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Pesto, lentil and tomato tart Pesto, lentil and tomato tart By Out of the Ordinary 08/31/14 18:07 This is the 900th post to come at you from The Ordinary. Nine hundred recipes and songs, 900 confused and meaningless meandering rambling essays. It’s crazy, I tell you. Crazy. It’s a crazy amount of words. The other night, whilst … Continue reading →
Cherry, white peach, chocolate and frangipane tart Cherry, white peach, chocolate and frangipane tart By Out of the Ordinary 08/29/14 22:09 Last night Clio and I went for a walk after dinner, as we almost always do. It wasn’t even close to 8 o’clock yet, but it was getting dark. There was a chill in the air, but we could feel … Continue reading →
Charred eggplant, pistachio and pine nut dip Charred eggplant, pistachio and pine nut dip By Out of the Ordinary 08/20/14 21:13 Yesterday after dinner Malcolm and I went for a walk on the other side of the canal. The last time we’d gone that way, we’d lost Clio. It had only been for a few minutes, but long enough that I … Continue reading →
Yellow squash and white bean empanadas Yellow squash and white bean empanadas By Out of the Ordinary 08/19/14 22:12 There’s a vine that grows outside our front door and along the back fence of our garden. It’s called wild clematis, or devil’s darning needles or old man’s beard. It has beautiful little white flowers, and the most intoxicating fragrance, … Continue reading...
Ratatouille-style ratatouille (With potatoes and roasted beets) Ratatouille-style ratatouille (With potatoes and roasted beets) By Out of the Ordinary 08/17/14 20:44 We’ve decided to watch every movie made in 1967. It is for fun! We chose 1967 at random, after watching La Chinoise a week or so ago. We’re obviously not going to watch every movie made that year, but we’re … Continue reading →
Almond cake with blueberry & chocolate filling Almond cake with blueberry & chocolate filling By Out of the Ordinary 08/14/14 20:01 We went to look for eagle feathers though we knew we wouldn’t find any. As with most things in life, it was more about the journey–the walk on the towpath, over the old train bridge, down the hill through the … Continue reading →
Fresh  mint sorbet Fresh mint sorbet By Out of the Ordinary 08/13/14 20:49 Well, I have two boys. They’re different in many ways, but they’re alike in this. Sometimes you can tell that something is bothering them: they get distracted and quiet, or they talk a lot, they seem nervous, they want to … Continue reading →
Blueberry cornbread Blueberry cornbread By Out of the Ordinary 08/11/14 21:25 “…and Eris whose wrath is relentless, she is the sister and companion of murderous Ares, she who is only a little thing at the first, but thereafter grows until she strides on the earth with her head striking heaven. She … Continue reading →
Zucchini and cornmeal croquettes Zucchini and cornmeal croquettes By Out of the Ordinary 08/07/14 20:45 Malcolm and I have an ongoing joke. He’ll show me something–a picture he’s drawn, something he’s made out of legos, a frog, a handful of sweet ferns. And I’ll cry, “look at your fingernails!” Yeah. Actually Malcolm doesn’t think it’s … Continue reading...
Beet and squash tart with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts Beet and squash tart with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts By Out of the Ordinary 08/04/14 22:26 We went away for a couple of days for a very small vacation. I brought a novel to read and a notebook so that I could start writing a novel. And guess what I did instead? I read a field … Continue reading →
Pistachio-almond-cherry-chocolate cookies Pistachio-almond-cherry-chocolate cookies By Out of the Ordinary 07/30/14 21:35 Here at The Ordinary, we get a lot of spam comments. Several a day. I confess I feel almost sorry for the spammers, because we’re such a small concern, here in our little Ordinary world. I want to tell them … Continue reading →
Summer squash and chickpeas with olives, raisins and basil Summer squash and chickpeas with olives, raisins and basil By Out of the Ordinary 07/29/14 19:46 Both boys have friends over. The little ones are playing together and describing very unlikely and very funny scenarios. “What if somebody was singing ‘Let it Go’ to a guy hanging off a cliff?” or “Who wants lunch?” “Me!” “I … Continue reading →
“Mediterranean” white bean “chili” with avocado corn salsa and pesto “Mediterranean” white bean “chili” with avocado corn salsa and pesto By Out of the Ordinary 07/24/14 18:11 Godard’s 1967 film La Chinoise is full of words. The characters talk constantly, the walls of their apartment are painted with giant phrases and mottos, and the screen flashes with intertitles in a strange and jarring rhythm. And, of course, … Continue...
Chocolate pecan cherry cake Chocolate pecan cherry cake By Out of the Ordinary 07/22/14 20:24 Hello Ordinary friends! I hope everybody is having a wonderful summer. Ours is melting away in a dreamy succession of trips to rivers and creeks, just as summer should. I took another brief Ordinary sabbatical, and I’ll tell you why. … Continue reading...
Cool tacos for a hot day Cool tacos for a hot day By Out of the Ordinary 07/11/14 19:24 SUMMER JOURNAL I haven’t had much time to write lately. It’s strange how summer days can fill up with delightful clusters of nothing-too-important but something you wouldn’t miss. Of course I’ve been thinking of writing, and I’ve saved up a … Continue reading...
Chickpea flour, herb, and goat cheese “flan” (with chard, fennel and white beans) Chickpea flour, herb, and goat cheese “flan” (with chard, fennel and white beans) By Out of the Ordinary 07/06/14 17:16 On Independence day I read an article about American Expats the world over. It had a picture of a little boy with his face painted like old glory, and the caption said something like, “I’m not a gun-toting unthinking patriot,” … Continue reading →
Chard and fresh mozzarella tart with raisins and shallots Chard and fresh mozzarella tart with raisins and shallots By Out of the Ordinary 07/03/14 19:25 I always feel like I’m waiting for summer to start and then one day I’ll wake up and realize we’re already well into it. These days have been like that. It’s July! It’s sweltering! The boys are rolling around the … Continue reading →
Beet, arugula and French feta salad with pine nut, lemon, rosemary sauce Beet, arugula and French feta salad with pine nut, lemon, rosemary sauce By Out of the Ordinary 07/01/14 19:57 Most years we just grow a few tomato plants and a few herbs, basil mostly. We have a small yard and rambunctious boys and a berserker dog and it never seemed wise to pin our hopes on healthy intact produce. … Continue reading →
Pistachio tart with goat cheese, brie, fresh mozzarella and smoked paprika crust Pistachio tart with goat cheese, brie, fresh mozzarella and smoked paprika crust By Out of the Ordinary 06/27/14 19:00 I’ve been attempting to write query letters of late. I’m not very good at it. I’m not good at selling anything, especially if it’s something I made myself. I read a few rules for how to write a perfect query … Continue reading →
Almond cake with blackcurrants, cherries and bittersweet chocolate Almond cake with blackcurrants, cherries and bittersweet chocolate By Out of the Ordinary 06/26/14 21:38 We’re watching L’eclisse at the moment, so today I’m going to wander around town in low-heeled but surprisingly noisy shoes, looking serious and wistful but bursting into laughter at life’s absurdities. Also, it’s my birthday, so I’m going to claim … Continue...

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