It’s a snow day! I loved waking up to the sound of a text from Sage announcing their closing; I quickly turned off my alarm and snuggled back under the sheets. Ever since returning from our mini road-trip, Roscoe hasn’t been a pain about getting up for breakfast, so I got to sleep in until nine-ish. Where I found him curled up around my head.
It’s sad to admit that last night I finally took care of my Christmas tree; as in dragged it out to the back alley. There have been needles scattered throughout my apartment (thank you Roscoe) and even in my sheets. He tracks them everywhere and those little things sting when you step on ’em. So when I returned from the co-op, I stayed bundled and undecorated the tree. I think it is safe to say that every single needle was on the floor.
It’s even more embarrassing to admit that there were so many needles on the floor, that by the time I returned (all but three minutes), Roscoe had scooped up the needles and used them as a litter box. Lucky me. So the remainder of my evening was spent cleaning. I woke up with the attitude to clean the entire apartment, and that’s exactly what I’ve been working on.
But I did take a little break to cook something fresh and clean for lunch. A delicious spicy bean and cabbage soup. I picked up the jalapenos and cabbage last evening from the co-op (they had their 11% off sale for the date!) and knew I could come up with something yummy. Here’s the recipe:
- 3 jalapenos
- 1 small yellow onion
- 1/2 head of cabbage
- about 15 ounces of both black beans and chickpeas (the only two I had in my cupboard); kidney would work swell too
- diced tomatoes
- spices– I used a little bit of sea salt and my garlic/sesame seed mixture from honest weight co-op
In a big soup pot, I used a little tiny bit of EVOO to start cooking the onion and jalapenos that I chopped up. When the onions were starting to get translucent, I added the water, salt and spices and turned the heat down low. I probably used 50-60 ounces of water. I did this because I didn’t have any stock/broth on hand and didn’t want the water to be bland. I let this cook for probably 20-30 minutes. I then added the beans and diced tomatoes (like 10 ounces) and let them come to a soft boil. Add the cabbage and let it cook until soft. This recipe is super quick and easy and let me tell you, the entire apartment smells so good (still!). So good in fact I knew something was missing: a french baguette. What better on a snowy, chilly afternoon then a fresh loaf from a local bakery? Nothing.
I called up my favorite bakery (the placid baker) to make sure they had one ready. Pulled up my smart wools, threw on my scarf and was trekking in the flurries for my missing lunch ingredient. I swear, I could smell my soup with every step I took.
I made it back just as my soup was cool enough to enjoy, ripped off a hunk of baguette and sat at my desk to watch the snow fall.
And I have yet to get up. That’s a lie- I got up to get my landlord a bowl. He came in from shoveling and knocked on my door to ask me what I was heating up. I told him what I had made (from scratch, no canned soup in this apartment) and offered him a bowl, which he gladly accepted. I warned him of the kick but he said it was just right. And back to my desk I returned.
It’s still snowing here in Troy- the kind that makes everything look peaceful. I enjoy watching people walking by all bundled up, sometimes with a furry friend in a sweater. Or see the neighbors shovel. No one looks unhappy and I can’t hear them complaining- just quiet. Days like this in wish I was either snuggled up in bed watching old movies with him or riding around on the sleds. But for today, I’ll take it as a middle-of-the-week-break and finish my cleaning. But soon the streets will go dark and the holiday lights will be on downtown; I may have to take another walk this evening.
Hope everyone enjoyed their snow day, whether at home or in the office, and have something warm to come home to tonight. I’ll be thinking of that baguette with every step I take. I could eat a whole loaf in one sitting- especially if it’s a couple days old with Bonne Maman raspberry preserves. So good. But I’ll wait to savor that next bite tomorrow morning. It’s also weigh-in day tomorrow so I’ll be sure to keep ya’ll posted. Until then, stay safe and cozy.