Made my Chicken Pepper Soup, but this time boiled it down into a stew and served it over rice and pinto beans, with salad greens and avocado. A little variation, without really doing much different. Skinless, boneless Chicken thighs, fried in olive oil until crispy, covered with water - then throw in 4 huge or 6 smallish Poblano (also called Pasilla) peppers, a huge onion, 8 Jalapeños, and a Fresno or plain old red bell pepper; all chopped and/or seeded - then add 1/4 cup cumin (you can start with half as much and add more to taste) and a teaspoon of coarse ground black pepper. Done. I usually add a bunch of thyme, but my new thyme plant deserved at least of week acclimating to its new home before someone started hacking off bits of it, and, as it turns out, the soup was just as good without it.
There's rice cooking in the very, very old Descoware pan. Do you have things around that are older than you are, but they still work better than anything new? (If I wasn't older than John, I might have answered, "him".) But seriously, if you can get your hands on Descoware, you will love it. It's from Belgium, and other than the Chocolate, can you think of anything else that is? (Don't answer "sprouts".)
Here's the view out my backdoor. For some odd reason, there were blinds covering the window in the door onto the (tiny) balcony. After settling for opening the slates to allow the limited light into the dining room for a year, today I decide to figure out whether it was possible to pull the blinds totally open - and it is! You just have to break this little plastic clip at the bottom - and Voilà - light streaming through the open (although broken) blinds. Did I mention that I rent this place? Yes, I am a renter, both in Tulsa and Southern California. I have been a homer owner since my early 20's, but I find the sheer lack of responsibility of renting to be the epitome of stressless living! Of course, now I have to locate another of these plastic clip thingies to install so as not to lose my deposit.
My seeds are sprouting!
This yellow pan with the white interior is Le Creuset, Marilyn Monroe's favorite cookware. They bought Descoware, and continue to make these enamel coated cast iron today.