cilantro salsa

Originally uploaded by anne m bray

Cilantro Salsa
makes 1 cup 

2 cloves garlic
1 bunch cilantro, stems trimmed off
1-4 tomatillos, roast + remove skin
2 key limes - juice
olive oil

pulverize garlic in food processor
add other ingredients, puree
add more oil as needed

store in fridge


termite attack!

I made an alarming discovery today.
I was gathering up work to take to the framer. One was an older piece, stored in a black cardboard portfolio on top of my red bookcase.

Upon close inspection, I noticed a perfect round hole in the foreground area of the piece

How did THAT get there?
I looked further and the ENTIRE portfolio had been bored with the same perfect hole:

Under the portfolio was a pad of newsprint

Oooooooh, termite candy.

Guess it's time to get the (metal) flat files that I bought last year functional. (Moved off the back patio and into the house)

What did I do about the hole? For this drawing, I'm chopping off 2" from the bottom. Re-signed it (but am retaining the hole + old signature under the mat). Some of the others have the hole in the middle. Not sure what to do with those yet...


gentle pea soup

gentle pea soup
Originally uploaded by anne m bray

an adaptation from The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two

Gentle Pea Soup
(for those times you crave veggies but can't masticate)
makes 6 1/2c servings

olive oil
1/2 med onion, chopped fine
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed

1/4 sm cabbage, finely chopped

1 15oz can chicken or veg broth
1lb bag frozen petit peas

greek yogurt or sour cream


Saute onion + garlic in olive oil until soft
Add cabbage, keep sauting until soft
Add broth, peas, salt
Bring to boil
Puree with immersion mixer

Serve, garnish with yogurt or sour cream


Cream of Broccoli Soup

Cream of Broccoli Soup
Originally uploaded by anne m bray

this recipe is a variation on this one from epicurious

Cream of Broccoli Soup
makes 4c

2 tb olive oil
med onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced or chopped
1 carrot, sliced thin
2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 head broccoli, chopped coarse
3 c chicken or veg broth

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
greek yogurt or sour cream

saute 1st group of ingredients until soft
add broccoli + broth
simmer, covered 15-20 minutes until broccoli is tender

puree with immersion mixer
add lemon juice

serve garnished with yogurt or sour cream

freezes well
a good way to use overcooked steamed broccoli (adjust proportions as needed) -- use the cooking liquid