I love and will always love my Neal's Yard Dairy tote. But I'm confident I will find new ways to remember my trips to old London town, rather than carrying this bag with its stains and thread-bare straps. This week I upgraded to a new used Dooney and Bourke. The brand doesn't mean much to me, but it's well made and appears to be a classic of sorts. I can fit and find my keys, my Rosebud Salve and a diaper all in two shakes of a lamb's tail. It didn't cost terribly much, but it was definitely a discretionary expense and one that I wanted to disappear. And so I decided I would eat it for lunch. There is this great scene in Crossing Delancy, (one of our favorite movies) where Izzy walks into the bookstore where she works with a large shopping bag in her arms and someone asks her, "What's in the bag?", and she answers, "My lunch for the next month." Really, there is a dress she can't afford in the bag. And so it went for me. Starting with beans then lentils, back to beans then lentils, finishing with homemade pizza.
Monday: Depression Stew from My Berlin Kitchen. This has become a mainstay in our home. I love it and I double it. It's made with flageolet beans and carrots and potatoes in a tomato base.
Tuesday: I tried this recipe from Food52 for red lentil dal. It was fine and would have been much better had I not elminated the last and perhaps the most interesting part of the recipe.
Wednesday: Black Bean and Rice Skillet from Simply in Season. Another simple favorite and one where I get to use my cast iron skillet from start to finish.
Thursday: Lentil Soup which got bumped back from Monday night. My own version, fairly simply and fairly heavy on the cumin and tumeric.
Friday: Pizza. Smitten Kitchen's crust. The rest of it was unremarkable, but none of us really cared. Especially me.
After a week like that one, I can't wait to read through my new Bon Appetit, paying careful attention to the Chicken and Dumplings on the cover.