oh and DKM – her food, crochet, knitting and stuff

Easy Like Sunday Morning & DKM Nosh

DK & DKM are snuggling to Chet Baker

I don’t care what DKM says… I was not snuggling.  I was simply using her arm as a pillow. Riiiiight ~DKM


DKM Nosh

What do you do with 2 pounds of yellow carrots and parsnips?  You make soup of course!

Parsnips and carrots

Golden Carrot Coconut Soup
(adapted from a recipe by Celia Brooks Brown)

Soup cooking

Butter (If vegan use Olive Oil)
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery sticks with leaves, chopped
2 lb. of carrots and parsnips, chopped
3 plump garlic cloves, chopped
1 T & 1t of ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cans of coconut milk
4 C. strong vegetable stock
Squeeze of lemon juice
Toasted coconut

Sauté onion in butter or oil until soft, toss in celery, carrots, parsnips, garlic and cumin then season with salt and pepper – stir, cover and cook over low heat giving an occasional stir for 10-15 min. Add coconut milt and stock into the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until all veggies are very soft. Blend too a smooth purée, add lemon juice and blend once more. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.  The coconut doesn’t over power the soup at all.  It gives it just the hint of flavour.  I was quite surprised.

Then, I took half of the puréed soup, added some curry and ended up with two delish soups for the price of one.


Golden Carrot Coconut Soup

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

We continue to celebrate Banned Book Week by highlighting the most challenged books of 2000-2005. The ALA reports there were more than 3,000 attempts to remove books from schools and public libraries between 2000 and 2005. Challenges are defined as formal, written complaints filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. “The Chocolate War” by Robert Cormier
3. Alice series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4. “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
5. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou
6. “Fallen Angels” by Walter Dean Myers
7. “It’s Perfectly Normal” by Robie Harris
8. Scary Stories series by Alvin Schwartz
9. Captain Underpantsseries by Dav Pilkey
10. “Forever” by Judy Blume


24 responses

  1. Of course you are not snuggling. It is a prop, nothing more. As for the soup, mom bets Auntie would love it. As for the books, some people have uch tiny minds, it is a wonder they managed to put an education into it.

    Harry Potter, To Kill A Mickingbird, Beloved?
    Give me a break.


    28-September-2008 at 12:52 am

  2. Lux

    I think that’s sweet, Sophia, whatever you call it! :)

    28-September-2008 at 1:53 am

  3. :Samantha whispers to Mr. Tigger: Sure looks like snuggling to me! Let’s scat quick! Case she heard me! See ya later Sophia!
    Your FL furiends,

    28-September-2008 at 2:27 am

  4. I understand completely Sophia. Now let’s go read another banned book!

    28-September-2008 at 2:31 am

  5. KC

    Yup, Faith Boomerang doesn’t snuggle like that either.
    Hee hee.

    28-September-2008 at 3:05 am

  6. Beans is warm an useful. It’s purrudent to keep ’em happy.
    I *LIKE* Capn Unnerpants! They’s silly books an clever. Oh, we can’t haf clever.

    28-September-2008 at 3:09 am

  7. We have read the Harry Potter books SO many times and find it very sad that the majority of people calling for them to be banned becasue of the magic – have never actually read them.

    Oh, and it’s OK for Mary Poppins to perform magic but not for Harry and his friends?

    28-September-2008 at 4:10 am

  8. There’s 3 things about your place I’d just love: Sophia (and the fluffies), The nosh, and the books! Life at your place must be excellent.

    Oh: 4 actually! And the interesting conversations with DKM!

    28-September-2008 at 7:59 am

  9. Mom forgot to say hello from me! Le sigh!

    Love Milo xx =^..^=

    28-September-2008 at 7:59 am

  10. Sophia, while you aren’t snuggling with DKM, please tell her thanks for the idea about Powder.

    28-September-2008 at 9:27 am

  11. Yeah, I don’t snuggle like that either.

    Mom likes rutabaga and wonders if that would be good in that soup too. She says she’s never made soup with coconut milk and she is going to try.

    HOWEVER… She is going to make your chili today. Except she’s gonna add Beef!

    28-September-2008 at 10:05 am

  12. Arms do make good pillows and they just happen to be warm:) What cat does not like warm!!
    Mom likes the soup and says it looks good ;)
    Great book list!! Mom likes Maya Angelou!
    Everybody read!!!!!!!! heh,heh,heh :)
    Purrs Mickey

    28-September-2008 at 10:38 am

  13. OH MY. That soup looks goooooood. I almost bought butternut squash at farmers this weekend for soup, but decided it didn’t quite feel fall enough yet.
    We did make from scratch tofu pot pie last night, though. YUM.

    Sophia: Good for you. Never admit to a snuggle! -Bogdan.

    28-September-2008 at 3:15 pm

  14. fivecats

    You’re absolutely right Sophia. Using an arm for a pillow is not snuggling.

    Two pounds of yellow carrots, it would make for an interesting carrot cake. With a cream cheese icing. And, a super large mug of green tea …

    28-September-2008 at 4:20 pm

  15. oh yum that is a perfect soup for fall ~Jane

    28-September-2008 at 6:04 pm

  16. That’s the exact same way that we don’t snuggle either.

    28-September-2008 at 7:43 pm

  17. The soup looks so tasty!! Mommy would like to try some, but doesn’t know where to get yellow carrots. Maybe orange carrots will do.

    28-September-2008 at 7:45 pm

  18. Mom SO wants some of that soup!

    It is sad that some feel the need to tell others what they can, or can not, read.

    28-September-2008 at 8:21 pm

  19. Oh no, none of us snuggle either, really, just because we are sleeping on her lap…mom loves the “Captain Underpants” series. She says she got dem fur da grandbaby beans but she reads dem and snickers even when dey is not here.

    28-September-2008 at 10:24 pm

  20. “What do you do with 2 pounds of yellow carrots…?”

    A soup?? Orlando and Fiona would beg to differ.

    28-September-2008 at 11:41 pm

  21. Is it me? I can’t find your post about the “save the environment” Dare…. You put the link in our box – but I can’t find the post…..?

    28-September-2008 at 11:43 pm

  22. furrybutts

    Tee hee! Nice close up of your ears, Sophia!! Love the little white furs :p

    Harry Potter? Geez.. the Kite Runner is one of my favourite books. I didn’t find it vulgar and the sodomy scene isn’t all that graphic.

    P/S: Love your new theme! It’s so happy and cheerful :D

    29-September-2008 at 12:01 am

  23. Karl – it’s the Monday post

    29-September-2008 at 12:33 am

  24. Sophia, I don’t snuggle like that, either. EVER! But, guess what?! My mom says she saw tons of buns at the fair and even some that looked like ‘Lando and Fiona! She couldn’t remember what your breeds are, but she wanted to pet them all..’cept, you’re not allowed to pet the buns at the fair, ’cause they might bite mean people..which is all right with me. Some of those buns were HUGE-Flemish Giants, they were called and they had double and even triple chins!

    I like what someone before me said..that if your ideas can’t stand up to scrutiny, they’re not well formulated. Books are a necessity around our house, and we read EVERYTHING! Especially if you say it’s been banned…it goes on the “to be read” list! I also agree with whoever said that banning books says a lot about fear. Thank you for highlighting this important subject this week!

    29-September-2008 at 12:36 pm

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