12 of 12

I participated in the 12 of 12 three times at the end of last year and then have neglected it the past couple of months – but this time I remembered! I just didn’t manage to get the post up sooner than this morning. These kind of posts always take me longer than I expect.

This post begins with my day in progress about halfway through. On Tuesdays I travel to [spoilery campus name] to teach, and stay overnight. I woke up on Wednesday ready to start documenting, but had left my camera at home.


2:00pm – Back at home. Could it be? Sunshine? Coming from outside? A non-overcast sky? I must photograph this as proof!


2:15pm – Scenes from a bookshelf. In my recent attempts at tidying/hoe-ing out/emptying boxes, I discovered more of these hardcover Nancy Drews lurking in the basement and set them all up together. There was a while about 10 years ago when I was collecting them and always looked in used bookstores, but I fell out of the habit. Heck, I even got a dozen or so of the “really old” blue covers. I like having the collection but make no mistake – these aren’t in mint condition.


2:30pm – Laundry. Two of my handknits get snuggly in a bathtub of wool wash.


3:00pm – The rest of my lunch. In the town where I teach there is a super delicious organic cafe that makes great burritos and curries and rice and rotis and all kinds of things. I always get something from there, because even though it’s a bit more expensive, the food is always delicious and comes with actual vegetables. This is the side salad, and one of the dressing options is this green one which I suspect may be some liquefied form of cilantro and garlic. Mmmmmmm.


4:00pm – Venezia knitting break. I was feeling a little bleary (by the time I get to Wednesday I am always a little drained from teaching and prepping and schlepping myself around all over the place on buses) and thought about taking a nap, but then I reasoned that I didn’t really need a nap, I just wanted a break. So I had a time-out with the knitting. Venezia’s progressed a bit farther than this now, and I’m hoping to be well into Sleeve #1 tonight.


4:30pm – Revisions. Bleah. Need I say more?


6:15pm – Dinner prep. These veggies will be roasted and then served over polenta with goat’s cheese. (The foil-wrapped balls are heads of garlic, mmmmm….)


6:30pm – Pre-dinner drinkie and just a little bit more work. One step at a time, one step at a time… (Aside: yep, my laptop is resting on 4 plastic-wrapped packs of post-it notes. This is a feeble attempt at combatting the lame cooling issues my laptop has been twice plagued with to the point of having to replace the whole system. Toshiba, you suck.)


7:00pm – Snacks. My dad visited the Canary Islands recently for a conference (I know. Seriously lucky.) While he was there he enjoyed a particular appetizer which involved very small, salted and cooked potatoes, dipped in yogurt. (If anyone out there knows about this, or how to make it, he would be deeply appreciative and thoroughly vindicated.) He wanted to try to replicate it here, although his conclusion was the potatoes were not small enough or salty enough.


8:15pm – Knitting and Tee Vee. I flipped channels and decided I would prefer to watch a Gilmore Girls rerun on DVD. (Hm. There’s a bit of light glare over Lorelai’s face…)


10:30pm – Checking the weather forecast. More sun? I don’t know if we can take so much sun! It’ll be an adjustment after 3 months of snow and overcast, but I think we’ll manage.


10:45pm – Bedtime reading. I picked up a copy of ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’ on sale last week out of curiosity and am now finished. Hmm. Good plain common sense, or patronizing cultural essentialism? Or perhaps a little from Column A, a little from Column B. My jury’s still out. The recipes do look tasty.

The copy of ‘The Celtic Collection’, though, continues to fuel my rich knitting fantasy life. I got this last week from local knitting friend Kim, in exchange for some yarn I’d given her a month before. It’s the first time I’ve ever had an Alice Starmore book in my hands and it’s fantastic. Much ogling still to come.

That’s all, folks! Happy Friday.


  1. I know what your dad is talking about! Those salty potatoes were SO good. I think we had them when we were on La Gomera. If he figures out how to replicate them, please share!

  2. Venezia is looking SO great! Kudos!

  3. Great photos! Venezia is really stunning…

    And if you can hang on a bit, I have a recipe book which I bought in the Canaries, where we used to holiday alot (our fave island suddenly got a bit too commercialised, so we haven’t been for a few years). Those little potatoes are gorgeous – I’ll see if I can find the recipe…

  4. ‘Typical Canary Cooking’ by Jose Luis Concepcion, bought in Lajares, Fuerteventura a few years ago:

    I think the potatoes we used to eat there (almost like an appetiser) were ‘wrinkled potatoes’ – basically tiny, firm potatoes simmered in salty water for about 20 mins. They would then usually be sprinkled with seasalt and kept warm.

    The sauce(s) that you dip the spuds in is ‘mojo’ sauce and there are a few different types in the recipe book (this brings back memories – you used to be given a selection of mojos to dip into): boiled mojo sauce, mojo picon (red spicy sauce), green pepper mojo, and red mojo (Fuerteventura). I guess it depends on which one your Dad had the pleasure of dipping into!

    I’ll scan a couple of pages of the book and email them to you, then perhaps your Dad can choose which one he wants!

  5. wow! what a busy day!! 🙂

    Venezia is stunning, and those potatoes sound yummy.. I’m all hungry now! 🙂

  6. A day in the life… I would try it, but half of the pictures would probably be taken from my bed (which I think is calling me right now…)

  7. sinensis · ·

    Dude, Gilmore Girls when Katee Sackhoff was on The Hour?!?! Bzuh! Your post makes me want a drinky. Probably a bad sign considering I have to go teach in an hour.

    Steph next month I am going to challenge you to a “who can take the most exciting 12 pics from their bed” contest.

  8. What’s the drinky? It looks very yummy. I made need one of those tonight.

  9. Looks like you had a busy day & it was great to read about your day. I don’t think my normal day will be as interesting as yours – just lots of driving around to school & running errands.

  10. Sounds like a good day. Potatoes and yogurt? Very strange.

    I’m very curious what is going on in Gilmore Girls at the moment of the picture. It looks like they are at the Inn.

  11. I got all excited that I could ask someone at work, before my blonde moment finished and I realised he’s from Gran Canaria, and you were talking about the Canary Islands. D’Oh!

    And sunshine, yay! I know the feeling (we’re “enjoying” rain a lot right now).

    Helen, 12er

  12. On the salted potato front:

    Alton Brown did a thingy on “Salt: The Rock We Eat” where he made ‘brined’ potatos, and they are positively To Die For. Basically, you get the tiny fingering potatos, and boil them in a pot that’s got about a cup of salt in 5-6 cups of water. That water makes a crust on the potatos when they come out of the water to drain on a cooling rack (and it makes a wicked crust on the inside of the pot, above the water line, too), and each little perfectly boiled ‘tater has this divine and complete wafer-thin crust of salt on it. It sounds like it would be WAY too salty, but it’s not. Just don’t cut the potatos before boiling them. They need the skins on.
    Alas, I have no clue about the yogurt portion of the entree.
    Happy Potato Eating.

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