Soon, we’ll be traveling around France for a month. We’ll stay the first days in Paris then rent a car and travel the coasts. I’ve filled my iPad with audiobooks for the plane and car rides.

Any suggestions of a place you know and liked? Or even just a neighborhood that you think we might enjoy? Something cozy, picturesque, bohemian, artsy, romantic? Recommendations welcome.

Soon, we’ll be traveling around France for a month. We’ll stay the first days in Paris then rent a car and travel the coasts. I’ve filled my iPad with audiobooks for the plane and car rides.

Any suggestions of a place you know and liked? Or even just a neighborhood that you think we might enjoy? Something cozy, picturesque, bohemian, artsy, romantic? Recommendations welcome.

Familia 
Woodstock, NY
Christmas 2013

Familia
Woodstock, NY
Christmas 2013

Links I’m loving

Recipes for travel
Cherry ginger cacao bites from The Year in Food

Salad dressings
Cherry tomato vinaigrette from BA
Lemon anchovy vinaigrette from BA

Rhubarb and Strawberries!
Almond breakfast cakes by The Year in Food
Baked almond pancake with strawberries by The Year in Food
Rhubarb cornmeal crumb cake by BA
Vanilla bean millet porridge by The First Mess
Coconut blu-barb ice cream by Dolly and Oatmeal

Summer eats
Socca pizza with summer squash by Cookie and Kate
Sweet potato and lentil gnocchi by London Bakes

France preparation
Ode to the classic bistro by The NYT
Various 36 hours articles on Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Paris, Cannes, and Montpellier

A room of my own

The room of my own will have a big, illuminating window that frames my desk. The desk will be old, heavy, and powerful with a little lamp in the upper right corner only to be used after sunset or on rainy days. The room of my own will be filled with plants to bring nature into the space - as all good work is done in nature. The room of my own will have wooden floors worn smooth from afternoons spent pacing over ideas. And the room of my own will have two deeply cushioned chairs - one for working, the other for reading.

The room of my own will be quiet, fresh, organized. But will also be inviting, warm, and homey. The room of my own will be a space for refuge, for learning, for self. A place for productivity, for reflection, and for thought. It will be yearned for each morning after breakfast, each night after dinner, and all times in between.

My lover, E, is doing some really amazing work.  I’m constantly amazed by his daily growth.  If you haven’t already, check out his blog. You’ll enjoy it. 

jessica f.
bloomington, indiana
june, 2014

My lover, E, is doing some really amazing work. I’m constantly amazed by his daily growth. If you haven’t already, check out his blog. You’ll enjoy it.

jessica f.
bloomington, indiana
june, 2014

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What I’m reading this week

What Causes Weight Gain by Mark Bittman

Yes, You Can Pickle That by Food 52

Everything on Nirrimi’s blog

Cashew Coconut Creamer on Have Cake Will Travel

Santorini, Greece by A Couple of Cooks

There are many actions I want to take to start enjoying and taking better advantage of this life of mine. Many of these have been long-time, if not life-long goals. Bare with me as I repeat them again.

Journal everyday. It doesn’t have to be long or complex or perfect.

Sign off. Facebook, e-mail, electronics

Stop using money as entertainment. Slow down. Recognize what is necessary, what is indulgence, and what is just clutter.

Keep a clean home.

Make a space of my own.

Eat less. To ensure energy, happiness, and to free my mind from the wastefulness of worrying about weight.

Make friends. To learn from, enjoy, laugh with, and love.

Be alone. Make space for and savor moments when I am with no one but myself.

Minimize. Continue to recognize my possessions and what needs purged, used more wisely, or saved for the future.

Live with intention. Analyze what I do and why I do it. Be sure to be aware of influences from friends, lovers, or corporations. Consider each action. Make each word useful. Learn from every experience.

What I’m cooking this week:

Monday: Eduardo’s day to cook to cook dinner. But for breakfast I will make a swiss chard & egg casserole

Tuesday: Shrimp and avocado salad with quinoa


Wednesday: Eggplant squash tian and a side salad


Thursday: Chickpea skillet with za’atar


Friday: Fried rice with an egg and a side of siracha roasted cauliflower

An Ethiopian Menu

A few months ago my favorite ethnic restaurant in Bloomington closed. It’s name was Caravan. It was an Ethiopian restaurant whose curries and injera I continue to crave. I get romantic thinking about the strong smells of foreign spices that wafted from the building’s kitchen. We always ordered the same dish - an 18-inch injera holding 6 curries around it’s parameter. Next week I am going to attempt to remake the dish. I’ve composed the menu from the blog Vegan Richa. The following curries are Indian, not Ethiopian, but I think that when paired, the juices and spices will match well with fermented tang of the injera.

Injera


Chickpea, lentil, and spinach stew

Pasanda Curry

Palak tofu

Dal Makhani

Vegetable Jalfrezi

What I made this week: a recipe review

Minimalist Baker’s Gluten Free, 5-grain Pancakes
5 forks

This is our favorite pancake recipe - gluten free or otherwise. We make it every Sunday. It has a light fluffy texture and a lingering nutty flavor. It is great as written, but every once in a while we choose to make it vegan. Substitute the butter, milk, and egg for 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, and 1.5 Tbsp chia seeds. This produces a sweeter, denser pancake that needs little more than a scoop of greek yogurt or fruit jam on top.


Minimalist Baker’s Gluten Free Banana Bread>
5 forks

I made this recipe into muffins instead of the traditional loaf. The product was slightly sweet and with a great texture. I adjusted the recipe by leaving out the granulated and brown sugars and, instead, adding an additional tablespoon of honey.


Bon Appetit’s Spinach Scramble
5 forks

The crazy amount of spinach in this recipe completely outweighs the eggs. It adds a deep, green flavor and lots of moisture. We have been leaving out the parmesan and adding a side of tortilla topped with avocado.


Smitten Kitchen’s Bee Stink Cake
4 forks

My partner recently had a birthday and I selfishly made him this cake. Though I knew he would really enjoy something like tiramisu or a good apple-rhubarb crumble, I had been saving this recipe for a while in hopes of a worthy event. It did not disappoint. It took about 4 consecutive hours to make all of the components. The product is a complex combination of textures and layers, each varying in sweetness. The cake itself was a little dry, the custard filling, sweet and creamy, and the caramelized almond topping crisp and sweet.


Simple Veganista’s Red Hot Miso Noodle Bowl
5 forks

This soup is extremely easy and quick to make. Filled with an array of healthy vegetables and a smooth flavorful broth, it is also versatile. I will be making this soup again with some of the vegetables I get from my CSA. The only adjustment I would make next time - fewer noodles, as they don’t add much flavor, and more miso.