These are my favorite things of the week for 18 February 2018.
- Sunday dinner is a tradition that Katie and I have. While most of the meals I prepare throughout the week are simple and frugal, this is the one day where I try to get a little bit fancy. Everything from scratch, or as close to it as possible. Last week I roasted a chicken, made spinach potatoes au gratin with real cream, and baked an apple tart. I actually haven’t figured out what I’m making today. It’s also the one meal where I make enough to have leftovers.
- On Sundays we also tend to watch documentaries. If you love pop music I highly recommend The Wrecking Crew, which we streamed on Netflix Nordic. It’s about the studio musicians who recorded a lot of the top hits of the 1960s, but never got credit or attribution for their work.
- Speaking of music, my new favorite band is Hooray for the Riff Raff. I first heard them via NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. If you know me at all, you know that I have a soft spot for eclectic bands.
- Another recent Tiny Desk Concert featured George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, which put me in the mood to listen to funk. I was happy to discover that AccuRadio has a free streaming funk station. Several, actually, all packed with great stuff. So that’s been what I’ve been listening to the rest of the week while I’m working.
- This past Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday, which meant an extra helping of pancakes. I make them from scratch every Sunday, with our weekly indulgence of bacon and usually some sort of fruit compote I’ve whipped up from whatever is in season and on sale. I love that I know how to make great pancakes from scratch, but I can’t understand why other people can’t.
- Wednesday was Friendship Day, or Valentine’s Day, or All Hearts Day, depending on which country you’re in. I made tacos, and we washed them down with some Mexican cervezas. Seriously, there are few things in life better than good tacos and beer. Except maybe pancakes.
- On Friday I released yet another new book. I am grateful that I have enough of a fan base to make rent and pay that bills, but otherwise am largely unknown in the industry and ignored by the great seething mass of the hobby. To date, I rarely get hate mail and don’t get hassled all that often. Which, I know, is actually the gold standard for being a successful creator in 2018. You haven’t really made it until someone sends you death threats, but I can do without it.
Wow, this installment really leaned into music and food, didn’t it?