I have just started writing another book. That means I have a lot of other things I suddenly have to be doing all day long. Robert Benchley explained this phenomenon very well in about 1930 in an essay called "How to Get Things Done" where he proposes the following key psychological principal: "Anyone can do any amount of work , providing it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the time."
And that pretty much explains why I have been doing so much cooking. Actually, I often clip out recipes. When I find myself nodding solemnly as I read someone else's much-better-idea-than-mine for squash or orange roughy, I tear out the page and carefully store it in a pile in one particular cupboard where it languishes in safety until it becomes so grimy and transparent from some mysterious source of grease that it is rendered completely illegible. That is why the following recipe, which I have been concocting with great success for the small human population of my household for the past three days, may not actually have been developed by me. It may well be sitting somewhere in that pile of decrepit oil soaked papers. Even as I was "inventing" it, it had about it the stench of plagiarism. Still, I have been enjoying the results so much that I am moved for the first time to share a recipe with others. Behold. You will thank me.
"Merrill's" Lo Cal Thick and Creamy Strawberry Mush
One cup SILK vanilla soy millk (or probably any kind of milk.)
6 strawberries, frozen rock solid.
One spoon of Somebody or Other's Whey Protein from the health food store. They're all about the same, I think.
Additional ice to add to texture.
Blend in a blender with ice crushing capabilities.
It's the addition of the decimated frozen strawberries that makes it go from "Not bad!" to "Whoa! " For some reason, it transforms it in to something close to ice cream.Of course the more SILK you add, the more beverage like it becomes. The more ice or frozen solid strawberries, the more it becomes a milk shake or a slushie.
Well, now I should get back to writing. But notice how much time I blew just assembling this very blog . Especially once I decided I suddenly had to make some more of the afore mentioned strawberry mush so I could photograph it. Oh, I was a busy girl. I even went the extra mile and tried to dress up the photo by spooning a little in to a dish that I found in the back of a shelf and have never used before. That took a few extra minutes. And then of course, I had to download the photo and resize it. And now I have wasted even more time telling you about it, knowing that it wasn't going to be very interesting. That amounts to an additional ten minutes when I could have been writing.
Like Benchley says, I think that was the whole point.
Causes Merrill Markoe Supports
1. The Jane Goodall Institute 2. Tailsofjoy.com 3. Best Friends Animal Rescue 4. The Humane Society 5. PETA
6. The Sam Simon Foundation