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Monday, August 2, 2021

A Peek At My Week in July/August

I'm Watching:     Made In Heaven on Amazon Prime

A series set in current day India. Deals with women's rights, gay rights, and the evolving rights in general in a closed society for those who have the courage to challenge the norms. The story is based on two unrelated individuals who open a bridal planning agency called, Made in Heaven for the wealthy which takes us into the lives of all kind of individuals, both the clients and the staff. Strictly fiction, but interesting and exciting. I'm enjoying it. 

I'm Reading : 

97 Orchid Street : An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement. 

It's a historical fiction based on the lives of a German, Italian, Irish, Orthodox Jewish and Reform (From Russian and Germany) who live on 97 Orchid Street in NYC from 1863-1935. Though their food we learn about their lives and the struggles to readjust to life as new immigrants in America. 

I found this on Wik
"The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, located at 97 and 103 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is a National Historic Site. The Museum's two historical tenement buildings were home to an estimated 15,000 people, from over 20 nations, between 1863 and 2011"

97 Orchard Street: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement

The Flowers In My Yard :
Since we are spending more time on our deck and less time out this summer due to Covid, we decided to surround ourselves in beautiful summer flowers. This is a sampling of some of our hanging baskets and planted flowers. 

hanging basket of summer flowers

field of black eyed Susans

hanging basket of red flowers

What I'm Cooking : 

You may not normally think soup this time of year, but there are many summer soups which are either chilled or take advantage of the seasonal corn, tomatoes, and zucchini. I eat soup any time of the year, but it's a good time to FREEZE soup to take advantage of the summer crops. 

Corn LIme Soup at www.realfoodblogger.com

This week I made Mexican Zucchini Corn lime Soup ( P151 of my cookbook) or a similar soup you can find on my blog for (link) chilled zucchini corn lime soup and a Cucumber Grape Mint Gazpacho (P.163 in my Soups Cookbook) which I haven't put anything like it on my blog- yet. If you want the recipe, leave me a note in the comments. 


1. All of my recipes on my blog from 2021 have now graduated from vegetarian to vegan.

2. All of my recipes have always been and are still gluten-free

3. My recipes are whole food plant-based and easy using normal ingredients.

4. My recipes are low fat 


  1. We don't have Amazon Prime :-(( Love those flowers in your yard...so colourful and summery!

  2. Your flowers are amazing! I can also eat soup all year round, but they have to be hot. Unless it is avocado and cucumber soup. I never knew about The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Something to keep in mind if we ever come back to the US for a visit.

  3. Beautiful flowers!!....I love cold soup during summer....gazpacho is always present in summer at home....your soup looks delicious!!.......Abrazotes, Marcela

  4. Your garden is gorgeous. The book has a fascinating title too.

  5. I watched that series, too. I left India 22 years ago and now wonder how much it has changed.

  6. What a sweet little photo on that book. The loaves of bread look huge! Sounds like you are reading and watching some interesting stories.

  7. Your flowers look very colourful.
    Happy August Wishes.

    All the best Jan

  8. There are so many terrific shows on Amazon Prime; I heard of Made in Heaven and am glad to hear that it's good. The book sounds intriguing also; I like the idea of learning about people through their food. Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous! The Black-eyed Susans are my favorite. That was a great idea, making home somewhere you want to be. :)


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