Sunday, September 11, 2011

Instant Supper or Why I love Eggs, Honey

There are days when you just don't want to put that book down.
Remember those?  As a kid, my mom would not argue with me at suppertime if I was under a tree on a blanket with my nose in a book.  I try to do the same for myself nowadays on occasion.

This day, I just watched the dogs.  No time to cook.
 Or there are times you've stayed on the phone too long with your sister.
Your best friend.
Your boss.
If you're a piano player, your butt might have been stuck to the bench, right?

Here's someone I've spent hours talking with.  Thanks, God.
 Or maybe you're just tired.  Somebody burned up your brain online and you keep waking up at 4 and your cousin's in an awful personal jam and work's a mess and your dog got a thorn in his paw and you had to have a tooth pulled (like I did Friday) and ... well... and..


Maybe you taught a piano student to make chocolate mousse that afternoon.
 Perhaps you broke down and spent the cash to go see a movie and got home at 7.

And then you just thank God for scrambled eggs.  Maybe scrambled eggs and tomatoes, if it's summer.
From my garden


Could be scrambled eggs and toast.  Or asparagus.  Even a few fried potatoes (if you microwave them first, it's even faster), eh?


In this case:  in under five minutes, you can cook up some grated summer squash with a tish of onion or garlic, add your eggs, stir, plate, and top with salsa.

There's nothing magical about it.  Except that it tastes very good, is quite filling, and takes no time away from the weird novel your neighbor left on your porch.  Or from listening to a Charpentier Christmas Cantata or David Russell's guitar music.  From playing with the dog.  Chatting with your husband.  Try it:


Scrambled Eggs with Grated Squash and Salsa-- Serves 1; doubles or quadruples easily

   Into a small skillet heated over medium heat, measure 1-2 teaspoons olive oil.  Grate 1/2 cup summer squash (yellow, zucchini, etc.) and chop 1-2 teaspoons of onion or 1/2 teaspoon of garlic.  Place vegetables in the skillet and cook for a couple of minutes until softened.  If you like, throw in a teaspoon or two of the fresh herb of your choice here; I like basil. Meantime, whisk (or fork) together two eggs and a teaspoon of water and pour over the squash.  Season well with salt and pepper.  Let eggs cook until about half-way set and stir briefly.  Remove from pan while still tender.  Top with salsa and serve with sliced tomatoes or toast.  Et voila.  Dinner is served.

Two-Dog Kitchen or Around the 'Hood

Whenever I start a new job, my brain is full.  So goes it these last two weeks. Lots to dream of in this lovely worship space where God engages my heart...

Prospect Park United Methodist, Minneapolis, MN

The beautiful thing is, I told Gabby and Tucker (who must wait at home when I'm gone),

is that I'm so very aware of the change-the transition--, once more, from writer-cook and pianist to  church choral director.  And while it isn't easy in many lives, it is a truth that we are called to be together.  And together singing--however it happens--is fun indeed.  On 9-11, I'm so very grateful to be alive to share my voice.  Thanks to all the singers in my life.  And thanks, God!

Sing a new song,
Alyce

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