Episode 251


The Back Porch

  • Rift by Jaqueline Cieslak in Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort

  • sock darning (woven patch technique) by Bristol Ivy from Making Magazine No. 5  COLOR


Muhammara  from Arabic meaning “something red” 

Special thanks to Selma for introducing me to this dish and sharing her recipe.

  • Joumana Accad of Taste of Beirut shares her Lebanese version of the dish in this VIDEO, which I initially watched to get a handle on the pronunciation
  • Ottolenghi’s recipe, which uses breadcrumbs instead of walnuts
  • Healthy Nibble’s recipe gave me the idea to use a spoon of ketchup in my version to boost the sweetness and umami

Muhammara (#powerpantry version)

Makes about 2 cups

  • 2 red (orange or yellow) bell peppers (seeds and stems removed), roasted and peeled
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds, toasted in a cast iron skillet
  • 1/4 c. walnuts, toasted in a cast iron skillet
  • 1 clove garlic
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tblsp. molasses / balsamic vinegar / sorghum syrup
  • 1 tblsp. organic ketchup
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil

Add all ingredients to a food processor, and blend to desired consistency, adding olive oil if needed.

I coat my peppers with salt and olive oil before roasting, so I found I added very little olive oil when blending.

Soaking sunflower seeds overnight may help improve the texture, but then I think it would be difficult to toast them.

This dip keeps nicely for up to  a week in the refrigerator.

Off the Shelf

When I read Walker’s poem ,”For My People,” on the Poetry Foundation website, and saw the image of POETRY magazine’s November 1937 issue in the margin, I though it must be a mistake.  Walker’s language, and her choices concerning punctuation, the driving urgency of the stanzas as they build — all result in a poem that seems as though it has been recently composed.  I think it is a remark about the current era of protests and demands for reform that a poem written in 1937 could resonate still-relevant themes concerning brutality, incarceration, inequality, and iniquity.

  • For My People” by Margaret Walker, first published in the November 1937 issue of POETRY magazine
  • Poetry Foundation biography of Margaret Walker
  • I Remember by Joe Brainard

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem





2 thoughts on “Episode 251”

  1. Hi, Susan:

    I was astonished when I saw that this poem was from a 1937 issue. I agree, her writing has a slickness, pace and turn of phrase that makes it seem contemporary.

  2. Thank you for introducing me to Mary Walker. The poem was compelling, moving, and so beautifully written. Her words reflect back where we still are today and so inspire my commitments and actions going forward.

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