Nightmares

Just had one of my childhood chronic nightmares for the first time in years, and for the first time it was actually scary and painful during the dream, not just afterwards. My dad and I were covered in hornets, being stung repeatedly. Not fun, especially because wasps do get into the attic sometimes, so I was afraid when I woke up that they might be real and didn’t dare move.

Normally, the dream has followed the same pattern since I was three or four years old: I’m at some kind of family gathering and everyone is covered in insects (spiders, cockroaches, ants the size of Shetland ponies), but we’re all calm and proceed normally. It’s usually only after I wake up that I’m scared and creeped out, wondering whether the tickles on my arms and legs are normal tickles or real creepy crawlies. I don’t know what it means that this time was upsetting even before I woke up.

Spinach-artichoke mini quiches

I basically riffed off of a Whole Foods recipe and it turned out absolutely delicious. I modified the recipe because while my mom and I love artichoke, my dad doesn’t care for it, and I think you can easily twist it further, substituting asparagus, for example, or zucchini. And I threw in a few other things that were on hand that seemed like they would add to the general deliciousness. The result was some mini quiches that were bright and crisp, and some that were more savory.

The best part? This worked as a fancy side for a dinner, with plenty of freezable leftovers, but it would also work for cooking lunches for a week, or as an easy pot-luck option. I’ve been looking for recipes that have that kind of versatility; there aren’t nearly enough of them.
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