My 3 Things FAQ here.
1. Listening: "Obiero" by Ayub Ogada
Wait until it is dusk or even the dark of night. Then, light a candle or turn the lights down low. Press play and do nothing. Just listen. You will hear the mystery, the awe, the radiance.
2. MAKING: Shallot and lemon confit
I had a surfeit of shallots. What to do? Searching through a 2005 Food and Wine cookbook I found this recipe: Shallot and Lemon Confit by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. I had four lemons on hand. Game on. He's a superchef. I'm not. I didn't have fresh thyme or fresh parsley, so I left those out. I also spilled WAY more than 12 coriander seeds (!) into the pan when I was measuring. Sweet. The whole thing turned out amazing. I served it with sauteed greens and scooped it on top of asian sloppy joes. Superchef who?
2a. My Cooking playlist on SpotifY: Touch
I call this playlist "Touch" because the music is breathtaking in its touch and feel. Each of these musicians is a master at shade, shadow, suggestion. This music is subtle. It's about the sleight of hand, the ghost note, the grace note, the space between. You'll hear the guitarist Antonio Forcione, the bassist Charlie Haden, the saxophonist Ben Webster, and more.
3. REREADING: "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
This will be the third year in a row I have read Middlemarch. I first picked it up about a decade ago. (And, yes I am aware of Rebecca Mead's book about reading and rereading Middlemarch.) Why so many re-reads? To know George Eliot better. To marvel at her language and masterful turns-of-phrase. To study her descriptions of people and moods and feelings and to imprint those descriptions on my soul, to maybe have them appear in a song someday. In short, to return to this incredible novel as a way of returning to myself, learning myself.
What are you listing to, making, and/or rereading these days?