Sunday, August 12, 2012

Sunday Afternoon

It was an exceptionally quiet Sunday afternoon today. My roommate Sue had to pick up a book over at the Roseville Library so I tagged along.

My daughter gave me a bunch of fresh tomatoes from her garden. I want to make some Tomato Dumpling soup like I used to get at a now-defunct restaurant. I have been looking for a recipe for that delicious soup and I hoped to find one in a cookbook since I can't find anything online.

It turned out that everybody was at the library! The huge parking lot was packed and every computer was occupied. This is the city's new "new age" library and it is spacious, bright and as charming as a warehouse. There is nothing that invites you to linger. 

             (This is just the lower level of computers!)

I had no luck finding my recipe, I'm just going to have to "wing-it" to make the soup and dumplings. I can't find a recipe anywhere that comes close to what I'm trying to find. I'll let you know how it turns out!

15 comments:

Sparrow chic said...

Maybe you should describe to us what you are looking for in the soup. Maybe the combined "brains" of the blogging network can help you figure it out?
As for the pics of the new "New Age" library, wow , looks like a mall. But, it does resemble what the high school library here in town has turned into. All computer terminals, few paper books. A shame !!!!!! What was that infamous movie, Farenheit 551 ? Not far off the mark I'd say !!

The Owl Wood said...

So white, so bright but where are the comfortable seats, the wooden shelves struggling to hold up the weight of the books? Where's the magic that will still work by candlelight during a power cut when all of the 'puters fall silent?

Ditto Chic-Sparrow - describe yonder soup and one of the culinary brainwits in the network will surely recognise it!

Meggie said...

Hello Ms Sparrow...I found several recipes on the internet. But, since I have never tasted the soup before, I'm not sure they come close to your soup. The tomato dumpling soup was described as a "comfort food"...must be really good.

Mitchell is Moving said...

So great to know this library is getting used to such a level (but too bad it was crowded when you were there)!

Joanne Noragon said...

Was it thick and a little spicy and a little chunky with little spetzle like dumpings? I remember it, but have no idea how to make it. It was so good. And that's how much help I am.

Jane and Chris said...

That's a library??? I'd want to be in and out as quickly as possible.
Jane x

Ms Sparrow said...

Cindy-chic: The soup was thick and creamy like bisque. It was really garlicky and peppery with little spaetzle dumplings. It was sooo good!

Owl: You are so right! Most bookstores have more ambiance than this library. It may reflect the changes in the future of books and libraries, but gosh, does it have to look like a computer lab? (I remember that beautiful library you blogged about some months ago...sigh.)

Meggie: Do you remember on which site you saw the recipe? I might be one I missed!

Mitch: This particular library is the second most popular in the state, after the Minneapolis one.
They had to add a second story because is was so crowded. Maybe it was designed to keep patrons from wanted to hang around--hmmm.

Joanne: Your description sounds like the recipe I'm looking for! I'm thinking it's maybe an ethnic recipe since I've had such a hard time finding it. Back when the restaurant was still open, I once asked about the recipe, but of course it's a secret.

Jane and Chris: That's my feeling exactly! The first time I went in there after the remodel, I said Andrew Carnegie would be rolling in his grave!

Crafty Green Poet said...

The library looks very efficient but not very welcoming...

I hope you find your recipe...

The Odd Essay said...

I've never even heard of tomato dumpling soup... my Grandma used to make a kind of cream of tomato soup that had "balls" of white bread in it.... but that was a "poor" man's meal... spicy, hardy, filling... but cheap! I'll be looking forward to your recipe.

Linda Starr said...

tomato dumpling soup oh that sounds marvelous I hope you find the recipe. I have always wanted to make a cold tomato soup but never have, one of these days.

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

We like the children's area of the Roseville Library; it has many different kinds of toys along with books and a few computers with stories on them. Story hour can be jam-packed. Sad to say, I've never even checked out the rest of the place!

Knatolee said...

That is QUITE the library!

Elaine said...

It's not the sort of place I would feel comfortable in, but it is impressive.

I have noticed that in this country, the more they spend on technology and creating computer space, the less room and money they have for books. Libraries seem to be forever holding book sales and the number of shelves for the remaining books diminish.

Ms Sparrow said...

Crafty: You're right--I never stay any longer than I have to!

Odd Essay: In searching through oodles of cookbooks, I came across some that used bread in them. I might have to try that!

Linda: Somehow "cold soup" seems like a contradiction in terms!

Blissed: I've never had occasion to go into the children's section. It sounds wonderful. The old-fashioned libraries didn't worry too much about accommodating kids.

Knatolee: Not only do they have oodles of computers but oodles of DVDs and CDs and books to rent etc.

Elaine: That is so true. This library has a room where they sell used books and other media. I don't know if those things are replaced online, but it seems that a lot of stuff is now in "cyber-space". What happens when all the computers die? Will all those books cease to exist?

Rian said...

I'm sorry, but although (with the Internet and ebooks, etc.)I seldom set foot in a library anymore, I would really miss the old wood shelves, the comfy corners, old book smells... the quiet and quaintness of it all. But life goes on and we can't stop change...