I’m Honored

Kreativ Blogger Award2

Bloggers love a little recognition. So I was thrilled yesterday to learn that Mattenylou of the charming blog On Larch Lane has given me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thanks, Mattenylou!
This award is designed to share news of fun blogs. Each recipient is asked to post seven interesting things about herself (or himself, of course) and to pass the award on to seven other bloggers.
Mattenylou very sweetly wrote to me saying that if I didn’t have time to post seven things about myself she would understand. Naturally, I responded that for an egotist like me the problem would be finding ONLY seven things to write about!
Things about Tinky (they may be of interest only to me, but here they are!):
1. Let’s start with guilty pleasures: I read category fiction. This means I love mysteries and even the occasional romance novel. (I have also been known to TiVo “Ghost Whisperer” on television; I can’t figure out why, but it’s there in my queue every week.)
2. I have had crushes on a number of movie stars, including the following (not in order): Matthew Broderick, Fred Astaire, and Walter Pidgeon. Also Walter Cronkite (maybe there’s something about the name Walter?)
3. There are days on which I would kill for a truffle.
4. I talk to my pets constantly. I am certain that they talk back.
5. When I’m really frazzled I take a walk in the woods.
6. I love my friends and my family. I wish more of them played bridge with me, however; I haven’t played bridge in years! And it’s my favorite team sport.
7. I would love to be better organized. Also rich and famous, but better organized actually comes first!
Seven of My Favorite Blogs
These were really hard to narrow down. I read and enjoy a LOT of blogs.
1. Commonweeder, which muses year round on gardens and community.
2. Food & Think from the Smithsonian, which mixes science, food, culture, and fun.
3. Walking Off the Big Apple, the thinking woman’s (and man’s) guide to New York.
4. History Hoydens, in which historical-romance writers talk about their research and their writing with wit and passion.
5. Sugar Apple, which blends Southern American and island cuisines to maximize color and flavor.
6. How Does Your Garden Grow, which concentrates on local eating and doable recipes in my native New England.
7. Today at Mary’s Farm, in which journalist Edie Clark shares insightful essays on country life.
Please take a look at them—and, if you like, leave a comment to tell me about some of YOUR favorite blogs. I’m always looking for new reading material.
Before I go I have to post a recipe since National Oatmeal Month is almost over and I HAVEN’T POSTED A SINGLE AVENACEOUS RECIPE this January!
This recipe comes from Jody Cothey. I’ll tell you more about her in my next post, which will feature another of her favorite foods.
For now I’ll just let you know that she and her husband Edward own Tregellys Fiber Farm in my hometown of Hawley, Massachusetts. They have a longstanding interest in Tibetan and Nepalese people and culture.
The Cotheys learned to make this oatmeal dish from Nepalese friends and eat it frequently at this time of year. In Nepal it’s sweetened with honey, but in Massachusetts the Cotheys (and I!) tweak it with a little maple syrup.
If you like bananas and oatmeal, try this combination. It is surprisingly silky in taste and texture.
Nepalese Porridge
1 cup milk
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 pinch salt
2/3 banana, cut into small pieces
maple syrup to taste
In a small saucepan combine the milk, oats, salt, and banana pieces. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the porridge reaches the consistency you like (for me this is about five minutes).
Serve with maple syrup. Serves 1 to 2, depending on appetite.

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9 Responses to “I’m Honored”

  1. Julie says:

    And now I have to say I’m honored….to have my collaborative blog listed as one of your favorites! THANK YOU! I think this calls for a celebratory bowl of Tibetan Porridge (which sounds heavenly – and I have bananas, which are perfectly ripe, free trade of course, along with some local honey AND maple syrup).

    I’m also going to bookmark a few of your favorite blogs – I love, love, love Food and Think.

  2. Mattenylou says:

    Tinky- A well deserved award, for your wonderful blog. I look forward to trying your recipes and I like that I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. I love reading the history of these foods, too.

    I was all set to try this recipe earlier when I read it in my mail, but someone ate that last banana! It’ll have to wait til I get to the store. Oatmeal is a comfort food for me, I remember my Dad making a big pot of it on winter mornings, Oatmeal with raisens was his specialty, haha.

  3. Tinky….congratulations! you so deserve that award!! Your blog is absolutely satisfying on so many levels!

    Now …about that Tibetan porridge….that was so interesting to me because I have never known a Tibetan that ate oatmeal…the ones I know usually eat tsampa, which is made from ground roasted barley mixed with a little tea and butter…and maybe a dab of honey. If you would like to know more about tsampa, I can put you in touch with a woman right there in Hawley ….her livelihood is tsampa making!

    …and ….on a nutritional note…adding up a good serving of cinammon to the oatmeal is beneficial for helping to keep blood sugar levels in line. :–)

  4. Great blog posting. I am happy to hear about your favorite websites and learn more about you, too! This recipe sound neat. On to Twitter about it!

  5. Douglas says:

    Every month is oatmeal month in my book. You can’t go wrong with oatmeal.

  6. tinkyweisblat says:

    Douglas, I couldn’t agree more. Deborah, I will ask the folks at Tregellys about tsampa. And I will definitely throw in a little cinnamon next time around; I almost did it this time!

  7. Thanks for the visit on my blog and lovely meeting you. I’m also working on my Kreativ Blog award, so this was a fun find for me. I can tell I’ll enjoy following yours.

  8. Anne says:

    Hi Tinky, thanks for visiting!! I think it’s too late now to start liking cats – sorry!! Being Scottish, for breakfast I eat porridge. The basic recipe: 1 cup porridge oats to 2 cups milk (the size of the cup depends on how many you are making it for!) Place in a glass bowl, stir and then microwave for approx 5 mins. You can serve it with fruit, honey, syrup, jelly (not necessarily at the same time!) – it’s delicious with a big spoonful of cream stirred in once it’s cooked!! Regards, Anne

  9. tinkyweisblat says:

    Anne–I won’t tell my Lorelei Lee about the cat thing. My grandfather would heartily approve of your big spoonful of cream!

    Do you by any chance make bannocks? I tried this New Year’s Eve, but mine were very inauthentic!