BY BILLY COLLINS
Why do we bother with the rest of the day,
the swale of the afternoon,
the sudden dip into evening,
then night with his notorious perfumes,
his many-pointed stars?
This is the best—
throwing off the light covers,
feet on the cold floor,
and buzzing around the house on espresso—
maybe a splash of water on the face,
a palmful of vitamins—
but mostly buzzing around the house on espresso,
dictionary and atlas open on the rug,
the typewriter waiting for the key of the head,
a cello on the radio,
and, if necessary, the windows—
trees fifty, a hundred years old
heavy clouds on the way
and the lawn steaming like a horse
in the early morning.
My husband and I are ending this Saturday in the same way we usually start them: in our bed, with coffee, in our underwear, with our laptops, books, and cat. He’s (the husband, not the cat) reading From Max Weber: Essays in Sociology. It’s homework, and he’s not enjoying it. I’m reading Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain. I’ve decided in the past few days that I want to be a food writer when I grow up. I’m 24 now, and I’m not quite sure when “growing up” happens. I have a full time, professional job.
Did I miss the boat?
Anyway, the husband and I are ending the day as we usually start it, which makes me quite disoriented. Our normal routines have been thrown off as we’ve had a guest for a couple days. But we love our Saturday morning rituals, so here we are, starting our weekend.
I asked the husband what he wanted to cook this weekend and he said he wants to make a Thai curry. I’m tired and I have a stomachache right now, so I didn’t enthusiastically receive that request. But I didn’t dismiss it outright. I found an interesting recipe, Thai-style coconut butternut squash, which looks really good. I’m not necessarily keen on making this tomorrow, but squash does sound good.
I roasted two acorn squash a couple nights ago with brown sugar and chili powder. I really didn’t have a plan or a menu to incorporate them into–I just wanted to eat a bowl of squash. So, I did.
Here’s another recipe, from that same website (Closet Cooking): Roasted Butternut Squash with Carmelized Onions, Gorgonzola, and Crispy Fried Sage. That recipe is just asking to be made into lasagna. Hmm. Or soup.
(Tentative) Menu Plan:
1. Thai Curry of Some Sort
2. Squash Dish of Some Sort
Sorry for the lack of enthusiasm in this post. I tried to keep my stomachache-mood from coming through. I don’t think this coffee I am drinking is helping much.