Everybody cooks in this house. You probably realized that when you visited. My father-in-law, Krush makes this salad often. He says it cools and balances the body, and it is one of his favorites. Knowing how much you love your fermented goodies, I thought you might like it, as well. I think I have it translated into things you can acquire. When you are enjoying it, think of me and know that I am happy here. Give my love to Appa, and save a generous dollop for yourself!
His wife, Ah’davan, says he does most of the cooking when he’s home. She is much older than he is, and has one of those odd-sounding jobs that the Equi take in stride. She is a sexual trainer who works with young people as they begin to become sexually aware … or active. Strange to me, and quite beside the point. Konik made this amazing soup, and baked bread to go with it. When I asked for the recipe he laughed and said he’d send it along. I assumed he’d forget, as busy as he is, but it arrived this morning, and now I can share it with you!
In this house first breakfast is usually quick, as people run out to do morning chores or head off to school. Second breakfast is more leisurely. Ardi has second breakfast with his students each day. This is something he enjoys for first breakfast, along with one or two of his sister’s famous flatwraps. I like it, too. It takes a while to make up, but it lasts a long time once you have it. I think it is what you would call grain-ola. Here it is simply Harvester’s Breakfast.
We spent yesterday preparing summer squashes for winter use, and as an extra treat, Ah’din made this absolutely scrumptious cake using some of the squash and some sweet root from the cellar. This is a moist, dense cake, sweet and pretty to look at. My Mother-in-law says it is her husband’s favorite Birthing Day cake, and I can see why!
He says they have fun. They do school work, of course, but in the evening they sing and tell stories and put on plays and at bedtime he makes a big, soft nest on the floor and they all put on their night clothes and pile into it. They cook, too, and he says this is one of his favorite things to make with his students – remember, they’re five and six-year-olds. I cannot imagine trying to cook with ten five-year-olds in tow, but he manages it. He fixed this for me when he got home, and he’s right, it’s very good! I hope you like it! Give my love to Appa.