Cookies and Chai With Sarah McLachlan

Big Sis and I are heading to Kansas City!  We're seeing Sarah McLachlan tonight.  It's my early birthday present, but Mr. B just can't take off work, so I'm taking my 8 1/2-year-old to her first grown-up concert.

You have no idea how fitting this actually is.

Back in the nineties, I was a die-hard Sarah McLachlan fan.  I was a Murmurs fan club member.  I collected obscure CDs and singles and VHS tapes and DVDs.  It started with Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, then continued with Surfacing and seven Lilith Fair concerts.  I never got a chance to see Sarah on her own back then, but I attended Lilith Fair in Kansas City and Atlanta all three years, including two Atlanta shows in 1999.  The KC shows I saw with different combinations of college friends.

I saw all the Atlanta Liliths, plus two Sarah concerts during the Afterglow tour, plus the 2010 Lilith revival stop in KC with my mother, who I introduced to Sarah's music back during the Fumbling years. Big Sis and I are carrying on a mother-daughter tradition.

I miss the nineties.  Have I expressed this before?  I was born in the late seventies, raised in the eighties, but I loved my high school and especially college years most.

So, a couple weeks ago, as Big Sis and I talked about the concert, I pulled out a relic of those college years.

Plenty: A Collection of Sarah McLachlan's Favourite Recipes  with Chef Jaime Laurita.
Photography by Kharen Hill, illustrated and annotated by Sarah McLachlan.
Madrigal Press Ltd., 1999.

Why yes, I have the Sarah McLachlan cookbook.  

{Big Sis thought I was kidding.}

Plenty: A Collection of Sarah McLachlan's Favourite Recipes isn't made up of old family recipes, with perhaps a few exceptions.  No, as Sarah explains in the book, being on the road had led to some lousy eating habits, so she hired a chef, Jaime Laurita, to cook for her on tour.  This book mostly consists of her favorite recipes by Laurita, with photos and quotes and anecdotes thrown in.

There are a lot of vegetarian recipes, which my hippie-dippy veggie self always appreciated, along with many seafood recipes I'll never use.  Most of the recipes have an Asian or Mediterranean flare.  After I dug out the book, the girls went through it and begged to try the split pea soup with mint and caramelized shallots.  Everyone in the family liked it.  Well, they didn't like the mint.  Er, I liked the mint, but no one else did.

Last night, we made Sarah's "Writer's Block Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies" and "Ash and Sarah's Chai Tea."  I did tweak the cookies.  We didn't have any raisins, and the girls don't care for them anyway, so we used chocolate chips instead.  As for the chai, yummmmm.  I used to make this recipe years ago, and I forgot how tasty it is.  Sarah and Ash may not be married anymore, but they made great music, lovely daughters, and yummy chai together.

I was going to type both recipes out for you and everything, but I got lazy...

No, don't worry!  I'm not going to make you try to read the recipes in the pictures!  For the "Writer's Block Oatmeal-Raisin Cookies," I will direct you to the Land O Lakes butter website, where there is an official entry for Sarah's recipe.  {Trust me, these are very buttery cookies, so a butter brand website is a fitting place to find it.}  Then hop over to - yes, really - and there you can find the recipe for "Ash and Sarah's Chai Tea."

I've been getting Big Sis caught up on the music, so she's ready for the concert tonight.  She loves "Ordinary Miracle" because it's from Charlotte's Web, and "Angel," thanks to you-know-what.  I've told her she'll definitely hear one of those tonight.

And I'm getting used to the new album, Shine On, because I know she will perform a lot of songs from it, and I will admit, I haven't listened to it much yet.

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  1. THIS IS SO FAB!!!!!!!!!!!! the cookbook!!!!!!!!!!! oh i am laughing laughing with delight. have super fun, i love Sarah!!!!

    1. It's a very pretty cookbook. And some of the ingredients seem less exotic than they seemed to my 22-year-old self in 1999. We had a lovely time at the concert. We're lucky we made it home, though - the transmission on my car went kaput for good as we arrived back in town. I managed to pull into the driveway... sigh.

  2. I love Sarah Mc Lachlan too -one of my favorite albums of hers is wintersong, all those beautiful Christmas songs and her voice... heaven!
    SO great that you're taking your girl to the concert -hope you 'll have a great time and it will be a trip to remember.
    A Sarah cookbook! Lol and wow. I want to make the cookies!
    Have fun!!! xoxo

    1. I love her Christmas album! I've been snacking on the cookies way too much. So much butter...

      Thanks! xoxo

  3. Love this so much. So happy you had a great time.

    1. It was a wonderful concert, with unseasonably gorgeous (not hot!) weather, in a beautiful venue. Thank you! xoxo


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