kidzdoc's No Fluff Zone, Act 5
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One of my favorite patients of the week gave me this drawing yesterday. I especially like how svelte Elise made me appear!
The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas
We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities by Anouar Majid
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Completed books: (TBR = book acquired prior to 1/1/16)
1. Nutshell by Ian McEwan
2. A Question of Power by Bessie Head TBR
3. The Assault by Harry Mulisch
4. Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verlhurst
Books acquired and purchased:
1. The Lives of Things by José Saramago (1 Jan, Verso e-book ($1))
2. Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe by Charles Glass (1 Jan, Verso e-book ($1))
3. Human Acts by Han Kang (12 Jan, LT Early Reviewers ARC)
4. Attending Others: A Doctor's Education in Bodies and Words by Brian Volck (25 Jan, Kindle book ($9.99))
5. Miss Jane by Brad Watson (30 Jan, Kindle book ($12.89))
Classic 20th Century Novels from the African Diaspora
Betsey Brown by Ntozake Shange
Blind Man with a Pistol by Chester Himes
The Emigrants by George Lamming
The Famished Road by Ben Okri
If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (re-read)
The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
Maps by Nuruddin Farah
Moses, Man of the Mountain by Zora Neale Hurston
Native Son by Richard Wright
Petals of Blood by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
A Question of Power by Bessie Head
Sozaboy by Ken Saro-Wiwa
Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau
Notable 21st Century Literature from the African Diaspora
Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott
The Drift Latitudes by Jamal Mahjoub
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
The Good Lord Bird by James McBride
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Juice! by Ishmael Reed
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Pym by Mat Johnson
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Wading Home: A Novel of New Orleans by Rosalyn Story
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Nonfiction from the African Diaspora
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable
Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays by Zadie Smith
Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil by W.E.B. Du Bois
Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr.
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
If They Come in the Morning … : Voices of Resistance, edited by Angela Y. Davis
In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture by K. Anthony Appiah
Known and Strange Things: Essays by Teju Cole
Letter to Jimmy by Alain Mabanckou
The Lights of Pointe-Noire by Alain Mabanckou
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music by George E. Lewis
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Tradition and the Black Atlantic: Critical Theory in the African Diaspora by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon
Autobiographies, Biographies and Memoirs from the African Diaspora
Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Frantz Fanon: A Biography by David Macey
I Never Had it Made by Jackie Robinson
The Last Holiday: A Memoir by Gil Scott-Heron
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
Mingus Speaks by John F. Goodman
Street Poison: The Biography of Iceberg Slim by Justin Gifford
Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson by Wil Haygood
Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter by J. Nozipo Maraire
2017 Booker Prize longlist: TBD
2017 Man Booker International Prize longlist:
Mathias Énard (France), Charlotte Mandell, Compass
Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak, Swallowing Mercury
David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen, A Horse Walks Into a Bar
Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay, War and Turpentine
Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett, Don Shaw, The Unseen
Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson, The Traitor's Niche
Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Phil Roughton, Fish Have No Feet
Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Explosion Chronicles
Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson, Black Moses
Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar
Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange, Judas
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell, Fever Dream
Iberian Literature and Nonfiction
A Bad End by Fernando Royuela
The Calligraphy of Dreams by Juan Marsé
Catalonia: A Cultural History by Michael Eaude
The Dolls' Room by Llorenç Villalonga
Fado Alexandrino by António Lobo Antunes
The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla
The History of Catalonia by F. Xavier Hernàndez
The Inquisitors' Manual by António Lobo Antunes
Life Embitters by Josep Pla
Monastery by Eduardo Halfon
The New Spaniards by John Hooper
Obabakoak by Bernardo Atxaga
Paris by Marcos Giralt Torrente
Private Life by Josep Maria de Sagarra
The Selected Stories of Mercé Rodoreda
The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas
Things Look Different in the Light by Medardo Fraile
The Yellow Rain by Julio Llamazares
Medicine, Illness and Public Health
AIDS at 30: A History by Victoria A. Harden
An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel
Asleep: The Forgotten Epidemic That Remains One of Medicine's Greatest Mysteries by Molly Caldwell Crosby
Bedlam: London and Its Mad by Katharine Arnold
Death in a Small Package: A Short History of Anthrax by Susan D. Jones
Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders by Dan Bortolotti
Jonas Salk: A Life by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science by Douglas Starr
The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in Our Times by Barbara Taylor
Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine by Andrew Scull
Madmen: A Social History of Madhouses, Mad-Doctors & Lunatics by Roy Porter
The Man Who Closed the Asylums: Franco Basaglia and the Revolution in Mental Health Care by John Foot
Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder by David Healy
Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Martin J. Blaser, MD
The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness by Liza Long
Proper Doctoring: A Book for Patients and Their Doctors by David Mendel
States of Mind: Experiences at the Edge of Consciousness by Wellcome Collection
The Rise of Populism and Related Current Affairs
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America by George Packer
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Listen, Liberal: Or, Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
The Populist Explosion: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
Quarter 1: Works by writers from the Benelux countries
The Assault by Harry Mulisch
The Darkroom of Damocles by Willem Frederik Hermans
Madame Verona Comes Down the Hill by Dimitri Verhulst
Rituals by Cees Nooteboom
Roads to Santiago by Cees Nooteboom
Three Bedrooms in Manhattan by Georges Simenon
Quarter 2: Travel writing by non-European and non-North American authors
The European Tribe by Caryl Phillips
Looking for Transwonderland: Travels in Nigeria by Noo Saro-Wiwa
One Day I Will Write About This Place: A Memoir by Binyavanga Wainaina
Quarter 3: Works by writers who write in what are considered minority languages within their own country
Quarter 4: Writers from the Scandinavian countries and associated territories
Voices of Color/Social Justice
Al' America: Travels Through America's Arab and Islamic Roots by Jonathan Curiel
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery by E. Benjamin Skinner
Criminal of Poverty: Growing Up Homeless in America by Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia
To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from Inside the Drug War by John Gibler
Dying to Live: A Story of U.S. Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid by Joseph Nevins
The Ethics of Identity by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Ethnicities: Children of Immigrants in America, edited by Rubén G. Rumbaut and Alejandro Portes
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
For the Muslims: Islamophobia in France by Edwy Plenel
The Good Immigrant, edited by Nikesh Shukla
A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America by Óscar Martínez
The Honor Code: How Moral Revolutions Happen by Kwame Anthony Appiah
How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America by Moustafa Bayoumi
Howard Zinn on Race by Howard Zinn
Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation by Ray Suarez
Latino Immigrants and the Transformation of the U.S. South by Mary E. Odem
Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
The Mosaic of Islam: A Conversation with Perry Anderson by Suleiman Mourad
The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture by Hisham D. Aidi
Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties by Karen L. Ishizuka
Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones
We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities by Anouar Majid
We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam by John L. Esposito
Who Are We: And Should It Matter in the Twenty-First Century? by Gary Younge
2017 Wellcome Book Prize longlist:
How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS by David France
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (alternate title: The Heart: A Novel)
The Golden Age by Joan London
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories in Our Genes by Adam Rutherford
Miss Jane by Brad Watson
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong
2016 Wellcome Book Prize shortlist:
Playthings by Alex Pheby
It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan
The Last Act of Love by Cathy Rentzenbrink
Neurotribes by Steve Silberman
Signs for Lost Children by Sarah Moss
The Outrun by Amy Liptrot
2015 Wellcome Book Prize shortlist:
The Iceberg by Marion Coutts
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss
The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being by Alice Roberts
My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel
All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
Planned books to read in March:
The Drift Latitudes by Jamal Mahjoub
Human Acts by Han Kang
The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades against Muslims and Other Minorities by Anouar Majid
Is it safe to say Good Morning and Happy New Thread? : ) Love the cute drawing up top. You do look quite svelte!
Happy new thread Darryl.
>1 kidzdoc: I was just thinking exactly what you wrote down when I saw the picture drawn for you by your patient.
Hani has an old work colleague, Michelle, who married a Nigerian chap she is estranged from. She has two lovely daughters of seven and eight years old respectively and both for some strange reason have a crush on yours truly. They both gave me drawings together and I was grinning like a Cheshire cat.
Happy new thread, Darryl, and welcome back!
Just fyi, only a tiny *x* is showing under your post #5, no graphic.
Happy new one, Darryl and happy weekend. I'm sorry to read that you had such a stressful time at work. I hope you can refill the charge over the weekend. Hoorey for your upcoming London trip.
Happy New Thread! Love your drawing from you patient. It sounds like it couldn't have come at a better time. Wise child.
Happy new thread! I'm looking forward to your comments on We Are All Moors. It looks like a potential book bullet. And news from my chilly northern part of the world. Keith Ellison is coming to our school for a couple of classes on Monday!!! I probably won't get to see him, but I'm supposed to get a new schedule on Monday and if I don't... I'll accidently on purpose go to the class he's supposed to be at. I'm assuming you know who he is... Our congressman for the Minneapolis area, and the first congressman to swear on the Koran instead of the Bible.
>12 Berly: Good morning, Kim! Yes, the paint is dry, although it still has that new thread smell, so it's safe to come in. I usually determine how many messages I need to prepare a new thread, reserve them first, and then fill them in, so as long as you give me a minute or two to reserve those messages you can feel free to post here. Of course there's no problem if you jump the gun before I've reserved them!
>13 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul, and I'm glad that your friend's daughters gave you similar drawings; I'm sure that you won't soon forget them! My partners and I all love to receive homemade gifts from our patients, and practically all of us display them proudly in our work stations, and save the older ones. I had only met Elise and her family on Thursday, but we quickly hit it off, so much so that she made that drawing on Thursday afternoon and presented it to me yesterday morning.
>14 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley! Thanks for letting me know about the missing image in >5 kidzdoc:. That's odd, as it is a photo I took of the 16th century bell tower of the Basílica de Sant Feliu in Girona, Spain when I went there in 2015. It's still in a Facebook photo album, so I don't know why it isn't showing up here. I have plenty of photos of Spain, though, so I substituted a photo of La Giralda, the bell tower of the Catedral de Sevilla that was originally a minaret built in the 12th century for the city's central mosque.
>15 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. Two days off isn't sufficient to fully recharge my batteries, especially since I normally don't sleep well when I'm on service, but I'll get as much rest as I can to prepare for this upcoming last work week of winter. Fortunately one of the Emory third year pediatric residents will work with me from Tuesday through Friday, and I'm not on long call all week, so it will almost certainly be a far better week than the past four have been. I'll be off from work for the last 12 days of March, and that's when I'll finally be able to fully recuperate.
>16 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. Elise is a preteen girl with a variety of chronic and usually unrelated medical conditions, which have significantly impaired her physically, though not intellectually. She was a bit of a trickster, though; she gave that drawing to me yesterday morning, then looked at me pleadingly while giving me a hug and asked "Can I go home today?" I teased her by saying that if she loved me then she would stay in the hospital and keep me company next week, but she put me in my place by saying "I don't love you that much!" I'll see her and her parents on Wednesday, though, as she has to come back to the hospital to get repeat labs and two radiologic studies.
>17 cammykitty: Thanks, Katie. I'm stuck about halfway through We Are All Moors, but I should finish it without much difficulty later this month.
Congratulations in advance on your future meeting with Keith Ellison! Yes, I'm well aware of him, and I learned more about him during his campaign to become the new head of the Democratic National Party. I look forward to hearing more about his visit to your school next week.
Oof...I'm falling asleep. I'll check back in later today.
>18 kidzdoc: - I see a photo there now, Darryl, so whatever you did, worked!
I also love your topper. I have kept several works of art from my students, over the years. There's something very pure and true about what comes from kids....:-)
Happy New Thread, Darryl. Love Elise's drawing!
Debbi sends her love and says to tell you she misses you.
Man, what a tough schedule you've had. I'm glad you get the last 12 days of March off. We're getting close!
Happy new thread Darryl. I'm glad you found some time to spend with LT and am sorry your work life is so demanding at present. I'm sure sweet gestures like the picture from Elise help though :)
Love Elise's drawing, you must have a stash of artwork from grateful patients Darryl.
Sorry work has squeezed out most of the pleasures of life at the moment, but I guess it is the payment for a couple of long breaks ahead.
Don't forget to budget in some downtime while you are in London, you don't want to miss something you booked and really want to see because you are exhausted! Having fun is tiring too. I look forward to catching up next month.
I took a four hour nap this afternoon, but I'm still woozy and groggy. I'll probably stay awake for another two or three hours, then go to sleep early, especially we in the US have to set our clocks forward by one hour at 2 am (grrr) and because I'll need to get up early to go grocery shopping and do my weekend chores, especially since I did very little cooking last weekend. And, yes, I'm still in my PJs, and I'm working on a glass of Spanish red wine (Navardia Rioja).
I think I'll continue to be rude and unsociable and wait to catch up on everyone else's threads until the Monday after next, when I finish this intense work stretch, and spend the time reading (or at least trying to).
>20 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. That drawing wouldn't be all that impressive from a typical preteen, but Elise unfortunately has poor vision, along with nystagmus, a condition in which her eyes constantly jiggle up and down (vertical nystagmus), side to side (horizontal nystagmus), or, in her case, round and round (rotatory nystagmus). Despite her numerous serious and chronic health problems she is doing quite well, all things considered, but she will never have a normal life or be able to live independently. I described her earlier as being intellectually normal, but that was definitely an overstatement.
Kids like Elise make my heart melt and weep, and I would do anything for them, especially if I can provide them with some joy and comfort, and use my limited but God given medical skills to make them better.
>21 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. I should be able to read Human Acts the week after next.
>22 drneutron: Thanks, Jim. I probably won't be truly in the land of reading until I finish my work stretch, although it's possible that I could finish The Speed of Light this coming week. I'm a quarter of the way through it now, and with 200 pages to go I seriously doubt that I'll finish it tomorrow.
Woo! It's nearly time for March Madness, also known as the NCAA men's and women's college basketball championships, in which millions of people in this country participate in work pools by filling out their brackets in the 68 team fields to win glory and $$$. As usual I'll participate in the pool run by the cardiologists at Children's, a $20 per person winner take all affair in which the pool champion will take home several thousand dollars (the winners usually, or at least reportedly, donate their winnings to their favorite charity). The fields will be announced tomorrow evening, and we'll all have two or three days to choose our teams and submit our brackets. (Apologies to non-Americans, as none of this probably makes any sense at all.)
Do any of you participate in March Madness pools at work? Would any of you be interested in an LT March Madness bracket in the future? I wouldn't mind setting one up, in theory, although I certainly couldn't do so this year.
For that matter, does anyone know if there are any LT March Madness pools that anyone could participate in?
>23 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I didn't hang up Elise's photo last night before I left the hospital, as I was in a rush to catch the last Children's shuttle bus to the Medical Center MARTA station, but I'll post it on Monday when I return to work.
Tell Debbi that I miss her, too! The same goes for you and Becca (and Sherlock!), of course.
This winter has been brutal; it's easily thw worst one of my 17 year career at Children's, especially since we were down two doctors from December until last weekend, when one of our new partners officially came on board. The other new partner comes on board at the end of the month, so we'll be in good shape for the rest of the year. I'm normally a 0.8 FTE (full time equivalent), and usually I work a 1.0 FTE from November through February. However, for this five week stretch I've been working a 1.25 FTE, or 125% of full time. I did work for a year or two as a 1.0 FTE a decade or more ago when we were shorthanded, but I cut back to 0.8 FTE, as that was too intense a schedule. Hardly anyone in my group works 100% of full time, as it is too draining, even for the youngest and newest members of the team, and I won't ever agree to work such an intense schedule again.
>24 Whisper1: I'm glad that you liked Miss Jane, Linda. It was chosen for the Wellcome Book Prize longlist, though; the Booker Prize longlist won't be announced until this summer.
>25 scaifea: Thanks, Amber!
>31 kidzdoc: - For 26 years, I taught kids who were in medical situations not unlike your Elise, with varying degrees of medical and intellectual compromise. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like you want to do anything to make their lives better and happier.
Incidentally, I saw a piece on the news this evening about a new device/app being developed by doctors in British Columbia that would help diagnose and treat (I think that was it) kids with pneumonia, remotely, in far away and under-developed countries. Of course I can't remember the details and I immediately went to the network's website to see if it was available online so I could link to it but so far, it isn't. I will keep my eyes open for the link as I think you would find it interesting, since I know you deal with respiratory issues in kids and I just thought this was pretty remarkable.
>26 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba. I'm glad to be back, if only for a day, and once this work stretch ends I'll participate in the group on a more regular basis.
You're right; that drawing meant a lot to me, especially coming from a girl that I had only met the day before. I wouldn't have forgotten Elise anyway, but the drawing means that she'll be part of me for a very long time.
>27 The_Hibernator: Thanks, Rachel!
>28 Caroline_McElwee: You're absolutely right, Caroline; I do have a stash of drawings and photos of kids that are on display at my work station. I also keep a photo of an adorable but very sick baby on my refrigerator, who unfortunately died several months after her mother sent that photo to me. These items, even that sad photo, inspire me and lift my spirits when I'm particularly tired, troubled or frustrated at work.
I had originally planned to travel to London in late March, as I'm off the last 12 days of the month, but I knew that I would be too tired to do much then. I'll rest at home those days, and although I'll work for the first seven days of April I'll be off the following three days before I leave on the evening of the 11th. So, I should be well rested by the time I arrive there.
Do let me know if there are any plays that you're interested in seeing. I've agreed to see a play with Rachael on the 18th in Cambridge, and I'll have to find out if she, her husband Rupert, and Fliss plan to participate in the March for Science in London on the 22nd. Other than that, and a possible trip to Oxford during Easter weekend to visit Julie, my schedule is wide open at the moment.
>29 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!
>30 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. No one at work is begrudging me for my upcoming vacations this year, as I've probably worked more days in the hospital over the past four months than anyone else on the medical staff.
>34 jessibud2: Right, Shelley. As I'm sure you can imagine, we take care of a large number of chronically ill kids, many of whom won't survive to adulthood or live normal lives, so our hearts go out to them, especially if they are intellectually normal or not severely mentally retarded.
Oh...that reminds me. I haven't seen one of my favorite chronically ill patients in the hospital in a very long time, who requires frequent hospitalizations, which makes me think one of several things: I haven't been around when she's been admitted to the hospital (which is unlikely since I've been there almost constantly since December), she is doing extremely well and hasn't needed to be admitted (possibly, or at least hopefully, but doubtful given the severity of respiratory illnesses this winter), she has had to go elsewhere for a double lung transplant (very possible), she has transitioned to adult care (she's in her late teens, so that's definitely possible) or she has died (which is also possible). Off to check...the actual answer, as usual, is none of the above, although the first answer was closest to the truth. She was admitted to the hospital late last month, in our sister hospital where I don't work. She is approaching 21, but she is very sick, and now has a DNR (do not resuscitate) status. Reading through the notes I'm not optimistic that she'll live much beyond her 21st birthday, but even though Children's doesn't routinely provide care for
I would be interested in hearing more about that diagnostic app. TYIA for looking for it.
So you start a new thread because you need a fresh start rather than answering a bunch of posts and a bunch of people post to your new thread. LOL!
D--I like the image of PJs and wine. Sounds to me, working at 1.25 FTE, that you have earned both! Enjoy your Sunday.
>33 kidzdoc: Working more than 100% over a long period isn't healthy Mr. Doctor. Take care of yourself, please. I think it wasn't a good winter for the kids. Here, I haven't seen my whole class sitting in the class room since mid November. Once they had recovered they got the next bugs very quickly.
Happy Sunday, everyone! I've done my grocery shopping for the week, finished breakfast, and after I read the Sunday New York Times I'll get started on cooking. I'll try one new recipe, Vegetarian Chili With Winter Vegetables, which was included in a collection of NYT recipes titled Vegetarian Comfort Food that I saw earlier this month.
St Patrick's Day is coming up next week, and since Publix had a good looking leg of lamb I'll make Caroline's fabulous Irish lamb stew in the slow cooker.
I was too groggy to read anything yesterday, so I won't finish The Speed of Light this weekend. I'm much more alert today, but I have plenty of chores to do, so I won't get much reading done. I think I'll adjust my weekend routine once I go back to a regular work schedule in May, and try to do chores and cook on Saturday, when I'm too brain dead to read, and spend Sundays reading and relaxing, especially now that spring is nearly here. Today is a gloomy, excessively cool and rainy (but fortunately not snowy) day, so this isn't a day to spend outdoors anyway.
New rule: Daylight Savings Time should start on Friday afternoon of the second week of March, so that everyone can leave work one hour early, and it should end on the first Sunday afternoon in November, so that we can all enjoy one extra hour of that day.
>37 Morphidae: I knew that would happen, Morphy. However, I was not in the mood to emotionally revisit the topics of racism and trumpism yesterday. Fortunately the last two weeks have been free of racist parents.
>38 Berly: Thanks, Kim. I should have an enjoy, albeit busy, Sunday.
>39 Ameise1: I agree, Barbara. It would be one thing if my work days were 8-10 hours long, but it's been a rare day that has been less than 10 hours in length, including time spent finishing progress notes at home and administrative duties (I'm the section chief of the Department of Pediatrics at my hospital, and I'm now on three hospital committees), and most days are 12-14 hours long. Although we are all well compensated for what we do there is no such thing as overtime, and our work days are done when our work is done.
I know that there are plenty of people in the work force, including at least one member of this group, who put in long hours at work, and I had far longer days when I was an undergraduate student at Rutgers, as I worked full time from 6 am to 3 pm, took two or three classes at night four to five days per week, and didn't arrive home until 9-10 pm on school nights. That wasn't too difficult to do when I was in my twenties, but now that I'm in my mid fifties it takes a toll on me. Fortunately I only have one more week to go (although I'll work all seven days next week), and after there is smooth sailing and clear skies ahead.
>41 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. I proposed that rule yesterday to one of my partners, who wholeheartedly endorsed it, as did the associates at Publix who rang up and bagged my groceries. The supermarket, which opens at 7 am, was almost completely dead, as I think there was only one other customer there. I like going to Publix early on Sundays, as it starts to get busy after 9 am, and by 12-1 pm, when church services end, the place is a madhouse.
Happy New Thread, Darryl! Happy Sunday! I miss seeing you around, but it looks like you have been busy with work.
Did you read The Sympathizer? I think I am starting that one next. I have had my copy for nearly a year and I have heard nothing but good things. His new story collection has been getting great buzz too.
>42 kidzdoc: I normally get a bit grumpy and insecure when my posts don't get replied to, Darryl, but in the instance of your last thread when clearly things were a little too "heavy", I think you did the right thing to start a clean slate. I for one applaud you for moving on and I know Morphy was being supportive as well as tongue in cheek.
Good to see you back!
We are waiting for a major snow storm happening tomorrow- just when i thought that winter was over!
I am just finishing The Sympathizer it is a very powerful book.
>44 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Yes, work has been crazy busy, but this coming week marks the end of "March madness" at Children's, for me at least. I'll return to my usual activity level here after I finish my last shift next Sunday.
I haven't read and don't yet own The Sympathizer, although it's certainly on my radar screen. With any luck it will be chosen for this year's Booker Prize longlist, which will mean that I'll definitely read it this summer or autumn.
>45 PaulCranswick: Thanks for your understanding, Paul. I decided to skip those well meaning and greatly appreciated but far too heavy messages last weekend, as I wasn't in the mood to respond to them then and felt the same way yesterday. Yes, I definitely recognized and enjoyed the good humor in Morphy's comment!
>46 torontoc: Thanks, Cyrel. Fortunately it was just warm enough in Atlanta last night and this morning for us to avoid any wintry weather, although the mountains in North Georgia apparently had at least some snow.
I'm glad that you are enjoying The Sympathizer as well. Hopefully I'll get to it later this year.
Good morning Darryl. Thought I would amble in and wish you a happy new thread, congratulate you on getting through a long stretch at work, and drop off A Giant Flag!
The Loons are welcoming Atlanta United to town with 23 degree weather and a forecast of several inches of snow. I will personally be in attendance to scream myself hoarse at the expected dives and general unsportsmanlike play of our fellow expansion team.
The game is on ESPN2 if you are so inclined. I expect we will be utterly indistinguishable in our parkas but we will have our Loon hats and scarves on even if our jerseys are covered by our jackets. Hope you get a chance to watch some of the fun.
>48 Oberon: Sounds (brr!) good, Erik. "Loons" sounds like a proper nickname for a team that plays its home matches in such conditions!
>50 Caroline_McElwee: I bought a butternut squash at Publix today, as it's my favorite winter squash (although spaghetti squash is also delightful). I have to finish preparing simmered pinto beans, so I won't be able to get started on the chili until 2-3 pm.
ETA: Claire will likely try several of these vegetarian comfort foods as well, after I posted a link to it on my Facebook timeline last weekend. I suspect that we'll compare notes on what we've made when I see her next month.
>52 lit_chick: Thanks, Nancy. I loved it so much that I cropped the drawing and used it as my new Facebook profile photo.
I'm glad to see you around here Darryl, if only that it means you have a small amount of downtime and energy in which to spend some time here. I'm glad that your winter of hell is nearly its end, and hopefully the rejuvenating spring weather can have the desired effect on you and your workload (which nearly came out as wokload - a very different thing!)
Sorry to read about one of your favourite patients and her situation. I hope that she can remain comfortable and pain free as she continues onwards. And it must be strange for you to know this is happening but that you are not her doctor currently.
The Vegetarian Chili with Winter Vegetables is ready!
Here's the recipe:
*1 recipe Simmered Pintos*
*2 tablespoons grapeseed, sunflower or canola oil
*1 onion, finely chopped
*1 large or 2 medium carrots, cut in small dice
*1 red pepper, diced (optional)
*2 large garlic cloves, minced
*3 tablespoons mild ground chili (or use hot, or use more)
*1 tablespoon lightly toasted cumin seeds, ground
*1 28-ounce can chopped tomatoes
*1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican oregano
*2 tablespoons tomato paste dissolved in 1 cup water
*2 cups diced winter squash (about 3/4 pound)
*Salt to taste
*1/2 cup chopped cilantro
*Grated cheddar or Monterey Jack, or crumbled queso fresco for garnish (optional)
1. Heat the beans on top of the stove in a large soup pot or Dutch oven.
2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a heavy nonstick skillet and add the onion, carrot and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender and beginning to color, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic, stir together until fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute, and add the ground chili and cumin. Cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mixture begins to stick to the pan. Add the tomatoes and oregano, and salt to taste. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes have cooked down and the mixture is beginning to stick to the pan, about 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste dissolved in water and bring back to a simmer. Season with salt to taste and simmer, stirring often, for 10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and fragrant.
3. Stir the tomato mixture into the beans. Add the winter squash and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring often, for 30 to 45 minutes. It is important to stir often so that the chili doesn’t settle and stick to the bottom of the pot. It should be thick; if you desire you can thin out with water. Taste and adjust salt.
4. Shortly before serving stir in the cilantro and simmer for 5 minutes. Spoon into bowls. If you wish, top with grated cheddar, Monterey jack, or crumbled queso fresco.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
Advance preparation: The simmered beans can be made 3 or 4 days ahead and the chili will keep for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator. You will probably want to thin it out with water is it will continue to thicken. It freezes well.
*Recipe for simmered pintos:
*1 pound (about 2 1/4 cups) pinto beans, washed and picked over for stones, soaked for at least 4 hours or overnight in 2 quarts water
*1 medium onion, cut in half
*2 to 4 large garlic cloves (to taste), minced
*1 bay leaf
*Salt to taste (I think beans need a lot, at least 1 teaspoon per quart of water used)
1. Place beans and soaking water in a large, heavy pot. Add halved onion and bring to a gentle boil. Skim off any foam that rises, then add garlic and bay leaf, reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
2. Add salt and continue to simmer another 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until beans are quite soft and broth is thick and fragrant. Taste and adjust salt. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove and discard onion and bay leaf. For the best flavor refrigerate overnight.
I didn't have dry pinto beans in my cabinet, so I bought a pound this morning, and let them soak for 4 hours. I let them simmer for 1-1/2 hours, while I ate lunch and prepared the other ingredients for the chili. I used the bottom half of a butternut squash, which provided a little over two cups, along with sunflower oil and plain oregano, as I don't have Mexican oregano and didn't see any at Publix this morning. I drained and reserved the liquid from the simmered pinto beans, and used some of it instead of tap water to add to the chili. It tastes very good, and although it was a time consuming recipe I did get six servings out of it, so it was worth it. I'll probably have it with sliced avocado and possibly grated sharp cheddar cheese.
I won't have time to make Irish lamb stew today, but I'll do so during the week, probably on Tuesday or Wednesday. I also bought ingredients to make crawfish étouffée, although I need to pick up some white wine, so I'll also make that during the week or early next week, and a new Facebook friend, who is friends with Paul Harris from Club Read, just posted a recipe for cauliflower "potato" salad, and since I have a head of cauliflower in my refrigerator that I bought two weeks ago I'll almost certainly make that during the week as well.
Happy new thread. Have a good week...even though it is an hour short thanks to DST.
Happy new thread, Darryl, and enjoy your chili! Love the artwork in your opener.
>9 kidzdoc: I love your people of colour/social justice list. I read a great academic article last week called ...(let me just go get it)...uh oh. I left it at uni. But it was something about how and why the middle class, even more so than the upper classes, are disgusted by the working classes. It spoke of "chavs", like Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class by Owen Jones from your list. Long story short, I want to read this one now.
ETA: the paper was Disgusted subjects: the making of middle-class identities by Stephanie Lawler (2005)
I accidentally un-starred your thread! But I have found you again and will catch up now!
Thanks for visiting my hobbit hole - been missing from the threads too long, work craziness is slowing down - will go peruse Yours & others earlier threads soon in search of the odd book bullet ....
Hi Darryl, I noticed that on your list in >9 kidzdoc:, you have We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. On my thread, I linked to a terrific interview I heard with her last week on the radio. I haven't as yet read anything by her but now I really want to. The interview was excellent and it isn't that long. Just fyi.
Here is the link: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-march-8-2017-1.4013776/how-to...
I just printed the brackets and will study them a bit later.
I also copied the vegi chili recipe. Sounds yummy!
Morning, Darryl. That veggie chili looks really good. I'll pass on the recipe to Chef Debbi.
>49 kidzdoc: Sadly I am back to confess that we are a bad soccer team. Tough to see the Empire pound the Rebel Alliance but that is definitely what happened. That said, the atmosphere of the game was crazy - would love to welcome you to Minnesota for another fantastic snowstorm and soccer!
PS - Your team is particularly egregious in its diving. I think all those South Americans picked up some bad habits to go along with all their scoring talent.
Happy new thread, Darryl! It's good to see that you've had enough of a break to come back to LT, and to do some cooking. I haven't had a chance to look at the recipes closely, but will try and do so soon. I need to start cooking properly again instead of just heating up veggie burgers, etc.
I thought of you and other GDers on Saturday when I went to hear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speak. She was pretty amazing, despite confessing to severe jetlag and not having slept for 48 hours. I think my favourite quote (which I believe she took from her newest book) was "The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-loaded into the vagina!" in the context of expectations for girls and boys. Today I managed to pick up copies of Half of a yellow sun and Americanah so will try to read them soon.
Like Caroline I'm very much looking forward to seeing you next month. I'll let you know the specific dates and times when I'll be free to meet up and hopefully we can enjoy some good food and book chat together.
>65 Sakerfalcon: - Hi. I don't know if you noticed, in my post to Darryl earlier (>61 jessibud2:), I included a link to a recent interview I heard with this author. I would LOVE to hear her speak in person! Lucky you!
Hi Daryl! Hope you are managing to read a little here and there in your hectic schedule.
>65 Sakerfalcon: Claire, I love Chamamanda Ngozie Adichie's work and place Half of a Yellow Sun close to the top of the novels I have read written in this century. On top of that she is also a vivacious and very attractive woman.
I am not quite so sure about her quotation though which, given present context, I married together with Darryl's vegetarian chili and found the method of presentation it suggested well....odd! I do of course know what she means and our worthy Doc is a case in point.
>32 kidzdoc: I would be happy to set up a pool on something like Yahoo or CBS sports for LT folks. Signups generally close right before the first tipoff on Thurs morning, I will try to get that setup and publicized tomorrow morning.
Happy new thread, Darryl. I love the topper. Elise caught the most important thing - how you feel about each other - with those smiles! The mood of your new thread seems a lot lighter now that a break and a trip are in the offing.
Happy new thread and happy Saturday, Darryl!
Good luck on your work pool... I am competing against one of my brothers (we used to do the whole family, but now it's just us) for fame and glory. He's competing in his work pool, and I just fill out a bracket for fun. No $$ is typically exchanged, just the fun of being able to tell a sibling, "I beat you! Ha!"
Responding a little belatedly to your post on March Madness, Darryl. I'm a huge fan but don't even try to do the brackets--I just don't know enough about enough teams outside the Big 12. I watched at least some of all but one of the 32 games on Thursday and Friday, and so far have seen the two this morning. Of course, being a Jayhawk, I have a big stake in the results.
Woo!!! I'm insanely happy today, nearly as much as Ren and Stimpy, for several reasons. I finished my five week work schedule yesterday, and will be off from work for the rest of the month; my intense and, this year, insane, winter work stretch is over; and today is the first day of spring, which will hopefully concur with a decrease in our inpatient census (although that has yet to happen). I crashed hard after I ate dinner and slept for nearly 10 hours, but I'm still struggling to keep my eyes open. Hopefully the mug of strong coffee I'm working on will kick in soon, as I plan to go to Publix after rush hour traffic dies down and buy Guinness beer and dry white wine, which I need to make Irish lamb stew and crawfish étouffée, respectively.
I'll stay in Atlanta for the next 12 days, work the first seven days in April, and I won't have to work again for the rest of that month. It's been nearly two months since I finished reading a book, so I have a lot of catching up to do if I hope to reach 75 books this year, and hitting the century mark seems like an impossibility. I'll certainly finish The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas and We Are All Moors by Anouar Majid this week, and I'll get started on the Wellcome Book Prize longlist after that.
On that note, the shortlist for the Wellcome Book Prize was announced last week:
How to Survive a Plague by David France
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal (alternative title: The Heart: A Novel)
The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
The Gene by Siddhartha Mukherjee
I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
I've already read When Breath Becomes Air and Mend the Living, so I'll start reading The Tidal Zone this week, which I bought last year, and buy the other three shortlisted books soon. Hopefully I'll finish all six books by the time the winning book is announced on April 24.
The longlist for this year's Man Booker International Prize was also announced last week (the following list includes the author, country of origin, and the novel's translator(s)):
Mathias Énard (France), Charlotte Mandell, Compass
Wioletta Greg (Poland), Eliza Marciniak, Swallowing Mercury
David Grossman (Israel), Jessica Cohen, A Horse Walks Into a Bar
Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), David McKay, War and Turpentine
Roy Jacobsen (Norway), Don Bartlett, Don Shaw, The Unseen
Ismail Kadare (Albania), John Hodgson, The Traitor's Niche
Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Phil Roughton, Fish Have No Feet
Yan Lianke (China), Carlos Rojas, The Explosion Chronicles
Alain Mabanckou (France), Helen Stevenson, Black Moses
Clemens Meyer (Germany), Katy Derbyshire, Bricks and Mortar
Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Misha Hoekstra, Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Amos Oz (Israel), Nicholas de Lange, Judas
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Megan McDowell, Fever Dream
I'm glad that Judas, the only book from the longlist I've read, was chosen, as I loved it. I don't own any of the other books, but I intend to read all of these novels, as last year's MBIP longlist was superb, and far superior to the mediocre 2016 Booker Prize longlist. I'd like to get War and Turpentine ASAP, as it fits the Reading Globally first quarter theme of works from Benelux authors.
Great to see you back buddy. I can see that the Man Booker International Prize is fast becoming a favourite of yours. I haven't read any of those or seen any of them in the shops here.
>56 tangledthread: Thanks, tangledthread. Last week was the easiest of the five weeks I worked, as I wasn't on long call and had a highly functional third year pediatric resident working alongside me. I was on short call (7-11 am) on Sunday, but I didn't get any admissions (although I did an informal "dermatology" consultation for one of the ER doctors yesterday morning) and my partner who was on long call didn't give me any admissions after then. The weekend was moderately and unnecessarily painful, thanks to a consultant I generally like who tormented several of us with unreasonable, unnecessary and inflexible demands and requests. A consultant from another specialty who I have admired for years sent me a highly critical text message about the troublemaker that all but incinerated my mobile phone.
>57 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. The vegetarian chili turned out very well, and I'll certainly make it again in the near future.
I saw Elise on Wednesday, as her parents drove from east Alabama back to Atlanta so that she could have labs drawn, two radiographic studies performed, and see two of her consultants. I met them in the outpatient lab, as her mother asked me to order a test that the endocrinologist wanted her to have, and she presented me with another drawing:
I couldn't stay long, as I was rounding on my inpatients, so I wasn't able to fulfill her requests to hold her hand while she was getting a venipuncture for labs, or go to her hotel's pool to watch her swim (I told her that I am a world champion drowner, so I couldn't join her in the water). We'll certainly keep in touch, and this year I'll remember to send Elise, Morgan (the very sassy girl I met last year who instructed her "rabid" stuffed animals to attack me last spring so that she could take my plane ticket and travel to Europe in my place) and Brianah (my original favorite patient from several years ago) postcards and gifts when I travel to Europe.
I saw another sassy girl last week, a very witty 5 year old with attitude who gave me all that I could handle. One day as I left her room after I tried to catch the "hairless gerbils" moving under the covers in her bed (which she emphatically told me were her feet) I asked if I could see her the next day. She shook her head no, which prompted the following exchange:
Me: What about the other doctors? Can they see you tomorrow?
Her mother and I laughed our heads off as I left. The next day she told me that she wanted to be a doctor, and when I asked her if she could be my doctor when she grew up she replied "Pfft!" This was all in good fun, and she gave me a big hug when I said goodbye to her on Friday.
Such sassy, delightful patients must go a long way in counterbalancing the hefty workloads, and the occasional sh*tty parents Darryl.
Glad you have some downtime ahead.
Just discovered a nice little Thai cafe near Victoria Station, a bit small maybe, but the food was very flavoursome. Something for the list.
>58 Morphidae: I absolutely knew you were kidding, Morphy, and your comment brought a much needed smile to my face when I read it.
I hope that you're doing better today.
>59 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks for mentioning that article, Megan. I just found a free version of it online, and I'll read it later this week.
I purchased Chavs as a Verso e-book, which I bought for $1 US during its sale last December. IIRC the regular price isn't much more than that, probably $3-4. Checking...not quite. The e-book is currently priced at $9.99 US.
>60 roundballnz: Good to see you here, Alex. There won't be any book bullets from this hole for at least several days, but hopefully I can get some books read and some reviews written later this week.
Hmm. It's nearly 11 am, and I should get dressed and go to Publix before the lunch crowd makes its way there, so that I can get started on the Irish lamb stew. I'll check back in later today.
I'm back from Publix, and I finished a large steak burrito from Moe's Southwest Grill, an increasingly popular Tex-Mex chain that originated in Atlanta in 2000 and now has over 600 restaurants in 38 states and in Turkey and Russia. Moe's Mondays are the best times to go, as they sell burritos (from small to large), chips and a drink for $5.99. I'm starting to get sleepy again, and I'll continue to catch up here until I decide whether it would be better to take a nap, or get started on the Irish lamb stew. The leg of lamb I bought last week (which I put into my freezer until I put it back in my refrigerator yesterday morning) weighs 6¼ lb, so I probably won't be able to use all of it in the stew. I'll probably also make harira, the Mediterranean lamb, chickpea and spinach soup recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi that I first tried last year, so that I don't waste any of it.
>61 jessibud2: Thanks for the link to that interview, Shelley; I'll listen to it later this week.
>62 Carmenere: This is a typical year for my March Madness bracket in the cardiology mega pool. I'm currently in a 25 way tie for 286th place in a group of 370 entries. I chose Villanova to repeat as national champions, since they have been a top five team all year, Nova's point guard from last year's team went to my high school, and because they are a Philadelphia area team. Naturally, the *&%^! Wisconsin Badgers beat Villanova, the tournament's overall #1 seed, on Saturday, which means that my already floundering bracket took a fatal hit after that upset. There's a greater probability that donald trump will nominate Barack Obama to the Supreme Court than I will come out on top and win the pool. Sigh...there's always next year (and the year after that, and the year after that, and...).
>63 jnwelch: Hi, Joe! That vegetarian chili recipe is a good one. I'll be curious to see how you, Debbi and Becca like it.
>64 Oberon: I'm sorry to hear about your venture to the frozen tundra to see Minnesota United FC get trounced by Atlanta United FC, Erik. I saw the highlights of the match on AUFC's Facebook page and the photos on your thread; I'm certain that I've never seen a football match played in such conditions! Atlanta United continued their great play with a 4-0 win over Chicago on Saturday. Several of my friends at work want to go to a match soon, and I was hoping to see them play this weekend, but they're off. The next home match isn't until April 30, when they play D.C. United at home, and I'll start looking into getting tickets for the group in the next day or two. I'll also have to find out when they play Minnesota United at home; it would be even greater if that match took place in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is scheduled to open in late July.
>65 Sakerfalcon: Thanks, Claire! I have continued to cook on a regular basis, although I haven't posted any new recipes here for the past month or two, other than the vegetarian chili I made the weekend before last. I've also been getting some great recipe ideas from Gina, Paul Harris's friend who I've recently become friends with on Facebook. I'll definitely try her cauliflower "potato" salad later this week, as I have a head of cauliflower in my refrigerator and bought the remaining ingredients I need for this recipe today.
Although cooking on weekends during work weeks is a pleasant task, it's also a necessary one if I'm to avoid eating bad food from the hospital cafeteria, and unhealthy takeaway or expensive prepared foods for supper.
That comment about cooking by Adichie is an interesting one, to say the least! My quote about cooking, which I think I can claim as my own, is "The only people who don't need to know how to cook are those who don't need to eat." In other words, all adults, regardless of their gender, should know how to prepare at least subsistence meals on their own, and preferably be able to cook edible full course meals. That's certainly the way my brother and I were raised, and since my father has cooked on a regular basis since he was a teenager I never thought that cooking was a "woman's responsibility". Having said that, I'm probably more surprised to hear a woman say that she can't cook than a man, but I'm also disappointed at my male friends who are completely inept in the kitchen, such as my residency classmate who failed miserably when he tried to prepare a frozen chicken dinner in the microwave the weekend before last (he also nearly burned his house down several years ago when he attempted to microwave macaroni and cheese without adding water to it and not paying attention to it). Several of my female partners and physician and nurse friends, even those with families, are far less comfortable and (in their words) competent than I am, and they describe me and Damon, one of my newer partners who also cooks and posts recipes regularly on Facebook, as gourmet chefs, which we both strongly disagree with (Caroline (cameling) is a true gourmet chef, and I'm a minor leaguer compared to her, and although I haven't tried her cooking I know that Bianca is far more accomplished than I am.). I still insist that anyone who can perform a high school chemistry experiment successfully can follow a basic or moderately complex food recipe.
I'm glad that you, Bianca & I will see The Plague at the Arcola Theatre on the 15th. I just booked our tickets, and posted a message on the Facebook Messenger meet up thread to see if anyone else is interested and can make it to that afternoon performance.
I think I'll take a nap now, then get started on the Irish lamb stew late this afternoon or early evening, and let it cook in my slow cooker overnight.
Happy to see you have time for LT, Darryl, long winter working time is over :-)
>74 kidzdoc: I might try to read a few of those.
Congratulations on getting to a peaceful stretch, Darryl! What a schedule you've had. I love the Elise and sassy girl stories. It must help balance out the aggravations and tough situations.
Kudos to you for reading the MBIP. I'd only heard of Judas from you; the rest are not ones I know anything about. I'll be following your reading journey with interest.
Oof. I was way too tired to do anything after a 3 hour nap this afternoon and evening, and I can't concentrate on cooking or reading anything substantial, so I'll catch up here, call it a night soon, and try again tomorrow.
>66 jessibud2: Thanks for reposting that link for Claire, Shelley!
>67 thornton37814: Hi, Lori! No, I have not finished any books since late January, as all I could do on week days in the past five weeks was finish my work after dinner before I fell asleep, and the past five weekends were spent working, or catching up on sleep on Saturdays and preparing for work on Sundays.
>68 PaulCranswick: Ha! Jim, our fearless leader, is another example of a guy who can handle himself in the kitchen. Obviously I enjoy cooking and talking about it, but I don't want to give myself too much credit, as all I do is follow recipes that appeal to me with moderate success.
>69 pbirch01: Rats...I'm sorry that I saw your post about setting up a March Madness LT pool so late. Maybe we can shoot for next year, provided that I/we think about it in advance of Selection Sunday.
>70 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. Elise is a very (but understandably) anxious girl, and I think I won her heart by listening to her concerns, and treating and talking to her like an adult, even though she is a preteen with the intellectual capacity of someone half or 2/3 of her age. I know that her parents and grandmother appreciated my care towards her, and I'm sure we'll stay in contact in the future.
My mood was pretty dark for most of the year, due to a combination of the highly disturbing political situation in the US and exhaustion from the worst winter of the 17 years I've worked at Children's. The latter is fortunately behind me, although the former remains a very distressing concern.
>71 bell7: Hi, Mary! How does your bracket look in comparison to your brother's after the first two rounds of the tournament?
>72 ronincats: I haven't had time to watch a minute of any of the tournament games so far, Roni. I thought I would have time to do so this past weekend, but I was busy at work from 7 am to 5 pm both days and was too tired to watch anything after I returned home. I did see that KU madeit to the Sweet 16, and hopefully they can advance to the Final Four.
>75 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. Yes, last year's Man Booker International Prize longlist was a great one, although I didn't read all 13 longlisted books, and I have high hopes for this year's offerings as well, even though I haven't looked at the books in detail. War and Turpentine is available in the US, so I'll download the Kindle version of it and start reading it after I finish The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas, which I'm enjoying so far. My eyes are starting to droop again, so I doubt that I'll do any reading tonight (it's just past 9 pm here).
>77 Caroline_McElwee: Right, Caroline. Patients like Elise and Stefani and their parents make my job very pleasurable despite the stresses and unnecessary drama.
I love Thai food, so I would be very interested in trying that café near Victoria next month. I'll stay at one of the Millennium hotels adjacent to the Gloucester Road tube station, so I can get to Victoria very easily. I read or was told about an Israeli restaurant in central London that I'm very interested in trying, so I'll look for the name of it and see if you or anyone else wants to join me there. One of my dearest work partners, who is Lebanese, is going to find out the name of a Moroccan or Algerian restaurant on Edgware Road that she is fond of, and I'll plan to go there as well.
>79 RebaRelishesReading: I was touched by When Breath Becomes Air, especially the concluding segment by Paul's wife, Reba, so I'm glad that you saw her speak and enjoyed the book as much as I did.
>82 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! I'm glad to be off from work for a 12 day stretch, and I'm eagerly looking forward to my trip to London next month, and my vacation in Europe in June. I'll start making plans for June shortly, and I'm still thinking of starting my trip in Amsterdam at the beginning of the month, especially since the Holland Festival is taking place then, and traveling from there to Bilbao after a week in the Netherlands. I need to touch base with deebee1, one of the first LTers I connected with in 2008, to see if she'll be in Lisbon in June. If so I'll definitely travel to Portugal, probably in the latter half of the month.
BTW, when are you and Frank traveling to London?
>83 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I've never had a winter, or any work stretch, that is worse than the one I just finished, so I'm glad that it's behind me. My schedule will be massively better from now through November, so I'll resume my regular presence here and regain my lost reading mojo.
I'll start looking at the MBIP longlist in greater detail this week. I'm glad that I was able to find Judas at the London Review Bookshop when we were there last September. It wasn't available at Joseph's Bookstore when we all met up, as its release date was the following week.
Mmmm, Moe's burritos are great! Unfortunately, none here... I got to know 'me when the son was going to Clemson.
>78 kidzdoc: ooh, I hope you do read the article, Darryl. I found it very interesting. In fact, I read it quite a few months after it was prescribed reading for the course I was doing and have kept it to read again. If you have trouble finding it, PM me and I'll send you an electronic copy.
The next day she told me that she wanted to be a doctor, and when I asked her if she could be my doctor when she grew up she replied "Pfft!"
There's nothing like a 5-year old pffft to deflate a person. Looks like you have some work to do to get in her good books!!
>86 kidzdoc: I love Thai food too, a beef salad done well is my dream dish. But I can't go past a fresh and flavoursome Phad Thai either :)
Looks like the sun may come out here in Berlin. It has been windy and rainy in this city, but my hotel has been fantastic. I am staying at the Victor's Residenze Inn on Friedrichshain Strasse and it, and the staff here have been wonderful. The hotel was part of the package with the plane ticket so I chose it at random, and boy is it a bargain. The apartment in Lubeck was amazing, so I have really lucked out with my accommodations.
I arrived in Germany with a cold and two days into my stay I completely lost my voice. My German friend, who is retired and was serving as tour guide and traveling companion fell while crossing a street and injured his leg. He has been unable to walk very well, so I have been navigating the city pretty much on my own. Most Germans working in tourist areas speak good English, but if they can't hear you it is hard for them to interpret what it is that you need.
I am learning to navigate the bus system and that is an adventure for somebody from the wide open spaces of Kansas. I have also learned that Rick Steves is usually spot on with his recommendations. He said that the Gendarmenmarkt was a hidden gem and he was correct.
My only complaint is that this city needs more art and less monuments. By that I mean that it needs more art just because it is artful, fun, and unconnected and therefore unencumbered with symbolism and deep meaning. Berlin needs a Chicago bean!
COngrats on finishing up your long weary work stretch, Darryl! Good to see you back here again, friend.
>66 jessibud2: Thank you for sharing that! The talk I heard was very much on the same themes; she was promoting her new book Dear Ijeawele.
>68 PaulCranswick: Even jetlagged she was inspiring and impassioned. I've just begun reading Americanah and am very impressed so far.
>81 kidzdoc: Adicihie said herself "Why do we not teach boys to feed themselves?" Put that way it's hard to come up with a good answer.
I too am very excited about The plague! I don't really know Dalston/Shoreditch at all so it will be an adventure to explore a new area.
>77 Caroline_McElwee:, >86 kidzdoc: I'd be interested in the Thai café too. I know a good Thai restaurant near Victoria but I don't think it can be the same place.
>87 kidzdoc: We will be in London from 19-22 May.
I have looked at the program of the Holland Festival, but the few I might like are taking place after June 11th and we leave for Kassel on June 12th.
Good morning, everyone! I'm much more rested and out of the mental fog that enveloped me yesterday. I'll catch up on the threads, then start cooking.
>88 drneutron: Out of curiosity, and in disbelief that Moe's Southwest Grill has restaurants in 38 states (nonetheless Turkey and Russia!), I used Moe's website to search for locations around a few major cities. There are five Moe's in suburban Baltimore, and at least that many outside of Philadelphia, NYC, Chicago and Dallas. The first restaurant opened in Atlanta in 2000 (I'm curious to find out if the one near my former apartment building is the original one), so there are plenty of them Intown. My parents loved going to Chipotle before the food contamination problems scared them off, so hopefully a Moe's will open close to their home in the near future.
>89 Ireadthereforeiam: Thanks, Megan. I have a PDF copy of that article on my desktop, in full text, so I'm good.
There's nothing like a 5-year old pffft to deflate a person.
Right! Four and five year old kids are generally my favorite patients, as they are old enough to not be scared of doctors and others who gain their trust, and they are often funny and irreverent, and can be very sassy without being spoiled brats. On Saturday I sent home a 5 yo boy on the same unit as Sassy Stefani, who had his parents and I laughing and shaking our heads. I can't remember how we got on the topic, but he told us that hen's eggs were released from chickens' butts, and he gave us a demonstration by standing on his bed, doing a chicken dance, and intermittently passing "eggs" while making farting sounds. His parents were simultaneously amused and horrified, and I put my hand to my face in disbelief and shook my head. The nurse who had him that day had Stefani on Friday, and we both agreed that those two were soul mates.
I liked both of them far better than the privileged 18 year old brat I picked up on Saturday, who spoke down to me as if I was her negro servant when I first entered the room. I gave her my best "don't f*** with me, little girl" look, and she quickly backed down (the father, a very nice and reasonable highly educated professional, had smartly divorced the brat's equally pampered mother, who I had the pleasure to meet a few minutes later). I spoke firmly and coldly to the mother, who was also pushy and condescending at first, and congenially to the father, while ignoring the teenager altogether, which I normally would never do. The girl got the hint, as she answered "Yes, sir" and "No, sir", in a polite, Southern fashion whenever I asked her questions, although she was pouty and offended that I had dressed her down and treated her with the same disrespect that she showed me. Fortunately I was able to send the brat home that day, without having to make a return visit to the room.
I can't go past a fresh and flavoursome Phad Thai
Exactly! Normally I have a hard time selecting an entrée whenever I go to a good restaurant, as there are many foods I like and there are usually multiple dishes that are appealing. However, when I go to a Thai restaurant my brain shuts off once I see Pad Thai, and I can't contemplate having anything else.
Ooh. It's been a long time since I've had Pad Thai. I need to make a visit to the optometrist this week, so I'll stop by my favorite Thai restaurant and pick up takeaway Pad Thai on my way back home. Thanks, Megan!
>90 benitastrnad: I'm glad that you're enjoying your holiday in Berlin, Benita, despite your case of laryngitis and your friend's leg injury. That city is definitely on my wish list of places to see, based on comments made by Bianca and Kay (RidgewayGirl from Club Read). I've always lived in or just outside of major US cities (NYC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Atlanta), so I'm very comfortable taking public transportation and exploring new places on my own, although it's only been very recently that I've felt comfortable visiting places where English or Spanish isn't widely spoken. Fortunately English is the lingua franca in major European cities. My ability to speak Spanish did come in very handy when Bianca and I visited small towns in Andalucía last summer, though, as many people we encountered either did not understand her German-accented English, or preferred to have a conversation with me in Spanish.
I'll be curious to hear about your experience returning to the US, especially at Border Control. Are you landing at ATL, or elsewhere?
>91 scaifea: Thanks, Amber! It's good to be done with my winter schedule, and to be back in the good company of my LT friends.
>92 Sakerfalcon: Adicihie said herself "Why do we not teach boys to feed themselves?" Put that way it's hard to come up with a good answer.
The only answer to that question is silence. There is no reason that boys (and girls) shouldn't be taught how to feed themselves and perform routine activities of daily living (e.g., cleaning, doing laundry, ironing clothes, etc.). I was stunned during my first semester as a college student at Tulane, when numerous fellow freshman in the men's dorm room asked me to show them how to operate the washers and dryers in our laundry room, especially after they ruined several white shirts by washing them in hot water with colored clothes. We weren't allowed to have any appliances to cook food in our dorm rooms, and needless to say microwave ovens weren't available in the late 1970s. We did have a kitchen, though, and I and a small number of the freshman and sophomore men, and far more of our girlfriends, used it on occasion.
I have given up on my classmate from residency who I mentioned in >81 kidzdoc:. He took a job in Boise, Idaho recently and is living by myself, until his wife and two girls move there after they finish the school year. This weekend he posted a photo on Facebook of a huge block of cheddar cheese that he bought from Walmart, and several of us tried to give him ideas of what he could do with it. I posted a link to a YouTube video of the open Spanish omelette recipe from Jamie Oliver's Food Tube channel, which has become my new favorite last minute quick dinner. (I don't think I posted that recipe here, so I'll do so later this week.) I told Joe that I had been using grated sharp cheddar in the omelette. He replied, "This probably requires a frying pan, right? Not sure if I have one of those.....can you do it in a microwave?" Ai yi yi!
Once or twice a year I go to a barbershop on Balls Pond Road, which is close to the Dalston Junction Overground station, which itself is close to the Arcola Theatre. I haven't explored that area or Hackney much, but I would like to.
Maybe we can get a group to go to that Thai café next month.
>93 FAMeulstee: Thanks for letting me know, Anita. For some reason I thought that you two were going to be in London in April.
I'll start looking to see what's on during the first week of the Holland Festival, and send out feelers to see if anyone else is interested in meeting up in Amsterdam or elsewhere that week.
Hmmm, just did a Moe's search on my zip code. Closest is Frederick, Maryland, about 30 minutes away. But we do get there occasionally. It's the closest Costco... :) so a side trip could be taken!
>92 Sakerfalcon: Hi Claire, You may be thinking of the lovely Mango Tree – it’s been a while since I’ve been there, but I’ve had some lovely meals there, though not cheap.
I discovered Rosa’s which is in Wilton Road, on the other side of the station, a few weeks ago, and had dinner there last week. Tasty food, but around £20-25, so much cheaper.
Nice to see you posting, Darryl and I'm very happy for you that you have some time off work. You deserve it. Happy Tuesday.
Surely the trip back can't be as bad as the trip out? See my report on Joe's thread.
>85 kidzdoc: I will definitely be more on top of it next year, I will make one and post on its own thread and post on your 75 books thread if you end up returning. My workplace runs an inverted pool where you get more points when lower seeds win, its a lot of fun but you have to really throw out all your prior basketball knowledge.
I'm still very groggy and chronically tired, even after another good night's sleep and long afternoon nap, so I'll put off cooking the lamb for one more day. I did try one new recipe, though, after I bought a lovely looking steelhead trout fillet at Publix yesterday. I saw it a few weeks ago, and was reminded of it when I tried to think of a recipe that my classmate from residency could make without using a frying pan: One-Pan Salmon and Veggie Dinner:
The video below show how it's made, but everything is cooked in a 400 F (200 C) oven, starting with the potatoes, followed by the fish and asparagus, although I used baby spinach instead. It was incredibly easy to make, and it's another great last minute dinner or quick lunch recipe. Next time I'll use twice as many vegetables, and half as many (petite red) potatoes.
>96 drneutron: Sounds good, Jim! Hopefully there will be a Moe's that opens even closer to you in the near future.
>97 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks for posting those Thai restaurant links, Caroline! Hopefully we can meet for dinner there next month.
>98 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara. I think it's past midnight in Zürich, so I'll wish you a Happy Wednesday, which is better than a Happy Tuesday if you're working this week.
>99 souloftherose: Hi, Heather! I hope that you're doing well, and I look forward to seeing you next month.
>100 benitastrnad: Uh oh. Do I dare to look at that post, Benita?
>101 pbirch01: Thanks! I'll definitely be here next year, barring infirmity or insanity, and I'd love to participate in an LT March Madness pool, if only because I'll have a greater chance of success here than in the Cardiology pool at work. I like the idea of participants getting more points if lower seeds win, as I often correctly choose several of the 7/10, 6/11 and 5/12 upsets correctly. In this year's bracket I correctly chose #11 Xavier over #6 Maryland, #11 Rhode Island over #6 Creighton, #12 Middle Tennessee over #5 Minnesota, and #10 Wichita State over #7 Dayton, and just missed out on #12 Princeton, who would have beaten #5 Notre Dame if a last second wide open 3 pointer had fallen for the Tigers. The seedings were absolutely wacky this year; I don't understand how Wichita State, who is ranked in the top 25 nationally, is a #10 seed, and Wisconsin, who upset Villanova this weekend, was similarly underrated as a #8 seed.
>102 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia! It's good to be away from March Madness in the hospital.
>96 drneutron: Heh. I see Frederick, Maryland and immediately think of Wonder Books...when I was living in Arlington, I'd make frequent pilgrimages up to one or the other branch (don't remember where the second one was, though I might if I saw the name). That was a great bookstore then; they're still selling online, so my impression is they're still good. Do you know them?
>103 kidzdoc: Looks very tasty!
Hmmm - actually, there's a lot of good fish recipes for the microwave. White fish in sauce (butter/lemon/garlic/herbs, any or all) cooks beautifully in there. And you can microwave corn on the cob in its husk (Ok, there isn't any yet. But when it's fresh...) and it actually tastes better, as well as being quicker, than boiled or steamed in a saucepan. Fantastic corny flavor.
But I suspect your friend is mostly eating in restaurants. Wonder why he bought the cheese? I buy huge chunks of cheese in Costco (Tillamook sharp cheddar, 2.5 lb loaf), but I use it a lot - I can go through a loaf in about 2 weeks, and I live alone.
>105 kidzdoc: Agreed on the seedings! Calendar reminder set for Selection Sunday 2018
Also agreeing on some of the seedings. Sorry you missed all of last week's games--I think I saw at least part of all but one, having three screens going at once. There were some great games.
And Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes of all time!
>106 jjmcgaffey: Interesting...I've never tried cooking fish in a microwave. I'm admittedly skeptical that nuked fish would taste as good as broiled or steamed fish. I do agree about using a microwave to cook corn on the cob, along with sweet and white potatoes and yams.
But I suspect your friend is mostly eating in restaurants. Wonder why he bought the cheese?
Joe is mainly subsisting on hospital cafeteria food for lunch (which hopefully is better than the slop that passed for food in Children's crapeterias), and microwaveable foods for dinner; last night he proudly reported that "I outdid myself tonight with a Healthy Choice and a Hot Pocket."
I asked Joe what he was planning to do with so much cheese. He replied, "I really didn't have a firm plan when I bought it. I just couldn't believe you could buy that much cheese for 5 dollars." His wife (who is still in metro Atlanta with their two daughters) said, "Make himself constipated" (she is an adult ICU nurse).
>107 pbirch01: Excellent! I look forward to participating in next year's ?inaugural LT March Madness pool.
>108 ronincats: I'll try to catch at least some of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games this week, and I'll be curious to see how far my bracket plummets. I chose only eight of the final 16 teams left in the tournament, and I'll be rooting hard for Kansas, Oregon and North Carolina, who I chose as Final Four participants along with Villanova.
I'm with you, Roni; I adore Pad Thai!
>95 kidzdoc: All I can suggest - 3 ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich using a microwave! http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Grilled-Cheese-Sandwich-Using-a-Microwave
I remember my daughter making something like this when she was studying.
Hope you are catching up on the sleep.
>109 kidzdoc: Then when we are settled properly in the UK, Darryl, on one of your visits I will get Hani to make Pad Thai for you. I didn't get this overweight by pure accident!
>97 Caroline_McElwee: I've walked past Rosa's Thai café - it's good to know that you recommend it. I've never been to Mango Tree. The restaurant I was thinking of is Sri Suwoon. I've only been there once but am longing to back because it was so good. I went with a friend who has travelled a lot in Thailand, and they made her a dish that wasn't on the menu which she told them she liked. It would be good to try Rosa's too. I adore Thai food (another fan of Pad Thai here!) and can't get enough of it!
>95 kidzdoc: It really is incredible that anyone could be so helpless around the house in this day and age, when fewer parents have time to take care of all the domestic tasks for their older children, and when so much useful information is available online. Hopefully this experience will inspire your friend to learn at least a few simple, tasty recipes.
I will be meeting up with Frank and Anita when they're over in May, to go to Tate Modern. I'm really looking forward to it!
Hi Darryl, will never catch up, but just want to say I'm so glad you're off now for a bit and can catch up on rest and on life in general. Enjoy, enjoy!
Both my brother and I are good cooks that can follow a recipe with ease. We daren't be anything else. My mom was a very good cook and her mom was great. My grandma's recipe cards are considered family treasures.
We need to look into those blocks of cheese the way we go through them. Are they the same quality as say a Crystal Farm (one step below Kraft?)
>110 avatiakh: Thanks, Kerry! I'll post that link on Joe's thread.
Yes, I'm definitely catching up on sleep! I've slept for at least 14 hours per day starting at 1900 on Sunday, which is more than I would sleep in two work nights. Clearly I made the right decision to stay Intown for this two week break.
>111 PaulCranswick: I will gladly take you up on that offer, Paul! I've seen photos of some of her food, especially when she cooked for Yasmyne and her flatmates in Edinburgh last year, and I'm hyersalivating at the thought of what her Pad Thai must taste like. TYIA.
>112 Sakerfalcon: Ooh...I have a huge craving for Pad Thai now. I'll probably treat myself to some tomorrow or Friday. I'd love to try at least of those restaurants next month.
It really is incredible that anyone could be so helpless around the house in this day and age
I would agree on face value with that statement. However, I'm also amazed that the majority of my physician friends are barely competent in the kitchen, many of whom are mothers of young children. T., who is one of my partners and as smart as they come, is a single mother of three young children, who owns two houses, including a farmhouse in rural Georgia, knows how to do far more home projects than I ever will (plumbing, electrical wiring, laying tile, etc.) and recently purchased a chain saw to clear deadwood from the edges of her property. She has traveled to several African and Asian countries, loves authentic foods from these regions, and will eat nearly anything that isn't moving (and possibly some things that are still wriggling). However, she just posted this reply to the video of the salmon & veggie dinner I posted on Joe's page yesterday:
"This is hilarious to me because I'm just exactly like Joe. This video...that's like 20 more ingredients than my give up threshold. I would never never never make this no matter what. I can't fully explain why. Gross frozen and boxed things are totally my style when I'm not at a restaurant."
That comment blew me away, as I thought that the recipe was an incredibly easy one, which only requires you to cut up potatoes and use some basic spices and ingredients that I would assume everyone would have in their kitchen (salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic, ginger*, honey, thyme, lemon juice and a lemon). Some of my other partners who are mothers of young children have commented on my Facebook posts or said to me in person that they think they could make some of the easier recipes I have posted, and another good friend who is a pediatric hospitalist in South Carolina has said, either on her Facebook timeline or mine, that even my simplest recipes are way over her head, as she "didn't get the cooking gene."
*I was out of ginger, to my surprise, so I used ginger powder instead, and I suggested to Joe that he could use garlic powder instead of garlic bulbs. He told us that he only had salt, pepper, Tabasco sauce and sriracha (either powdered or paste (i.e., Thai barbecue sauce)), so I proposed that he could get away with only using salt, pepper and olive oil. To his credit he said that he would give the salmon & veggie dinner a try, although he may be saying that to get me, his wife (who told him that she had suggested making a very similar recipe a few weeks ago), and several other friends off of his back!
>112 Sakerfalcon: I just received an e-mail from Maureen Abood, the Lebanese-American chef and author of the cookbook Rose Water and Orange Blossoms: Fresh & Classic Recipes from my Lebanese Kitchen, which I bought last year. The e-mail contains a link to her recipe for Sautéed Spinach with Toasted Pine Nuts. I think I have enough pine nuts, so I'll make this recipe in the next day or two.
>113 lit_chick: Thanks, Nancy! I hope to finish catching up with everyone's threads later today, although I should get started on the Irish lamb stew if I want to finish it in time for dinner.
>114 Morphidae: Both my brother and I are good cooks that can follow a recipe with ease. We daren't be anything else.
That's exactly the way I would describe myself, Morphy. I would assume that this would make me a competent cook and nothing more than that, but most of my partners are amazed at my cooking "skills". I suspect that I would be average in this group, at best.
My parents are both excellent cooks, but I have yet to make a single recipe of theirs, including my father's killer cornbread and macaroni & cheese. I suppose it's because I know that I won't be able to make their best recipes as well as they do, which I think is the mistake that many people make when they try to duplicate others' best dishes. I've decided to go my own way, and find recipes that I like, or a variation of my parents' favorite recipes, such as Emeril Lagasse's macaroni & cheese which is similar to my father's, but one that I like just as much and can claim as my own.
Uh oh. I just saw e-mail alerts from Haaretz and the BBC about a shooting outside of Parliament in London. Off to check...
According to BBC World Service, a man carrying a knife attempted to enter the House of Commons, stabbed a police officer just inside the gate where MPs enter in New Palace Yard, and was shot to death by other police officers. At roughly the same time, a vehicle on Westminister Bridge mowed down several pedestrians, reportedly 4-12, in an apparent attempt to enter Parliament.
Finding out about that via the US! Security in Whitehall is pretty tight, but not as tight as it should be, will look for the fuller story later. Off to check on friends who work there.
Thanks for the link to that spinach recipe. It looks wonderful.
I just tried another new recipe for lunch, One-Pot Spinach Chicken Pasta, which tasted better than I thought it would:
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons salt
1 pound penne pasta
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 chicken breasts, cubed
1 tablespoon pepper
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup heavy cream
5 ounces spinach
½ cup parmesan cheese
Garnish: Additional parmesan cheese
1. Boil water in a large pot over high heat.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of salt to water and add pasta.
3. Cook pasta until almost al dente, or for 1-2 minutes less than the recommended cook time.
4. Drain pasta and set aside.
5. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add chicken, salt, and pepper. Brown chicken, making sure to cook through. Set chicken aside.
6. Add 2 tablespoon olive oil, garlic, and red chili flakes into the pot and stir.
7. Add crushed tomatoes, stirring for a few minutes.
8. Add cream, stirring until incorporated.
9. Add spinach and stir until the spinach cooks down and incorporates.
10. Add chicken, pasta, and parmesan, stirring until pasta is evenly coated.
11. Garnish with more parmesan cheese and serve!
I used the entire package of chicken breasts I bought from Publix a few weeks ago and kept in my freezer, which had three breasts, and I probably used 6-7 oz of baby spinach. The chicken came out very tender in this recipe, and the addition of a bit more red pepper flakes gave it a nice kick. I thought that 2 tbsp of salt was too much to cook the pasta in, so I used half that amount; as I turned out the box of penne rigati I used also recommended 1 T of salt. This tastes great, and it was easy to make; I'll add this pasta to my regular rotation of favorite recipes.
ETA: The recipe indicates that it makes 3-4 servings. The pasta nearly filled my soup pot, so I thought this was a significant understatement. I just divided the pasta into Tupperware containers, and it filled five of them, not counting the two medium bowls I just finished eating.
I'll get started on the Irish lamb stew shortly.
>118 Caroline_McElwee: Rachael (FlossieT) has checked in safe (I assume that she's at work at her home office in Bloomsbury), and I've heard from Claire, who is at work. The BBC is reporting that four people have died, including the policeman stabbed to death by the attacker in New Palace Yard and the attacker, who was shot to death by two policemen. At least one woman struck by the vehicle that ran onto the sidewalk on Westminister Bridge was killed, and there are several "catastrophic injuries" from others hit by that vehicle, which seems to have been driven by the attacker. None of the MPs, nor the Prime Minister, seem to have been amongst the wounded or dead.
This is a very tragic and disturbing incident, and I pray for all of the victims and their families.
>119 RebaRelishesReading: You're welcome, Reba. This recipe calls for 1 lb of baby spinach and ½ cup of pine nuts, so I'll have to go to the market before I can make it.
Shocking scenes in London. And so sad to see that the death count is climbing. It really brings to light the dangers our police officers face in trying to keep us safe and preserve our way of life. It seems like it was only a matter of time before someone finally attacked Westminster.
>117 kidzdoc: Looks like there have been four people killed, of whom one was the attacker and one a police officer. It's being reported that some of the seriously injured are French teenagers on a school trip.
Caroline's Irish lamb stew is gently cooking in my slow cooker, and since it won't be ready until after 1 am I'll have a bowl of vegetarian chili for dinner.
>122 lunacat: Shocking indeed, Jenny. Apparently a fifth person has died, according to The Guardian, and I pray that there are no more fatalities. I agree with you about the dangers that police officers in the UK, US and throughout the world face on a daily basis. Although there are some rogue officers out there, IMO the vast majority are dedicated, hard working and compassionate public servants, who are underpaid and underappreciated, at least here in the US. My youngest cousin, who is like a brother to me, retired several years ago from the New Jersey State Police Department, and I am grateful that he was never injured in the line of duty. Most of his closest friends were fellow NJ state troopers, a couple of whom have visited and helped my parents and his mother, and we all love them as if they were members of our family, and vice versa.
>113 lit_chick: I read about those French students as well, Rhian. The attack has been widely reported in the US, as you might expect, and it's the top news story in the radio, television and print media in Atlanta, and probably most other markets.
Just so it's clear to my UK friends, I won't postpone or cancel my trip to London next month, unless something far more serious occurs there in the next three weeks (not to say that this attack wasn't serious enough). One of my old girlfriends and I had made plans to spend the day in London on Easter Sunday and attend morning service at Westminster Abbey, so that plan may need to be reconsidered.
Glad you are catching up on your sleep after your long work stretch.
It is horrible about the London attacks, and my thoughts are with all the victims. I am very familiar with the area. Three of my friends and I are leaving for London on April 1, where we are doing an "art tour" (and then to Paris). I haven't spoken to them yet since the attack, but one of them has never traveled outside the US, and I'm wondering what her anxiety level may be. Unfortunately, a terrorist attack is something that we have to, not necessarily, expect, but at least have it be something that we can't let cause us to change our way of life. (Something our "president" seems all too prone to do).
I consider myself a competent cook, though I don't _enjoy_ cooking. Baking, yes, love that, but... Part of it is that I live alone, and it's such a pain to make a full meal for one. I should learn to do what you do, Darryl, and plan to freeze the majority of each recipe so I have meals waiting. Somehow I never got into that habit - and even when I do have food in the freezer (as I do now, bean soup and a tuna bun) I forget about it until much later, and it's often inedible when I do remember and get it out. Vicious cycle.
I'm a Foreign Service brat - I grew up overseas. And my parents chose to take hardship posts, rather than high-end ones like London or Paris; a large part of the reason was that in Afghanistan and Iran (smaller cities, not Tehran) they were major players in the social scene rather than low-level office workers. But another reason was that at American pay scales, they could afford to hire servants in those posts. So I grew up with a cook in the house (and Afghan food is still my comfort food...which makes things difficult, because it's not simple to make!).
When we came back to the States, I was 12 (and I'm the oldest of my siblings). Mom and Dad were both working. It started out with Mom doing all the cooking, but as she tells it - one day she came home from work and everyone looked up and said "What's for dinner?" She decided that all of us (well, all but my 6-year-old sister) were capable of cooking. So the four of us - and a few years later, the five of us - rotated cooking duties for the rest of our time at home. I'd learned to cook some things; I learned a lot more, when I had to make dinner every fourth night. Admittedly all three of us are girls - but Dad took his turn (and he's a good cook too - his mom had all her boys cooking early on). We also did other household chores - laundry, cleaning, etc. I can't imagine _not_ doing all that stuff - did the mothers do all the work in the house, for these helpless people? Poor women! Or did they grow up eating mostly out of restaurants/takeout? Some people seem to do that - can't imagine that life, either.
>94 kidzdoc: oooh, I hope you got your Phad Thai. Something about the filling noodles, the zesty lime, and the heat of the chilli just gets me every time :)
I had some great ones in Thailand, and have also had some great ones here in NZ too.
Your bratty teenaged patient sounds like a nightmare! And the story about the 5 year-old egg-laying impressionist made me laugh. I can just imagine the parents being horrified and amused simultaneously!! The antics reminds me of what my boys get up to. I shake my head in despair sometimes, and pray they don't do it at school. (they both seem to be very well behaved at school, much to my surprise.)
I made a new recipe in the slow-cooker yesterday. Preparations began Monday (list making) for shopping (Tuesday) all in order that I could enjoy my fortnightly big day out at university on the Wednesday- when I get to study from 915am until 7pm, and then go to yoga on campus until 815pm. My mother kindly collects the kids from school and is then relieved by my lovely other when he gets home from work. I love my whole day to study with a meal at the end- it is a luxury, and is well worth the effort of the food prep days in advance. It was a chilli con carne, made with beef (shin).
>115 kidzdoc: I suspect that for some mothers with small children the issue with detailed recipes may be that they know they won't have enough uninterrupted time to concentrate on putting all the ingredients together and following lengthy instructions. Something very simple might be safest when you know you might have to break away at any moment. A friend of mine couldn't leave her two boys together while she did other things because the older one would hit his little brother, so for a while she had to do everything with the baby on one hip!
>116 kidzdoc: That spinach recipe looks great. I might try it with kale. I often get a bag of kale and just stir-fry a portion in oil seasoned with ginger, sesame and garlic (you can get it from the supermarket, called wok oil or stir-fry oil) and it makes a delicious side.
It was shocking to follow the news about the attack yesterday, but heartening to read about all the people who stepped up to help, not just the emergency services but MPs and ordinary passers-by. It gives one hope in these dark times. You might like this page about some of the doctors and nurses from St Thomas hospital who came to help
The Irish lamb stew is done!
It didn't finish until nearly 2 am, so needless to say I only had a forkful of it around 4 am, just to make sure it that it was done and tasted okay.
I'm pretty well stocked with food at the moment, and now that I'm nearly caught up on sleep I'll get back to reading. I'll probably make the cauliflower "potato" salad today, the sautéed spinach with toasted pine nuts tomorrow, and crawfish étouffée this weekend, though.
>125 arubabookwoman: Right, Deborah. I suppose that most visitors to London have been to that part of Westminster, and the area would be instantly recognizable to practically everyone who hasn't been to the capital. Although I'm a bit hesitant to go to Westminster Abbey on Easter Sunday, at least for the moment, something far more catastrophic than yesterday's tragic attack would have to occur for me to cancel my trip next month.
>126 jjmcgaffey: I'm sure it's obvious that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, Jennifer. It's an enjoyable and productive task, and it's far easier and less time consuming to cook multiple meals for one person rather than cooking for an entire family. Most of my cooked meals are either quick ones that make 1-2 servings, or more involved ones that produce 6-8 meals. Much of my cooking, as you can probably tell, is designed to replenish my freezer with prepared foods, including the pasta and the lamb stew I've made this week, and I prefer to have at least four different foods on hand, so that I don't end up eating the same thing multiple days in a row. I hate wasting food, and storing my cooked food in Tupperware containers in the freezer and rotating what I eat on a daily basis means that I rarely throw away food, save for perishable produce like leftover cilantro that only lasts for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator.
My brother and I weren't expected to make dinner for the family, and I was never formally taught how to cook by my parents, who are both superb cooks. As I may have mentioned before, once my mother returned to work when I was in high school and my brother was in junior high school, my father took on more of the routine cooking responsibilities (although he almost always cooked on weekends to give my mother a break), and he came up with the idea of preparing meals or ingredients for them (e.g., spaghetti sauce with meat made from scratch, ham or turkey burger patties), so that my brother and I could make dinner ourselves by reheating or cooking items from the refrigerator on the stove top or in the oven, and cooking pasta and side items or preparing salad to go along with the entrée. Since my brother is nearly five years younger than me the responsibility for making dinner for the two of us largely fell to me, but I enjoyed doing that, or coming up with other ideas. I don't have any sisters, and since my father participated in all of the household responsibilities (e.g., laundry, cleaning, ironing) there was never any expectation that a particular task was my mother's job and not ours.
So, my cooking M.O. is just a copycat version of what my father did, and still does. However, I use far more recipes than either of my parents do, along with more spices and other ingredients, and I'm considerably more adventuresome than they are. They do like hearing about and tasting what I've made, and although I can't see them making Irish lamb stew the one-pot spinach chicken pasta would be right up their alley.
Once I started cooking on a regular basis and posting photos of food and recipes on Facebook many of the nurses I'm particularly close with and I will chat about what we've made, and share recipes with each other. Some of them will make comments on my Facebook posts, but many more will talk me in person when I'm on the patient care areas, and I'll often bring a container or two in for one or more of them to try. Many of the ones with families cook in a similar fashion, preparing foods on their days off and storing them in the freezer, with instructions to their husbands or mothers to reheat food for the family when they're at work (as most don't get home until well after 8 pm).
My father was/is like yours Darryl, he did plenty of the housework as well as his job: shopping, ironing, hoovering, cooking. Though it has to be said, the chores I did skipped my brother and went straight to my sister when I left home. My brother couldn't boil an egg until his twenties, but left to his own devices now (ie he's not quick) he can cook pretty well.
Dad said neither he, nor his brothers, helped their mum with domestic work, but he started full time work aged 14.
>127 Ireadthereforeiam: I haven't gone out to get Pad Thai yet, Megan. I may get some today, now that I've finished with my call in meeting (thank you, WebEx!), but it would be a nice birthday treat, so I'll probably have it for lunch tomorrow, unless I decide to go to Ponce City Market instead.
That teenage brat was only a problem for the first couple of minutes of my visit, as she didn't say anything other than "Yes, sir" and "No, sir" after I gave her "The Look" and spoke to her sharply and equally condescendingly. She was in a pissy mood because she was in the hospital on the day of her prom and had just found out that she was not accepted for admission to the University of Georgia, but she came across as a mean, spoiled girl of privilege who was used bullying others to get what she wanted. Like most bullies she backed down once she was challenged, although I saw her roll her eyes at me a couple of times, but that behavior stopped once she realized that I was contemplating keeping her in the hospital for an additional day, which would have meant that she would have missed her prom on Saturday night. (I wasn't being spiteful, as I didn't want to deal with her or her pampered mother on Sunday, but I was uncertain about the diagnosis my partner who had her on Friday had made, and needed help from a specialist to be sure that I understood what her underlying problem was. As it turned out the specialist made a different diagnosis, one that made much more sense to me, and after that diagnosis was made I was comfortable sending her home with an alternative treatment plan.)
Your slow cooked chili con carne sounds good! What did you put into it?
BTW, do you (or anyone else) leave the house when you use your slow cooker? I know that this is very doable, and I've never had problems with my (Hamilton Beach Stay or Go) slow cooker, but the thought of leaving home with something cooking makes me very nervous.
>128 Sakerfalcon: I suspect that for some mothers with small children the issue with detailed recipes may be that they know they won't have enough uninterrupted time to concentrate on putting all the ingredients together and following lengthy instructions. Something very simple might be safest when you know you might have to break away at any moment.
You're absolutely right, Claire. Several of my friends have said essentially the same thing, including my office mate LaToya, who likes to cook but also has two sassy young troublemakers at home (and a third if you count her husband). Another issue that many of them have mentioned is that they have to cook meals that everyone will eat, which greatly limits what they can make. Several of these moms, particularly my partners Diedre, Jennifer and Zenia, along with Jamie, Beverly, Vanessa, Amanda, Jenny and Heather (the source of the white chicken chili, Creole jambalaya and crawfish étouffée recipes that I've made numerous times) all liked and/or commented on my spinach chicken pasta recipe that I posted on Facebook yesterday, as it is something that is easily made and would likely be something that their kids and husbands would eat. I doubt that any of them will be making Irish lamb stew!
When I visited my friends in Madison, my friend Dave's wife was grateful for my presence, as I could keep an eye on and play with their two kids when they were toddlers, which allowed her to go shopping and cook dinner without interruption. She was able to make more complex meals for dinner that she and Dave liked, as well.
I'm very eager to give that spinach recipe a try. I also love your idea of stir frying kale; I often have a bag of it in my refrigerator, along with a container of baby spinach, so I'll look for wok oil or stir-fry oil when I go to Publix or Sprouts in the next day or two. I'll make Gina's cauliflower "potato" salad shortly, and do something with the small amount of baby spinach I have left over from the recipes I made earlier this week.
Hmm...I do have toasted sesame oil, along with a few cloves of garlic. I may try stir frying the baby spinach in that, with some ginger powder, since I'm out of ginger root at the moment.
Thanks for the link to the article about the medical staff at St Thomas's who helped the victims of yesterday's attack. I'll look at it shortly.
>130 Caroline_McElwee: That's interesting about your father, Caroline. Apparently our fathers were unusual in that regard, and I suspect we're better for it. Many of the adult men (of all races and ethnicities) I knew well when I was a child growing up in Jersey City, particularly my uncles and my parents' closest friends, also cooked and contributed to household activities, as I remember being surprised repeatedly when we moved to suburban Philadelphia and hearing adult male neighbors mention that cooking was a "woman's job" or something to that effect. Unfortunately that sexist attitude seems to be quite common here in the Deep South, which is very foreign to me.
I know that some people just can't cook well, although I don't understand it. My mother and her older sister are excellent cooks, but their youngest sister isn't good at all! My great aunt in New Orleans was, without question, the best cook in our extended family, but her sister, who also lived in New Orleans, was terrible.
I definitely wouldn't change your plans to go to Westminster Abbey on Easter Sunday. London is carrying on as normal, security will be heightened, but life goes on. If it's one thing Brits are used to, it's getting on with usual life - London survived the Blitz, survived the IRA, survived countless others trying to change the British way of life, and this is no different. But changing attitudes and not going to a church service that you've planned is, surely, part of why terrorism works. It tries to make people change their actions, and live in fear. I don't think that works with the Brits as much as they'd hope!
Of course it's your decision, and I'm sure no one would condemn you for choosing to alter your plans to be in the area, but there is a reason the UK slogan is often 'Keep Calm and Carry On'.
>131 kidzdoc: Birthday? Happy happy if so!
Pad Thai is pretty simple to make. I'm not trying to talk you out of your treat, but you might enjoy giving it a try sometime. You've set my mouth watering for Pad Thai, but I didn't buy shirataki (0 carb) noodles in Mizzoo yesterday and I know I can't find them here. Next week.
I did score two chayote squash for my vegetable indulgence this week. Since I went sweet last time I made them, I'll go savory this. I remember seeing several Vietnamese recipes online that looked yummy, easy and low carb.
>132 kidzdoc: Cooking is art. Yes, a certain amount of skill is involved but it is also an art which requires talent. Some people simply don't have the talent for cooking just like some people don't have the talent for drawing or singing.
Wouldn't you also call medicine an art? I'm sure you've met practitioners who have all the book learning but fail miserably in practice. They have the skill but not the talent.
I leave my slow-cooker home alone all the time, Darryl - I think that's partly the point of the thing, no?
I'm not a cook. I'm perfectly capable of doing so, as of course I can follow recipes, and I enjoy baking, but I hate cooking. I would much rather get takeout or eat out than stand in front of a hob top. I don't mind prep or occasional stirring if TheBF asks me too, but cooking holds no happiness whatsoever, it simply makes me anxious about it coming out right.
I can do simple meals - spaghetti bolognese, homemade pizza, cheese on toast, veg (usually sautéed with garlic) etc. But I'll keep my personal chef (aka TheBF) cooking me meals for as long as possible as he loves it and I don't!
Is your birthday today or tomorrow, Darryl? Either way, Happy Birthday!
I'm glad you're still going to London. It's a most excellent city, I've heard.
I made Cauliflower "Potato" Salad early this afternoon, and I love it!
1 head cauliflower
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1⁄2 cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons dill, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove,
crushed juice of 1⁄2 lemon
1⁄2 red onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
3 hardboiled eggs, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 400 ̊F/200 ̊C.
2. Slice cauliflower into small florets.
3. Place cauliflower onto baking sheet and season with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and a bit crispy.
4. In a large bowl, combine all dressing ingredients. Set aside.
5. Once cauliflower is cooked, set aside and let cool slightly before adding to the yogurt dressing.
6. Garnish with more freshly chopped dill before serving.
This is another recipe that I thought I would like, but not as much as when I tasted it. The yogurt dressing is bright and tangy, and the mixture of the cauliflower, red onions and hard-boiled eggs was perfect. Other than using 1 tbsp of lemon juice instead of the juice of half a lemon I followed this recipe exactly. This is a great side dish, which I like as well as any other potato salad I've had, and I'll make this very often in the future.
Good points, Jenny. Westminster Abbey and Parliament Square will likely be one of the safest places in central London on Easter Sunday. I do wonder if security will be so tight that it will be difficult to get in for the 10:30 service, given our time constraints. IIRC Kim's train from Paris arrives at St Pancras at 9:20 or so, which would be plenty of time to get to Westminster by tube or bus, but I wonder if we'll have enough time to pass through any security checkpoints that will be put into place. I'll look into it in more detail after I arrive in London.
>134 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. My birthday is tomorrow, along with Rhian, Cait (Cait86 from Club Read) and, most importantly, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who I believe turns 98 tomorrow (I think he was born in 1919).
I've never tried to make Pad Thai, but you've inspired me to look for a recipe for it. If you have a favorite one I'd love to see it.
I didn't buy shirataki (0 carb) noodles in Mizzoo yesterday
This sentence threw me when I first read it, as I was thinking of this Mizzou:
My knowledge of Montana is about as good as my knowledge of Montenegro, but I didn't think you were close to the University of Missouri's campus in Columbia! It took me a few minutes, but I realized that you must have been referring to Missoula, MT.
I've seen chayote in Publix, my preferred local supermarket, but I've never tried making it, and I'm not sure that I've ever had it. What does it taste like? How do you cook it?
>131 kidzdoc: I always leave the house with the slow cooker going. I was nervous at the start, but then my step mother noted that I leave the house with the fridge going all the time, so....
I make sure to place the slow cooker away from anything else on the bench, and put it on a chopping board or the stove top to protect the bench from whatever heat comes through the base.
The chilli con carne that I made had shin beef (600g at least) browned then chopped into 2 inch chunks, then the following all pre-fried together: 2 onions, 2 large cloves garlic, 1 T dried cumin, 1T dried coriander, chilli powder, 2 large carrots grated, 3T tomato paste. Added all that to the crock pot with: a cup of vege stock, a can of crushed tomatoes, half a cup of strong coffee (!!) and a can of kidney beans.
I think that was about it. The recipe called for celery (I didn't have any) and 1T smoked paprika, but I didn't want to max out the heat for the kids. It turned out well.
Hmm...that's an interesting way of looking at cooking, Morphy! Due to my engineering and science background I look at cooking, at least the way I do it, as following written instructions for an experiment or some other similar task, such as building a cabinet or troubleshooting a malfunctioning copying machine. In other words, if you follow the instructions as written, you should get a favorable result. That's probably too rigid a thought process, though.
I certainly agree with you about medicine being an art, rather than a science, and that's a phrase that we use all the time.
True. I am my mother's child, though, with many of her anxieties, and I was taught not to leave anything on when I left the house. I get mega paranoid when I leave for vacation or a business trip, as I'm nearly always convinced that I've left something on that will catch fire and reduce my building to ashes. I know that many people put ingredients in their slow cookers and turn them on as they leave for work, so that the food will be ready when they return home, but it will take awhile for me to feel comfortable doing that.
I've heard others make the same comment about hating cooking, including my friends Joe and Tracy, as I mentioned above. I enjoy the entire process, and since I'm almost always cooking for myself I feel no pressure if it doesn't turn out well. I admittedly enjoy cooking a bit less if I'm cooking for a sizable gathering at my parents' house, as I do feel some pressure to get it right. However, I generally cook meals for them that I've already tried at least once at home, so that takes a lot of the pressure off.
>138 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! One of my past sassy patients, when I told her how old I was several years ago, replied, "Wow! You're older than a dinosaur." I often think about that comment whenever my birthday comes around.
>139 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! My birthday is tomorrow. I think I'll get out after morning rush hour, get my SUV washed, get a haircut, have lunch at Ponce City Market, and buy books at the indie bookshop in the Market that opened last year. I'll save Pad Thai for the weekend.
I'm sure that my mother will try to convince me that I shouldn't go to London, in her gentle, benign fashion. I'll keep in close contact with my parents while I'm there, but I have no plans to cancel this trip.
>142 Ireadthereforeiam: Ha! Your stepmother brings up a very good point. It's hard to argue with that logic. If I tell that to my mother can I blame you if she pinches me, slaps my rear or gives me the stink eye?
I'll adopt your idea of putting the slow cooker on my cutting board if I am brave enough to leave it unattended. Mine does have "feet", though, so the base is not touching the surface on which it sits.
I had to look up shin beef; I believe we call it beef shank in the US. Your recipe sounds like a good one, and I like the idea of adding coffee to the chili. My favorite beef chili (interesting that we in the US use one "l" in that word instead of two "ll") is still the New Orleans chili by chef Emeril Lagasse, which I made for Christmas dinner for the 3rd floor nurses last year, which doesn't contain beans. I may give your version a try in the future, though.
>143 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! Although I'll almost certainly spend the day by myself I'll be off from work for a long stretch, which is a very nice present indeed.
I'm another non-fan of cooking. I, like several of the other folks here, like baking but cooking does nothing for me. It's just a chore. I can do it if pressed, but I'm eternally grateful for a husband who actually enjoys doing it.
I know espresso is often a "secret" ingredient in barbecue sauce, so I'm not surprised it would find its way into chili too.
Happy birthday buddy.
I also consider myself a fair cook. My roast leg of lamb and baked past and my beef stroganoff are all dishes I still get wheeled out to produce from time to time. It is just that Hani always does them that little bit better.
>147 ursula: I've heard other people, particularly at work, describe their views of cooking vs baking. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and probably the best evidence of that statement is that I bought four boxes of Girl Scout cookies over a month ago, and I've only finished 1-1/2 boxes so far. (For those of you who aren't from the US, Girl Scout cookies sold here are highly addictive, and many of us are convinced that crack cocaine is baked into them.) My office mate LaToya, on the other hand, consumes one box every 2-3 days, if not more often, and her overhead book space is half filled with Girl Scout cookies:
I'm eternally grateful for a husband who actually enjoys doing it.
Several of the married nurses I work with have jokingly offered to divorce their husbands and marry me, primarily because I like to cook!
>140 kidzdoc: That looks amazing! It looks as if you could also just dip the roasted cauliflower florets into the dressing, rather than mixing it all up, if you wanted finger food rather than an actual salad. Roasted cauliflower is delicious.
Now I'm hungry, and it's not even close to lunchtime yet ....
144 I'm honestly surprised that Tomm is okay with me using the crockpot that way, because he's incredibly paranoid about that sort of stuff, too. It takes us *forflippinever* to leave the house for vacation, because he needs to check and re-check that *everything* is unplugged. Yoicks.
Oh, and Happy Birthday!!
>141 kidzdoc: I would think security would be tight, but not airport security style. They have metal detectors to get into St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, but that is one of the other places of worship I am aware of doing so (though I could well be wrong) and I can't see Westminster Abbey doing so. My guess is, there will be a highly visible security presence, and bag checks. But that is only a guess.
>144 kidzdoc: I shall depart with no further comments on food in that case :P Let it never be said I hang around where unwanted ;) Although, if you keep it up, I shall bombard your thread with fluff again.
Happy Birthday Darryl, planning to pamper yourself I hope? Maybe go out and celebrate?
>140 kidzdoc: I'm going to give that a try at the weekend. Looks yummy.
>150 Sakerfalcon: The cauliflower "potato" salad recipe is an outstanding one, Claire! I think you could have it in the way you described, although I like it just the way it is. I also love cauliflower, especially roasted, and I plan to use it on a much more regular basis from now on, especially as a substitute for rice.
This recipe is a great example of one that didn't come together until the last step, when I combined all of the ingredients. I thought I would have too much yogurt dressing and too much chopped eggs, celery and onion, especially since my head of cauliflower was a bit smaller than average. I added only half of each to the roasted cauliflower, and only when I got to the very end did I realize that the portions were perfect. Oddly enough I this was, I think, the first time I ever cooked hard-boiled eggs, so I had to look up a recipe online!
It's 9 am here, and although I just finished breakfast (oatmeal, banana and coffee) I think I'll have a spoonful of this salad.
>151 scaifea: Ha! Does he ever double back to be sure that everything is turned off? My mother has asked my father to do that a few times, and I've done it a time or two myself.
Thank you for the birthday wish! I'll get dressed shortly, get a hair cut and a car wash, then head to Ponce City Market to have lunch and buy birthday books at the new indie bookshop that opened there last year. It's supposed to be a gorgeous day here, with sunny skies and a high temperature of 70 F (21 C), so I'll spend the afternoon outside, depending on how I handle the pollen.
>152 lunacat: That makes sense, Jenny. I've passed in front of but never entered Westminster Abbey, but I would imagine that it will be packed on Easter Sunday, which would be an inviting target for Islamic terrorists. I'll scope it out a day or two in advance, to get a sense of what it will be like there.
Huh? What did I say??? You must have read my mind. ;-)
>154 kidzdoc: Thanks, Caroline! A bit of pampering is in order, but nothing too extravagant.
Do let me know what you think of the cauliflower "potato" salad. I'll make sautéed spinach with toasted pine nuts and crawfish étouffée this weekend, probably on Sunday, since I'll go in to work for a couple of hours tomorrow and run some errands around town, most importantly take passport photos and get my passport renewed.
This is my Google image of the day. Can I assume that Google is wishing me a happy birthday, or does everyone have this image today? Maybe Google will treat me to lunch and cake as well.
>156 kidzdoc: - They did that to me, too! While it was a cute surprise, it creeped me out a teeny bit to know that they even knew it was my birthday. (cue theme from the Twilight Zone...)
>154 kidzdoc: Yes, he does double back. Every time. Yeesh.
I hope you have an excellent birthday lunch and I can't wait to see what your birthday book haul will be! It's strange to think that the weather there and here will be similar today - we're supposed to get close to 70, too.
>144 kidzdoc: *snarfles*
Happy birthday! Sounds like you are going to have a glorious day!
Happy Birthday Darryl. I hope it's a lovely spring day and you get some good books for yourself.
Happy birthday! Mine is actually tomorrow. Isn't being an Aries great? :)
Happy Saturday, and thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone! I had a very nice low key day yesterday, which included a hair cut, a wash & wax of my SUV at the gourmet car wash, lunch at a Mexican restaurant in Ponce City Market, a visit to the new local indie bookshop (Posman Books) in the market, homemade dinner, and what was probably the longest phone conversation I've ever had with my parents, which lasted just over 2½ hours.
Here's my book haul:
Lonely Planet Pocket Bilbao & San Sebastián: for my upcoming planned visit in June
Time Out Edinburgh: for my visit there in August during the Edinburgh International Festival
I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin: the companion book for the documentary film, which I plan to see soon.
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance: for Rachel's group read
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari: Wellcome Book Prize longlist
Swing Time by Zadie Smith: from my wish list
I also purchased the Kindle edition of War and Turpentine by the Belgian author Stefan Hertmans, which was chosen for the Man Booker International Prize longlist, as I'd like to read it next week for the Reading Globally first quarter theme of books written by Benelux authors.
Yesterday was also my best reading day in over two months, as I read 100 pages of The Speed of Light by the Spanish author Javier Cerca, one of my favorite living authors. It's excellent so far, and with a little over 100 pages to go I should be able to finish it today.
>169 kidzdoc: - Hi Darry. I bought and read I Am Not Your Negro a couple of weeks ago. I posted my thoughts on #110 on my last thread http://www.librarything.com/topic/250028#5984037. Not sure if that will work. It has a link to a interview with the film maker that is really good. The film is out now too. I am going to try to see it tomorrow. I almost saw it last week but my plans were put on hold when I had to go to Montreal.
>157 Caroline_McElwee: My passport doesn't expire until July 31. However, I can't use it to travel to the UK, as our passports have to have an expiration date no less than six months from the date of departure. Fortunately there is a passport agency in downtown Atlanta run by the US State Department that provides expedited passports for people who can prove that they are traveling less than two weeks in advance, and I just made an appointment to go there on Thursday morning. All I need to do is get new passport photos, provide a hard copy of my itinerary, and presumably my current passport. It will take no more than eight business days for my new passport to be ready, and since I will be off from work from the 8th through the 11th I'll have time to pick it up or receive it in the mail before I leave.
My Google Image for today is the standard one, BTW.
>158 jessibud2: I imagine that I gave Google information about my birthday, or that it learned it some other way, e.g. from Facebook. What really creeped me out was when I received birthday postcards from two of the local television stations in the mail in 1998, during my first year in medical school when I lived in Pittsburgh. That was a year or less before I started using the Internet available for use, and I'm still not sure how these media outlets would have found out when my birthday was.
>159 scaifea: Ha! I hardly ever double back after I leave home, but I do check everything at least twice before I leave, and occasionally get stressed on the metro ride or drive to the airport. Once I arrive a new set of stressors replaces the ones from home.
I would have purchased more books, as I want to get all of the books on the Wellcome Book Prize and Man Booker International Prize longlists, but Posman Books only had two of the books I was looking for. Both are UK literary awards, so undoubtedly some of the books haven't been published in the US yet. I'll look to see which ones are available here, and plan to buy the others next month.
>171 kidzdoc: - I am not on facebook and although I do have a gmail account, I rarely use it as I only had to create one when I got my current cell phone. Whatever....
Thanks for the birthday wishes, Morphy, Joe, Reba, Jenny, Kerry, Cyrel, Mark, Roni and pbirch01!
>168 pbirch01: Happy Birthday! Aries folks are the best, as you know.
>170 jessibud2: Thanks for posting the link to your review, Shelley. I skimmed over it, as I knew that I would read the book and see the documentary soon. It doesn't seem to be playing in my local arts cinema, but hopefully another cinema Intown will feature it this coming week.
>172 jessibud2: Hmm...I wonder how Google learned your birthday, unless it was information available in your Gmail/Google account? *cue Twilight Zone music*
>169 kidzdoc: glad you had a lovely day Darryl. Great book haul. I'm hoping to see I Am Not Your Negro soon. I imagine I will acquire the book too. The Zadie Smith will be purchased soon too. I tend to love every other of her books, and this is due to be on that pile!
The cauliflower is in the oven, and the dressing prepared. I'll have some with salmon and green salad for supper.
Ha, funny when you just get into a long conversation on the phone. I've a couple of friends I can easily do two hours with.
>171 kidzdoc: glad the passport is in hand.
>141 kidzdoc: Yup, Missoula is often referred to as Mizzoo or Zoo. I have a weekly appointment there which is a bit of a drag, but I am getting most of my book-listening done on the drive. Thank God one eye is still hanging in there and I am legal to drive!
How do you fix chayote squash?
Well, after reading comments about how it can be bitter and astringent I followed a youtube video. The instructions were to cut off the stem end and rub it aroundandaroundandaround on the cut end of the other piece until it quits foaming. There was a bit of a discussion about it on my first thread, and I thought I had been joked, until Cindy (countrylife) chimed in with the scientific explanation on post 110.
They can be bitter, for the same reasons cucumbers can, and this trick also works on bitter cucumbers, too.
Neither of my chayote were bitter, so this was an extra step.
They are very mild, slightly sweet and much more crisp than a zucchini. Even after cooking, they hold together well. Previously I sliced them, added stevia and apple flavoring and had an apple-tasting dessert (no fruit allowed on my diet).
This time I am going to try Vietnamese Stir-Fried Chayote and Beef (Su Su Xao Thit Bo) http://runawayrice.com/main-dishes/stir-fried-chayote-and-beef-su-su-xao-thit-bo...
Apparently they are also good as a side dish stir fried with hot peppers or they can be stuffed with shrimp and crab.
For Pad Thai, I have just been choosing various internet recipes. I think the main taste flavors are due to the tamarind and fish sauce. I usually choose a simple recipe with bean sprouts and a bit of cabbage along with whatever protein. It looks like you can go really complicated if you want to add ingredients like preserved radishes and dried shrimp - none of which are available in my area.
I just picked up an earlier Baldwin from the library: The Fire Next Time, on audiobook. It's only 2 discs and I have already finished the first disc, just driving around doing errands today. I can't remember who the reader is but he is good. I am happy with the timing as I wanted to reread this one before seeing the new doc film.
I finally got around to making crawfish étouffée this afternoon, and I was pleased with the way it turned out:
Here's the recipe from Heather, my group's former business operations coordinator who is from New Orleans:
Crawfish étouffée (makes 6 to 8 servings)
6 tablespoons butter
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
3 rib celery, chopped
1 pound peeled crawfish tails
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can cream of shrimp
1/2 cup water
½ to 3/4 cup dry white wine
Salt, cayenne and hot sauce to taste
Minced green onions for garnish
Add Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning to taste
In a heavy pot, melt the butter and sauté the onions, garlic, bell peppers, and celery until wilted.
Add the crawfish tails and cook for 10 minutes.
Add the soup, water, and wine and stir. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the seasonings and simmer another 10 minutes, add the green onions and serve over steamed rice.
Note: If you have extra serve it over baked fish.
I like this recipe after one day. Cook it and refrigerate for one day.
Publix, my local supermarket, sells frozen crawfish tails in 1 lb bags, so it's perfect for this recipe. I added two finely diced habañero peppers to the Holy Trinity (onion, bell pepper and celery), so the étouffée has an added kick to it. As usual I used Uncle Ben's parboiled rice, as I do for all of my Cajun and Creole recipes. It turned out great, and I'm eager to try it again tomorrow after it sits in my refrigerator for a full day.
Happy belated birthday, Darryl! And the Crawfish Etouffee looks delicious.
>180 kidzdoc: Favorited for future reference! I said to my husband "Hey, there's a great recipe for crawfish etouffee that's by someone who is from New Orleans, and it looks super easy. So easy I could do it. ... Not that I'm going to, just to be clear."
>175 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Caroline. I'll pick up the Sunday AJC (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) tomorrow when I go to Publix, and look at the movie schedule. Hopefully I Am Not Your Negro will be playing Intown next week.
How did your cauliflower "potato" salad turn out?
My new passport is not in hand. I'll take passport photos early next week, order a new one from the Atlanta Passport Agency on Thursday, and wait for it to be finished. It takes 2-3 weeks to get an expedited passport by mail from the US State Department, so I might not get it in time for my trip.
>176 streamsong: I realized after I asked the question that the alternative name for chayote squash is mirliton, which is commonly used in New Orleans cuisine. I tried it when I lived there, and I hated it! It's certainly possible that I might like it now, but I'll taste it in a good NOLA restaurant before I try making it myself. Mirliton is, I think, the only food from Louisiana that I did not like.
Hmm...I need to find a recipe for shrimp Creole...
>177 jnwelch: I'll get to Hillbilly Elegy during the two months that Rachel and the grop will read it. I'm way behind on my reading for the time, as I haven't read either The Unwinding or Strangers in Their Own Land.
I Am Not Your Negro is a very slight book with large text, which could easily be read in an afternoon. If the documentary is playing Intown next week I'll read it beforehand.
>178 souloftherose: Thanks, Heather!
>179 jessibud2: The Fire Next Time is searing and brilliant, so I'm glad that you're reading it, Shelley.
>181 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda!
>182 ursula: Ha! I would say that this recipe is an easy one, but I've been schooled and scolded several times this month, particularly by my classmate from residency and a few physician friends whose cooking skills are largely restricted to heating up frozen foods in their microwaves. This version of crawfish étouffée produces a blonde roux, which is different from the ones with brown roux that I was used to having when I lived in and visited New Orleans, although I still like it. You can see the difference below:
Will your husband be the one who makes the étouffée, Ursula?
>183 alcottacre: I hope that you can find a copy of I Am Not Your Negro in your library, Stasia!
>185 kidzdoc: - It's a reread, Darryl, something I admittedly rarely do. But I read it maybe in the 70s so it's been a very long time and I wanted to revisit it before seeing the new doc. I also found a copy of Another Country at the used bookstore though I won't manage to reread that one before seeing the film (which may be tomorrow!)
I am noticing in the audiobook that it is reminding me of Ta-Nahisi Coates' Between the World and me, a phrase that actually appears in the first essay of Baldwin's book. I wonder if that was deliberates on Coates' part....
>148 PaulCranswick: Ack! Sorry Paul, I somehow missed your post! Thank you for the birthday wish.
I suspected that you could more than hold your own in the kitchn, based on past comments you, and possibly Hani, made. Roast leg of lamb sounds delightful, along with beef stroganoff. Can I assume that "baked past" is actually "baked pasta"? If so, what type of baked pasta do you make? I had a great recipe for baked lasagna that I made frequently when I was in medical school in Pittsburgh, which my classmate friends loved, but I haven't made it in 20 years or more and don't remember where I got the recipe from.
>185 kidzdoc: He will absolutely be the one who makes it. :) But probably not until we are in California.
The first time I ever had etouffee was in Austin, and it had a blonde roux.
I think I am correct in thinking that you are off or will soon be off work and off to visit sunnier climes? Best wishes for your trip!
>187 kidzdoc: Hahaha - the past needs an a adding to it to make it tasty!
>169 kidzdoc: I like the look of the book haul mate. War and Turpentine got a great review over at Donna's thread. I trust that Homo Deus is nearly as good as the book it follows and which was truly excellent.
Have a great weekend, Darryl.
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