Sunday, June 24, 2012

daydreaming

Sunday--June 24, 2012

I love findings entries such as the following in my journal.  A prototypical scenario one might find if they burrowed their way into one of my fantasies, or peeked in my journal.

Monday--March 8, 2010

Today I looked in three cookbooks before finding Amanda Hesser's recipe in The Cook and the Gardener, pages 372-373.  I'd forgotten how much I adored this book.  She used crushed coriander seeds in her recipe, something I'd never done.  Also, I just love the way Amanda Hesser writes about food.  She has a way of combining smug with charming.  Oh how I'd like to sit in her kitchen and share a bottle of wine and some casual conversation with her.  I imagine her husband has scooped up their kids and gone to visit some relative.  It's just us girls, in jeans and t-shirts.  There are glasses of wine, olives, and toasted nuts.  No cooking, just talking.  We get a bit tipsy, laugh like hyenas, and I take a cab back to my hotel.  I fall asleep watching an ancient episode of That Girl that has somehow shown up on cable.

24 comments:

  1. This makes me wish I were more assiduous in writing in my journal: noting those moments and trains of thought that are so revealing and representative of who we are. And that seems like an evening I'd enjoy! I don't know that cookbook but I'd like to.

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    1. I never go back and read my journals, but this project has necessitated doing so. I think I'm hooked.

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  2. I could never get through that book....too much smug?

    She seems much more approachable these days, especially in your scenario.

    Pages what?

    xo jane

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  3. That was a treat of a peek! I've never been very good at crushing coriander seeds

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    1. My little mortar and pestle makes it a breeze.

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  4. A nice glance at your thoughts. You've nailed Amanda's writing style.

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  5. it's so good that you go back to your journaling... i always forget to go back and read....

    love your fantasy...

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    1. I so rarely go back, but I've done so for a project. It's been interesting.

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  6. What lovely thoughts. I guess it could be made a reality with those you do know? It is winter here so such nights in the kitchen sound extra appealing at the moment! When it gets too cold I start cooking again to warm up our home.

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    1. And what better way to warm the home than with delicious smelling food in the oven or on the stove top.

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  7. adorable! sounds like a perfect ladies night out.

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  8. Anything that involves laughing like a pack of hyenas is the benchmark of a good time.

    You've inspired me to consider going back to a journal or some sort of visual diary. I always write my ideas and thoughts on paper scraps and though I keep most (pretty much all) things, I don't often look back.

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    1. Yes, an ideal benchmark.

      Prior to this project I didn't do much looking back. I'll do more now.

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  9. I've recently returned to journal writing after a bit of a hiatus. It feels like finding a part of myself that I forgot was lost.

    Just found your blog. Enjoying it very much!

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    1. What a nice return, Nicole.

      Happy to see you here. Welcome.

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  10. I have just started reading my journals when I lived in a monastic community in my mid twenties... whoa... crazy. I am thankful I have them but, I can only take very small doses of myself.

    The only reason I did so is that my mum insisted I take my boxes of stuff home.... she is cleaning house.

    I am going to check out the book you mentioned.

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    1. Its funny how when looking back it often seems we've lived several lives.

      I'm also close to finishing another book I've really enjoyed, The Three Cornered World.

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  11. I feel about you the way you feel about Amanda...

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