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Day 106: Dandan-ish Noodles & Hummus

For lunch I made our “big meal” for the day. Matt bought fresh dandan noodles at Hmart last week and I wanted to make dandan noodles with them (obviously) but I didn’t have all of the right ingredients. So I made some dandanish noodles with Sichuan peppercorns, homemade chili oil, ground chicken (instead of pork) etc but I didn’t have the right vinegar and my pickled greens aren’t quite ready. I subbed in the kohlrabi greens and bulbs I prepped and cooked yesterday instead. It was pretty quick to make too even though I hand-ground the peppercorns and made my own infused oil, it only took about half an hour or so? The noodles and chicken cooked really quickly.

For dinner we had fish sticks (thank you Aldi for cheap, sustainable, wild caught fish sticks) and cucumber spears with hummus.

Matt made cookies after dinner.

Then he spilled about a liter of olive oil on the kitchen floor so that was a mess! On the positive side, the floor is very clean now.

Non-food related activities:

It was warm today (upper 80s) but not humid so I got to use the hammock twice. Miraculously no one was setting off firecrackers or mowing the lawn. I got some of my book read and more came in from the library (digitally).

Watched more Black Spot on Netflix. This season is more supernaturally than the last, I think.

Listened to more of the Faded Out podcast; I still find their priorities and order for each episode a little off. I also feel like the host thinks the police are a lot more involved and competent than they actually are. Why would they interview the landlord or an ex girl friend if they weren’t around at the time of the child’s disappearance? I barely saw my landlord when I rented. He had no idea what I did or who I was.

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Day 105(!): Sesame Noodles & Popcorn

I felt peppy at lunch so I made some sesame noodles with the kohlrabi. Matt had grabbed some soba by mistake at H Mart last week so it was nice to use some of it up! I had a huge amount of kohlrabi so I went ahead and cooked it all up so I have some ready to do something else with. I don’t know if the greens would have last much longer in the fridge but cooked, they should be fine.

For dinner we had the leftover eggplant pasta and some popcorn with Trader Joe’s “everything but the elote” seasoning.

I harvested 3 raspberries today! The beach plums look really good too. Last year we had a great yield and the fruit was really big (some years they’ve been blueberry sized and they have giant pits) but last June was when my mom was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer and she was in the hospital/rehab a long time. I was too fried to even bother picking them. Somehow she is still with us (went for a routine MRI yesterday) and seems pretty stable so things are more normal on that front at least. So fingers crossed I’ll feel up to picking plums and making something with them this year? It’s not like we have much else to do.

I still haven’t made that lemonade!! Maybe tomorrow??

Non-food related activities:

Matt zoomed with his parents for their anniversary. The cookies and treats I had delivered arrived safely! I found a local to them place that was a bakery that also sold breakfast and lunch and had regular delivery drivers vs a bakery that packed things up to ship. I thought it would be fresher and cheaper that way!

I’m trying to read an easier book after that mess of a book I read yesterday. I’m doing the summer reading program at the library again so I’m trying to read at a good pace. I have like 6 kindle books checked out so the pressure is on.

I listened to more of Faded Out. It’s pretty good but I feel like they sort of bury the lede a bit. We heard a lot from random people like their landlord at the time before learning that the dad had a record and apparently was a child molester.

We watched a little more of Black Spot on Netflix. Matt’s still on call and was up for hours at like 2 am today so we are all a little tired, especially him, of course!

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Day 104: Eggplant Pasta & Snacks

Matt’s on call this week and thought he might be busy this evening so I made our “big” meal for lunch. I roasted eggplant and tossed it with sautéd garlic scapes, spinach, chicken breast and the leftover cooked (plain) pasta from Monday (I made the whole pound when I made this and we ate maybe half of it). We have a lot left so I think we will have it tomorrow for dinner too, Matt has a Zoom with his parents for their anniversary some around dinner time so it would nice to not have to cook.

For dinner I had a hot dog on an English muffin, sauerkraut and some of the spicy refrigerator pickles I made yesterday. I did not mean to have such a salty meal! It just happened.

I really want to make this frozen lemonade tomorrow! I wanted to today but Matt has been busy all day and I don’t want to interrupt. I also need to do something with those kohlrabi greens.

Non-food related activities:

Today kind of got away from me, I did a lot on C & L today and somehow the whole afternoon/early evening was gone.

I finished The Lady’s Handbook For Her Mysterious Illness by Sarah Ramey. It was a struggle to get through. She really talked in circles a lot and made endless references to Harry Potter. I have never read Harry Potter and I would not have thought a book about chronic illness and the medical community ignoring women would have so much about it. It was an odd choice.

I started season 2 of Faded Out. I haven’t listened to season 1 but I hear there is a spin-off of season 2 that’s good so I started there. The episodes are really short! They sort of abruptly end.

My back feels a little funny. I had opened our top freezer yesterday and something fell out. I bent over to pick it up and when I stood up I hit the door of the freezer with my back. I don’t see a bruise but it’s a little achy. Sitting on my uncomfortable office chair all day didn’t help either.

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Day 103: Tosilog

For lunch I had a leftover roll, which I sliced, sprinkled with cheese and toasted with the leftover burger, broken up in the same pan. Matt had noodles and cottage cheese. What gourmets we are!

For breakfast for dinner Matt made tosilog with tocino he bought at HMart, and the necessary garlic fried rice (it’s a little dark because he made it in the same pan as he cooked the tocino) and fried egg. On the side he made some mustard greens drizzled with spicy coconut vinegar I found in the back of the cabinet. It was so good! We hadn’t bought the H Mart tocino before but it was tasty.

I made a quick pickle with a cucumber from last week’s produce box but I haven’t tried it yet.

So much giant produce in our produce box this week. The fridge is overflowing. I froze some chicken to make room and it still wasn’t enough. The kohlrabi alone is filling most of the second shelf. I also have some produce I bought at Aldi to use up (we don’t know what we are getting in the boxes until a day and a half before delivery so I always get some produce at Aldi just in case all we end up with is lettuce). It’s very overwhelming! I have a head of lettuce perched on some pickles in the door. It’s too hot to leave stuff out in our unairconditioned house.

Non-food activities:

Finished my book which I didn’t love. Started a new one.

Finished rewatching season one of Black Spot.

Started looking for a new podcast to listen to.

Wrote up the miso pasta recipe.

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Day 102: Tuna Salad & Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta

For lunch I made tuna salad and served it on the leftover hamburger buns from yesterday. Making homemade buns always stresses me out because we are only two people and they go stale so quickly yet it’s difficult to scale a recipe that only makes a few buns. I used up the last of the lettuce and large tomato from our produce delivery. Just in time for more tomorrow!

For dinner I made a pasta dish with frozen shrimp, garlic scapes, miso, mushrooms and spinach that was really good! I think I might have to post it over on Coconut & Lime even though I didn’t take great pictures of it.

Non-food related activities:

Matt’s tai chi school had it’s first virtual lesson/class today. He said it was a little tricky but he managed. We paid when they were closed so they are giving everyone who paid this month free to try out the new format. I think they might switch to outdoor classes but he’s not sure if he is comfortable with that.

We rewatched more of Black Spot on Netflix. It really is a funny show despite the sort of grim premise. We also watched Grantchester on the PBS app. I feel like our tv watching has gone up but there isn’t a lot to do when you aren’t going anywhere! By the time we eat dinner we are normally too tired to play a game beyond New Horizons. At least I can practice my French watching Black Spot.

I finished My Own Backyard and I am disgusted with myself for listening to it all. The finale episode was the police guy in charge of the case now talking about how astute the host was. I literally laughed out loud. No wonder they haven’t made any real headway in 20 years. I also listened to most of the latest Gee Thanks, Just Bought It. I skipped most of the one with the little girl, she did a great job with her business but I know zero small children to give books to.

I finished Vera Drake is Not A Mystery at like 1:30 this morning. I think I liked it more than the first! I’m a little surprised she is making it into a series but I hope there is more. I started The Majesties by Tiffany Tsao and I’m not sure if I like it or not. I’m like 30% done already so I might keep pressing on. I like the concept and the setting but I’m still not getting a great feel for the characters yet. I actually started The Body Double by Emily Beyda first but on the first page she said that Mr. Pibb and Mello Yellow were generic sodas, which the Coca-Cola company would be surprised to learn, I’m sure, and it sort of soured it for me. She also mentioned Dr Smooth which is a Canadian soda (possibly generic, I’m not Canadian so who knows) and Moon Mist (a Faygo flavor). This sort of thing always bothers me because why not just make up names? Or Google? I know it is about a body double so maybe she was trying to make some point about sodas that are generic versions of the originals but it’s muddled because they really aren’t generics. Anyway, it irked me so I returned it to the library. I actually think I have an ARC of it on my Kindle if I change my mind. Her writing in general was a little stilted and I have 4 other books checked out I need to finish so onward!

Also did a lot of work on C & L.

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Day 101: Chicken Wraps & Burgers (with homemade buns!)

For lunch we made wraps with the red lettuce from our produce box, tomatoes from a few boxes ago (miraculously still good), honey mustard and leftover chicken tenders from Friday night on spinach wraps from Aldi. The chicken reheated surprisingly well and was quite good on the wrap.

For dinner Matt made homemade hamburger buns using the King Arthur flour recipe and topped them with everything seasoning. I made coleslaw as the side (exactly 2 portions) and we topped the burgers with more tomato, red onions and Gouda (sliced, from Aldi). They were really good! We haven’t had ground beef since March I think, the leaner beef hasn’t been i the store the last 3 times I’ve shopped. I bought two family packs and froze it up in 1 lb bundles.

Nonfood related activities:

I talked to my parents and my mom wants me to make more crafts? Magnets on top of the felt Christmas ornaments she already requested. Oy. I’ll do it but it really isn’t my idea of a fun time! We made felt photo ornaments like 25 years ago when I was a kid and now she wants more. I don’t know if she thinks I want to do this or what but I can’t very well turn a woman with brain cancer down. This is the one year anniversary of the discovery of the tumor and her first surgery. It’s amazing she’s still here and totally with it mentally.

We watched too much TV today. Matt was tired and I didn’t feel great. We watched Kitchen on (Netflix) DVD, then finished The Woods on Netflix then watched the Tiffany Haddish special on Netflix then started rewatching Black Spot because I want to watch season 2 and Matt doesn’t really remember season 1 that well. I think we watched it on Prime like 2 years ago so I guess that’s fair. I like the story and that they have the kind of French accents and slowness of speech that I can understand when they are talking so I don’t have to be glued to the subtitles like I did with The Woods in Polish. The Woods was pretty good but did not make us want to go to Poland at all what with the casual antisemitism.

I am almost done reading Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery and I hope she writes another! The books are fun and I like her writing style a lot. She packs a lot of depth into a short book.

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Day 100: Noodles & Enchiladas

Matt made us breakfast sandwiches with the “biscuit slices” of ham (it really just looks like Canadian bacon) and English muffins I bought at Aldi. I froze some of the ham because it expires really soon. I thought it said July 22nd but it was June. Weird because ham normally has really good expiration dates. If it doesn’t defrost well, oh well. I hate food waste but the whole package cost about as much as a Egg McMuffin and I would have tried.

Then around 3 we got hungry and Matt made us some Neoguri stir fry noodles. They look like the soup noodles but you drain them then add some packets and stir fry them briefly. I suggested tossing in some dandelion greens from our produce delivery and adding and egg and somehow he ended up sautéing the greens with garlic and rehydrated mushrooms. The packets had little tanuki fish cakes that rehydrated when it cooked which was a cute surprise.

I put up a giant jar of turnip greens to pickle.

For dinner he wanted to make a small batch of enchiladas with chicken and leftover tomatillo sauce from Thursday. He made the tortillas but they were a little small and thick so he ended up making a layered casserole type thing. Not quite what he wanted but it was still tasty.

Non-food related activities:

Cleaning, watched The Woods on Netflix. It’s better than the English language Harlen Corbin miniseries by a lot.

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Day 99: Jajangmyeon & Chicken Tenders

For lunch I made some packets of jajangmyeon Matt bought at H-Mart. They didn’t have the fresh noodles so he got this instead of us making our own from scratch. It was pretty good! We had one pork chop left from the 3 we had for dinner last night (I saved it without the sauce) so I diced that up and tossed it in.

I prepped mustard greens to pickle tomorrow and left them to dry on the enclosed porch.

For dinner I made chicken tenders. I missed the really fluffy battered kind we get at one restaurant so I tried to make a lemon pepper version. It turned out great! The physical piece of chicken seemed to greatly expand when it was frying (??) because the final pieces were huge despite the chicken tenderloin (when raw) being rather narrow and only about the length of my hand when I took them out of the package. I don’t really understand what happened but I don’t normally fry large pieces of chicken breast or boneless meat too often. We also tried Aldi brand tots (not bad, maybe needed an extra minute in the oven) and a bagged salad. Since I’m making so much food so often I really need to have some meals with only one labor intensive part to it. Since the chicken was freakishly big once cooked, we have some leftover.

Hogan has opened the state (and our mayor, the city) to basically 50% capacity everywhere despite he sharing that he personally, with his health issues, doesn’t feel comfortable dining in at a restaurant. Of course he thinks it’s fine if you have those same conditions and work there! People really can’t think past their own selves. Like how Trump hate germs and illness and no one is allowed near him with a cough but it’s all fine if we get a virus and die.

Non-food related activities:

We watched Greta on DVD (Netflix) which seemed like two movies stitched together. I wonder if there was some drama during production?

Matt worked lateish and got a call during dinner so we didn’t do much.

I finished a book and started the new Vera Kelly book.

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Day 98: Salads & Tomatillo Pork Chops

For lunch Matt had the leftover tuna salad and I had leftover cucumber salad and a couple of saltines.

After lunch, I made blueberry muffins for Matt’s breakfasts. Aldi had nice looking blueberries yesterday! I’ve finished the 100 pack of muffin liners I bought mid-April. Matt went to H Mart. H Mart is a fair distance away in another county so it is quite a journey! He took one of our coolers and ice packs. It’s not that hot but we do that even in the winter when we shop there.

Actually ate a whole muffin for a snack! I normally maybe have a bite and let Matt have the rest for his breakfasts. They were really good.

For dinner Matt made pork chops, fresh tomatillo sauce and wild rice pilaf with swiss chard.

Non-food related activities:

The In Your Own Backyard host continues to vex me. At least I’m almost done! He goes to the prime suspect’s house. He talks about how he is not the first person to do this and that the neighbors are tired of this. He doesn’t say how he knows they are tired. He then goes on to say that he doesn’t know if the neighbors don’t know who the suspect is or if they just don’t care. That seems like a leap. Maybe they know and do think it’s weird or upsetting but what are they supposed to do? Move because a man who was a suspect in a woman’s disappearance in another city 20 years ago moved in? Then he goes to the door and knocks. A neighbor says something he doesn’t understand then goes into his own house and the host, Chris Lambert, leaps to the conclusion that a person is going inside to get a weapon or to call the police. Wouldn’t the most obvious thing the neighbor might have said is “he’s not home?” or “he doesn’t open the door to strangers” or something along those lines? Who calls the police on someone knocking on their neighbor’s door? I mean, I’m sure someone somewhere has but I wouldn’t think it is the most logical conclusion. Nor is getting a weapon. What an escalation for what could have been someone with the wrong address or early for a get-together at their neighbor’s house. I can’t tell if the host just isn’t a critical thinker or if he is trying to manufacture drama where there is none. Then he talks about a girl who was found murdered who worked for Coca-Cola like the suspect but disappeared a year before he started at another bottling plant. How on earth does he think that’s connected?

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Day 97: Tuna Pasta Salad & Fish Sticks

Today I did my big shop at Aldi. It has been exactly 3 weeks since the last one. I also picked up a book from the library! It all went smoothly except the library lost one of the two books they were supposed to have for me.

None of the meat I bought has an expiration date before 6/22 which I thought was pretty good! Matt is going to H Mart tomorrow to stock up on mostly shelf stable items to make meals more interesting.

I didn’t see a single person without a mask yesterday!

I made tuna salad Tuesday so I had that after I got back. Having food ready makes it so much easier! Grocery shopping really wears me out and buying for 3-4 weeks at a time is a lot to unpack.

For dinner we had fish sticks (the wild caught ones at Aldi are very good!) and I made more cucumber salad and baked potatoes. I hadn’t really had fish sticks since I was a kid but if we are going to be making all our meals we really need to include some shortcuts.

Non-food related activities:

I started the adult summer reading program for the City.

Listened to more of In Your Own Backyard. I wish someone else was the host! There is a case about a woman who went missing who had attended my high school I think would make a good podcast. I’d do a better job than this guy.

We finally finished the Good Fight! Now to cancel the CBS app.