The weather change put me abruptly into Christmas mood last weekend. We got quite a bit of stuff done.
This is one of my go-to recipes. I make it fairly often, and try to make a two batches at a time to freeze.
I call it lentil loaf. I start by cooking some lentils. Whatever colour you have is fine. I don’t measure, I just rinse a bunch and throw them in a pot well covered with water and boil. Check to make sure there’s enough water every so often. In the meantime I grate vegetables into a bowl. Usually carrots, onions and zucchini, but I also used a peeled eggplant this time. In with the veggies I add some herbs and sauces, usually some mustard, but whatever you have around to add some flavour is fine. Next add some bread crumbs. I used oatmeal this time since that’s what I had. When the lentils are done (taste to check), pour out any extra water and mix them in with everything else. Wait a little bit until they cool and then crack in as many eggs as it needs to look a little batter-y, usually I use two. Put it all into a loaf pan (or muffin tin) and grate some cheese on top. Put it into a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until it seems to be holding together. Pair it with some greens and you’re good to go!
It’s been a few weeks now. On Friday I went to the clinic and was given antibiotics for a sinus infection. The antibiotics made me horribly sick (gastro stuff), so last night I went to the ER and after waiting forever they told me to stop taking the pills. Gee, thanks. So now I’m further back than when I started because I’m sicker, but just have to wait it out.
In other news, we put an offer in on a house, but didn’t get it because despite ours being the only offer the sellers came back with a price way over asking price. What?!? Clearly they’re crazy, it’s the only logical explanation. We were shocked and now we’re a little put off by the whole real estate thing. I guess all we can do is keep looking (though the market is really slow right now and there are almost no houses going up) and saving our money for a down-payment little by little.
I’ve been trying to post food related stuff but I haven’t really been eating, since food makes my stomach feel like wild animals reside in it. I doubt you want to recipe for broth and rice that has become a staple. Maybe tomorrow. Here’s hoping.
What, you say? Candy…dreaded? Oh yes my friends, the candy bowl is a problem. You see each birthday and Christmas Kurt and I (mainly him) amass a large amount of candy. For some reason people like to buy Kurt strange (and usually disgusting) candy. We like candy, but the problem is most of this is stuff we don’t like, or don’t like enough to care about eating. Generally whatever doesn’t get eaten in 2 weeks sit. In the dreaded candy bowl, taking up space and creating clutter.
Soon is Christmas, the season of more candy. In an attempt to lessen the problem I’ve challenged Kurt to get rid of at least one thing from the bowl per day, either eating or throwing away. Hopefully there are more days until Christmas than there are candy items. Everything that comes into the house from the holidays will be given an expiry date. If it’s still kicking around by that day, it’s gone. Simple. Hopefully it works!
Here’s the candy bowl now:
This past weekend we went to a concert in the city. It was a band that Kurt had been wanting to see for more than a decade. He grinned through the whole thing. It was great. We didn’t bring a camera, though I think Kurt would have liked a few pictures. Not worrying about getting a great shot really allows you to experience what is going on. You don’t have to worry about anything else, but watching and being present. There were very few people there without cameras. This is becoming increasingly true in every part of life because cell phones take such great pictures now. There were people taking pictures of every second not worrying about quality, there were those taking painstakingly beautiful photos and then there were those who just took video of the whole show.
It may be nice to be able to look back later and watch the whole concert again, but I think in order to do this you affect the experience you get when you are actually there. Not to mention the experience of the person behind you, whose view will be blocked by your camera and who will be forced to distraction by the tiny version of what is going on in front of them. Just try it, leave your camera at home and be present.
I’m still battling this raging cold. It seems to get a little better every so often, only to get worse soon after.
I thought I would give an idea of something really simple we do to reduce energy usage.
We eat quite a bit of pasta. At least once a week. Before Kurt discovered grits, he usually made it 2 or 3 times a week for a snack. Something I heard a while ago, but forgot where is to cook pasta in a lidded pan instead of a pot. This is great because the water boils so much faster, since it’s shallower, thus you can eat faster, and in the meantime you are using less energy.
I know that cookbook and food network chefs say to always use tons of water for boiling pasta, but it really doesn’t seem to make a difference.
Give it a try.