more snow, later slush, finally ice. The snow is gorgeous; the ice is dangerous. much better to stay inside and eat:
Hot & Sour mushroom soup from Isa Does It. Not something I believe I've ever ordered, but I'm glad I made. Lots of interesting textures and flavors. I finally found wood ear mushrooms for this, and while they taste fine, they look so gross! It seriously looks like you have to chop up an actual floppy ear when they are rehydrated oh man so creepy. Blarf o rama.
cute little samurai snowman
Gingery-garlicky stir-fry with rice, cabbage, tofu, onion, carrot, shiitake mushrooms, and red pepper flakes with sesame oil and soy sauce.
I made fermented cashew cheese, flavored with a little paprika and cayenne. Spread on woven wheat crackers.
Also, it was recently Imbolc, a Gaelic and Wiccan festival welcoming the beginning of the end of winter. One etymology says Imbolc means "ewe's milk" so it is traditional to drink and eat dairy. I made a milky chai tea drink - the spices in the tea also represent the beginnings of warmth. This is just black tea brewed with cinnamon, star anise, ginger, and vanilla extract. Almond milk was the milk of choice, agave syrup was added to sweeten.
Here is Haxan catching some snowflakes on her head.