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Archive for February 14th, 2007

Thank You, Charlotte (Recipes)

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

Charlotte wrote that there was an article about African cooking in today’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. There are recipes from both Somalia and Ethiopia. I printed out several and I’m eager to try them.

My friend Altu is an Ethiopian cook of the highest caliber… but she finds it hard to talk in “recipes.” She cooks by feel, sort of the same way that I knit… I make up the socks on the needles as I go. (Actually Altu was once a prolific knitter and she knit the same way… no patterns but general guidelines.)

Therefore, the recipes in today’s article are precious. Twice precious, in this winter weather. We did not get as much snow as was predicted, but the drifting is bad. When I got home could not see the first step to my back door.

It is a perfect day to make spicy and warm food. I will be singing at Altu’s restaurant and she will fill me with her own cooking… I will not cook today. If I did not have that luxury, I would have a stack of excellent recipes ready!