So I still have a mountain of Swiss chard from Saturday. Charlie had one of his brothers over for a visit, and I decided to make some sort-of posole. It was pretty easy.


  • salted water
  • fresh greens
  • green onion
  • fresh tomatoes
  • can of hominy
  • can of black beans with cumin and spices
  • frozen black-eyed peas (or canned or cooked fresh)
  • ham (or sausage or bacon or no meat)
  • olive oil

I chopped the greens and put them in salted water and brought them to a boil. Then put in a whole green onion so I’d have the flavor but Charlie could eat around it. Peeled and cored the tomatoes, cut them up and put them in. About 1/3 can of hominy, with the liquid in it, about 1/3 can of beans with liquid, some black-eyed peas. Cut up a couple slices of ham and added a little olive oil for richness. Turned the heat down to simmer and cooked it for about 30-45 minutes.

Morris loved the soup. Said, “Charlie, do you eat like this every day?”

Charlie: “No.”

Wouldn’t it just be simpler to look at me and say, “Darling, I have a death wish.” ?


writing prompt: Have a character say something in all innocence that another character takes badly.