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Some recent eats

Asparagus quiche with Bigonda cheese and olive oil crust

It’s asparagus season. Asparagus and eggs were made for each other. Bigonda cheese with herbs (from Italy), is, I believe, a new item at Trader Joe’s. I’ve never had Bigonda cheese before, but, upon tasting it, it seemed to me to be more suitable as a melting cheese than as a nibbling cheese.

If there are cooked soybeans and leftover rice in the refrigerator, you’ll always have something with which to make a quick meal. I’m of the opinion that the lowly soybean makes the best veggie burgers.

Lentils are remarkably nutritious. Green lentils cook quickly — 20 to 25 minutes. They love to be curried (as do soybeans). I only recently learned how important it is to keep garam masala on hand to use along with curry powder. The two together give a really authentic Indian taste.

If you use apple sauce in your brownies, you’ll still get moist, chewey brownies, but with less butter or oil.

I mentioned a few days ago that I would write a letter to Amon Hen, the journal of the Tolkien Society, asking them to do an article on Tolkien’s typewriters. The U.S. Postal Service, by the way, no longer prints “Par Avion” stickers. I scanned some legacy stickers, and I print my own on label stock. An international letter just wouldn’t look right without a sticker.

⬆︎ I no longer have chickens, but a neighbor now gives me eggs.

⬆︎ Curried soybeans

⬆︎ Soybean burger with mustard greens and Basmati rice, with olive oil gravy. A neighbor grew the mustard greens during the winter and only recently plowed them up for this year’s garden.

⬆︎ Curried lentils. The curry includes carrots and lightly browned onions.

⬆︎ Apple sauce brownie

⬆︎ International letters are pretty enough to eat!


  1. Henry Sandigo wrote:

    Always a pleasure to read your articles. The food looks really good too. Your imagination to pair food items is inspiring. “Par Avion” is cool. I remember those stickers and stamps. I hope you get a response from the Society

    Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 8:22 pm | Permalink
  2. daltoni wrote:

    Hi Henry: It puzzles me why the Post Service stopped making those stickers. The few that remain fetch some bucks on eBay.

    Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Jo wrote:

    All the food shown looks delicious. I have been substituting apple sauce for butter, oil in baked goods for a long time. Mostly make banana bread and apple/black walnut cake. So good. Enjoy your posts so much.

    Monday, April 24, 2023 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

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