I have had lunch with Christinia this week instead of studying for my finals on Saturday. I believe I'm pretty much studied out--I don't care much about the outcome at this point. Usually I bring my lunch, but once a week or so I get takeout. Today was Ethiopian, from the little coffee shop at George Washington University's law school book store. Mostly they sell very good Ethiopian coffees and Italian sodas and such, but I don't drink coffee. They have three Ethiopian lunches; this is the vegetarian one. When I put the photos together here I realized how much the colors of my lunch echoed the colors in Christinia's sampler.
The spongy-looking "bread" draped over the partitioned take-out container is injera, made with teff, rather than wheat. It has a tangy sour-dough-ish flavor and is stretchy, perfect for picking up/mopping up the stews. I'm never sure which stews are wots and which are alitchas, but the top left is mild, silky pureed split peas, then clockwise is a spicy red lentil stew. Below that are collards with garlic and mild spices, then a cold salad of beets and potatoes and onions and on the left green beans.
Here's a close-up of Christinia's time-consuming bullet-hole stitch.
And progress on the sampler:
Pink: Elvis, what are we having for lunch today?
Pink: We can't have burgers. Bunnies are vegetarians!
Elvis: Wait! I'm a bunny? I thought I was a puppy!