When Natalie, our fantastic Editorial Intern/my quarantine work wife, Slacked me this morning asking how my weekend was, the first word that came to mind was, "Magical!" For as much as I miss my family and friends, things really fell into place this weekend: I watched an inspiring documentary, caught sight of some stunning clouds, picked up some fantastic bagels from Maury's on Sunday, and had a truly, well, magical day on Saturday (which I'll be writing about more soon!). For now, here's what I'm loving this week:
Maybe it's the fact that time has so little meaning right now that made this mini-documentary about maximizing the seconds in a day so captivating. In it, Beau Miles runs a little over a mile every hour for 24 hours to complete a marathon, while checking off long put-off tasks in between that range from the mundane (chop firewood, stitch pants) to the sweet (play Scrabble, write a poem). It's funny, endearing, and, at its heart, about human curiosity. Just when I thought Beau was going to complain about being on the brink of deep sleep before waking up to do another middle-of-the-night lap, he marvels at how alive he feels in comparison. He is all about maximizing time, but it's well-worth the 17 minutes it takes to watch! I'm already looking forward to going through the rest of his Youtube channel (a phrase I have literally never said)!
Neither Jonah or I have read Harry Potter since it first came out, so the last time I read the first book (as opposed to re-watching the movies), was twenty or so years ago. Last night, we began listening to the first chapter on Spotify, read by Daniel Radcliffe, as we dove back into a puzzle we let go untouched for weeks. I'm not what I would consider a huge HP fan, but we both enjoyed it so much more than we expected to and probably would have kept going all night if there were more than two chapters out. More will be released this week, read by a rotation "recognizable" voices, and in case you missed it: There are videos here too!
Last week, cupcakes and cashmere reader Faryn Thompson sent us her new online cookbook (along with the sweetest note!). I'm not sure what I expected when I opened it—but I could immediately see how special it is. It's filled with creative plant-based recipes that celebrate whole ingredients. After trying a few recipes (I added her Almond Maple Drizzle to pancakes yesterday!), she graciously agreed to let me share her recipe for Chickpea Provençal, which combines many pantry ingredients into a simple panzanella-inspired dinner:
How to Make It:
¼ cup olive oil, used separately
3 cloves garlic, minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 (398ml) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 (796ml) can diced tomatoes or 8 large tomatoes, diced
2 thick slices sourdough bread, torn into small pieces
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, including stems, roughly chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. In a large, oven-friendly heavy-bottomed pot, sauté garlic in 2 Tbs olive oil until fragrant, but not browned (2 minutes). Season liberally with salt and pepper.
3. Add chickpeas and stir to combine. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add tomatoes and stir to combine. Remove from heat. Top with sourdough, parsley and remaining 2 Tbs olive oil.
5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the tomatoes are bubbling and the sourdough is golden brown and crisp. Enjoy immediately.
I treasured Sally Rooney's novel, so I was hesitant to watch BBC's adaptation of it, available on Hulu. But let me tell you: It is, somehow, just as magical. Connell and Marianne's complicated love story is equally as beautiful and devastating on screen as it was on page—so much so, that I've felt heartbroken after a few episodes (just me??). After each episode, I've been returning to the book to re-read a few pages ahead so I can live in their world just a little longer—that's how captivating it is! Also the sex scenes are 👏💥💕🙌(just saying).
1. The detailed breakdown of Nancy Meyers' kitchen I needed.
2. Have you noticed the increase in "credibility bookcases?"