Twice baked butternut squash

October 31, 2011 § 30 Comments

There’s a crack that opens up in the earth today, letting all manner of little demons and naughty spirits out to roam the earth for the night and make mayhem.  I just thought I’d let you know that, in case you hadn’t heard already.

It’s the original reason behind dressing up on All Hallows Eve (Halloween), actually.  If you were disguised as a witch or demon, then it was highly unlikely that the real demons wandering about would notice you and cause you trouble.  They would think you were one of them and leave you alone.  Which, on the whole, makes sense, don’t you agree?

A similar thing happens on the solstices, and at periods of your life when you’re in transition.  Those pesky demons come out and can make a muck of any number of little things, or even make you sick.  Nowadays we blame things like stress, which often increases in times of transition.  But, those of us who are in the know – and now you’re in the know! – know that it’s actually demons.

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Spinach pancakes with mint-lime yogurt sauce

January 6, 2011 § 18 Comments

I’m really into “nibbles” right now.  Ooh, doesn’t that just sound shee-shee and a little obnoxious when I say it?!  “Why yes, dah-ling, I’m ever so posh, and I just adore nibbles.  Don’t you?”…Oh well.  So be it.  Because I am.  First off, I love the way the word sounds.  It’s so much more fun than “hors d’oeuvres” (which is nearly impossible to spell, anyway), and way more fun than “small-plates.”  I suppose I could go with “tapas”, but I just like “nibbles” better.  And, of course, I also love eating them.  In my mind nibbles are dishes that are small but immensely satisfying.  Bites that explode with flavors and textures in your mouth!  And because they are just little mouthfuls, you can have a wide variety of them in one meal, giving you a chance to sample a bit of this and a bit of that without finding yourself bursting your belt buckle by the end of the evening.

Because of this, lately I’ve frequently been finding myself creating meals that feature a spectrum of nibbles rather than a single coordinated main dish with sides.  Especially for parties (which there was a rash of lately.  What’s that about??!  Joking.).  You can coax your nibbles into a lovely unified theme, if you wish.  All Italian or Eastern Asian, perhaps.  But, because you eat each piece separately you can also give in to the desire to have a profusion of flavors with morsels representing cuisines from across the globe, or maybe just from your imagination.

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