For today's lunch we had the most successful of the soups, a chicken tortilla soup. I declared it one of the three tastiest bowls of soup I have ever had. When challenged to name the other two I could not. So let's just say that this was the best bowl of soup that has ever happened to me.
Jen also grumbled here way through a good round of dumpling-making. Just enough time had passed since the last time she made dumplings for her to forget how much she hates making dumplings. The last time she made dumplings was on a snowy Valentine's Day weekend in 2003 when she was living on 34th Street and I had come to visit and got stranded in New York. This batch was even better than the the 2003 vintage. I can't wait until 2017. We're going to have some amazing dumplings then.
During the 2003 blizzard we were also working our way through ingredients in the fridge and it culminated in a meal of odds-and-ends quesadillas. Tonight, unaware of the growing 2003-connection, used a similar tactic to turn the leftovers in the fridge into quesadillas. Tortillas form the soup, roasted butternut from the cod a few nights back, fontina cheese (which I'd purchased for some screwball dish I was going to make this weekend but never got around to), cilantro, tomato, avocado, lime, and sour cream made up the dish.
As a dessert we finally removed our Christmas tree which resulted in this catastrophe you see before you.
You may be thinking, "Nate, when did you have lunch? I thought you were supposed to be vegan until 8!"
Well, dummy, it's Sunday! Vegans are allowed to eat meat on Sundays!
Don't you know anything about alternative diets?