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Simple and rich

Meet my new bloghome! Politicook: Food for the Progressive Soul. I've been asked to be an editor there! Go me. (Here's one of my posts.)

The decluttering of my life and my diet has revolutionized me, and I've been doing a great deal of thinking (and blogging) about food--about its pleasures and powers, and about how simple and rich my life is becoming as a result of spending more time at the market, in my garden, in my kitchen, and at the table.

The transformation has happened so quickly, and so unexpectedly, that I'm still not able to quantify it. I keep trying to write about it, so far without much success.

So I'll just say this: in contrast to my normal, dreary Sunday evening of yore--a.k.a. The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul--this Sunday evening avventura1234 and two of her kids came over joined me in eating spinach salad and fresh chicken soup with homemade noodles out in the back yard, while we talked about gardens, politics, and the possibility of living without a car.

And I just took two loaves of whole wheat bread in the oven. My house smells like heaven.



Wheat Bread 001
Get it while it's hot.

Wheat Bread 008
Heaven.

Happy Sunday night, everyone.

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vchrusch
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
That's tasty looking bread.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC)
It's pretty yummy.

How'd the NKB come out?
vchrusch
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
It turned out beautifully and there's a trio of photos in my last LJ post. I thought you might have seen them already.

Edited at 2008-04-28 05:31 pm (UTC)
communicator
Apr. 28th, 2008 09:10 am (UTC)
I think it is fascinating how the decluttering project has had knock-on effects. I was thinking about what Orwell said about the temptation of poor food, junk food, as a sort of little treat for people who don't have many treats in their lives. But ultimately the treat backfires: bad food makes you feel bad.

My breadmaker seems to be on the blink so I am jealous of your loaves.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
There's a sort of big, comprehensive lie at the heart of modern life. In its essence, the lie is, "Trust authority and your life will be fine." So authority says, "Healthy!" and "No Trans-Fats!" and the like, and we eat the thing so labeled.

And when we get sick, authority says, "Drugs! Surgeries!" (and, more insidiously, "Weak! Loser!")

And on it goes. The simple shift of trust from others to self is profound. In effect, decluttering my house has been a choice to trust myself over the external voices that exhort me to own more things. It all started unraveling from there, the whole edifice.

And can I say that "I am jealous of your loaves" is a wonderful phrase that I feel sure I'm going to use in an icon, at least.
roseambr
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Your mini-feast sounds wonderful, and best when shared with friends or family. I am still chuckling though... my first read I got "homemade noodles from the back yard"... I thought, Now what amazing thing has she come up with??? Hee! How were you making noodles in your back yard??? Oh! EATING noodles in the back yard! Much different!

The idea of no car is a great thought, and if I lived in town I would be considering it myself. Living 10 miles from the nearest civilization makes that an impossible idea. But we are considering a hibred or maybe some kind of little scooter for summer and nice weather use.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
I saw a Smartcar parked outside a big fancy house in Irvington on Friday. Brand new and really cute. If I ever buy another car, I'm getting something like that.

No noodle bushes in my back yard. Hee!
roseambr
Apr. 28th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh! And YUM!!! on the bread! Is that a swirl I see?
emeraldsedai
Apr. 28th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Not an intentional one--this is just your basic loaf o' bread. But it's great to find a whole wheat recipe that comes out like bread instead of a damp brick.
llaras
Apr. 29th, 2008 01:54 am (UTC)
annnnnnnnne! is there an lj feed for just your posts there? cause i want to read, but i barely have time for this site, much less adding another.

i like what you said about breakfast. i'm pondering.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 29th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
I'm flattered! I'm not sure how LJ feeds work, but I'll see what I can figure out.
llaras
Apr. 29th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC)
Or even just a link to your posts alone? I tried to figure that out, but had trouble navigating the site.
emeraldsedai
Apr. 29th, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
I have trouble too. It's a fledgling site, that hasn't yet exploited all the tools WordPress offers--including the one that lets a diarist on a blog separate out their own diaries.

I may just start cross-posting.
llaras
Apr. 29th, 2008 10:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, that explains it. Cross-posting would be awesome, if you decide to go that way. Or even a weekly post that links to your entries?
emeraldsedai
Apr. 29th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Another good idea! Thanks!
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