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Peanut and yam stew | Sunday morning with Miss E

Posted Dec 10 2012 3:47pm

It's that time of year again when the damp chill in the air makes me think of soup and stew. And for some reason, feeling chilly makes me crave peanuts. When I saw a recipe for a yam and peanut stew on Gena's blog, I immediately printed out the recipe because it looked so warming. I love N. African inspired stews, and I have a recipe for a spicy version that I think is perfection, on my blog, but I'm always interested in trying different recipes. Gena's version was a hearty, thick stew that was really delicious. We had to make a couple of substitutions reflecting the ingredients we had on hand, so our stew had cauliflower instead of kale, and toasted sunflower seeds instead of peanuts, but it was still yummy and satisfying. The next day I bought kale and added it to the leftover stew, and it was a great addition that I recommend. In fact, lately I've been adding kale to every soup I make. I stir-fry it quickly and add it just before serving.

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On Sunday morning
Callie is wishing Miss E were still at our house.

My 4-1/2 year old granddaughter came to visit for several hours on Sunday morning, and here's what we did
  1. Played Chutes and Ladders.
  2. Had a training session with Callie — sit, stay, come, fetch. (Callie was hysterical with joy!)
  3. Snacked on smoothies (banana, pineapple, mango, cranberry, hemp hearts, almond milk) and brownies (Gone Pie coconut)
  4. Playacted three stories — Thumbelina, Rapunzel, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). I got to be a fairy godmother, a mother and a prince. I even got to wear my golden cape.*
  5. Drew masterpieces with colored pencils.
  6. Played hand drums for each other so we could dance.
  7. Had a picnic on a rug with carrot sticks and hummus and olives.

* Last summer at a garage sale, I came upon a shiny, sparkly gold cape that looked like the perfect costume for playing with Miss E. As I was admiring it, the home owner started telling me that she had two of them, blah, blah, blah, and suddenly my fantasizing brain realized the truth. "This is a Christmas tree skirt, isn't it?" I said. "Yes," she confirmed. No matter, I decided; I tried it on and could see it was a perfect fairy godmother cape. And it is. It also is a sumptuous dress for a four-year-old princess. Who knew a Christmas tree skirt could be so useful?


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