Cooking

Snowed in… almost

Happy Hump Day everyone. I don’t know about you, but I had a great day planned and the snow is sort of wrecking it for me. I stayed up way too late last night reading this book on my nook. Even though I went to sleep late, I went to sleep without a problem and I slept really well – until my alarm went off at 9:30 the next morning. My surgery is schedule for a week from today – so I am supposed to be relaxing (?) and getting a lot of sleep so I can stay healthy. Do you know what happens when you try really hard to stay healthy? I think you get sick. I’m crossing my fingers and trying to stay healthy!!

So, I had a late start to the morning… when I was finally dressed and packed up to begin my ‘fun’ day, I looked outside and the snow was already falling. There was a lot of snow on the ground, and it was coming down fast. I was determined to get out of the house so I put my bag and my computer into the car and started driving. I went to the local gas station and filled up my car since I was on empty. I looked around at the snow, got back in the car and drove home. Sigh. There was nothing pressing on my agenda today – it was just an effort to get out of the house. I was going to work on a project at Starbucks and enjoy a latte. I was going to go to my favorite Thai restaurant and pick up tofu and vegetable pad thai and nim chowe for dinner. But I decided it was better not to drive in the snow, so I went home.

I quickly came up with ideas and changed the day up. Since I did not venture Apsara to pick up dinner, I had to come up with an idea. I spotted a butternut squash that had been in the house for a couple of days. I started looking in my cookbooks for a recipe for butternut squash soup. I was sad that Bittman did not have one. I finally found one in The Joy of Cooking. (Honestly? Not my favorite cookbook – but it’s a good one.)

I cut up the squash, took the seeds out, peeled it and put it in the oven:

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Then I put on some coffee and made a sandwich. (This totally made me think of The Millennium book series – if you have not read them, I highly recommend picking them up. The Girl With The Dragon Tatto is the first book of the series! The main character practically lives off sandwiches and coffee.)

I threw in a clementine for good measure:

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I’m enjoying lunch while my butternut squash is coking. I do not have shallots, but I have onion which I’m subbing in. I have a feeling I will be creating a recipe on my own today. I will be back to let you know how it goes. Fingers are crossed!

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