Domestic Arts

Baking bread is an essential skill for a civilized human being.

Fresh-baked bread is one of life's greatest pleasures.

Photo by Mary Ecsedy.

This section is devoted to the domestic arts: cooking, cleaning, home economics, etc. We all have a safespace: it's called "Home". Maintaining a comfortable and healthy home, decorating it to reflect your own personal taste and style, cooking delicious and nutritious meals for yourself and for your loved ones - the results are worth the time and effort required.

I work in software engineering, and I enjoy what I do. But I also find a great deal of quiet pleasure and direct sense of accomplishment in performing tasks in the real world: reorganizing my clothes closet, stocking the pantry, dusting my collection of Venetian glass, working in the yard. Is there anything more pleasant and rewarding than sitting down to relax after a day of cleaning your house? Don and I share the daily chores: dishes, laundry, trash, bills - it never ends. But these quiet, mundane, domestic tasks make it possible to truly live well. People who view housework with contempt ("Oh, I don't cook!"), are missing out on some of life's greatest pleasures and meditations. When life becomes overwhelming, and anxiety or existential angst set in, there is no better antidote than housework: keep your body busy. The improvement in your environment will improve your mood, and exerting yourself in the face of it all can have a bracing effect as you face whatever life is throwing at you.

"Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water."

Restoring bone damaged by osteo myelitis using bone broth soup

Soup, with Love

February 10, 2019

Restoring bone damaged by infection using bone broth soup

How do you cook for a loved-one who is recovering from: dental implant surgery; bone infection; emergency surgery and hospitalization; two (2) months of antibiotics; and no natural lower teeth? I'm learning as I go, but here's my solution: bone broth soup and cabbage. If you're facing a similar challenge, then God bless you and all you do, and I wish you the joy of seeing your patient regaining their health and vitality. (Full Article)

Liquid and diet meal planning based on bone broth soup

Soup Diary and Meal Planning

January 10, 2019-to-present

Daily menu examples of a diet based on cabbage and bone broth soup

I've been keeping a record of my husband's recovery from bone infection in his jaw in early January, including meals. He's on a liquid/soft diet and living mostly on bone broth soup. There is a lot of information available online about the dietary needs for cancer patients and heart patients, but very little if anything for people in his situation: recovering from dental surgery and lacking proper teath, with a damaged jaw, and taking antibiotits for two months. Here is my learning curve, in case it helps anyone else facing the same or similar challenges. Bon appetite! (Full Article)

Fresh-baked bread by the author

Basic Bread Recipe

February 1, 2019

Basic Bread Recipe

Knowing how to bake a decent loaf of bread is an essential life skill everyone should have. Here's a good recipe for beginners. (Full Article)


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