Friday, May 25, 2012

Visit to Ethan plus Recipe

We just returned from LA, after a week's visit with our new (6 wk old) grandson, Ethan. How delicious he is! These two photos are from before our visit. At one month old, he weighted 12 lb 7 oz. He is such a big boy. Eats well, but isn't sleep as well as his folks would like, because he is up feeding every 2 1/2 hours or such. While we were there, they upped his oz bottles to 5 oz, and he was a bit longer between feeding but not always.

It was such a treat being able to spend the time with them! Grace was going back to work as a teacher for the last month of school, and it was Brian's first week alone with him. We acted as support during the days. Luckily, we alder cockers (old folks) got to sleep at night. He'll be sleeping downstairs in a bassinet in their room for the first three months, so we didn't hear a thing up stairs, or else we just slept through it. 

It was such fun feeding Ethan and playing (a little) with him. He's holding up his head just a little, and is starting to coo and babble just a little too. He already knows how to kvetch and cry, no need for instructions there. Art was wonderful with him. I have a great couple of photos of the two of them. Here's one:

Here's one of whole family:

While visiting, I made a pot of Shitake mushroom and Onion Soup. It was delicious. So, here's the recipe, which I originally found on Dr. Ben Kim's site. I didn't really measure my ingredients, and it make enough soup for five.

1/4 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
4 cups onions, thinly sliced
2 cups shitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup parsley, chopped
4 cups organic vegetable broth
2 tablespoons miso

In a large pot, heat the oil and then cook the onions over a medium hear, until they are translucent.

Add the mushrooms and parsley and cook until mushrooms are soft.

Add the vegetable broth and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes with a lid on. If the pot looks like it will boil over, reduce the heat again.

After 20 minutes, remove the pot from the heat. Add some liquid to the miso and stir until the miso is dissolved. Add it to the pot and stir well. Serve. ENJOY!!!