Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Of Bishop and Bacon

Why hello again, dear readers. I've been doing some spring cleaning lately, both in the real world and the digital, as I attempt to shake off the staleness that settled in my apartment and my brain this winter. If you've read zees blog before, you might notice that some posts have disappeared. This is because I've sent them back to Draft land where they'll live in peace and invisibility, allowing me to move forward knowing that not everything I put on the internet has to stay there forever. Whew.

In terms of the impulse to edit one's online oeuvre, I'm naturally thinking about Elizabeth Bishop, one of my favorite poets, who published only about 100 poems during her lifetime because she was so exacting. ("[Determined] never to try to publish anything until I thought I'd done my best with it, no matter how many years it took—or never to publish at all," she'd vowed when she was young.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Big Promises

As God is my witness....
#1 I'll never be hungry again! (thanks to the below homemade granola recipe, which I've perfected over the past couple months)

get it?
got it?
now onto the granola:

Grindin' it Out Granola
1-1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw cashew pieces
1/2 cup flax seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds
1/8 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon Cassia cinnamon
1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon fresh-grated nutmeg

1/8 cup olive oil
1/8 cup Grade B maple syrup
4 oz unsweetened apple sauce

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Line a baking sheet (preferably one with sides, i.e. a jelly roll pan) with parchment paper. Mix all dry ingredients together in a big bowl. Measure all the wet ingredients into the same measuring cup and stir to combine, then add to the dry mixture. Mix everything up real good, then spread evenly on baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally to prevent burning. Let cool, then EAT! Or pour into your favorite lidded container(s) and keep for up to one month.