The Birds

A hummingbird finally found the feeder on my office window. I saw it flit away this morning as I came in here to look something up on the computer. I love to watch hummingbirds fly. Their little wings beat so fast, and they look so pretty as they hover and dart through the air.

I’ve seen a lot of birds in the past couple of days. A big heron flew across the 23rd Street bridge as we were crossing it yesterday, and a goldfinch crossed 66 in front of me while I was cruising an old alignment near Sapulpa. On the way back, a barn swallow barreled across the road near Bowden.

Unfortunately, all of them were moving so fast that I didn’t get a chance to photograph them. Gorgeous little things, though. The biodiversity around here is just spectacular.


My new toy

I’m getting ready to lead a bus tour down Route 66 from St. Louis to OKC next week, and I needed a good camera to bring along on the trip.

I realize that I already have a Rebel, which is the best camera a girl could want (short of a Mark III, of course), but the Rebel isn’t insured against loss or theft and would be quite expensive to replace, so I’m really not keen on bringing it along in situations where I can’t keep track of it constantly.

I’m also thinking of doing some wedding photography to supplement our income this summer, and I wanted a decent mid-range camera to keep in my bag as a backup in case some unspeakable horror befell the Rebel in the middle of a ceremony.

For less than the price of a decent flash unit, I was able to buy a Fuji Finepix S1000 — a very serviceable little 10 megapixel point-and-shoot with plenty of bells and whistles, including a video feature that allowed me to document Scout’s infamous “talking” trick for posterity.

I’ll be playing with my new toy quite a bit over the next few days and will post a full review once I’ve seen how it stands up to my incessant and generally unreasonable demands. Stay tuned….


P.S.: If you don’t get the feed, be sure to scroll down, because I’ve put up four entries in the last 24 hours. That ought to make up for all those days when I was too busy to blog….

Vegan spanakopita

I made something this evening that’s probably best described as a sort of vegan turnover with spanakopita filling.

As usual, I had one recipe and insufficient ingredients for either, so I made something up as I went along

Vegan Spanakopita

1 box frozen fillo leaves, thawed
2 boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1 c. chopped onion
Olive oil
2/3 c. walnuts, chopped finely
2/3 c. fine breadcrumbs
5 cloves garlic, minced
Handful of fresh mint leaves, minced
1 tbsp. dried dill weed
3 tbsp. lemon juice
1 lb. extra-firm tofu (NOT silken)
1/2 tsp. smoked salt (probably fine with regular salt, too)

Preheat oven to 375 F. Oil a couple of cookie sheets. Drain spinach in a colander for a few minutes while you saute the onions in olive oil until they’re clear. Add spinach to skillet and heat thoroughly. Transfer spinach and onions to large mixing bowl. Add next six ingredients and mix thoroughly. Mash smoked salt into tofu. Add to spinach mixture.

Lay one fillo leaf on a sheet of waxed paper. Brush lightly with olive oil. Lay a second fillo leaf on top of the first. Fold in half. Place a small handful of spinach mixture on the fillo leaf, about three inches from the left edge of the fillo. Fold end over spinach mixture. Fold top and bottom edges over about 1/2 inch. Starting on the left, fold dough over and over until you have a neat little packet of filling surrounded by dough.

Place on cookie sheets and bake at 375 F for 30 minutes.

Makes about a dozen little spinach-filled turnovers.

This recipe is kind of a hybrid between two of Mollie Katzen’s recipes: spanakopita and spinach borek. The tofu stands in nicely for the cottage cheese in the spanakopita.