Every Saturday, we're each picking our favorite non-pencil, at-home activity from the week to share with you! We'd love to hear what you've been loving this week in the comments.
Alyx: I picked up book five of Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series this week because I wanted something easy to read and absorbing (anyone else out there having trouble concentrating these days?). This 7-book series follows Thursday Next, a literary detective who can jump into fiction and has a pet dodo. They're perfect for book nerds and fans of fun detective adventures. The first book in the series is The Eyre Affaire, and I highly recommend! PS I borrowed this ebook from the NYPL using the SimplyE app on my phone. I'm not normally an ebook person, but borrowing a book was super easy, and I'm enjoying the app!
Esther: I made this mini-playlist of five songs that feel like a warm embrace to me. With a lot of us quarantined away from friends and family, it gets lonely, so I hope this helps in whatever little way it can! Each Saturday, I’ll try to share a new mini playlist, touching on a different sound and mood each time, but all feel-good. Fittingly, this week’s selection starts with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good." Tune in here!
Nina Simone in 1965 - Ron Kroon / Anefo - Creative Commons License
Julianne: I haven’t taken up sourdough, and there are no beans in my cupboards. But I have been cooking a lot, and cooking beyond my usual repertoire. This week I made quick pickles for the first time. My friend Mariah dropped off half a loaf of bread she baked, and I pan-grilled some chicken I had marinated in gochuchang, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Quick pickles turned out to be the best accompaniment.
Here’s how: Lightly salt your vegetables (I did sliced cucumber and julienned carrots), set aside and let sit for ten minutes or so. Rinse under water and then wring out as much moisture as you can, and then add a splash of rice wine vinegar, sugar, and a touch more salt! Twenty minutes later you’re set! Easy peasy.
It was the most gourmet sandwich my kitchen’s ever seen!
Caroline: My Friday day off was mostly spent trying to make dumplings from scratch because I've been craving all of the delicious things I can usually find in my my neighborhood (last night I made a Ukrainian feast à la Veselka). I've only made them once, with the assistance of my friend Vita (who hails from Taiwan) and totally underestimated how difficult/time consuming it would be on my own!
I made my own dough from a random recipe I found online and for the filling, I winged it and used ground chicken, scallions and a broccoli stalk that was hanging out in my fridge (because it's a vegetable, but also because I'm trying to use all of my available resources!). Dipping sauce was rice vinegar, soy sauce and chili oil. I'm not sure what's actually supposed to go in it, but again, I'm trying to work with what I already have in my pantry. They weren't pretty because I'm not great at folding them, but they held up in the pot and were DELICIOUS! Highly recommend if you really want to work for your dinner.