Balsamic Broccoli and Mushrooms ~ Reverend Madly

The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.
-H.P. Lovecraft

It was upon finding herself in a particularly sarcastic mood that Sister Madly made the unfortunate claim to have graduated summa cum laude from Miskatonic University, with a Masters in Divinity and a Minor in Philosophy. Yes, she is even ordained– which would make her the Reverend Madly, O mortal ones. Everyone else had been talking about their degrees, and she was a little tired of having nothing to say.


What made this so unfortunate was Anthony, who had never heard of Miskatonic U. Where on the East Coast is it? He had lived in Boston for a few years and never heard of Arkham- but then, he didn’t get out much in those days. He was never that academically inclined, despite what he had led his dear mummy to believe. He was also kinda moody, but that was just a phase. He was in a band, you know.

As Anthony continued his one-sided discussion about his horrible life, it became clear that it would be much easier for Sister Madly to establish, attend and graduate from Miskatonic University than it would be to explain herself. Upon reflection, it would have been wiser to claim a degree from Damn U, as even the most obtuse of creatures would see through it- that, and her car already sports the Damnation University decal. She’d show you a picture, but she doesn’t have one.

She began to contemplate the possibility of pulling this off on her résumé. Of course it would be risky, but by doing so she would, indeed, be a risk taker- which Sister Madly would immediately point out if confronted. Admire my moxie, O Potential Elder One, for I am a risk taker. After all: Jesus Saves, Allah forgives; Cthulhu thinks you’d make a good sandwich- especially with Balsamic Broccoli and Mushrooms on the side.

Bsamic Broc


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3-5 garlic cloves, minced*
  • 8 oz. mushrooms, sliced or whole
  • 2 c broccoli florets, washed
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • bacon, cooked and crumbled (opt)

Sauté garlic in olive oil
Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 to 4 minutes
Add the broccoli and balsamic vinaigrette
Simmer and cover until broccoli is tender but not overdone
Check for seasonings and add salt if necessary
Top with Bacon Crumbles

*Photo depict the rather delicious day Sister Madly used roasted garlic cloves instead minced. It hasn’t happened since.

POST’S THEME SONG: Rapture Girl, Peter Murphy’s Carver Combo


12 responses

  1. wow….mixing cooking and the old ones…well done

    Liked by 1 person

    January 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you. It is my hope that I appease the old ones and all their creatures.


      January 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

  2. John Thursday

    I like your style. Everyone needs a naughty alter ego. Keeps one in check. I also highly enjoy Lovecraft, and have pretty much all his work in old paperbacks. Love that smell. You’ve also made me rather hungry…


    January 25, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you. I can only hope that alter ego doesn’t become Mr. Hyde. I prefer real books myself- Kindles be damned!


      January 25, 2014 at 4:13 PM

  3. Yummy! love finding new ways to use vegetables!


    August 13, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Same here! I was never a broccoli fan until I tried this recipe. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!


      August 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

  4. Ish

    Very Interesting! the story and the recipe.. Love the look of your website…


    November 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you!! I enjoyed visiting your site- hope to try my hand at making paneer someday 🙂


      November 16, 2014 at 12:16 PM

  5. Tried this recipe and it’s very tasty…., “madly ” delicious! 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    June 2, 2015 at 6:12 AM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you! Glad you liked it. I think it’s the only way to get me to eat broccoli without a fight. ;c)


      June 2, 2015 at 10:26 AM

  6. Visiting your old stuff has been entertaining today…. apparently I have nothing better to do at work today…. (so kidding…but seriously I really don’t…) 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    August 23, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    • On the bright side, you are getting paid to read- most people do it voluntarily, which is 3 minutes better spent serving our great lord, Cthulhu.

      Fortunately, he is asleep.


      August 23, 2017 at 10:08 AM

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