I almost never cook these days, but you can check out my Google doc on guaranteed tasty Lenten recipes HERE.
I’ll be reading Apricot Jam by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and closing out the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy with The Cross. I will also be reading books and articles on economics and the trading industry, because I have Knowledge Gaps I Must Fill.
My crazy work schedule.
Red lentils and crockpot meals. My husband made it clear that he definitely does not like brown or green lentils, so I tried a St. Isaac of Syria stew one night. Wow! Try them if you have a rocky relationship with lentils yourself.
My Protestant roots are showing on this one. I’m trying to read a few chapters of the Bible every night, as several years back I was given a “One Year Bible.” There is a section from the Old and New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs for each day.
I’m a chronic scheduler of over-commitments. Do I really have time to work, sleep, participate in parish activities/services, sign-up for work committees, et cetera, et cetera? I’m having to look at what is important and how I want to spend my time. If it’s not in those, I need to get rid of it, no matter how much I think I can keep it in.
Split pea soup. In the bottom of a stockpot, I sauté some spices with onions, garlic, and veggies du jour. Fill the pot with water, add bouillon, toss in some peas. Let it simmer for a ridiculously long time, stirring periodically and checking the water level. Top with fresh pepper and garlic salt. Hearty and easy.
Shakespeare! I’m taking a class on his later plays. Currently enjoying this audiobook of Othello.
Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge, one of my favorite authors. Her City of Bells remains a favorite, for Lent and any other time of year.
St Nektarios by Sotos Chondropoulous. St Nektarios is one of those saints who follows me around; my fiancé mentioned him on one of our first dates, then I discovered I had an akathist to him, and then my mother mailed me his icon. Okay, I can take a hint!
Housekeeping. Lent always feels like such a good time to catch up on mending, scrub down the cabinets, and bake bread. It’s peaceful. In theory.
See our 2014 plans here. How will you be spending Lent?