Thursday, November 07, 2013
I found a recipe that uses a delicata squash. I loosely followed it to make a stew instead of a soup, but the point is I tried the squash, which until now never heard of. The meat doesn't have to be separated from the rind; this is a huge "selling point" for me. I washed the outside very well, carefully cut it up into small chunks, and tossed it into the pressure cooker with red lentils, onions, peas, and some other stuff, and a large can of petite dice tomatoes. I also generously seasoned it with lots of curry and a dried Thai chili. I set the pressure cooker to the lentil setting and in 30 minutes had a lovely, fragrant, delicious stew. The squash all but disappeared, except for bits of the rind, which turned out very tender like zucchini.
I'm now a huge fan of delicata squash!! For wintertime dishes, I hope to find other squashes that don't need de-rinding in order to cook and eat.
Oh, and the Redrun was a blast!!! The run part was no problem for me, except the hilly bits were quite steep and I ended up walking up the majority of them. I was able to complete 5 of the 6 obstacles. I couldn't crawl through the corrugated drainage pipes, so I didn't. It's alright.
It was a beautiful day, there was a huge turnout (nearly double the expected entrants), and except for some not-so-nice behavior by some of the runners and some of the zombies, a grand time was had by most. Part of the course ran through Virginia City and the other part into the hills on the outskirts, along the V&T train tracks, through that tunnel, and then down into the open-pit mine area where the last big obstacle was, the "blood bath" slog. I had trash bags to tape over my feet but they lasted halfway through and then got torn so I was just as soaked to the toes as everyone else. Yikes!!
I had so much fun, I hope I'm still in the area next year so I can do it again. Next time, though, I will reserve my hotel room months in advance so I get my favorite room at the Silver Queen Hotel.
Last but not least, I finally stopped chickening out and got in touch with my sister, whom I have neither spoken to nor seen in about ten years. It was pretty much as I figured it would be... she mentioned hoping I've dealt with my "anger issues" but still invited me for Thanksgiving and her big bash birthday party next year. I said I deal with my anger by identifying and eliminating the triggers, and that I must always avoid known toxic environments to stay sane, so I'd like to stick to email right now. Perhaps I could have been more diplomatic, and perhaps I could have lied, but for a long time I gave my power to be away to others, and to her, and I'm not "going there" anymore. I will always think her husband is a first-class jerk (to be polite), and I will not set foot into her home while he lives there as well. My sister has always been the type who disappears herself into her husband's family (she did it with hubby #1 as well), and that's not my business. I don't have to buy into her world view, so all I can do is wish her well and leave it at that.
We all have to make choices in order to survive in this world, and to find our happiness, or some facsimie thereof, and it's not up to the ones on the outside to judge the motivations of another's choices.