Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Every Recipe Begins With--Chop An Onion
At least all of mine do. Yesterday, before going off the work--a white knuckle drive in the first snow of the season--I assembled Split Pea Soup in the old crockpot. Not the new one. The older models always seem to work better than the new replacements.
The recipe off the internet mentioned 8 to 10 hours. Eight if you like your split peas "al dente" I guess. So, I returned my bowl of soup to the cooker, added ½ cup more water and waited 2 hours. Perfect @10 hours, but by then I had eaten something else and instead packed up my soup in jars.
Now, after writing this--I will go looking for another recipe to make in my crockpot--using what I have here in the house. Have rice, frozen artichoke hearts, frozen red peppers, onions, celery, some small red skinned potatoes and a very large butternut squash. Black beans are also available--Black bean bisque is always nice. I also have everything wheat free to make tuna casserole. Only need potato chips. I used to love lentil soup. Ate it all the time. Now it bothers me with acid reflux. What is going on????
I have been needing 2 or 3 Benadryl a day (so far) to get thru a day without sneezing or having a running nose. Also the allergy eye drops so I don't rub my eyes when they itch.
I have to go into the attic to get my winter boots. Yesterday's walk to the car equalled cold wet socks. I had on crocs. Crocs have holes in them. Holes that fill up with snow.
I also have to solve a mystery. On Monday I went thru my long sleeve shirt drawer and removed a small stack of shirts that "do not spark joy" and gifted them to a young mother who has just returned to work. We worked together 10 years ago. She didn't have clothing suitable for Winter. Now she does. I allowed her to hug me but refused the kiss.
Now the mystery. While sorting the drawer, I actually remember two red striped LLBean tops. Now I only have one. The young woman doesn't have it. I have searched and searched. A co-worker says she couldn't find a pillow case. Searched the drawer way too many times--no luck. Then tried again a day later and it was on top of the pile. This morning I opened the shirt drawer--wasn't on top. I then sorted through the corduroy pants pile. Not there either. I will look upstairs. See if the top managed to get all the way up there.
I've stopped watching PBS News Hour. It's too much stuff to have to worry about. I have also stopped reading the first section of the newspapers (other than the headlines) and stopped watching--even for a few moments--the cable news channels. News overload and I can do nothing to change any of it, it would seem.