Sunday, April 26, 2020

Covid Cafe: All I Wanna Do

Red bellied woodpecker outside my window 

Good day to you from Covid Cafe. Springtime gives us hope for a flourishing world. Let's see what people are cooking today: cauliflower steaks, gnocchi, and waffles. Way to keep it diverse, chefs!

Longtime friend Carole in Mexico city sent this recipe for Moroccan Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Chickpeas and Tomatoes. Carole says: I make this in my toaster oven, being just one person. The mint in the yogurt makes it very yummy and the garbanzo beans and tomato combination adds a tasty enhancement to the cauliflower.  

Carole has mint and lavender growing on her sunny deck

Meantime, Phyllis wrote to say she and Barb made gnocchi with sweet peppers, zucchini, and tomatoes.    

Holly says: Making these waffles this week, I thought about all the times I've made them ...too many to count! A standard brunch item for Christmas and Easter and also breakfast after sleepovers when the kids were teens, pop-up brunch after the Cubs won the world series, and a favorite of my study skills class when I was teaching. Topping choices: real maple syrup, honey, peanut butter, jelly, plain yogurt with fruit.

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
½ cup wheat germ
½ cup oatmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt

4 cups buttermilk
½ to 1 cup oil
4 eggs

Mix dry ingredients.
Blend liquid ingredients.
Add liquid ingredients to dry and mix well.

Preheat waffle iron.  
For my waffle iron, I fill each section with about 1/3 cup batter and bake for 4 ½ minutes.

This recipe makes a big batch.  Leftover waffles freeze well.  Just thaw and warm in toaster.
The recipe is easily cut in half.

Our crabapple is moments away from bursting into bloom

  And someone's setting up house in it

Leaping lizards 
JAZ from Tucson writes to say it's reptile season there: This is a horn toad lizard, often called horny toad lizard. They shoot a red substance from their eyes when threatened, but only by other animals--not humans.

I woke up today singing this
This ain't no country club... 

by Marie Howe
          (after Stephen Hawking)
Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity
we once were?
so compact nobody
needed a bed, or food or money — 
nobody hiding in the school bathroom
or home alone
pulling open the drawer
where the pills are kept.
For every atom belonging to me as good
Belongs to you.
There was no   Nature.    No
 them.   No tests
to determine if the elephant
grieves her calf    or if 
the coral reef feels pain.    Trashed
oceans don’t speak English or Farsi or French;
would that we could wake up   to what we were
— when we were ocean    and before that 
to when sky was earth, and animal was energy, and rock was
liquid and stars were space and space was not
at all — nothing
before we came to believe humans were so important
before this awful loneliness.
Can molecules recall it?
what once was?    before anything happened?
No I, no We, no one. No was
No verb      no noun
only a tiny tiny dot brimming with 
is is is is is
All   everything   home

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