Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Covid Cafe: We Will Figure It Out. Aqui Juntos (here together)

The Chicago Art Department, a nonprofit arts group, quietly debuted a new mural over the weekend at their studio, 1932 S. Halsted St. The mural aims to inspire hope in neighbors and struggling artists, many of whom call Pilsen home, during these uncertain times, said Carlos Flores, general manager of the Chicago Art Department. Read more here.

 We're all figuring this out as we go along. Today's first recipe is a fine example of that.

Slow prep, all day

Lee writes: I slow-cooked beets on the stove top. While cooking I added water to bulgar and forked a few times. All this is slow prep, all day.

Then I slid the skin off beets and cubed into the bulgar and broke up some feta cheese into the mix. Next I added salt, good olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. I crumbled in dried cilantro from last year's harvest. While it marinated I toasted walnuts in a pan. 

I put the salad on a bed of lettuce and topped with micro greens. (Variation would be jalapeño or red pepper for desired heat.)

Good dog Carl snuggles in Wisconsin, where temps are still cool

A gift of herbs, still growing

Thank you, Lee, for the go-slow reminder. Our next plate comes from Kathie, and she's making our mouths water.

Cross cultural

Kathie writes: I forgot to put the cornbread on the plate, but at least I got the field peas, fried okra, corn salad, and pulled pork. We live in New Mexico but spend about five months a year (pre-pandemic) in Mississippi. Frozen field peas were brought with us when we returned about ten days ago from Mississippi and the okra is fresh from Mexico so there's a bit of both cultures in this meal.

Last night I made date nut bread and am having a hard time staying away from it. Memories from childhood: date bread sandwiches and cream cheese.

Good music, funny visuals
Loose translation: If you don't have to leave, don't leave your home. Protect yourself, protect yourself, be careful, the coronavirus is a threat.

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