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Monday, October 13, 2014

Isa's Dilly Stew

Went grocery shopping this morning, although none of this stuff actually made it into what I cooked today.

Oh, wait, the beans did. Trader Joe's run: crackers, lite coconut milk, canned Northern beans, baby spinach, 2 CLIF bars, a Pure bar, tempeh, raw cashew pieces, roasted garlic hummus, dried black mission figs.
I biked to TJ's, which is cool because it's wayyy faster than the train, plus I get exercise, but also I can't overbuy! Only what fits in my backpack.
So okay, with the beans, I made the Dilly Stew with Rosemary Dumplings from Isa Does It. Here is her photo.


Haha, and here is mine:

Hahaha, I'm sorry. That was too disgusting looking not to post. Guess I should give up my hopes of becoming a food stylist. Luckily it tasted very good. Even more luckily, the recipe is online for you here.

Ladled out. Awesome comfort food for these cooler days, and nice and hearty for dinners for the week. Though it doesn't seem like the easiest thing to reheat. We'll find out.
Ate on the fire escape while spying on the neighbor's cat.


I tried to get Haxan to come out and join me but she wouldn't. I just want them to be friends!!! Cat friends.

16 comments:

  1. Making Dumplings is yet another talent I dont possess. I so admire those who can do it.

    I can totally see where Haxan and the Lawn Kitty would have little in common. You cant see they're from different worlds? I am sure Lawn Kitty's Mom can make Dumplings with ease.

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    1. Me too.
      It's true, they are from different sides of the tracks. I described Haxan last night as "a queen."

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  2. Wow, you trust yr kitty to be good on a fire escape?! I think my boy cat would freak the fuck out and run away and/or fall or something. Pretty impressive. And yes, that soup looks GROSS, but I can also totally imagine how it would be delicious. ;)

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    1. Aww, haha, Haxan doesn't love the fire escape but I like her to feel the air and sun and smell exciting new smells every once in a while.

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  3. Hahaha "too disgusting looking not to post." It still looks like it tasted awesome. Styling green patio though. Love your feline friends name is Haxan, she lives up to such a potent namesake.

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  4. Yea, so Haxan isn't looking super friendly in that pose! Your stew looks great (in the bowl shot)! I can't believe it's not again today.

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    1. She can be a little snooty sometimes, surely.
      The stew got uglier!

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  5. Biking anywhere is faster than the subway! I just ordered a fuzzy fleece liner for my bike helmet that goes over the ears so msybe i can stick it out longer this fall. The bowl of stew looks good! The isa dumplings look a lot bigger, and less of them. The dumplings might disintegrate when you reheat the soup..... Whatever.
    Careful on that fire escape that no one can tell you when it was last-if ever- inspected.
    I went to paradis today! Got the lemon chickpea salad thingy of the day which was delicious, and very lemony. Didn't see you though.
    Ttrockwood

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    1. That's a good idea! How far into the fall do you usually get? This is my first year with a bike I'm excited to ride! Actually, my back wheel got taken a couple days ago and I am pissed to not be biking around this gorgeous weekend. Had to walk everywhere like a chump! (Semi facetious.)
      The dumplings did disintegrate - it feels like I'm eating bread soup.
      Yes, I love the way Paradis cooks their chickpeas. And they are good with the lemon seasoning.

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    2. What twit takes a back wheel?!? That sucks. When properly bundled in thick socks, over the knee leg warmers, scarf, gloves, coat, etc (uuugh) i figured i can ride at 38degrees or warmer. But at 38 its for short 10-15min ride. Any colder i just want to die and my eyes tear from the cold. And I won't go if its icey or slushy because its too dangerous and easy to slipnslide. Think my last ride was on thanksgiving last year actually.
      The gloves are really important- some windproof ones for snowboarding or skiing are the best way to keep feeling in your fingers. And either ear warmers or hat that goes over ears and under helmet, somehow ears get very cold!

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  6. Oooh yum, that stew looks incredible! I can see how that would be a really great comfort food for the fall, I definitely have to check out the recipe.

    I really want to get a bike, I'd love to be able to drive less and bike instead. Your haul looks great and hooray for kitty pictures! Maybe one day they will be besties ;)

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    1. Yes, do! It would probably be fantastic even without the dumplings, if you aren't into wheat so much.

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  7. Haha, my dumplings totally come out looking like yours rather than like Isa's! I still haven't made that stew but I need to, it looks so perfect for the weather we're having now.

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  8. Sod the looks, it's all about the taste. And the sticking to the ribs heartiness of dumplings wins me over every time. Just eat it with your eyes closed?!

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