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The Big Pot is on the stove.......

November 26th, 2005 (01:51 pm)
current mood: Giving Thanks

I pulled out the fat bag of 'veggie trimmings' that lives in my freezer,
when ever I chop anything--the bits and ends and odds...into the bag.

The carcass of one of the two turkeys the Stevens' enjoyed, and a sack
of frozen compost....

bubbling and steeping.

Filling my little space with the wonderful smell of comfort.
Stock.

I love making stock.

The reduction of it all...the time that it takes, to make it good.
That something so wonderful comes from time, and trash.

The metaphor filling my home with warm smells...
Everything, everyone--useful.
Patience is all that is required.

To gather the bits and pieces, to not throw away moments.
No matter how small. Put them in the bag.
Each stem, every odd, every end.
And the bones.

Saved, their value is not the moment
but all the moments gathered.

Stock.

Steeping and bubbling with skin and bone and stem.

When it is finished......when the long rolling liquid has been nurtured
and cooked down, and strained clear?

It is only the beginning, of something else.

Time.
Into Time.

In the end, what one has....is a base.
A foundation.

Stock.

Ready for anything.

Comments

Posted by: Amethest (amethest)
Posted at: November 26th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)

I love this post like I used to love the book Stone Soup as a kid...

Posted by: Prufrock's Peach (bluemamie)
Posted at: November 26th, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)

i love this.

Posted by: Orin (rin_o)
Posted at: November 27th, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)

time to take stock of one's life, eh?

Posted by: Zutroy (zutroy)
Posted at: November 27th, 2005 06:39 am (UTC)

I made 2 GALLONS of stock yesterday for my Thanksgiving goodness today.

I used up every drop, and to excellent effect if the stuffed moans coming from everyone were real.

Posted by: Calamity Vain (esmetutu)
Posted at: November 27th, 2005 08:40 pm (UTC)

that freezer odd and ends bag idea is a good one. ;)

Posted by: hairypolack (hairypolack)
Posted at: November 28th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)

cook me something for XMas....

!

Posted by: EasyReader (mummra)
Posted at: November 28th, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)

I am smiling big big right now.
I like you.

Posted by: emily (tugena13)
Posted at: November 28th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
gouge away

how does one make stock exactly anyway?

and i want to come down to texas sometime, if only to sample some of your cooking... reading your journal makes my mouth water sometimes. :)

Posted by: Red Lipstick & Green Ink (ginger931)
Posted at: November 28th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)

Water.
Bits.
Bones.

Low constant heat.

Cooking isn't complicated.

Let it roll--while you clean your house, or write your novel, or walk you dog.

The good stuff eeks out of the bits and bones.

SO SIMPLE.

Afterwards you can make rissotto or soup or...anything.
Stock is simple.
IT only takes time and trash.

A slow rolling boil.
And then a simmer.

I would LOVE for you to come here...
But I would probably just pour drinks into you,
and take you out.

Shake me hard, and we cook.

Stock, stock is simply throwing things into a pot,
with water...

and letting it bubble until you have something good.

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