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Apr. 30th, 2016

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Back Home for a While

I spent some time with my dad while mom took a day trip to NYC to visit the new Whitney Museum and walk along the High Line Park.

Dad is well and cheerful. We had a quiet day. I finished my Nålebinding project. I got to meet two of his home health care aids. Very tall sturdy women.

Now I'm home again.

I have some aspirations of doing spring cleaning. ALthough that has not begun yet.

Apr. 26th, 2016

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Apr. 25th, 2016

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"The Nightly Show"

Ever since Colbert left I have been watching "The Nightly Show" with Larry Wilmore. I still don't like the panel discussion format because it frequently ends up just being a bunch of comedians sitting around joking. I prefer the scripted bits.

I feel that I'm learning a lot about the black perspective from this show.

Last Thursday's episode the panel talked about Prince.


I used to be really into Prince, until his Christianity got a bit much for me. I think "Diamonds and Pearls" was the last album I bought"

He was very sexy, and sensual. I can see why people compare him to Bowie, with the androgyny and the glam. Although Prince was always very heterosexual.

But I always thought he was bringing something to the white mainstream that the black community had already known, like jazz or the blues. I thought his genius was in his ability to crossover. But apparently I was wrong, he was just as novel to them as he was to me. Huh, I did not know that. And I wouldn't have found out if I didn't watch "The Nightly Show".
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Pizza, Bacon, Black Beans, and Kebabs!

I spend the weekend in Binghamton with The Boy. So Song could go to Brooklyn and hang out with NightFall. The Cuteness stayed with her Grandma.

Friday, The Boy came home early from school because he had a headache. Song gets migraines so he might be getting them. When I arrived I started some dough rising for Pizza and went shopping. The Boy insisted on accompanying me. Probably to ensure that he got his soda and chips. I told him that caffeine is bad for headaches so he got rootbeer.

When we got home I made pizza for dinner and we hung out on the couch. The boy went to bed around 8pm. I crocheted and puttered around all night, doing laundry and thinking about what I wanted to cook.

Saturday morning I baked bacon, and scrambled eggs. I also boiled up a big pot of black beans and rice. And I cooked a bunch of chicken tenders that I found in the fridge so we could have chicken quesadillas for dinner.

The Boy got me to watch all three of the Sharknado! movies. They are hilarious. Good campy fun. Although, Ann Coulter as the Vice President of the United States in the third move was truly terrifying.

Sunday The Boy was feeling better and I declared a work day. He did his laundry and helped me wash dishes. I wanted him to cook with me. But he wasn't in the mood.

I kept thinking that I should go to the store to buy some eggs so I could bake Song a cake, and get more spices to make Kofta Kebabs. (I would have made Moussaka but I needed white wine and eggplant for that) I ended up making peanutbutter and chocolate chip cookies instead of cake. And I made the Kebabs without the parsley, coriander, or allspice.

This was my first time making proper kebabs. I've never cooked ground meat on a skewer before. I've also never mashed garlic into a paste in a mortar before. Despite the missing spices the Kebabs tasted very authentic to me. I would love to make them again with all the spices.

Except for the dearth of eggs, I feel I left Song's kitchen well stocked. She should not have to go shopping or cook for several days. There is Juice, milk, cereal, bread, cheese, and sandwich meat for the kids. And Kebobs, black beans, and rice for her. I also left her half a seedless watermelon.

Apr. 24th, 2016

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Apr. 10th, 2016

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A bit of a fiasco, but not a bad weekend.

I had planned to stay home this weekend. But Mom called and wanted to know what I was doing for my birthday. Since the family is having a big party in July I wasn't planning anything for my actual birthday, tomorrow. I have book group. But Mom invited me down for dinner on Sunday.

I called Song and asked her if I could come down on Friday and stay til Sunday. I have a standing invitation, but it's always best to make sure nothing else is going on and communicate.

Friday I couldn't find my keys when I was trying to get out of the house to meet B for lunch. It turned out I had left them in my car on Wednesday, with the running lights and the fan on. So the battery was totally dead. B came and jumped it for me. And we had lunch. After lunch I had some errands I wanted to run, but the car started stalling every time I came to a stop. So I decided to drive directly to Binghamton, (Which is probably why I forgot to call Song and let her know I was on my way. I usually do that so that if I don't show up in a reasonable amount of time she will know to worry about me.) When I got to Binghamton the car was still stalling so I called Hunts and made an appointment for Monday.

I got to Song's house minuted before The Cuteness and her grandmother arrived. They let me know that The Cuteness was spending the weekend with her grandmother. And The Teenager was spending the night at a friend's house. So I hung out and waited for Song to get home, and waited, and waited. At about 6:30 I called her to let her know I was hungry and ordering dinner. Her phone went to voicemail and I left a message. She called back an hour later to let me know that she had tattally forgotten I was coming down and had gone out for dinner and shopping. She got home just as the Chinese food arrived.

We spent the evening on the couch watching TV. I worked on some craft projects: I finished my nalbinding hat, and worked on a crocheted plastic bag mat that The Teenager had started. I got Song to start her Bonsai tree seeds soaking, and soak the chia seeds for my chia seed cake.

Saturday, Song went grocery shopping in the morning. When she got back she helped me get the Bonsai seeds potted and we made the chia seed cake. I have a family recipe for poppyseed cake and I wanted to see if it would work with chia seeds. It did.

In the evening Song went out to pick up The Teenager. She went out at 5 and didn't get back til 8:30. Since I was expecting her sooner I had made dinner: fried chicken and Broccoli Tots. The Teenager was full of pizza, and Song was not hungry.

Sunday morning Song had to drive to Horseheads for an appointment so I was home with The Teenager. I helped him wash the dishes. And nudged him to do his laundry. I also took pictures of my alternate way of making Plarn

Around 3:30 The Cuteness came home, Song came home, And I left to pick up Indian Food for dinner with my parents.

We ordered from Royal Indian Bar and Grill in Vestal. We had: Plain Paratha, Aloo Paratha (spicy), Vegetable Pakora,
Butter Chicken, Lamb Kashmiri, Goat Saagwala, and I got a Mango Lassi. It was all good. The Goat had bones in it. I don't know why you can't get goat without bones in it around here. The lamb and the chicken didn't have any bones.

I had a nice visit with my parents and set up Mom with Amazon Prime. She has a Roku box so she can watch Prime videos on her TV.

Now I'm home again. Tomorrow is my birthday. I turn 50. I may be having dinner with B and Jenn, and I will be going to Book Group to discuss "The Three Body Problem". (I hope I have finished it by then.) I still don't plan on doing much because there will be a party in July.
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Apr. 9th, 2016

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Mar. 31st, 2016

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Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with clam sauce is a thing. I like clams so I gave it a try. I looked at several recipes on the internet and just wrote down the ingredient with no quantities. So this is my recipe.

I have heard that you are not supposed to use a chunky sauce with a pasta like Linguine because the chucks don't stick to the pasta. You have to eat the clams with a spoon after you finish the pasta. Maybe a thicker, cream, sauce would have stuck better. My pepper flakes are very fresh and hot. I regret adding them. They really overshadow the other flavors.

Ingredients
1 lb Linguine
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 med Onions, finely diced
3 cloves of Garlic, finely diced
1 Tbsp dried Parsley
1 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp Thyme Leaves
1/8 tsp Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup White Wine
10 oz can of fancy minced Clams with juice
Parmesan Cheese to serve.

Prepare the linguine according to instructions.
Start the onions and garlic sauteing in the butter and olive oil.
Add the spices, wine and clams with juice.
Simmer the sauce until most of the liquid has evaporated. Add a little of the water from the pasta. and reduce some more.
Drain the pasta and toss with the clam mixture.
Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

You can also add fresh mushrooms.
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Mar. 30th, 2016

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Therapy Day

I didn't have much to say in therapy today. I can usually talk for the full hour but today I was out of things to talk about after 20 minutes. Things are going pretty well. My anxiety has been under control. I didn't do any comfort eating the two weekend I was out. I feel pretty good. I couldn't think of anything to talk about.

Mar. 27th, 2016

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Really Good Vanilla Cake

The Cuteness wanted a vanilla cake in the shape of a bunny for her birthday.
Bunny Cake

I don't generally go for vanilla cakes but this one tasted particularly good. So I want to record the recipe so I can do it again.

Vanilla Cake

4 eggs, separated
1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar
1/4 cup sugar (plain granulated)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar (plain granulated)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 2/3 cups flour
1 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350F
Grease and line two 9 inch cake pans.
Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
Add the Cream of Tartar to the whites and beat them to soft peaks. Gradually beat in the 1/4 cup of sugar. Then set aside.
In another bowl cream the butter with the 1 1/2 cup sugar. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time. Beat in the vanilla, baking powder, and salt.
Beat in the flour and milk in three parts, alternating flour and milk.
Fold in half the beaten egg whites. Then fold in the rest.
Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 25-35 minutes.

I got this recipe from "The Joy of Cooking" 2006 edition. They call it a Four Egg Yellow Cake. It was amazingly white even though I used very yellow organic eggs.
I was just surprised with how good this cake tasted. A lot of vanilla cakes are just not good. But this was delicious.

I also made Hot Cross Buns.
Hot Crossed Buns
I sort of winged that recipe.
I started out with 1 pkg of yeast and 1/2 cup of warm water and let that sit to proof. Then I added 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 tsp salt.
Then I melted 1 stick of butter in 1 1/2 cups of milk, in the microwave.
I added about 3 cups flour to the yeast sponge, alternating with the milk and butter mixture. I also mixed in 4 eggs. When the dough was well kneaded I put it in the oven (a warm draft free box) for 1 hour to proof. Until it had just doubled in size. I was a bit worried that the yeast didn't seem as active as it usually is with my leaner doughs. But it did rise.
Then I cut the dough into 15 pieces and formed buns. I put them in a greased 9x13 pan. and put them back in the oven for their second rise. After half an hour they had only risen a little bit but I was in a hurry so I pre heated the oven to 350F and baked them for 30 min. They rose beautifully!

I made the crosses with lemon sugar glaze. But Song suggested that I could have nipped crosses into the tops before I baked them.

Mar. 22nd, 2016

BBW

REAF 2016

So, this past weekend was the Rochester Erotic Arts Festival. I have attended every one of these because one of the organizers is my friend Rauncie.

The first year I attended I sat down behind the information table and stayed there for most of the festival. I really prefer to enjoy festivals from behind a table. It's a habit I picked up from working festivals for Magi Crafts. And it makes me feel like I "belong". When you are sitting at a table eventually everyone walks by.

After the first year I started actually being assigned a volunteer shift at the info booth. The organizers like how friendly and welcoming I am. A couple of years ago they combined the info booth with the coat check. Since that involves standing and hanging up people's coats I couldn't do it. So they put me at the Erotic Playground Party and Raffle ticket table. I sell tickets and explain things to people. It works for me.

The shifts are usually in 1 or 2 hour blocks but since I'm there all weekend, and I just sit behind the table, I signed up for 5 to 8 on Friday and 1 to 6 on Saturday.

I've gotten used to the Radisson Hotel. It is a nice hotel. The rooms are clean. The beds are big. They have free wifi. They have lots of towels. But for my anxiety just being familiar and knowing what to expect helps.

This year the hotel had rearranged the furniture in the lobby, which was problematic for me. But Rauncie and her new boyfriend came down and helped me. She checked me in and he took my stuff up to my room for me. So I could go right to my volunteer shift.

The Erotic Playground Party had a Pirate theme this year so I wore my pirate hat and my beard.



I really have to make some new shirts I think I have worn the same shirt several years in a row.

I had a nice evening and then went to find my room. Unfortunately I misremembered the number and was looking for room 824 instead of 823. There is no room 824. I've had a problem with missing rooms at the Radisson before. I think have figured out why they do it but it's still confusing when I'm trying to find my room and I'm in pain. Room 823 was very close to the elevators so that was good. I had brought crackers, peanut butter, and jelly with me so that is what I had for dinner. Along with a cup of applesauce for my pills. The Radisson does not have refrigerators or microwaves in the rooms so I knew I had to bring shelf stable food.

In the morning I had the cup of coffee that comes with the little coffee maker in the room. I should try to bring some kind of cup-o-noodle next year since there is hot water. My Saturday work shift was 1-6 but I went down at noon to use the food voucher REAF gave the volunteers. The food vouchers got me two cheese burgers. But they didn't start serving food until 1 so Patrick, another friend of mine from Rochester, was kind enough to get my food for me and bring it to me at the table.

Saturday was the big day at the festival. There were a lot of people and I was busy all day. It helps that I call out to people and greet them and welcome them to the festival. It is an odd coping mechanism I have for my social anxiety. If I have to be around people I talk a lot, loudly, and quickly. I also encouraged people to buy items from the vendors if they didn't want to risk not winning the raffle. The woman who was the "stranded mermaid" for the party dropped by my booth and spoke to me. After I met her I kept telling people that the mermaid for the party had been "ethically harvested". She seemed pretty happy to me.

I saw lots of cool outfits and lots of friendly people. Some of the outfits looked comfortable and well worn. Others looked crisp and striking. There was one couple dressed in shiny black latex who were quite striking. And many people in furry ears and tails. I felt comfortable and safe. Toward the end of the day I had pulled down my beard (it was a bit hot) and a woman came over and told me to keep it off because my face was so pretty, and how I represented what this festival was all about. I think she meant body acceptance by that. There were a lot of BBWs at the festival in sexy outfits. There were also a lot of people of all other kinds of body shapes, sizes, and ages as well. Although I didn't see too much body modification beyond tattoos and the usual piercings.

The festival closed at 6pm and my shift ended. But a lot of people waited til the last minute to come buy their tickets to the party so I stayed until all the guests had cleared out and the staff was getting ready to move the tables for the party.

J had come down for the festival and he was staying in my room. I'm glad he was there because I like him and we got to hang out for a while. But also because I wasn't looking forward to peanut butter and jelly crackers for dinner. J bought us Chinese food delivered to our room. I got to try Plum Bubble tea. It was interesting. I would try it again. It tasted like very dark smoky tea with plums.

People had encouraged me to come to the Erotic Playground party and I had considered it. But sitting in a hard chair for six hours had cause shooting pains in my hips and I chose not to over extend myself. J went though.

The next morning J invited me to breakfast with him at Denny's. I had planned on driving home and eating when I got there. But a hearty breakfast made by someone else, before a long drive, was too good to pass up. We had a nice breakfast and then I came home. Denny's does a good Egg in a Hat.


I think if I had an electric mobility cart I would have been able to go to the party because I would not have done as much walking and I wouldn't have been as tired. When I got home, and today, my right knee has been twanging painfully. And I'm already at the limit of my prescription painkillers. If I take more they will probably kill my liver or my kidneys. I did take prophylactic anti-anxiety meds for the weekend, and I think that helped. I really enjoyed myself aside from the physical pain. I didn't want to run away and hide. So I call that a good weekend.

The REAF organizers really had it all together and the volunteers knew their stuff.
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Mar. 17th, 2016

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Nålebinding and other projects

I've been keeping busy. Last weekend I went to Binghamton and made a chocolate coffee roll cake for Song.

Chocolate Coffee Roll

Tuesday I went to Anne's and we learned how to do Nålebinding. Anne provided the yarn. Nålebinding requires single ply wool because you have to splice every couple of yards.

Nålebinding

Since Anne provided the yarn I needed to buy wool yarn to continue. Before my therapy appointment I dropped by Sew Green and picked up a skein of single ply wool. I was hoping for red, but this teal green is nice and goes with the cream edging.
It's going to be a hat.
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This morning I got up at 6:30am to get my car down to Hunts and get inspected at 7:30. So that is done. And Yay! It passed without needing any work done.

Mar. 4th, 2016

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Eating out a lot this week.

B took me out to lunch every day this week. Denny's, Chili's, Applebee's, Chiao!, and Denny's again. I hadn't been to Ciao! in a while It's very fancy. Good quality food.

Therapy was interesting. I asked my therapist to look into getting me evaluated for Autism spectrum disorder. I would just like to know if any of my problems are related to being neuro-a-typical. Or if it is just "normal" eccentricity.

I've been trying to examine my past, and finding that I have a lot of damage from things people have said to me that I have internalized. I was just trying to cope. But my choices have usually been to internalize the negative things people said, and withdraw. I have a lot of old wounds that have not healed. People can be very mean, and hurtful.
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Feb. 25th, 2016

TV

My First TV Interview

B forwarded an email request from an Ithaca College journalism student who wanted to interview some Wiccans for ICTV.

We met her at the public library and had the interview in a study room. She was very nice and we had a pleasant time. At the end she asked if we could do a ritual for her "B roll". Since she hadn't mentioned this in the email we didn't have the equipment for ritual. B offered to come back another day and do a whole ritual for her. And suggested we press our friends, such as Song, to help us. I'm not sure how many people we can get to show up for such a thing. But I like the B's idea that we do a whole sample ritual and ask her for a copy to use for training purposes.

I haven't done Pagan PR in several years. And this was my first TV interview.

I took one of my Ativan before the interview just to make sure my social anxiety didn't cause any tics.
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Therapy Day: Still Doing OK

This is the third or fourth week I have come to therapy without an incident of anxiety or depression. In the past this has made me question why I was going at all. But I find this therapist's advice helpful, freeing.

Since I hadn't had any incidents in the previous weeks, I decided to talk about how I'm having trouble getting things done around the apartment. This brought up my issues with being judged. Which made me cry and have trouble breathing. I don't mind crying since it means that we are talking about something that is very important to me. And I am much better at breathing now that I know to just take the time to do it.

Having a therapist who encourages me to not care what people think of me really helps. Worrying about what other people think is a huge source of anxiety for me.

Feb. 23rd, 2016

Make Magic

Cooking Weekend!

Once again I descended upon Song with the intention of cooking! I made arrangements with her in advance that I would come down on Friday in time for dinner.

I had lunch with B on Friday as usual. Then went home and lay down for a "quick nap". When Song hadn't heard from me by 5pm (and I didn't answer my phone because it was in another room) she called B to check on me to make sure I hadn't died suddenly. When B knocked on my door I was just getting ready to leave and wishing there was someone who would carry my heavy bags down to the car. :) I called Song to reassure her that I was still alive and on my way. And thanked B for looking after me.

I got down to Binghamton in good time and had a nice dinner of Special Chow Fun, Ribs, and steamed dumplings. And got my laundry started. The Cuteness wandered down and explained to me the three states of matter (liquid, solid, and gaseous). And then we had a good talk about red and white blood cells. She is one smart cookie. I spent the night on the new air-mattress. It is very firm and about two feet high.

The Jazz cat visited me several times, because I was in his room. And in the morning The Cuteness came in to feed him and stayed to talk to me. I got up and made some salt and flour playdough for her and set her up in the dining room to play. Then I made some pudding for me to take my pills with. And had leftover chow fun for breakfast.

Song got up and I made some Indian coconut and cardamom candies. She made some coffee for breakfast then left to go shopping. And I took a nap.

When she got back I started making the bread for poppyseed and apricot rolls. Then I started making coconut pecan candies. And Song baked a pie crust for the Coconut Flan Pie. By that time it was getting late for dinner and we had to put everything on hold while we cooked the lamb chops Song had purchased. She made a soy/ginger glaze for them. She also made some rice and broccoli for dinner. I roasted some of the broccoli in the toaster oven because I like it better that way. For some reason I had a stomach ache and was not very hungry at dinner. I ate my lamb chop. Which was very nice. And a couple of servings of rice with butter, salt, and pepper. But I didn't eat my broccoli. I really wanted to go to bed. But there were three projects that needed to be finished.

After dinner, Song helped me by making the Coconut Flan Pie and putting it in the oven.
While I rolled out the bread and spread it with the fillings and made the loaves.
Then she held the trays while I dished out the coconut pecan candies. She put those in the freezer to await enrobing. At that point I collapsed and left her to take the pie out of the oven and put the bread rolls in.

When I got up at 11:30 she warned me that she was not happy with the egg wash on the rolls, the loaves had stuck together, the sides had split, and the filling had oozed out. She was quite distraught that they were ruined.

I thought the poppyseed loaf looked picture perfect, even with the split side. The tops were beautifully browned, the dough was cooked through, and there was very little gaping in the layers. The apricot filling had made a run for it. But that was not very surprising and the parchment paper had caught it. The poppyseed roll had split on the side where it pushed up against the apricot so it hadn't gotten far. For a first try with a new recipe I thought it was a great success. And the coconut flan pie was perfect.

The next morning I made rice and broccoli fritters (out of the dinner leftovers) for my breakfast. Song made Irish Afternoon tea. And we enrobed the coconut pecan candies in chocolate.

I had heard that chopsticks were ideal for enrobing candies in chocolate. I can use chopsticks but Song is a Nipponophile and her skills are probably better than mine. So I asked her to fish the candies out of the chocolate bath. I dropped them in and she fished them out with her chopsticks. She was closer to the microwave so she also melted the chocolate. There were 50 candies. We used three bags of chocolate. Her hand was beginning to hurt by the time we finished.

When the chocolate set Song bagged it up for me. I dropped by my mother and gave her some of everything. Then I went to Ithaca and picked up B for dinner. He surprised me by also suggesting we see "Deadpool". I would have liked to have taken him up on that. But I was beginning to run down again and came home instead.

So that was my weekend. I hope I see Marilyn and Anne to give them some coconut candies soon. That poppyseed roll was great I should make it again. Song at least has breakfast for the rest of the week for her troubles.
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Feb. 18th, 2016

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Chicken Pot Pie

A while ago I bought some square "pot pie" noodles. My dad always made pie crust for his stove top chicken pot pie (popeye?). So I wanted to make chicken pot pie with these noodles.

Last night I boiled the chicken. Then I took the meat off the bones and put the bones back in the pot. I let the bones simmer overnight. When I strained them out this morning they were so soft they crumbled. I added some celery, carrots, and onion to the broth and let them simmer.

Marilyn came by this afternoon. I waited until we were ready to eat before I added the dried noodles and the chicken. It was OK. But I prefer the pie crust noodles.

Marilyn wants me to make the fluffy biscuit dumplings next time. It will probably be awhile before I make chicken soup again. But I'm happy to make fluffy biscuits.

I also made some mint chocolate fudge. Unfortunately the chocolate seized. I'm not sure why. It still tastes good. It just has a strange texture.
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Feb. 17th, 2016

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Feb. 16th, 2016

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Thai Red Curry Again.

I like Thai Red Curry. The way I make it has lots of veggies and is good for me.

Tonight I used Kanokwan Thai Red Curry paste. I hadn't tried this brand before. It is as mild as the Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste. And like the Thai Kitchen brand it is very low in salt. So if you don't like salt or spicy heat give it a try.

I used rehydrated dried mushroom caps. They were a bit chewy and watery. As is the way with most dried mushrooms (but not my usual favorite cloud ear mushrooms). If you like mushrooms (as I do) but don't use your fresh mushrooms fast enough to keep them from going bad dried mushrooms are a good choice.

Petite Shanghai looks pretty much like baby Bok Choy but slightly more green and less bitter. I break them apart when I clean them to get the grit out from between the leaves. I should probably chop them as well to make them easier to eat. I used the whole one pound bag, as usual.

I used my last can of coconut milk. If I had know I only had one can left I would have picked up more. You can't make Thai Red Curry without coconut milk.

Instructions
Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces.
Brown in sesame oil.
Add red curry paste, coconut milk, and any other spices you want including salt, pepper, and garlic chili paste. Simmer.
Clean and cut the veggies. I use at least 1 pound of leafy greens. You can also add mushrooms, and onions. And any other veggies you like.
Mix 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch with some cold water and stir into the pan to thicken the sauce.
Add the veggies to the pan. And stir in. Only cook until the leafy greens wilt and the veggies are just cooked. Make sure to add the leafy greens last after the thicker veggies are cooked. They wilt quickly.

Dried mushrooms need to be rehydrated before anything else is done. But they can be added with the coconut milk.

Feb. 15th, 2016

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A Good Day to Stay Inside and Cook.

Yesterday I went outside to get some pills out of my car and almost froze my fingers off. Today I went to Wegmans for some discount chocolate but I went to late and there wasn't any left. I got a whole chicken instead.

Tonight it is supposed to snow and sleet. Driving should be very scary tomorrow. We have a winter weather advisory. A good day to stay inside and make Chicken Popeye (or Pot Pie) out of that chicken. I also got some split peas to make split pea soup out of the ham bone Barb gave me. I remember when a pound of dried beans cost less than a dollar. The ham will keep. I'll do the chicken first.

I've gotten all nocturnal again. I need to work my way back to being awake during the day.

Feb. 14th, 2016

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Crafting.

I'm pretty happy with my life right now.

NightFall and Jude are giving me reasons to look forward to the future and want to be around for it.

I've been crafting lately. I made some aprons. And I've been cooking. I finished some projects. I feel like some projects are coming closer to realization.

I have a lot of knowledge and do wish more people could benefit from what I know. I've been thinking about going down to Sew Green and offering to teach people. But I wasn't up to it last Wednesday when I was in the neighborhood. I need to feel safe to not be stressed out. And I just don't know those people well enough. I need to have a place where I can hang out and craft and have young people come chat with me and ask me to show them how to do things. But really young people don't do that nowadays. They only want to know the newest things not the old things.

I'm really enjoying being a cranky old woman. I think it is what I've always been meant to be.

You kids don't appreciate what you have lost! We had to make our own entertainment in my day!

Feb. 13th, 2016

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Valentine's Day

I'm pretty cool with Valentine's day this year. It used to bother me that I'm alone. But I'm really settling into it.

My father used to send me a box of chocolates every year. Now when I see the heart shaped boxes I have fond memories of my dad.

It's a lovely gesture for a father to make for his daughters. I recommend it.

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