Turnips have a distinct but delicate  taste and a starchy texture. Cauliflower can be watery, stringy and sometimes needs to be dressed up with things like garlic and Parmesan cheese.  These underground ombré aubergines are usually available even in regular grocery stores at a similar price to cauliflower. They are easy to peel and prepare. The tops are a winter green. There are 34 calories per cup of these purple pearls versus 27 in the frosty flowers. So, I conclude that turnips are a better potato substitute than cauliflower for those careful to avoid carbohydrates.

Here are my favorite turnip uses so far:

1) A puréed soup made with just butter to sauté the equal parts leeks and turnips  before adding the water. Then after simmering  till the vegetables are soft, add salt and pepper to taste. Blend. This is super delicious without even needing broth, cream or spices of any kind.

2) I had been adding cubes of turnip to cottage pie, but duh! I should mash it in place of potatoes on top. Anyways, the tastes REALLY go so well!

I will add more ideas later as I think of them and experiment more.

But when the year gets old,

it rusts to gold.

Which slowly fades to gray,

and suddenly white haired, passes away.

Name begins with N

Over several months there has been a mess of expensive, conical coffee filters and cheap watercolors strewn about our romp/work room. Last night I forced myself into artistic overdrive and…IMG_2925.JPG


This insight is so obvious I almost think I must have read it somewhere. A snake pit of intertwined stories and truth. Still, it is not a set in stone fact, or is it quite literally impressed in rock?

Consider that there are fossils of dinosaurs yet there are no dinosaurs around now. The closest thing we have are slithering snakes, belly dragging alligators and lethargic lizards with either non existent or tiny forelegs.  Going by the anatomy they should either be bouncing like kanagaroos or walking like us. Then we have this story in the Bible about the devil pretending to be a serpent because they are so crafty. Remember in Jurassic Park how the raptors were basically as smart as humans? Well, what if they were also dragon-like sharkmawed and huge. Totally appealing to evil.  Then God said serpents would walk on their bellies forever after. And that man would not be able to command nature anymore. Which reminds me of a question that has occupied my mind as to how people could have defended themselves against basically monsters. Answer, we could not unless we had a special weapon or knowledge. Once we lost that authority the reptiles thankfully lost stature as well.

I hope I haven’t uttered any heresy because the little udders – they’re hard to locate.

Birthday for Bonzos

I have been full of ideas and inspiration and projects lately. But my duty calls. My bonzo has a birthday approaching. She loves to play with other kids and seldom gets to. It seems like people don’t invite people to their houses like when I was young. Here I was thinking I was all elusive when really I am part of a very troubling trend. But I am going to try my darndest to be friendly for her and have a little party with other kids her age for once. Planning a party seems excruciatingly difficult for me. All my attention will be aimed at that. Not that it’s uncommon for me to randomly not post for a while. Probably a third of the posts here are proclaiming that I am about to stop posting.

Anyways, say a prayer that the party goes well.

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart

IMG_1630Interesting how this image has been interpreted in such artsy ways. The devotion must always have been a favorite of artistes. A hundred years ago  tributes to the Sacred Heart were in many homes, I was recently made aware of while reading Dubliners. The image was displayed in honor somewhere near the front door. I made this version  four years ago in thanksgiving, I guess, since I met my husband on this Feast. We were both well on our way to becoming painful cases in my opinion. But that all ended on that providential noon in June on the eve of June 16th no less.

This seeing connections everywhere is making me wonder if I’m either crazy or just paying attention more.



Stick to Your Guns and Unstick Your Gums

Have you ever made an intelligent observation or learned an obscure fact but were too afraid to proclaim or act on it? Then years down the road, it turned out you were correct? Well, I just cannot bear the unrealized honor any longer.

This is probably pretty messed up, but I think I am going to start documenting those.

Wismidgen (wise+smidgen) #1

Raw potato starch causes crazy dreams not because it feeds bacteria which in turn do their magic, but because it is nightshade essence diluted into almot nothing. And you know how homeopathy takes a poison and the more it’s diluted the more it is a remedy to the exact reaction the plant in nature would cause? Since nightshade in nature is a neurotoxin that blocks neurotransmitters then perhaps diluted nightshade increases neurotransmitters, which causes crazy dreams.

Grassy Ruminations

I wanted to invent my own fairytale grasses for future drawings, kind of like the whimsical waves you see in picture books, but for land lubbers.