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Day 199: Dumplings and Noodles

For lunch we finished off the leftover chicken in some mi goreng with a fried egg and green onion.

For dinner Matt made some shrimp dumplings— both boiled and fried wonton style—-with shrimp, spinach and green onion filling. Very good! He also made miso steelhead trout.

We watched Clue and Seberg on Prime but neither was great. I had seen Clue many years ago but what a mess. They kept saying funny stuff but not really nailing the delivery. Seberg was just flat. We didn’t really see any emotions about anything that happened.

I finished the 193rd book I’ve read this year. The Pratt suddenly ordered 4 books I had recommended years ago so I got a lot of books in at once.

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Day 198: Doenjang jjigae & a Chicken Sandwich

For lunch I made us doenjang jjigae with the last of our frozen mixed seafood. So good! It was very easy too. We have a lot of doenjang leftover so I see more in our future.

For dinner I had a chicken sandwich and a cookie.

We watched the New Zealand show on Sundance and then the premiere of GBBO on Netflix. So glad they decided to air that early this year! They sent the wrong woman home though. Why doesn’t Paul Hollywood like flavor? The other woman literally scraped cake out with her fingers and formed new cakes and she got to stay.

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Day 195: Soba & Tomato Salad

Matt still doesn’t feel 100% so for my lunch I made my main meal of the day. I made sesame soba with leftover chicken, roasted squash, carrots and red cabbage. He had noodles and cottage cheese.

For dinner I had tomato salad with the rest of the roasted squash from lunch, red onion, the last of the blue cheese and some olives. I also baked some crispy shrimp. Matt had chicken rice again.

Matt’s parents sent me Milkbar as a sympathy gift so I had a cake truffles and a candy bar snap.

I got to spend some time in the hammock reading again! Lovely weather and no neighborhood construction!

Tomorrow I’m going to do our big grocery shop for the month. Aldi has a lot of housewares on sale this week that look good. The last couple months we have done a lot more in person shopping than before but I kind of want to get it out of the way just in case things get really bad and we want to skip shopping a lot again.

We watched Petits Meurtres d’Agatha Christie on Mhz and Don’t Forget the Driver on Britbox. I also watched the latest episode of Last Tango in Halifax this morning on PBS. I’m surprised that came back! It’s been years since the last season.

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Day 192: Noodles & Jambalaya

I broke the handle off my car door with my Hulk-like strength and rage so I got that replaced today. It was an ordeal but I got it done!

I had leftovers from yesterday for lunch and Matt had the last of the beef ribs.

For dinner he made jambalaya from a mix I got from the company a long time ago. It was actually not bad! I was skeptical but how can you go wrong with andouille and shrimp?

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Day 185: Noodles & Braised Cabbage

For lunch I had the leftover pork country ribs and zucchini tossed with some Tainan style noodles. Matt had regular noodles and cottage cheese. Our instant noodle consumption really has increased during quarantine! It is a good way to use up some odd bits of leftovers. I try to get the non-fried, lower sodium ones.

For dinner Matt baked some pork chops, braised some red cabbage and apples and made baked potatoes.

Matt planted some saffron bulbs! We think we might have already had some in the yard but now we have official ones. It’s possible they might even bloom this year! The shipment took longer than it was supposed to for various Fedex related reasons so I’m not sure if they got in the ground in time.

I love growing things that are expensive to buy in the store! We haven’t had much of a harvest of anything this year, it’s been very rainy and windy. The beach plums all split on the bush, the apples and pawpaws disappeared off the trees. Honestly, I don’t have too much energy to do anything with it anyway.

Today I stepped on a shard of plastic on the porch. I don’t think it was too deep but one more thing to worry about. I think it must have been from when we had to repack the recycling to take it in ourselves since recycling is on hiatus here.

We watched There Are No Fakes on Prime. What a bizarre story.

I read André Leon Talley’s memoir.

I’m looking forward to getting my mom’s estate moving forward. My dad asked me to help him with the day to day expenses for him which I don’t mind but it’s a lot of work on top of the estate stuff too. It’s a little overwhelming.

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Day 183: Pimento Cheese & Roasted Eggplant

I found diced pimentos at Weis yesterday and we already had a good bit of cheddar so what better lunch than pimento cheese? I added a little ground Kashmiri pepper to the mix to my usual recipe. We also tried some fake Doritos from Aldi and they were basically like the real thing. I think Frito-Lay makes the Aldi brand snacks anyway.

I woke in the middle of the night with an awful migraine but I felt better by the afternoon.

For dinner we had leftover rotisserie chicken, roasted eggplant, quartered cucumber and naan and Matt made a spicy tahini sauce for it all, similar to what I make for soba noodles.

It was so dreary all day!

I spent most of the day looking up stuff for my dad.

In the evening we watched That Touch of Mink (Netflix dvd) which had some great automat scenes. Somehow I had never seen it before.

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Day 176: Noodles & Fried Chicken

I visited my mom this morning and then came home to make lunch.

I heated up the leftover pork chops, slaw mix and tossed it with some mi goreng (really the best pandemic purchase has been that case of noodles).

For dinner Matt made Maryland style fried chicken with my grandpop’s secret ingredient—a little bit of granulated chicken bouillon sprinkled into the flour—and cornbread and salad. We have so much chicken leftover! I didn’t eat too much of it since we had pork for lunch.

Then we watched The Invisible Man on Netflix DVD and the first bit of a new New Zealand/Canadian show on Acorn.