The Westcott Theater is a small local venue for live music. It has a wide open floor plan a bar on one side in the back, a place to sell shirts and CD’s on the other side of the theater, a sound booth in the middle and a small stage in front. It was once a movie theater so the floor is at an angle which makes it good for viewing the stage, but not great for standing all night. Last night the pirate and I went to see the band John Brown’s Body.
It was a great show, two other bands played before they did, one of them was called Doc Apple a fun danceable hip hop band from Rochester NY. The other was a guy called Derrick Hart, after the show ended he was walking around with CD’s and he gave both of us a CD of a compilation of his music and some other folks. He came on stage all rumpled and looking kind of geeky but then he opened his mouth and he had a great show tunes voice which he proceeded to sing an a capella show tune style song with lots of F…words mixed in in a unique and surprising way. It was pretty terrific and getting the CD was an added bonus.
A not so lazy Sunday, after being up dancing half the night, I had breakfast with the pirate’s family, cleaned my house, and walked the dog in the brilliant sunshine. He was so happy, I swear he looked at me and smiled at least twice. Now as I continue to prepare artwork to send to an unpaid commission, the new clay Jizo sitting on my table by my side, I have a mincemeat pie in the oven and a pot of one of my long time favorite soups on the stove as I listen to the CD given to me by Derrick Hart.
Vegan Lentil Soup
a cup of lentils
and about 6 cups water simmer for 45 minutes on low
meanwhile in a saute pan, caramelize a diced vidalia onion with three cloves of garlic, browning the onion adds loads of extra flavor pour a little water in and get all the browny goodness out of the pan before you add this to the simmering lentils.
chop three carrots and three medium potatoes and add.
Simmer until lentils are tender about another half hour or so.
add a half a bottle of tamari sauce (5oz altogether) and three sprigs of fresh thyme,
or a tsp of dried thyme leaves, or if you don’t have thyme, herbs de provence work too.
freshly ground pepper
add two large handfuls of mushrooms sliced
simmer another half hour
and a medium sized broccoli crown cook until broccoli is soft
cook until the broccoli is tender.