I went to get a massage and my wonderful therapist offered a taste of the green soup she made. OMG! It was delicious!! She told me that she got the recipe from Splendid Table.  You can get it here: https://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/basic-green-soup.

Young added her homemade chimichurri sauce to it. I love chimichurri and I think that that addition made the soup sparkle.

I couldn’t wait to try it myself. The recipe really leaves of room to get innovative and use the greens in your fridge. I used the spinach, kale, parsley and coriander. And I also had carrot tops and radish tops, leeks and green onion. I didn’t have chimichurri so I added chimichurri ingredients to it – jalapeno and vinegar (my version already had coriander and parsley.)

It’s beautiful, healthy and delicious!

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I ‘m gonna quit Facebook for a while. So much stuff shows up that is very distracting. I’m not disciplined enough to ignore it all.

Posting on a blog requires more time and thought…maybe what I need to slow the stream of social media.

I will still post to Instagram…I’m @robin.scanlon.

So I’m gonna post the stuff I’d normally post on Facebook…like tonight’s dinner.

We get amazing fresh fish at our local grocery store, KTA. This afternoon we picked up two ono (wahoo) filets. I baked them with olive oil, salt/pepper, and lemon slices at 350 degrees for ten minutes. Ono overlooks really easily so watch it.

Topped with a gremolata – lemon zest, garlic, and parsley, a side of basmati rice and steamed spinach it was perfect. Healthy and yummy!

When you neglect anything for a while, it’s hard to get back to it. Practice, practice daily and it works better. So here I am…showing up on the page. I love to write, but I’ve been so down on my ability to do anything. At the last meditation retreat I did in Maui, after fifteen years, I figured out the reason I keep at zen practice. Believe me, it’s not an easy one in any way. That was a good thing.

I’ve been reading a lot. Well, actually, I’ve been listening to books a lot. I almost gave up reading because I had such difficulty concentrating. I still do, but listening to audio books has made it easier. The experience is definitely different. I listened to Pico Iyer’s The Lady and the Monk. Mostly I enjoyed going through Kyoto with him. After that, I had to get the book because reading the words makes the images more vivid for me. I just finished Lit by Mary Karr which is well written. I found it hard to get through some of the bad stuff she experienced, but the insights were wonderful. Now I’m listening to Michael Pollan’s A Place of My Own. He narrates it as did Mary Karr and Patti Smith and I love listening to the author read their own work. Ted Kooser reading his memoir, Local Wonders: Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, was one of my favorites. I know, my choice of reading material is all over the place. Anyway, being in touch with the books made me want to practice writing again. So here I am.

Another practice, I’m trying my hand at is drawing and painting. I’ll try anything. I want to try my hand at another form of art practice. Lots of stuff I want to do. I have a humongous collection of art supplies so there is absolutely no reason to procrastinate on this one. I even have images in my head…food, ohia trees and other native Hawaiian plants, dogs and just beautiful things in general. I listened to an interview on Public Radio where the interviewee’s goal in creating work was to give people a reason to be optimistic. It was on Serious Eats and they interviewed Phil Rosenthal. I thought that that was an fantastic goal to have given the current news climate…a perfect goal for me to have whether I write, draw or cook. Looking for the good things is the way I want to spend my life.

My best friend died last year. I still think I can just call or write her about something she would like or think was funny every day. Channeling those thoughts into art would be a way to express those things. She encouraged my writing and watercolor all the time.

So Carolyn…this is for you. I miss you every day.

Believe it or not, a lot of progress has been made in the last week. The construction tent is gone and we can use our garage. The wall in front of the house is complete and the work table is gone. Now we have a blank canvas to work with.

The Meyer lemon buds are blossoming and smell divine! Fern shoots in different stages are unfolding. During the week, I was in Maui so I missed the first magnolia bloom, BUT this one:

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These are the two views of the front…they don’t look much different than they did last week.

The changes were small and subtle: Magnolia buds, small green oranges, a FIG!!, and the Meyer lemon blossoms have grown.

I’ve been stockpiling cabbage – green, red and won bok – for fermenting. It’s super easy and fun. The process is forgiving and you can be creative as you go. I pull all the vege that I want in the ferments and look for other flavor add ins.

Today the kim chee contains won bok, chives, green onions, ginger, garlic, jalapeno pepper and carrots. The first photo is the chopped up veggies. The second is after salting and macerating with gochugaru.

The sauerkraut ingredients are green cabbage, red cabbage, preserved lemon, thinly sliced lemon (with rind), pink peppercorns and jalapeno. Again the first photo shows the chopped veggies, the next after macerating.

Here’s a photo of the finished ferments. I’ll burp them daily to release excess gas and taste. Then they go in the fridge for consumption. Yum!