Friday, November 30, 2012

The Winter List of Awesome Things!

Suppi helping me decorate the tree

It's time again for Hippy Elf Chick's seasonal list of awesome things.  In case you were not with us last time for the fall list, this is where I share things that put me in the spirit of the season but are a little untraditional (for example, Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys won't be appearing on this list, cause that's too obvious!)  I actually meant to do a part 2 to the Fall list around Halloween, but I swear, it feels like Halloween was yesterday!  So we missed V for Vendetta season, but luckily many of my late fall favorites are just as good in December.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cinnamon Basil Chicken

I feel like I blinked in October and suddenly December is upon us!  So before I let any more of the holiday season get away from me, I wanted to post the recipe for my favorite December meal.  I make this every year on the winter solstice, but it's so easy to throw together, so fragrant and beautiful, it will make any weeknight festive!  The whole spices and fresh basil make the kitchen smell amazing, and when you taste it you will do a happy dance.  Or at least, I did!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


The light that rises from your feet to your hair,
the strength enfolding your delicate form,
are not mother of pearl, not chilly silver:
you are made of bread, a bread the fire adores.

The grain grew high in its harvest of you,
in good time the flour swelled;
as the dough rose, doubling your breasts,
my love was the coal waiting ready in the earth.

Oh, bread your forehead, your legs, your mouth,
bread I devour, born with the morning light,
my love, beacon-flag of the bakeries:

fire taught you a lesson of the blood;
you learned your holiness from flour,
from bread your language and aroma. 

Pablo Neruda

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kero-chan Interlude

Hi everyone!  I know there's been a long gap without posts and it's almost Thanksgiving!  Clearly recipes are needed!!  I promise I will get a couple up in the next two days.  In the meantime, please enjoy this video of Kero-chan.