This isn’t my normal time to be posting the weekend reading roundup, but time has been slipping through my fingers in the last week. I’m doing my best: sticking to the parts of my self-care routine that really count (yoga, meditation, cooking when I can, staying connected to friends on text and social media, if not in person), prioritizing what needs to get done, and postponing or letting go of the rest. It’s not a very elegant dance at the moment, but it’s OK. I’m OK—and to acknowledge that I can be overwhelmed and OK at the same time is a small victory.
Fortunately I haven’t let the last busy week stop me from spotting some enticing recipes and interesting reads—and I really wanted to pop in quickly tonight to share them with you.
How is it that I’ve never made my own vegan crab cakes? Not once, not ever? Definitely a food that I loved in my pre-gan days. Until I come up with a recipe, I’ll take inspiration from Aimee and her tasty looking version.
Speaking of never, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a recipe for vegan spaetzle, till now! So cool.
I’ve been hooked on roasted cabbage since I tried it a year or so ago, and I love Katie’s curried version.
I love this vibrant, colorful, vegetable centric plate of food from Jamie of Dishing Out Health.
Celery is one of those vegetables I’m much more likely to use in a soup or casserole than to savor for its own merits. This recipe is inspiring me to focus on it a little more intently.
1. An interesting article on trichotillomania and dermatillomania (hair pulling and skin picking). They’re classified as body-focused repetitive behaviors and, according to one expert interviewed, are actually neuropsychological conditions—similar to obsessive compulsive disorder, but I don’t read about them as often. I’ve had clients who live with both conditions, so I’m eager to learn more.
2. A balanced look at some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding IBS. I like that the article underscores the availability of different types of solutions, from CBT to dietary interventions.
3. Maryn McKenna reports on the precariousness of the medical supply chain in America.
4. This isn’t exactly health, food, or science-related, but I so enjoyed reading this profile of New York City violin-maker Samuel Stochek.
5. Sensitive, moving reflections from Lynn Randolph, an artist in residence in the palliative care unit at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Randolph writes,
I ask patients to talk about what they love, what has meaning to them . . . When a patient or caregiver has an image that is deep within themselves and we can make it visible, they often bond with it in a way that makes them feel whole. They might cry, or become radiant, or clasp the image to their bodies. In those moments I feel whole, too.
And I’m wishing you a sweet end to this Monday.
I heard a saying the other day: “worrying is like praying for bad things to happen.” I can’t figure out how I feel about it. My immediate reaction was to think that the saying ascribes too much intention to worrying. If nothing else, to frame worrying as a manifestation of negative outcomes is exactly the sort of formulation that would make a worrier worry more. Many worriers can’t control their “bad thoughts,” no matter how hard they try. The thoughts feel nothing at all like prayers; they…
It was a spectacular week of recipe fails around here, which is why I haven’t had anything to post. Not just recipes that needed fine tuning, mind you, but real duds. It was frustrating. Needless to say, I reacted by bearing down and retesting everything, which only resulted in repeated failures. Finally, I decided to take a real break. I took the end of the week and the weekend off from cooking, assembling simple stuff and focusing on my baking adventures instead. I’m…
Happy weekend, everyone. I hope you’re enjoying a little springtime weather and some rest! Lots of interesting reads in this week’s roundup of recipes and articles, as well as some great springtime meal ideas. On Thursday I mentioned how much I appreciate super speedy meals these days. Margaret’s awesome tofu scramble tostadas fit the bill. Her tofu scramble recipe is a snap to make, and you could easily use canned refried vegan black beans in place of the hummus if you’re short on time….
Good morning, everyone. To those of you who are celebrating Father’s Day today, I hope you have a lovely time. My weekend has been evenly split between work for my MNT class and celebrating the upcoming arrival of my best friend’s first baby (her shower was yesterday!). Between the shower and Father’s Day today, I’ve been thinking a lot about being a child and being a parent, about the role of family in our lives. This past year presented me with some family difficulties,…