Easy seaweed soup

Seaweed soup

You can’t go wrong with a name like that — and indeed, this was very easy, and quite lovely.

I found the recipe while wondering what to do with a small amount of fresh vegetable broth I’d made last week after coming home from up north. Most of it had already been consumed over the intervening days while another portion was frozen, but I wanted to use a remaining fresh remnant for something else. Given the chillier weather, soup was a logical choice, but I wasn’t interested in anything too complicated after a busy work day.

The advantage of the recipe is not merely that it’s simple but protean; one can easily adapt as one chooses. In this case, the seaweed had already been shredded and roasted, while I had some fresh parsley around instead of cilantro, so I used that instead. The end result was gently tasty, as much about the light touch of the broth and the hint of texture and scent the roasted seaweed provided as anything else; paired with some hearty bread, salad and a bit of chocolate, it’s a little hard to beat.

Some gentle resolutions

Some late clouds

And with a late afternoon like that, who can’t help being contemplative?

This isn’t meant to be a completely in-depth plumbing of my current state of mind or anything but I am looking towards a less frenetic 2011 as I focus my attention on a variety of things that have been either hanging fire or developing in new directions. Part of that means a slightly different way of working with the blog here in the context of my other writing, in large part because I think my experiment with some near-constant writing cycles throughout last year, while productive, was also often very exhausting. The fact that I’m not fully ready — or even interested — in charging back into all that in a new year is one of those signs that I need to honor my state of mind rather than trying to fight it more, especially as I find myself working with the consumption of music and many other art forms in new ways than I have in the past.

In general, though, expect a slower pace throughout the year; certainly I doubt Not Just the Ticket will ever return to the near three-times-a-week level I had it going there for a while. Once a week is much more likely at this point, allowing a little more time and distance to let some of the stories percolate a bit more. This will echo over as well into other areas, but I can pretty well say that regular writing for the AMG will continue as ever as well as my OC Weekly work, not least because they’re paying assignments; beyond that it’ll probably be a bit more sporadic, allowing me a chance to work on three larger writing projects — one of which could be very elaborate indeed — that will all hopefully emerge in greater detail over the next year, and which require more concentrated attention than I’ve been able to provide for a while. Updates and links, as ever, will be provided and posted.

And of course there will always be new recipes, garden visits, occasional photographs and more to share, plus whatever else crosses my mind. 2010 was in many ways a much bigger year for me than I’ve discussed on the blog but then again, a blog is not everything, however much I do indeed ponder it all.