we both like soup

(Anyone catch that obscure movie reference? I'll give you a hint: the genre is mockumentary.)

I was perhaps a teeny bit misleading when I titled that last post "the finish line." Yes, my dissertation is done, but you can't call me "Doctor," not just yet. I have a big recital in a month, the defense, and some annoying, mindless paperwork to turn in to the graduate school before it's all official. Still, I can breathe a little easier now, and not feel guilty when I spend Daniel's naptime reading for pleasure instead of writing. (By the way, Katie asked in the comments what the title of my dissertation is; for some reason I don't feel comfortable posting the exact title, but the gist of it is "Contemporary Settings of Cummings' Poetry.")

Non-sequitor #1: look who inherited my sweet tooth.

Yup, that's chocolate cake. What's worse, I let him eat it right before dinner on Tuesday. A better mother than I wouldn't have let him, but it was just one of those times when it was worth getting the 20 minutes he was occupied scraping crumbs out with a little fork so I could fix dinner in peace.

Non-sequitor #2: wanna know what we had for dinner last night? It was good, and even Daniel ate some (big accomplishment for a kid whose diet normally consists of bread and bread-like foods).

Curried squash soup

1. Sauté 1 chopped onion in 3 T. vegetable oil for 5-10 minutes.

2. Add and sauté for 30 seconds or so:
1 T. chopped garlic
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1/2 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cayenne (for Daniel's sake, I actually didn't add this while it was cooking, but waited until the soup was served and sprinkled it on top)

3. Add:
1 lb. chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned)
4 cups butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 cup red lentils
2 tsp. vegetable broth paste or a couple of bullion cubes
enough water to cover everything
salt to taste
(Potatoes would be good, too, but we didn't have any...)

4. Bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and let everything simmer 20-30 minutes, or until the squash is soft and the lentils are done cooking.

5. Purrée in a blender and serve with chopped peanuts and plain yogurt.

It occurs to me that this is a vegan recipe (if you don't top it with yogurt), in case anyone's inclined that way.


Strangeite said…
I believe that has to be a quote from an interview in "American Bitch", the magazine focused on the issues of the lesbian pure bred dog owner.
Suze said…
roy, you're awfully close.
Strangeite said…
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Strangeite said…

What are you talking about?

I think what we're talking about is standards, basically; very, very specific, rigid, you could say, but in this world where would we be without them, I think. And notice where we are.
Pamela said…
mmmm... soup...
Suze said…
i mean you've got the right movie and even the right character but not quite the right part in the movie. you're close enough, though.

sorry to be so cryptic, everyone. for those of you who even care (and i'm guessing there are very, very few of you), the movie is "best in show" by christopher guest, and the quote is by the ditzy blonde gold-digger who is explaining what she and her elderly, rich husband, leslie, have in common. this is before she comes out with her dog trainer.

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