I'm very fond of this phrase because I think it rightly elevates what many of us do around the house. The word "homemaker" conjures up images of June Cleaver and doesn't get at the really creative work that many women do to feed and clothe their families and make a pleasant living environment. Jane Brocket also is very adamant about the fact that being a domestic artist doesn't come with a set of rules or standards that one must meet, or the necessity to do it all. This will make Jim happy because he is very against the various domestic divas on television who set standards so high that no mortal woman could reach them.
In my work as a domestic artist today, I am making cold cucumber soup for dinner. This is a recipe that I cut out more than 30 years ago from the Columbus Dispatch. It is not credited.
Cold Cucumber Soup
1 tablespoon of oil
3 green onions, chopped
1 large cucumber
1 cup of watercress or parsley
1 medium potato, pared and diced
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
Sprinkle of salt
1 cup half and half
Chopped chives, thinly sliced cucumbers of radishes for garnish
- Heat oil in a two-quart saucepan.
- Add onion and cook on medium heat until onion is soft and translucent. Do not brown.
- Pare cucumber. Remove seeds if they are large. Dice cucumber to get about 2 cups.
- Add cucumber, watercress, diced potato, broth, pepper, and salt to pan.
- Cover, bring to a boil, lower heat and let simmer about 15 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
- Remove from heat and cool slightly.
- Puree mixture 1 cup at a time, in a blender or food processor. If too much is added at one time while blending, the hot mixture may spurt over the top of the blender. (WORD!)
- Pour mixture into a large container, stir in cream, cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
- Serve well chilled. (Quilted Librarian notes: Remember to taste the soup for salt before you serve it. As the great Julia Child tells us, as things get cold, the lose their savour. I also chill pottery bowls in the freezer in which the soup is then served.)