Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. NYC pretty much lucked out with the hurricane. It looks like North Carolina and Vermont got/are getting the worst of it. There were high winds last night but I slept right through them. I took a walk this morning (camera-less) and there were some big old trees down, which is sad, but they mostly missed even the parked cars on the street. I hope others get off as easily.
Here are a few photos of the neighborhood yesterday, more to give you an idea of the hood than anything else. I went a different path this morning, to the more historic parts of Bed-Stuy, but there is an interesting character to a lot of this area, as well as a more recent turn towards community gardens and self-sustainability.
An "Herban" Farm I volunteered at once - they have a small farmer's market on Sundays.
I love the one of Angela Davis!
Brownstones that always make me want to watch Spike Lee movies.
Yes, half of a car on top of a dumpster.
Anyway, onto the sustenance. When I went to sleep last night I had no idea if I'd wake up with power, water, or gas so I had prepared some overnight oats. (Even though I eat them all the time when we do have power and water.)
Here, with chia seeds, chopped peach, and coconut.
I made a salad and topped it with the tabbouleh I made yesterday and some basil hummus using this recipe. I took our basil plant in from the fire escape last night and I wanted to use up as much of the leaves as I could in case it wouldn't keep. I halved the recipe and it still made a ton. I used soaked and cooked chickpeas, shucked, left out the olive oil and added more chickpea cooking water. Toasting pine nuts was one of the best parts of making this - they smell so good! The whole meal was delicious all blended together.
The lentil-wild rice soup and chopped summer squash, carrots, and red pepper with more basil hummus.
It was a tolerable, mostly insidey day but I can't wait to go places and do things tomorrow. Getting a little stir-crazy, but I shouldn't complain if that was the worst of the troubles. Oh! Unfortunately, though, my parents, who were visiting my brother in CA are stranded there until Friday and Saturday due to flight cancellations! It looks like I will be paying a few extra visits to their cat and fish...