the cabbage crisis is slowly resolving itself. (thanks for all the emails and comments. like alina said, it was like an excellent public service announcement for those drowning in cabbage.) i heard my neighbors make a few passing remarks about liking to cook, so yesterday when i was staring at 4(!) heads of cabbage i figured the good and neighborly thing to do would be to give them some. 1 cabbage to the neighbors, 1 cabbage turned into blanched leaves and served with roasted apples at last night’s dinner, 2 cabbages in the waiting for jax and abbie’s recipes kindly left in the comments, and rumors from the farm that the cabbages are done for the season = no more cabbage anxiety.
there has been a lot of talk recently among friends and family at home and church about all of our possessions. over the past couple of days i have been feeling that a wave is going to hit me soon where i become ruthless about giving away things that we don’t use, cabbage or otherwise. in times past i would look at something and realize i don’t use it but tell myself i will surely need it someday soon. like the broken blender. or the box of jewelry from middle school. or all the chairs we’ve somehow collected. or the clothes that haven’t been worn since college. or the multiple coffee makers we have.
someone handy could probably fix the blender. i know some girls who might love the jewelry. chairs can always find another home, and the clothes could be used by others. but i waver when it comes to the coffee makers. in order to justify keeping them and to convince myself that i do indeed need these things, i’ve been making a couple of cups a day and rotating the brewers.
la pavoni europiccola. this one is a hand-me-down from my parents. they bought it when we lived in italy, and i took possession of it in college. poor omar was convinced it was just a showpiece as it wasn’t until this past sunday, 9 years after we first met, that i made espresso with it. the first shot it pulls is great. after that…well, it sure is pretty to look at.