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2013.01.19: Saturday Slumbering

Saturday, January 19, 2013

A 'lazy' day, food, and links. Are you as disturbed as I am by the fact that Kevin Costner is 58 and that Janice Joplin would be 70?


After "Aerobi-Cide" (aka "Killer Workout") and "The House on Haunted Hill" (1999 version) we watched "The House of the Devil" (2009, with a small cast that includes Tom Noonan but 'star's Jocelin Donahue), and that kept us up until about 2.

Well, it kept me up until then. I then set up the 2011 Royal Albert Hall production of "The Phantom of the Opera" for Ms. S., who hoped to serenade the cats with showtunes, but -- alas -- they chose to sleep elsewhere. Ms. S. made it an hour or so into the performance before calling it a night.

In any case, she could only sleep a few hours and so got up around 7, whereas I sought my full eight hours and got up later. She was spry enough to take a brief trip into town; it was a gorgeous, moderately warm, and quite sunny day. The result for her was that she was rather tired this afternoon and needed a nap; I, on the other hand, opted for an afternoon workout and then set about doing some work on the computer.


After the slight splurges the past few days -- Reece's Pieces, Oreos, and then Reece's Pieces & Oreos last night --, even though I remained well within my daily calorie range I wanted a more reserved menu today, and so it was an egg as well as a yogurt-berry-oat bowl for breakfast; greens and a cottage cheese, tuna, and tomato salad for lunch; and a serving of greens alogn with roasted red potatoes and carrots this evening.

Beethoven quartets play in the background. I definitely feel as if I should have had a glass of red wine with the least meal.

Anyway, carrots and potatoes: as I'd started doing with the carrots this week I gave the sliced and dried potatoes a mild starch-and-seasoning coating before oiling them. In a dry bowl I mixed a little flour, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and baking powder. The carrots and potatoes weres well-tossed and the excess powder shaken free and discarded. Then the canola was added and the whole mess was added to a baking dish and then to a 400F oven for an hour. It leads to a different kind of crispy crust than does the non-coated (but oiled) version. The carrots especially seem to benefit.

Ah, the collard greens. I measured them out and addem to the skillet, along with the right amound of vegetable stock, cider vinegar, hot sauce, and other seasoning. Alas toward the end I sort of forgot about that pot (heat a bit too high) while I worked in the other room, and since there was no oil in the pan the greens had no choice but to stick to the pan and burn a bit once the liquid ran out. But this was a blessing in disguise. Only a couple leaves qualified as burnt; the rest were dry and almost crispy but still green, and on top they were perfectly done.

But what this reminded me of was making kale chips. And if kale chips, why not collard chips? This is not an original question, of course, and luckily there are a number of 'answers' to it already, such as:

- Like Kale Chips? Try Collard Chips! inspiredrd.com/2012/04/l

- Crispy Collard Green Chips vegetariannutrition.net/

- The Kale Chip Challenge: Kale vs Collard, Turnip, and Mustard Greens www.wheatfreemeatfree.co

- Spicy Collard Green Chips Recipe theunintentionalvegan.co


In other links ...

... Make sure your cat watches this anti-drug PSA on the dangers of catnip io9.com/5977386/make-sur

... speaking of which, #11 of 33 Totally Do-Able D.I.Y. Projects For Your Pets www.buzzfeed.com/summera

... and Sigourney Weaver's Love Affair With Cats www.buzzfeed.com/erinlar

In terms of food:

... The Splendid Table with Lynne Rossetto Kasper (so many cool things!) www.splendidtable.org/
... The dieter's Catch-22: To have willpower, you need to eat (from said site, thank you NPR!) www.splendidtable.org/st

... Yum! Skillet Soba, Baked Tofu and Green Bean Salad www.nytimes.com/2013/01/

... Warm Millet, Carrot and Kale Salad (I almost made this ... until I decided I wanted potatoes) www.nytimes.com/2013/01/


... pun raccoon (tsk, tsk ... not even 'good' puns) punraccoon.tumblr.com/
... calibre tips and tricks: calibre plugins: duplicate finder blog.calibre-ebook.com/2

... How To Pet Cats & Dogs (CHART) www.huffingtonpost.com/2

... for the programmers to be out there, Perl Tutorial www.perltutorial.org/
... or more gently, RubyMonk - Interactive Ruby tutorials rubymonk.com/

Soon Ms. S. will go to work and I'll likely return to Mikkel Birkegaard's interesting but not exactly captivating "The Library of Shadows." It's an interesting contrast with, say, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore." According to the ereader, I'm about 40% through it.
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