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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Baby, Oh, Baby

No, she's not here yet. Been having lots of contractions (not Braxton-Hicks) today, though. My mom is making preparations to come, and the inlaws are coming Monday (the actual due date).



Here's a great fast-and-easy recipe we had last week.
Red Lentil Dal

1 onion, chopped
1-2 carrots, chopped
1 large rib celery, chopped
1 T olive oil
1-1.5 t curry powder
1-1.5 t coriander
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 can coconut milk
8-12 oz red lentils
vegetables, cut into bite-sized pieces (remember that yellow zeppelin? Cauliflower also works very well here. For that huge squash, I used 12 oz. lentils for a pleasing proportion)
1-2 C chicken stock

Heat olive oil in dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering, then sauté mirepoix (onion/carrot/celery) with some salt and pepper until softened and starting to brown. Add spices and stir until veggies are coated and spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds (I used fresh-ground coriander, and it was awesome--hooray for the dedicated spice grinder!). Add 1 C of stock and deglaze pan, then add lentils, veggies, coconut milk, and additional stock to just cover solids if necessary. Cover with lid and bring to a simmer until lentils are broken down and veggies are soft, 15-20 minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve over steamed basmati rice.

Other recent meals have included the Moroccan Couscous (I brown chicken thighs in the pot before the onions and spices, and let them stew in the liquid for a few minutes before adding the other veggies), and I have the ingredients to make Sausage with Pearl Couscous and the 3S Strata, but those might end up being made by someone else at the rate I'm going. Maybe I'll get that pre-delivery burst of energy and make a couple more fabulous meals before I become the mom of 3.

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5 Comments:

Blogger ME said...

Wow, JA. That's some belly you have there. Hope all goes well with labor & delivery!

oxox Mary Ellen

October 10, 2007 at 8:54 PM  
Blogger Swizzies said...

Wow, you ARE pregnant! Looking good!! :-) Really!

I can't believe you're suddenly going to have three kids - are you freaking out at all? Good luck with everything - keep us posted!!

Yummy dal.

October 11, 2007 at 5:20 AM  
Blogger J.M. Tewkesbury said...

OMG! Well, that was an eye full! ;-) Hope the baby comes soon and that the labor and delivery is short and sweet!

xoxo

Janet

October 11, 2007 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger janeannechovy said...

I'm freaking out a little about the 3 kids thing, definitely, and even more about having a two-year-old and a newborn (Number One is independent enough that he depends on me mostly to drive him places, and not for basic physical needs). Poor Number Two is not going to know what hit him. Hopefully his generally sunny and sweet disposition will survive intact.

Contractions (which stopped yesterday afternoon and picked up again this morning, erratically) are now 6-8 minutes apart and gradually getting stronger (obviously still not bad enough to keep me from blogging). I'm starting to think about giving one of our middle-of-the-night people a heads-up. My mom flies in tomorrow at lunchtime.

October 11, 2007 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger Adriana Velez said...

Last comment was from Thursday night -- now it's been over 24 hours and we waited for news. Yes? No? Yet? Soon?

Good luck, if it's not too late to say so!

October 12, 2007 at 7:11 PM  

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