallowig of course!)... and soup. yesterday was tom ka gai -- a very tasty alternative to everyday chicken soup and not difficult. what's your favorite soup?


tom ka gai
for 2

1/2 lb. or so of boneless skinless chicken
2-3 cups chicken broth
1 can coconut milk
2 T fish sauce
2 T lime juice
lime leaves (or lime peel)
chopped lemon grass (if you have it)
1 t asian chili sauce (the stuff with the mocking rooster) - to taste
a couple of mushrooms
cilantro

chop chicken and cook in broth until done. turn heat to low and add everything except the mushrooms and cilantro. allow to simmer for a while -- but don't boil!. add mushroom slices and cilantro for garnish.

06:52 AM
October 18, 2004
little house

we found the entire set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books at a rummage sale. Zoe's on to book four On the Banks of Plum Creek and reading voraciously. like trying to read while walking. like up in her room an hour before bedtime reading. reading before breakfast. forgetting to leave the bathroom. oh to be so drawn in by a book and to give in to it so willingly!

five more books to go... but what will she read when she's done?

07:48 PM
October 17, 2004
q: 182

a: days we went without rain before last night. really. hard to believe when you can see the ocean.

only wished it had rained during daylight hours so that i might have cavorted about and enjoyed it.

remind me i said that next time it rains!

07:45 PM