My British buddy informed me about Winter Walks, a BBC sequence that follows an individual strolling solo across the countryside whereas they chat stream-of-consciousness. “Whoever planted these timber did a jolly good job,” says one man. “This half is a bit slippery, however have you ever actually gone for a superb stroll in case your sneakers aren’t muddy on the finish?” You possibly can hear cows mooing and birds chirping within the background. How candy is that? (Apparently, my grandmother is a giant fan.) It jogs my memory of Norway’s Gradual TV, which options crackling fireplaces or folks knitting sweaters.
Lately, many individuals have requested, “What was your favourite e book of 2021?” My reply is threefold: Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason, a novel a couple of humorous married girl in England who’s fighting psychological sickness; You’ll By no means Imagine What Occurred: Loopy Tales About Racism by comic Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar; and Oh! William by Elizabeth Strout, my all-time favourite novelist. (Right here’s an interview together with her.) Did you learn any good books this yr?
When my mother visited final week, we went out for pedicures. She requested me what colour I used to be getting, and I noticed I’ve worn the identical colour each winter for years: this excellent, punchy purple.
Soups for winter? Groundbreaking. However! This sausage noodle soup with broccoli rabe is soooo hearty and scrumptious. We’re making it for dinner tonight, in reality. Any others you’d advocate? I do know it is a very soup-friendly group.
(Nail salon photograph by Ruchki da Nozhki in Brooklyn.)
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