Nov. 16th, 2012

piranha: red origami crane (Default)
i've been doing rather well with cooking lately. now, i hope nobody mistakes me for a cooking wiz; i learned how to cook for a family of 5-10 people, but i don't really like the food of my childhood. consequently i don't have a big repertoire of real meals, and i don't cook much for others because i have peculiar tastes. and while i like the recipes i make up, i wouldn't normally offer the food to others. i make a mean herring salad, for example, but the paramour hates pickled things and dill, and that pretty much nixes this recipe for him because it has pickled herring, pickled onions, pickled gherkins, and much, MUCH dill. i'll make a huge pot of it, and then i'll eat it for several days straight, with new potatoes. OMG, so good.

i've been playing with the chili recipe i posted once, and it is now more flavourful than it was at the start; i should edit it, because this is eminently shareable (of course it is mostly somebody else's recipe, which accounts for that ;).

i concocted a split pea and ham soup with lovage, which i find really smooth and enjoyrable, i think i'll post that recipe so others can try it and let me know whether this actually passes as food for people-not-me. if any of you grow lovage, that is. of course now it's a little late for that in the northern hemisphere. but lovage is fun to grow (it gets HUGE in its 2nd year), and it tastes much like celery, only milder and more interesting, IMO.

i also made a carrot cake with ras-el-hanout (an arabic spice mixture which has become a fixture for me because it manages to taste different in everything i've thrown it into). the cake was so much on the moist side that it was a little unbaked in the centre, so this recipe needs more fiddling. it was very tasty though. this is how a lot of my ad hoc recipes come out; not quite ready for prime time.

the paramour has had a crappy few weeks; lots of frustration at work. so i did a little research and pulled together two different recipes, one for shortbread, and one for lemon curd, and made lemon squares. wow. these are a hit. a perfect marriage of sweet and tart (with all the fat and sugar you could possibly want, and then some *sigh*). the only drawback is that some of the squares have lot of lemon topping, and others not so much -- our stove is not level, and the mix starts out very liquid, so it settles on one side of the baking pan. next time i'll have to fashion little aluminum foil feet for the pan, *grin*.

i'm feeling accomplished, because cooking is something that doesn't come particularly easy to me, and i am not really patient and organized enough for it, but i enjoy coming up with something the paramour and/or the *poing* also like.


Nov. 16th, 2012 21:10
piranha: red origami crane (Default)
in other news, timid has a bad ear infection in both ears. we took her to the vet, and now she has to stay confined inside, which means she has to stay in the big dog cage we have for that, since we don't have a spare room for a quarantined cat. she is NOT happy, though despite hating the cage she is being remarkably good. especially about the medication i get to squirt into her ears twice a day; i have no wounds to show for it (the paramour got scratched when we corralled her to put her in the carrier - next time, bigger towel). she yowls for a bit a few times each day, and tries to be a monkey and climb out the top of the cage (except that is closed too), but calms quickly if we sit down and pet her for a while. i am sleeping next to the cage on my thermarest so she isn't alone at night, and while i am not sleeping well, it keeps her mostly calm. we have pills to sedate her, but we're doing ok without.

10 days total, and we're at the end of day 4. i think we might all live. originally the vet wanted to put a cannula in her ear, but that would have meant 3 weeks inside and a cone around her head. she would have just gone nuts. as it is, her ears will likely cauliflower, but she doesn't need to win any beauty contests, and at least they won't hurt her.

we went to a new vet and she is great. gave me a prescription for 6 months of revolution so i can get all the others treated for fleas and mites as well -- the previous place wanted us to bring each cat in for that, which isn't in the stars. not gonna traumatize the lot of them just for a treatment. they were kinda weird in general -- the doctors never introduced themselves, and had no name tags either. i mean, you know my name and my cats' names, maybe i could get yours as well? i'm glad this new place opened, and it's even a bit closer.

vincent is around again (he was gone for a while), and actually looking a bit better, more meat on his bones. i managed to cut most of his matted fur off before the weather got colder, but there is still a chunk on his back that i can't get off without restraining him, and he is suspicious enough that he'd just disappear again after that. i rather keep him close so i can fatten him up. bacchus is still a dick to him, though he's starting to slow down now; getting older.

the "kittens" are all more than 10 years old now. time really does fly.


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