Fair warning, this post is a downer but I wanted to offer an explanation for my inactivity and also vent a bit.
The fall and winter means sweater weather. My favorite time of the year! This also means that it’s soup weather. It’s probably not cold enough as yet but I’m getting the party started with turkey and bean chili. I’ve made chili several times before but decided to try adding a bit of ground turkey this time around. Until recently I only tolerated turkey around Thanksgiving but I’ve found that making it in other forms is quite good. The meat is incredibly lean, can be cooked in a variety of ways, and tastes great if seasoned well. And on to the recipe!
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a freeman working as a violinist, happily living with his wife and two children in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1841. While his family is out of town on a trip he is introduced to two men that invite him on a trip to Washington, DC under the premise of an opportunity to earn a good deal of money for a short stint as a violinist in the circus. During a night out, Northup is drugged by the men and loses consciousness only to awake shackled in a small dark room. We witness the theft of Northup’s freedom and his initiation into slavery as he goes through the forced transformation of becoming “Platt”, the slave.
Last week I got a sudden craving for biscotti. This was weird because the first and the last time I ate or made biscotti was in 1998 or 1999 and I didn’t like it (way too much chocolate). I searched the internet and cobbled together this recipe from some ingredients and directions that I found on allrecipes.com and seriouseats.com. Like most cookies it goes well with coffee or tea but I had mine with hot chocolate.
My ideal morning is fairly lazy and starts around 8:00 AM. It’s spent lounging about in pajamas and a robe while sipping a piping hot cup of tea, eating a good breakfast, and watching home improvement or interior design shows. One of my favorite sit-down breakfasts on these mornings is ackee and saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica.