Recently we got a great book from friends with impeccable taste in food and cookbooks: Lorna Sass’s Whole Grains Every Day, Every Way. It’s a book with loads of recipes using grains you’ve (or at least I’ve) never heard of (amaranth, triticale, teff, kamut) and new ways to think about using those grains you already know and love (rice, corn, barley). It also contains words that I seldom see in many cookbooks not aimed directly at vegetarians: “Vegetarians will enjoy this as an entree.” Thus, it earns a prime spot on our cookbook shelf.
Also why I like this book? Ryan dislikes quinoa, which is my favorite Supergrain around, and I’m looking for a suitable replacement that doesn’t bring about the grimaces that that innocent, delicious, unthinkably healthy quinoa garners. Let’s just say that grains as an entree has never sat well with him, so this is going to be a tricky task. I think it’s best summed up that he’s a fan of whole grain vegetarian entrees, as long they’re just for the vegetarians. Add broccoli to that and we’re in deep trouble!
Now bear with me as I abruptly change subjects to the orange item in the above picture.
It’s an iPod stand! It gently cushions your iPod in an upright position on your desk, sits on your knees during that long car trip, or perhaps adorns your airline tray on that cross-continental flight as you take in the latest movie downloaded from iTunes. It may also accompany you to Panera, as you grab a bowl of soup after Target and before HomeGoods. They have free WiFi, and I know you like to do a quick check of the email and the NYTimes headlines before going in search of the perfect discount 400 thread count sheets, right?
So what does this have to do with the price of buckwheat in China? Well, it appears that Lorna left out a chapter in her book, somewhere between “The Rice Family” and “Green Spelt.” I believe this chapter should be entitled “Alternate uses for grains your husband won’t eat” and it should have one of these iPod stands as its cover shot. I believe the PodPillow has just become Ryan’s most favorite craft ever to come out of the Dog Named Banjo workshop, because I’m emptying our pantry of dry grains to fill them with. Today alone I depleted our supply of dry lentils, split peas, and barley. (These actually almost earned the name of “The Lentil Lounger”). Much to his delight, I’ve even threatened to sacrifice my brand new bag of buckwheat for this little project. And anyway, I bought the buckwheat at a Russian market, and can’t read the label so I really have no idea if it’s even buckwheat. I need a translator!
These will be arriving in my Etsy shop in the coming days. I’ll make sure to post here when they’re up!Posted by robyn on January 20th, 2010 under crafts, random, sewing
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