Sunday, February 22, 2015

Edna St. Vincent Millay and Broccoli Peanut Crunch

Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American lyrical poet, and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry. She was also a feminist known for her activism. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.
In the dead of winter how lovely to think about the solitude of a summer day on a hill. 
Afternoon on a Hill
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!

Crunchy Broccoli Peanut Crunch
Cook's notes: recipe inspired by and serves 2-3

  • 3-4 cups small broccoli florets 
  • 1/2 cup sesame sticks,broken in halves 
  • 1/4 cup red onions, diced 
  • 1/2 cup raisins 
  • 1/2 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts or honey roasted cashews 
  • 2 TB. rice vinegar 
  • 2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce 
  • 1 tsp. chili garlic paste 
  • 1 tsp.sesame oil 
  • Blanch broccoli florets in a pot of boiling salted water until crisp tender, 2 minutes and drain. Transfer briefly to a bowl of ice water, then drain again. Pat dry and transfer to a bowl. 
  • Add in onions, raisins and sesame sticks. 
  • Whisk together vinegar, soy sauce, chili garlic paste and oil. Pour over salad mixture, toss and top with peanuts just before serving. 

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