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14th-Oct-2011 08:48 am
Happy birthday to dalious!

Happy early birthday to brithistorian, envoy, and sealgair, who advance a year over the weekend!

State of the 'Song
Wow, I am in a ridiculous amount amount of pain right now. Mostly shoulders/upper back/neck, which kept waking me up last night, but radiating down to lower back, because that got aggravated too.

Note to self: Not dicing a raw butternut squash ever again.
Note to others: Seriously, I know there are things you think I should be able to do because I Don't Look Sick. Deal with it when I say no.

(I already knew my back was screwed by the time I was halfway through the squash.)

Two Robaxin so far this morning. We'll see if I need more.

So Anyway
Through even more comedy of errors, I managed to score some baking powder last night. There are rosemary polenta muffins and they are amazing. Also nommy chocolate chip muffins. And I did start to feel better almost as soon as I started baking, and was back to being generally chipper by the end of it. I know what works for me! I just need to make sure I keep the pantry stocked for future foul moods.

And the crockpot-roasted root veggies were fantastic. The olive oil did get through to everything, and the amount of salt and pepper was just perfect. Success! Though next time I'm just going to randomly chop root veggies (and let one of the guys handle the squash) until it looks like the right amount, because we have a ridiculous amount of leftovers.

Why do people not eat beets or parsnips, in general? Parsnips are like carrots with a kick! Beets are deliciously earthy - and beautiful! Don't worry, haters, plenty of squash, potato, onion, carrot, et cetera in there too. And whole cloves of garlic.

Biggest success, foodwise, was the apple cider bacon chicken, because my incredibly picky daughter ate the whole thing.

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Friday Memeage
Wearing: Pajamas with teacups on them.
Reading: Just finished the new Pratchett; next up is Stephenson's REAMDE.
Writing: I have a thing darting around the edges of my writerbrain and am patiently waiting for it to alight.
Knitting: Still between. A lot of between here.
Planning: I need to walk to the store to get stuff I need for tonight's dinner. My inbox overfloweth, so I need to deal with that. Then it's butt-in-chair time for a while. We have no outside-the-house plans for tonight, which is just fine.
Tomorrow we're picking up thesilentpoet's old dresser and delivering it to gwynraven, with whom we will then see Lady Hamlet. And then we shall attend a party that night.
Sunday looks to be a trip to Russell Orchards.

14th-Oct-2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
I love beets, but I'm always so glad I have a glass chopping board when I cut them up. Messy things. They go great with cream cheese-based sauces, though. And as borscht, mmmm.
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14th-Oct-2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, the English.

These were fresh out of the ground, still dirty (til I scrubbed them), roughly chopped and roasted with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Fresh and perfect.
14th-Oct-2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
Most, but not all; I've tried beets on multiple occasions, including fresh baby beets just out of matociquala's garden, and 'song's "deliciously earthy" is my "tastes like a Bertie Botts' dirt-flavored jelly bean."

I do like parsnips, if they haven't gone entirely to turpentine.
15th-Oct-2011 06:12 pm (UTC)
Do you mean like theoretical Bertie Botts or the actual ones they produced? Because I vaguely recall really liking the dirt ones at age eleven or whenever someone gave me a bag, and if beets taste like that I should try them.
15th-Oct-2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
The actual dirt ones. Which were not as horrible as the other deliberately yucky flavors (well, except black pepper, which I thought was fine), but were not what I'd call GOOD.

You might also like pu'erh tea, in that case.
15th-Oct-2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
One of my classmates ate the vomit ones with great relish, but that may have just been to freak people out.
14th-Oct-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Parsnips, we can blame on the English, who simply boiled them to death and then served them either sliced, cubed, or mashed.

Oh no you can't! We always had them parboiled then finished off in the roasting pan under the roast (along with potatoes, carrots, and turnips). Very yummy.

Both parsnips and turnips are actually very nice boiled and mashed. The trick is to add butter (or a herb-infused oil), salt & pepper and some fresh herbs (oregano works well) to the mash. That turns a pile of bland pulp into something interesting.
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14th-Oct-2011 02:49 pm (UTC)
A lot more than 2 decades. While the food at my boarding school in the late 50s and early 60s certainly lived down to that stereotype, the food I ate at home and at my friends' houses was very different.
14th-Oct-2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
I cleaned house, did laundry and cooked dinner last night. I am out of Robaxin. Pity me :(

Please to be sharing the recipes (or sources) for the crockpot veggies (EDIT found that one from your dinner link) and OMG BACON APPLE CIDER CHICKEN? While I am not convinced to try beets I like parsnips and overcoming my dislike of squash. Taking a clue from you and making the BF peel them!

Edited at 2011-10-14 01:51 pm (UTC)
14th-Oct-2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
I never really have liked beets, but every time I have parsnips I remember how much I think they're awesome.

(Reminds me, I have a stew I need to make.)

Celeri rave is like that, too.
14th-Oct-2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
You and hammercock can have my beets and parsnips.
14th-Oct-2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
And you can have my oranges! :)
14th-Oct-2011 03:11 pm (UTC) - Touche
I guess my hypocrisy on food selection can only go so far.
15th-Oct-2011 06:48 am (UTC)
Did you know that you're why I always ask people now if they have food allergies before I bring my own snacks into the house?

It has nothing to do with your being GF--it predates that. It's on account of the evening I sent you running, white faced, back out of your own living room because I'd opened up my clementine. >.>
15th-Oct-2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
I'll take the parsnips -- they go in chicken soup and even if you don't like them alone, they enhance the soup flavor.
14th-Oct-2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, *yum*!

Would you be willing to share the rosemary polenta muffin recipe and the cider bacon chicken one--or tell me where you got them because they sound *amazing* and are Favorite Flavors of Our House.

ETA: Found the polenta recipe from your last entry, but pretty please...bacon chicken?

Edited at 2011-10-14 02:30 pm (UTC)
15th-Oct-2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Seconding the apple bacon chicken recipe request!
14th-Oct-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
I am mildly cautious of beets because they have a flavor I sometimes can't quite cope with (like near my period) and also because I'm one of the people who doesn't process the dye, so peeing can be quite a little adrenaline rush a few hours after eating them. :) But I have to say that the recipe my wife has for beet tzatziki is DELICIOUS. And colorful!
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15th-Oct-2011 01:15 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, hey. Next time I can have Sindrian use a saw!
18th-Oct-2011 07:49 pm (UTC)
Partially cook it before cutting it up. SO much easier! I usually get my husband to cut it in half, cook it about halfway in the microwave (after removing the seeds), then can remove the peel and cube it EASILY.
14th-Oct-2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Note to self: Not dicing a raw butternut squash ever again.

I use the "coarse shred" disk on my processor. You DO have a processer, don't you? You just pucker up and go to the Goodwill. And you have a GREAT Goodwill in Boston.
14th-Oct-2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
I love beets and parsnips. Alas, I am no allergic to beets. :(

I would love the recipe, though!
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14th-Oct-2011 03:30 pm (UTC)
We pretty much *just* discovered beets, and I am in love. Also beet greens, hurrah. Before this I'd only ever had pickled beets which are too weirdly sour/sweet and I can't deal with them. Parsnips are on the list of things to try soon.
14th-Oct-2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
Come to England, where people do eat parsnips. :)
14th-Oct-2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
I loathe beets. Which is too bad, because they look pretty. But they taste like beets.

Parsnips, on the other hand, are all good.
14th-Oct-2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
I dislike pickled beets intensely, but roasted beets? I clutch them to my bosom in a haze of tiny hearts and do the Dance of Nom.

Parsnips are awesome mixed in with other roots. Mm.
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15th-Oct-2011 04:34 am (UTC)
I'm with you on the parsnuip love. Mashed parsnips ROCK MY WORLD.
14th-Oct-2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
...can I just say how mad I am that you guys have the new Pratchett now, and Amazon.ca is all "November 22!"

Like, why do we have a constitutional monarchy if I cannot even get Pratchett at the same time as the Americans this is my rage face.

#firstworldproblems #couldalwaysjustorderfromAmazon.com
15th-Oct-2011 04:33 am (UTC)
Re: the thing about people overestimating what you can do because you don't look sick: this is a flip side of disability that I almost never think about because my own disability is unavoidably obvious. In my life, it's "don't underestimate what I can do because all you see are the wheels."

Thanks for the perspective shift. Sorry you're in so much pain.
15th-Oct-2011 06:53 am (UTC)
I get both, but more of the you don't look sick, or you're too young too be in a wheelchair. Or they see me move my foot or standing at another time and get obnoxiously skeptical. Ghf. Yes, I chose the $2,000 butt & crotch eye view just to get the parking space. *snort*

One time, a guy told me "You've got real fiiine lookin' legs for a cripple' girl." I just kinda blinked at him. I'm pretty sure I remember my friend telling him to go find somewhere else to be.
15th-Oct-2011 12:02 pm (UTC)
One time, a guy told me "You've got real fiiine lookin' legs for a cripple' girl."



a) Man, I do not miss the South one bit.
b) It's a good thing I'm not the friend who was with you, because you'd have had to bail me out.
16th-Oct-2011 05:30 am (UTC)
Con*Suite, and it was the first or second year I was in my chair. No worries, the friend with me was Photognome. I know I remember him physically getting between the two of us, and while some idiots might miss the warnings of Little But Fierce you embody, Gnome's got a build that while not tall, does make most idiots think twice.
18th-Oct-2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Parsnips I LOVE. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE. Carrots are ICKY, parsnips are the YUM.

Beets have this strange thing where when I don't eat them I think I don't like them, and then I eat them and they're ok. I think I'm not so much a fan of their squishiness.
21st-Oct-2011 03:52 am (UTC)
In the future, please to be noting that Stop and Shop has (had?) pre-cubed squash in a frozen state in the frozen part of the store.

I wish this comment was more sense-making but I am le tired and you speak fluent Kat-ese anyway.
24th-Oct-2011 05:03 pm (UTC)
I love parsnips
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