neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
2017-08-21 10:01 pm

Out and about, pizza edition (Salmon Day, 5th of Fruitful, Year 225)

After having dinner at B Too with [personal profile] fabrisse on Friday (Restaurant Week meant I got to have beet salad, venison with eggplant, and a 'donut' waffle) and going to Rus-Uz (Chicken Kiev and Kiev cake, and Mors to drink) with [personal profile] greenygal yesterday after helping her assemble a bookcase, I met up with [profile] ellen_frememdon and the Vegan Knitter for dinner at Pete's Pizza, as they have half-priced pies on Mondays as long as you eat in and order something other than the smallest ones.

So I finally got to try the pineapple pizza, Q Bridge, which was excellent and had way more argula on top than I was expecting. But since argula is one of the few green I actually like (not bitter, like most Brassicaceae, and not leaf-flavored, like most lettuce), that was all right.

Also, I got to use a pinhole project at work today to see the eclipse -- 80% partial in my area, since we weren't in the path of totality. But still, very neat.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
2017-08-19 03:39 pm

Farmer's Market - 19 Aug 2017 (Millet Day, 2nd of Fruits, Year 225)

Figs (oh nom nom nom!), yellow nectarines, red bell peppers, tiny sweet peppers, quart of kimchi, pork belly, pita, spanakopita, peach-and-ricotta pie, and 8.5 lbs of tomatoes.

I'm making ketchup! Locals and relatives might get one of the jars, depending on how many I actually wind up up with after the canning is finished.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
2017-08-17 08:34 pm

Eating crab in the summer (Windmill Day, 30th of Heat, Year 225)

I've been craving blue crab on and off all summer...

Anyone want to go with me to a crab shack before the end of the season? I'm sure we can find a place locally.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
2017-08-13 08:32 pm

Farmer's Market - 13 Aug 2017 (Myrtle Day, 26th of Heat, Year 225)

Dozen eggs, chicken empanada, corn tamale, donut peaches, yellow-fleshed plums, blueberries, batard of country white bread, bag of mixed greens.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
2017-08-12 08:31 pm

Shelving! Also, Toshiro Mifune

I met [personal profile] greenygal to see Rashomon today, which is one of Kuraoawa's more famous films and a seminal role for Toshiro Mifune. There's a documentary on Mifune on Tuesday night that I might go to.

Walking back to my place, I was bothered by a man who complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it, but then asked if I wanted to make a friend. Given that this indicated he was either trying to pick me up or try to talk to me about Jesus, I told him I was full up on friends and walked away from him faster. Further home, another man tried to get my attention and when I ignored him, called me 'a fat bitch'. I turned around and called him out; his only come-back was 'fat bitch' again.

I'm really tired of men, and it's almost always men, that think a woman being out in public is required to give them the attention they want. It was really annoying because I was obviously walking with someone, but I guess they think that because I was with another woman, that doesn't count.

Anyway, we got both my Kallax units put together, with only a minor mishap. I'll get things moved around tomorrow and during the rest of the week. Hopefully having that much more shelf space will help with the de-cluttering!
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2017-08-12 11:43 am

Farmer's Market -- 12 Aug 2017 (Otter Day, 25th of Heat, Year 225)

Tiropita, mini-spanakopita, seasonal olive oil lemon cake, bougatsa, pita. I'm meeting [personal profile] fabrisse at the Takoma market tomorrow, so I'll buy fruit then.

I looked at the various wineries and breweries for gift ideas -- my parents' 75th birthdays are next month, and food or alcohol is generally a reliable gift. One of the the brewers pressed when I wouldn't try their samples and just wanted their suggestions based on what their popular items are and my parents tastes (Mom likes Negra Modelo and cafe con leche -- so coffee liqueor made with caramel syrup? maybe?) -- so he got the blunt explanation that all alcohol tastes like cat piss to me -- though next time, I might say 'tastes like soap'; it's similarly inaccurate, but viscerally repulsive to most people so might get my distaste across better. It did make me less inclined to buy his products, that's for sure.

Huh... my sister's 50th birthday is also next month. Maybe I should get her a bottle or two of the fancy vinegar. They had Wild Rose, Wisteria, and Chamomile vinegars today, and while I didn't like the taste of the first, the other two were interesting. Maybe one sweet vinegar and one savory, like Ramp or Heirloom Pepper?
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2017-08-05 03:38 pm

Farmer's Market -- 05 Aug 2017 (Almond Day, 18th of Heat, Year 225)

Spanokopita, pint of cherry tomatoes, donut peaches, red raspberries, blueberries, early apples, bell peppers, and onions.

I'll make red raspberry jam soon.

Also, I went to Behnke's with the Vegan Knitter and got my orchids looked at. Two are in bigger pots, one got its medium changed, and the other is doing just fine. I'll go back around February and have them checked again. I spent a good while chatting with a couple and their godson about fall vegetable gardening (including a plug for growstuff) as we all waited to be seen, so that was nice. I did successfully make a saving throw against the 40% off sale, even though that included 'ornamental' pepper plants. I did pick up some seed packets, so it looks like I'm going to try Romanseco Broccoli again. Maybe I should start the seeds now..?
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2017-08-01 08:04 pm

Sporadic downpours (Basil Day, 14th of Heat, Year 225)

I got caught in a downpour after getting off the bus. After 90 minutes, I'm more or less dried off and warm, but my clothes are still hanging up in the shower, slowly drying out. I'll probably have to wear my parrot jacket to work tomorrow as my blue jacket is likely to still be too damp to wear in the morning and I need something in case the A/C is too high.

I think I'm just going to turn in early and wrap myself in blankets.
neotoma: Elrond (cool blue ocean) (Elrond (cool blue ocean))
2017-07-31 06:49 am

Busted zipper

The invisible zipper on my eShakti top came apart last night as I was taking it off. Currently the slider is on one side, and I think I might have to take apart the seam to repair the zipper, if not having to replace the zipper entirely.

I'm not confident of my skills to repair/replace the zipper and sew the seam up again -- anyone local who has experience with this sort of thing who would be willing to supervise?

Or... anyone know a shop or seamstress that would repair/replace the zipper for a reasonable price? I'm willing to pay a professional do this, if I can be pointed to one.
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
2017-07-30 12:56 pm

Farmer's Market -- 30 July 2017 (Glasswort Day, Month of Heat, Year 225)

Red-fleshed plums, donut peaches, blueberries, sweet yellow cherries, shishito peppers, lion's mane mushrooms, boneless pork shoulder, red raspberries, hot-and-spicy oregano plant, Texas tarragon plant, lovage plant (free!), garlic cheese curds, pint of chocolate mik.

Max's Degrees the spice company was there with new blends, and will be back on August 20th, so I might make it a point to go to the Takoma Park market then. For right now, I'm going to make some Korean cuisine for work lunches this week, and plan on making the pork shoulder tomorrow (or Tuesday, if takes longer to thaw in the fridge).
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2017-07-28 09:09 pm

Mixed Stone Fruit Jam -- Watering Can Day, 10th of Heat, Year 225

I finally put up the mixed-stone-fruit jam. It's about half sour cherries, with the rest being shiro plums, donut peaches, and nectarines, with a bit of lemon juice. I had enough left to put up about 3/4 cup in the fridge, so I'll try it tomorrow on waffles or something. I expect it will be nicely tart.

Oh, and yes, today is the 10th of Thermidor -- on this day in 1794, the Reign of Terror ended with the execution of Robespierre.
neotoma: My Glitch Avatar, with brown skin, purple hair, and cat ears (Glitch)
2017-07-25 09:02 pm

Dyeing again -- Mugwort Day, 7th of Heat, Year 225

I got my hair color touched up and my ends trimmed after work today. I should not find the student hairdressers as cute as a basket of kittens, but they are -- mainly because of how enthusiastic they get.

For example, the woman who was working on my hair kept exclaiming about how much I have -- it's both long and dense -- and how far it extends down my nape, which she noticed because I maintain a severe undercut. She also called my hairline 'crazy', but in an affectionate way; it definitely make it a challenge to overdye my temples, which are almost completely silver now if I don't dye my hair. Also, she's probably the first student there who didn't blink when I said I wanted my undercut at zero. It'll be back by Friday, and shaving it to the skin only makes sense in our near-100F weather. It was nice to meet someone who trusted that I knew my own hair.

I do wish I had a job where I had no chance of encountering clients -- I really want to dye my hair burgundy again. It was an awesome color on me.
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2017-07-23 06:52 pm

Dunkirk (movie rec) -- Ram Day, 5th of Heat, Year 227

I went with [personal profile] fabrisse, [personal profile] greenygal, and A Person Without A Psuedonym to see Dunkirk today.

I highly recommend it, especially if you can see it in a dedicated 70mm screen. There are deaths -- it's a war movie -- but gore is actually fairly minimal. The tension, otoh, is intense. Hans Zimmer scored the movie with the recurring motif of a ticking watch, and even when you can hear the watch, there's a relentless rhythm under the score. And when there's no score, it's usually because the music is replaced with something awful, like the screaming of a Stuka bomber.

The movie is surprisingly short -- just 106 minutes -- and has three intertwining sections: The Mole, about the soldiers on the beach and the mole which is the only way of loading soldiers onto the big ships, as there is no harbor they have access to and loading from the beach would require ships with a draft of three feet or less; The Sea, about one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk; and The Air, about an RAF pilot.

I do suggest you go with someone whose hand you can grab, because as I said, the movie is intense.
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2017-07-22 04:28 pm

Farmer's Market -- 22 July 2107 (Ryegrass Day, 4th of Heat, Year 225)

Pita, spanakopita, mixed tomato-cheese handpie, olive bread, melomakarona, mango donut peaches, regular peaches, shiro plums, blueberries, yellow sweet cherries, a half-gallon of Mocha Moo, cheese curds, 3 lb of ivory and purple bell peppers , and spicebush (now called 'sorghum', because no one knew was 'spicebush' was) vinegar.

I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.
neotoma: My Glitch Avatar, with brown skin, purple hair, and cat ears (Glitch)
2017-07-20 08:18 pm

Dunkirk @ 12:30pm Sunday, AFI in Silver Spring

Anyone interested in seeing Dunkirk at the AFI on Sunday, a group of us are going to see it at 12:30. Drop me a comment here, and show up at the theater at noon, and we can eat and discuss the movie afterwards at one of Silver Spring's eateries.
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2017-07-16 05:47 pm

IKEA -- Vetch Day, 28th of Harvest, Year 225

I went with [livejournal.com profile] ipleasance and [personal profile] greenygal to IKEA today, and finally used the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas 2015. I got two KALLAX units, which I now have to put together, but which will give me a whole lot more shelf space when I'm done.

The last hour or so there I just hit a wall of 'too many people, too hot, here too long', so I'm going to finish eating a round of the Greek bakery's pita and go sleep. I have to be on point tomorrow, since I'm the only person working in my sub-department, now that the permanent employee has gone on her month-long vacation overseas...
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2017-07-15 07:50 pm

Farmer's Market -- 15 July 2017 (Garlic Day, 27th of Harvest, Year 225)

A pint of blackberries, a pint of blueberries, a pint of shiro plums, a quart of mango doughnut peaches (my favorite!), a pint of shishito peppers, garlic cheese curds, dill & garlic quark, herb roasted beets, olives in honey, pita bread, tiropita, seasonal Greek stuffed bread, batard of whole wheat bread.

I've finished up the peach butter I started last night -- I was so tired I had to put it in the fridge and finish this morning -- and I'm planning on making blackberry jam this week. I'll probably make kimchi stew to take for lunch this week, as it's pretty easy and I do have fresh shishito peppers...
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2017-07-13 07:29 pm

Clafoutis aux cerises -- Guinea Fowl Day, 25th of Harvest, Year225

There's a catered picnic at work tomorrow, with an invite to bring a desert. I'm making clafoutis with the leftover cherries I have because it's an easy dish to make and it would be an alternative to the 'everything is chocolate' that seemed to be characteristic of the desert sign-up sheet.
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2017-07-11 07:27 pm

Ravaged Peanuts -- Green Bean Day, 23rd of Harvest, Year 225

I got two more peanut plants a week ago and planted them. When I checked them today, the leaves had been eaten all the way to the stems -- something in the area really likes peanut leaves.

I'm not sure if I suspect the bunnies or not -- we definitely have rabbits here, little cottontails that are about the size of guinea pigs -- but caterpillars are also a possibility.

There's a cookout with potluck deserts at work on Friday. I'm debating bringing honey cupcakes or cherry clafoutis -- either way, a non-chocolate desert would probably be a welcome alternative.
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2017-07-08 05:59 pm

Black Raspberry Preserves

Black Raspberry Preserves, from Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan.

Ingredients )

Directions )

Yield: 2 quarter-pint jars. Except I had 3 cups of black raspberries, so I got 3 quarter-pint jars by making the recipe half again, and still had enough left over for 4 oz of fridge jam. That's all right, I'll eat it on waffles tomorrow.

The author of my cookbook suggest this recipe would work for any delicate, expensive berry -- red raspberries, blackberries, salmonberries, etc. I'll keep an eye out next week for more wineberries -- and very occasionally mulberries show up -- and try it again.