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No, Not New York

Came home from work on Friday with a sore throat, and by the next morning had a definite case of the snots. I decided to not inflict my germs on my parents, and stayed home instead of going to New York. Oh well. Sent Larry off to the Catskills to do his mother's bidding, and Evan also elected to stay home with me.

It was nice to have time to catch up with things, with nothing being particularly pressing.

Harvested some grapes from the garden yesterday.


And Yukon Gold potatoes.


Decided that chai tea smells better than it tastes.

Dropped a glass plate on the floor. Spent far too much time hunting down glass shards before I remembered the Roomba.

Went on an online shopping spree. Ordered heavier weights and resistance bands. We may go to Sanibel in February, and I want to do longer kayaking trips this time. Need to get my arms and back stronger! Also ordered an electric spice grinder and a jeans jacket (Size 8!) that was on sale.

Started the new thick wool cardigan with lacy bit at the waist. Another advantage of losing weight--smaller size sweater, less yarn, faster finishing.

I made a Yemenite Vegetable-Beef soup, loosely based on a recipe and more on one I ate in a hole-in-the-wall in Tel Aviv with Baruch the bus driver (who drove with a pistol in his lap, this was back in 2003 during the Intifada)

Bugged Evan about his history paper. I'm very amused that he's so into chemistry that he's reading ahead in the textbook. Still need to write about Napoleon, buddy.

Tried to take a nap. Failed.

Knit, read, and ate lunch in the sukkah. Time to take it down until next year!


Watched two episodes of Criminal Minds on Saturday night. Shows about psychotic serial killers are not the best choice for when you're alone in the house.

Caught up on my filing this morning. For a school that's been "going green", we still generate too much paper.

Only did half of my usual workout yesterday. Hey, I'm under the weather. Better than nothing...

On today's exciting agenda is more knitting, writing up my lesson plan, and figuring out my parent-teacher conference schedule from the conflicting or nonexistent dates parents have given me, and getting my butt on the treadmill. If Kim can walk 26 miles, I can certainly do four.There may be napping.

Yemenite Vegetable-Beef Soup

1 lb boneless short ribs, brisket or flanken--cut into cubes, fat removed
2 chicken legs, skinned and fat removed
2 boxes low sodium chicken broth (Trader Joe's has the lowest sodium of any brand I've seen-70 mg per cup!)
1 can low sodium beef broth
2 onions, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 red pepper, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 ribs celery, chopped
1 handful green beans, chopped
1 small can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. curry powder
1-2 tsp. chili flakes

3 Tbs. chopped cilantro
2 Tbs. chopped dill
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 a butternut squash, chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 white potato, peeled and chopped
1 zucchini, chopped

3 handfuls spinach
More cilantro and dill

Optional--1 can chick peas. (I usually do, but didn't have one in the house)

In a large soup pot, brown the beef. Add the rest of the ingredients up to the chili flakes. Add enough water to come two or three inches above the meat and vegetables. Bring to a boil, and skim off the foam. Lower the heat and gently simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Pour in more water as necessary.

Add the rest of the ingredients up to zucchini and additional water or broth as needed, and simmer for another hour or so, until vegetables are very soft.

Fish out the beef and chicken, and when cool, shred the beef and chicken, discard the bones, and return the shredded meats to the pot. Refrigerate at this point if you wish, and then remove any fat from the top. Reheat, add spinach and chick peas if you wish, and additional cilantro and dill. Taste for seasoning, add more chili flakes and black pepper for heat and salt if you want. The soup should be moderately spicy and peppery. Serve with harissa, hot sauce, or a cilantro-chili puree.

Comments (6)

Hope you're feeling better soon. I've had this for over a week now, and I'm feeling quite lazy after reading what all you have done. I've been a couch potato for too long now, but my energy is zapped with this.

I hope you are feeling better soon and maybe on the positive side - you've had your cold for the season. That soup looks yummy especially since the days are getting cold now.


Sorry that you didn't get to go to New York. Hope you feel better soon.

Get well! Thanks for the offer to share your kleenex :) I have got sucked into Criminal Minds so many times and each time it creeps me out. I usually have nightmares from it. Don't know why I continue to watch it.

Hope you are feeling better. Congrats on the weight loss (size 8 is great!). The soup looks delicious.

So cool that you're in a size 8. Congrats on all the hard work that got you there.

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