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When Work is Done

“Each of us, when our day’s work is done, must seek our ideal,
whether it be love or pinochle or lobster à la Newburg,
or the sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.”
O. Henry

It’s been a Lots Of Work To Do sort of week. Bottle-feeding our orphaned baby goats, planting winter crops, writing, cooking, photographing, more writing, and collecting the last of the Autumn harvest.

It’s good work, satisfying work, but boy am I glad to reach the end of each day and climb into bed and get cozy under the blankets with a good story.

One of the good things about cooking and photographing for a writing assignment is that Bear and I have heaps to eat at the end of it. Tonight we got to tuck into all sorts of nibble-y bites, including far too many pretzels dunked in a roasted garlic yogurt dip. It sure hit the spot after getting back inside from doing chores in the cold Autumn wind.

Bear and I continue to plug along writing our medieval cookbook. Today we baked spelt bread rolls over the campfire and they turned out beautifully. We were so excited. 🙂 Tomorrow I get back to writing and cooking for the Spices section. I love seeing whole spices, like this mace, that I’ve only seen in powdered form before. The history of food is so fascinating to me, and I can’t wait to see this book come together.

Now it’s time for me to retreat to the “sweet silence of the musty bookshelves.”

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

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Vannessa@Luxuria - Wow!!! your food writing assignments sound so exciting and yummy.
The best book I’ve read recently is one I first read about 10 years ago-‘Tuesdays With Morrie’ by Mitch Albom. I highly recommend it (and keep a box of tissues by your side 😉

Joanne (eats well with others) - Definitely the best part of recipe testing is getting to eat all of the goodies at the end of the day!!

Hotly Spiced - I’d love the spelt bread rolls recipe! It looks like your preparing a lot of great food for your cookbook. How sad to have so many orphaned goats! I do love to go to bed with a good book. I’m reading, ‘Love in the Outback’ at the moment xx

Anna Johnston - Where do you find all your amazing crockery, everything is so pretty. 🙂
Book, hmmmm…. I’ve been such a slacker, haven’t read a book in forever. Although, thinking that will change in the coming weeks, this weather is not at all conducive to being outdoors.
Have a happy weekend lovely lady. xox
PS: Are you enjoying Gilmore Girls? Mom and I were thinking about kicking off our yearly marathon. LOL!

Krista - Fully smooshed made me grin, @OrgasmicChef:disqus. 🙂 I confess I cheat a bit and use my spice mill. I would happily share a roll with you, but Bear just ate the last one. Next batch! 🙂

Krista - Oh wow, Velva, that book sounds intense. 🙂 Hard core farming is not our cup of tea either – small scale, hobby, yep, that suits us well. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, @liz_posmyk:disqus xo

Velva - Fun times Krista! My favorite book this year has been Dirty Life-A journey to hard core farming (laugh). After reading it I decided all I really wanted was a garden and chickens 🙂

Liz Posmyk - What a delicious end to a period of solid work! Lovely!

Maureen - I too was surprised the first time I bought ‘whole’ mace. It took me forever to figure out how to get it fully smooshed in the mortar. 🙂 That meal would suit me just fine after a long day of hard work. Well done! I want one of those rolls, please!

Krista - It really is food through the ages, @turkeysforlife:disqus 🙂 Olde English and Medieval and bits and bobs from all over. 🙂

Turkey's For Life - Wow, you have been busy with writing and food…food through the ages! 🙂 It all looks fabulous as usual and great that you have so many goodies to eat all the time. 😉

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