Today I’m gonna leave you all with a quote and a recipe and go back to studying until my eyeballs fall out. I’ll holla back when I am done with exams, done with college and no longer want to punch a puppy.
We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and there is no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified — how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don’t know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know. —Richard Feynman
Ramp & Spinach Pizza
Adapted from Smitten
1. Combine the bread ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Dump onto a floured surface and knead; add flour as needed to create a nice ball. Knead for a minute or two then oil a mixing bowl and roll the dough around so it’s coated. Cover with plastic wrap and leave for 1-2 hours, until it’s doubled in size.
2. Dump the ball back on a lightly floured surface and press the air out with your hands. Fold into a ball and let it sit 20 more minutes.
3. In the mean time, slice up the ramps. Place a pan on medium heat and once hot pour in the olive oil. Add the white and pink stem parts and sauté 3-4 minutes. Add the green top parts of the ramps and the spinach and sauté another minute or two until the leaves are just wilted. Set aside.
4. Sprinkle a pizza stone or baking sheet with cornmeal and preheat your oven to its highest temp. Stretch the pizza dough to a 10-12” circle. Add the tomato pureé or sauce, sprinkle with minced garlic and the ramp and spinach mixture. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden.
9 Things to Do When you Forget Mother’s Day
1. Call your mom crying because the rabies-infested stray cat you took in yesterday ran away. She will forgive you for letting this take precedent because moms are more compassionate than regular human beings.
2. Tell her the enormous diamond/flower bouquet/life-sized sculpture of her you made from rare Italian clay are so difficult to transport that they will arrive a little late. Upside: there is a slim slim chance she will believe this! Downside: time to get sculpting.
3. Call your mom and tell her you’re on an impulsive trip to Hawaii and with the time difference it’s still May 12 there. If your mom has absolutely no perception of geography this could work.
4. Drink a beer and forget about it. Your mom will not like this one but you will.
5. Write a love song for your mom. Include such lines as “your eyes sparkle like Russian meteors falling out of the sky.” She could be impressed.
6. Write a haiku. Nothing shows you care like syllable counting.
7. Spend all of your money buying your mom a ticket to a Justin Timberlake summer concert. THIS WON’T WORK IF SHE ALREADY HAS ONE. Like my mom.
8. Perform a song you wrote over the telephone. Bonus if you pull this off and don’t know how to play any instruments.
9. Make your mom some o these [guaranteed to work]:
Buckwheat Ployes Pancakes!
Makes 8-10 ‘cakes
Both of my parents love to tell stories about the eccentric and goofy people they lived with throughout their twenties. They talk about the weird foods these people ate, their poor hygiene, their unbelievable sleep schedules, the strange people they would bring home. When I was in high school I would use these stories to get out of trouble; “at least I don’t clip my toenails over your toothbrush” somehow saved my ass many times. That was a mild one.
It’s an unbelievably intimate thing– sharing a living space with someone you hardly know. Some do it to slice off a fraction of their rent while others are just looking for the security of having a living, breathing person to come home to. Some roommates happen as marriages of convenience (my sister and her roommate of two years met on Craigslist when they got jobs in the same town. When people ask, they still say they met through a friend named Craig). Of course, roommateships also happen with close, established friends. Still, even in that case you get to know people a whole lot better when you live with them.
I have four roommates this year, all of whom are different and wonderful. One thing we share is a love of cooking (remember the aforementioned weird food habits? I am that roommate). This post is a special shout out to May, who is the baking queen of our apartment, constantly concocting some new culinary project. Too many baked goods is a problem which I’m pretty sure only happens in our house (hashtag good problem to have). These muffins were one of May’s many baking frenzies, and she agreed to put ‘em on the blog for all y’alls enjoyment. That’s the other thing about roommates– they’re awesome.
Apple-Carrot & Ginger Spelt Muffins
Adapted from For the Love of Food
Preheat the oven to 325*
1. Combine the flour, flax seeds, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom in a bowl and whisk together. Add the ginger, coconut oil, almond milk, agave nectar, and vanilla- stir to combine. Add the carrot and apple and mix until a smooth batter forms.
2. Line a baking pan with cupcake liners or lightly grease with coconut oil. Fill each cup about 1/3 of the way for normal muffins or overflowing (as pictured) for jumbo ones. Place in the oven for 22-25 minutes at 350. Remove and test with a toothpick in the center to make sure they’re done. Set to cool for 15-20 minutes.
This Friday wasn’t just like any old Friday, which is usually reserved for watching 7 episodes of your Netflix TV show du jour and writing in your diary about all the interesting birds you saw that week (oh, just me?). It wasn’t like any other Friday, where you peel off whatever disgusting clothes have been clinging to your body in the library for four days. No, this Friday was ¡Fajita Friday!
The aforementioned lame excuse for spring weather that’s been bullying Madison for the past week prompted me to look elsewhere for warm weather inspiration. Seeking something simple that could serve the masses, I turned to my favorite thing that comes in a tortilla that’s not a burrito. Fajitas are great because you can personalize them with whatever toppings you want (though everyone inevitably ends up with a similar-looking pile of salsa on their plate at the end). Add several packs of beer and a chihuahua and you have a ¡fiesta! I just figured out how to do an upside down exclamation point, can you tell?
Makes 4-6 Fajitas
Lentil & Tempeh filling
Peppers & Onions
Have you ever had your dreams literally realized? If your dreams consist of skydiving with your preschool teacher, your crush, and Jodie Foster, for your sake, I really hope not. But tonight one of my dreams came true. You see, last week I had an impeccably and bizarrely precise dream about making kale pizza with four particular people. In the dream I even promised myself that if it were in fact a dream I needed to make it a reality, ANY MEANS NECESSARY. Thus was born the first pizza night of 2013. Nobody was killed in the making of this pizza.
My friends Anna, Grace, and Ben came over and we made this delicious-a$$ pizza, dough and everything. As it turns out, making your own dough only takes about an hour-ish and the only semi-weird ingredient is semolina flour, which isn’t even that goddamn weird! Ben is a good bread-makin’ man, so I shamelessly made him do that. The result? Dope delicious delectable dough THE D IS SILENT.
Sweet Potato, Kale, Caramelized Onion Pizza
Dough recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod
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Since you’re already disobeying your New Years resolutions (God knows I am, I’ve already talked loudly about my bowels in public twice and it’s only January 5th) here’s a delishus and nutrishus dish that will get you back on track and make you fall in love with Brussels spouts for the first time or all over again. Or, as I like to say, Brussels Sprawesomez.
Preheat oven to 400º
1. Toss the Brussels sprouts with olive oil, rosemary and salt. Pour on a foil-lined cookie sheet and roast 15-20 minutes, or until soft throughout.
2. In the last 5 minutes of baking, spread the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 4-5 minutes.
4. Arrange the sprouts on a serving dish and pour apple-butter sauce over. Garnish with toasted walnuts.