I want to pick up two earlier questions, and try to pin them down.

Yesterday I floated the idea of a ‘things to try‘ blog.  I wonder if the idea would not work better as a ning, thus allowing everyone to offer suggestions, and a way for conversation to carry on as and when people choose to engage with different ideas.  So, the first invitation is this:

1.  Would you like to be part of  such a ning?   If I get 5 ‘yes’ votes, I will set it up, and you can invite others from there.

1.b  — what should I call it?   Hermione’s Heaven is tempting but probably too much of an injoke to be helpful.  Suggestions please.

1.c — does anyone have experience of grou.ps rather than ning?  it looks tempting, but I know nothing about it.

Invitation number two:  piskie bloggers baking day.  Is this a winter thing, rather than a spring thing, do you suppose?  I am happy to host in Dunoon, but perhaps someone more central would like to offer.   I’m afraid my dates are rather limited.  I can offer two dates in January, or else it will have to wait till after Easter (February is full, and Lent is not the time for it.)  So…

2.  You are invited to Dunoon for a day of making cookies, swapping recipes, and incarnating the blogging community on either Saturday, 24 January or Saturday 31 January.   Please indicate both intention to come and preferred date.

Sermon done, web pages updated, and still half an hour left before the newsletter arrives for printing.

Sunday preparation is so much easier after a week of holiday slow-down.

black pot

This one’s for Edye.  It’s been ages since I’ve offered a recipe, and the fabulous black pot she gave me has been waiting for autumn to turn.

  • 1 black pot, eager and waiting
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded & chopped
  • a scattering of coriander seeds & cardamom pods
  • 1/2 inch of water
  • a few spoonfuls of brown sugar
  • a bit of butter
  • two dried birdseye chiles

lid on.  Into a medium oven.  Check and stir once in a while.  When the squash is mostly cooked, uncover and turn up the oven to get the liquid to evaporate.

Now, what could I serve with this sweet-hot-sticky wonder if I had a dinner guest?  (something dark green; but what?  and what provides substance?)

things I have learned tonight

  1. sometimes, the thing that seems selfish is necessary.
  2. rare birds are worth pursuing.
  3. it doesn’t always matter whether people understand.
  4. on reading Luke through, one wonders why the documentary hypothesis took so long.
  5. The start of Luke is wonderfully gracious. As pain and conflict increase, it gets wordier, more didactic and tries harder to explain. (‘all those with ears…’)
  6. when the last lemon is gone, wasabi saves the day (or at least the tuna salad).

dangerous diversion

Oh wow.

Tonight was supposed to be the time to write a properly theological post (or at least a timely rant on the need for inclusive language), but while looking for a good recipe for Italian Kale, I stumbled across a new twist on the sourdough theme:

One batch, no knead bread that you make once and bake bits of for weeks. And this particular recipe is for challah and sticky buns. Better hurry — Lent is only a few weeks away.

(and ‘lead us not into temptation’ is clearly not working very well when one can go hunting for a cabbage recipe and come back with stick buns. Now, what shall I do with my kale…)

update: Maybe the prayer works after all. The book isn’t released in Britain till 14 February. Spinster-festers, take note. For the more virtuous, the Kale recipe is below. Continue reading “dangerous diversion”