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2013.01.22: Derailed, but pleasantly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tuesday took minorly unexpected turns, but that's okay.

I.

I got up (the second or third time -- the 1st to feed the cats, the 2nd when Ms. S. returned from work, and the 3rd 'for real') and checked my email, only to find not just the expected missive from Ms. S., but also one from my brother, whom I'd been meaing to write again for about a week. He mentioned needing to talk ASAP and asked whether I could login via Skype. We're 8 hours apart and I'd missed his email by about 3 hours, but soon after I logged in he logged back in, and we chatted for two and a half hours.

Lots of numbers up there.

Anyway, it was good. Talk of TV, talk of food. Talk of movies. Talk of job thoughts and education, of age and where to live. He needed to chat not out of a life-or-death need, but because he's putting on a theater production in his southern African school, and doesn't have the script he wants/needs. The question is whether Ms. S. has a copy or whether he could order one from Amazon, have it sent to us, and so on. In the next couple days. And so we will resolve this.

The rest of the time was spent trading bad jokes. It's what brothers do.

II.

I'm out of baking powder and so when Ms. S. wanted a waffle I went for an all-soda approach (with a little more vinegar than usual). The problem here, with a blueberry rather than apple waffle, was two-fold. First, blueberries tend to break down and stick more to the waffle iron; secondly I got a bit more leavening than I needed, getting about a waffle and a quarter of batter. It was a bit too thin, so when it cooked it was a bit spongey, and it didn't crisp up properly. Combined with the blueberries it drooped.

I, rather than Ms. S., ate it.

Her loss, my gain, but still not one of my best waffles.

Live and learn. I need to go shopping and get some more baking powder, I guess!

III.

I'd planned a dinner similar in content to but plainer in preparation than last night's, but after her afternoon shopping outing Ms. S. opted for different dinner arrangements of her own. I didn't want to use up "my half" of certain items, so I changed what I had planned.

I'm sort of happy I did ... because it gave me half of a butternut squash sauteed with caramelized onions, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, some thyme, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and liberal amounds of paprika, black pepper, and salt. Instead of rice I opted for barley. I kept the lentils. It's rather well-balanced, nicely filling, high i certain vitamins and minerals, and really tasty. I love squash, but sometimes I lose its particular ... flavor. And here, bite by bite (not as a mass or mess of food on a plate) it shines.
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