daily recap · what we ate

Day 114: Hominy & Steak

Our beach plums are doing great! I’m hoping to do something fun with them this year, last year we had a great harvest but my mom was in the hospital/rehab after her brain cancer surgery and didn’t have the energy to do anything with them.

Matt made hominy and sausage (frozen) for breakfast then we just snacked on chips and salsa later in the day.

For dinner we shared a steak (from the freezer) and had baked potatoes and beet salad. We made two steaks but they were so big, we decided to save one for another day.

Matt made brownies after dinner so we each had one but they weren’t quite ready to be cut yet. I’m looking forward to trying them tomorrow.

Non-food related activities:

More Dark (I recommend turning on the CC subtitles, they give you the name of the person taking when they are off screen and it helps keep everyone straight during all the time traveling) and Babysitters Club (they are really hitting a lot of point here—Japanese internment!) on Netflix.

daily recap · repurposing leftovers · what we ate

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.

daily recap · what we ate

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?

daily recap · what we ate

Day 80: Steamed Crabs & Pizza

It seems wrong to eat crabs when the world is battling a pandemic and there are so many protests but we still have to eat! Matt picked up crabs at seafood market and we had them for lunch. It was supposed to be a dozen but they gave us 11 which was disappointing; they are so expensive. It was a beautiful day to be outside!

For dinner Matt made pizza with soppressata, mozzarella and capicola he bought at the Italian grocery. We already had ricotta, onions and kalamata olives from Aldi.

Non-food related activities:

We watched Blood & Sand (the first episode or two) and Uncorked on Netflix.

daily recap · planning · what we ate

Day 77: Seafood Orzo & Deviled Ham

For lunch today I went from having no idea what we were having to making this seafood orzo dish in like 10 minutes. I had read how frozen mixed seafood is super gross but it really turned out great! If you click on the recipe link, I talk about what went into making it; it’s very pandemic-friendly!

For dinner I made a version of these deviled ham toasties but I heated some oil/butter in a pan and placed slices of take and bake Italian bread leftover from lunch on it and topped it with the deviled ham and cheddar for sort of a open-faced grilled cheese/toast type thing. It was really good! I might have liked it even more than I did with English muffins.

After dinner (it’s baking right now, actually) I made a small cake for Matt’s birthday tomorrow so I won’t have to wait for it to cool to frost it tomorrow. We’ve planned a lot of food and cooking tomorrow so this will be one less thing to worry about. I made this cake but used all regular sugar instead of brown because I’m going to ice it and brown sugar gives it a stickier top.

Non-food related activities:

I worked on Coconut & Lime a lot.

I listened to more of In the Dark about the coronavirus.

We watched more of season 3 of The Good Fight so Matt can catch up and we cancel the service. I watched the season 4 finale in the morning. I heard Cush Jumbo might be living the show. I can see it but I’ll miss her! I’m sure there were supposed to be more episodes than seven so I wonder how they will deal with it.

daily recap · what we ate

Day 73: Tuna Melts & Cookies

We made tuna melts with gruyere and marble rye for lunch.

For dinner I roasted yellow squash, mushrooms and red onions and heated up the leftover cod gratin.

Matt made cookies with leftover dark chocolate and salted caramel chips.

Non-food related activities:

Matt mowed the lawn.

We finished Rosehaven and started A Discovery of Witches. The Sundance app is horrible so I already canceled it.

daily recap · what we ate

Day 58: Meatball Soup & Smothered Cabbage with Mac and Cheese

For lunch I made soup with chicken meatballs, kale and a bunch of other veggies from my produce delivery. I posted the recipe here.

I made some 7-layer bars that turned out well. I think they need to set up some more though.

For dinner Matt made smothered cabbage and we had leftover Old Bay mac and cheese. It made me miss Taste This take out a little less.

Non-food related activities:

I finished The Silent Patient and it was possibly the worst book I’ve read in years.

More The Good Fight.

It is freakishly cold! It feels like October or November.

daily recap · what we ate

Day 49: Butterscotch Mace Oatmeal Cookies, Soup & Maryland Fried Chicken

For lunch we heated up the the leftover split pea soup and finished up the take-and-bake bread (which was quite good, I’ve been sleeping on this at Aldi). After lunch I made toasted oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips and my fave spice, mace. I posted the recipe here.

For dinner, we made what I think of as Grandpop fried chicken but is really Maryland style fried chicken. He used to make this all the time with thighs–his secret ingredient was a little bit of granulated bouillon in with the flour. We also had some bagged salad and baked potatoes. We have so many potatoes right now! Aldi didn’t have 5 lb bags of Russets so I ended up with a 10 lb bag in addition to my 5 lbs of Yukon Gold. Bagged salad always seems like a bit of a cop out but most salad ingredients aren’t in season right now and they cost about the same as making them myself if I buy them at Aldi. They are pretty cabbage/carrot heavy and actually keep a couple weeks in the fridge which is handy now.

Non-food related activities:

I finished the You’re Wrong About… episodes about the DC Snipers. I hadn’t listened to the podcast before and I think they did a pretty good job but I really didn’t learn much new except some real minutia of his wife’s life. I don’t think I will listen to the OJ ones I’ve heard a lot about, I know so much about that case I think I could teach a course.

We watched French mysteries on Mhz. I had no idea there were so many islands in France. One takes place in Martinique but there are a lot of island-based episodes that are in France proper. Who knew? They continue to be a bit hit or miss–I’m just picking ones that sound good but some of the plots seem exciting but then end up being a mess. Plus a lot of weird coworker dating/hooking up. Is that not frowned upon in the French police force?

daily recap · repurposing leftovers · what we ate

Zucchini Muffins, Leftovers & Beef, Mushroom, and Barley Soup (day 35 recap, 4/16/20)

For lunch, I sauteed a small bunch of collards with the chicken sambal oelek leftovers and tossed it with some mi goreng again. The collards were from last week’s produce box and while tasty, the bunch was tiny and not really enough to do much with. It was a perfect way to bulk up lunch a bit and add some veggies.

Matt loves zucchini muffins and has been enjoying having muffins for breakfast (and it cuts down on the bread he’s toasting) so I made a batch. I posted the recipe here.

I got up earlyish and put up some beef, mushroom and barley soup up in the slow cooker. It takes longer than some slow cooker soups because you want the barley really well cooked and soft. It was so good! It was only in the 40s today so a cozy bowl of soup was perfect. I posted the recipe here. It uses a lot of long-last root vegetables!

Non-food related activities:

We watched Dans la maison. Not my favorite François Ozon movie. I kept hoping for a musical number, it was almost there in one scene.

We were talking about what it is going to be like when things get back to “normal”. I’m honestly not convinced it will sooner than about 12-18 months. I’m hoping things will open up at least enough that I can go see my mom. I know she really misses me and June will be the one year anniversary of diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and while right now there is no sign of tumor growth (or any existing tumor) but that isn’t going to last.

I’d also really like some good chocolate and baked goods I don’t have to make myself.

daily recap · what we ate

Empanadas, Cookies & Hot Dogs (recap day 30, 4/11/20)

For lunch we had leftover hot dogs, chips and dip. I’m enjoying these old school meals.

For dinner Matt made paprika home fries with baby chard from our produce delivery and these chicken empanadas with olives and hard-boiled eggs. They were so good! We used frozen empanada wrappers so they were really quick to make. Normally we’d make our own dough but we weren’t sure what the flour situation at the time so he bought frozen. It was a great use of them and used a lot of ingredients we always have on hand and ground chicken, which can be a little bland but was really perked up by the spices and olives. I posted the recipe here.

Matt made some cookies using this recipe but using half salted caramel chips and half mini semi sweet chocolate chips and eliminating the sea salt sprinkle. I have a tendency to pick up fun baking chips but not always having them earmarked for something specific so they just accumulate. The mini chips were leftover from making black bottom cupcakes.

Non-food related activities:

We watched a lot of Babylon Berlin on Netflix. I do not feel like I am learning any useful German from watching it. It is so well-made! Not the most relaxing television to watch right now though.

The rest of the day is sort of a blur.