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Bougasta, kkakdugi kimchi, sons kimchi (both from No. 1 Sons), pork belly, beef chuck, 6.5 lbs of magness pears (for jam and conserve! also eating), figs, pawpaws, honeycrisp and crimson crisp apples.

I'm going to try to make kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew with pork belly) from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! I really don't have the jars to make kimchi at home (yet) so I figured I'd just buy it from the professional. Also, japchae eventually, so I'm going to cut the chuck and the pork belly into 8 oz sections -- you don't need much for the Korean recipes.

Also, I got buttonholed by a journalism student at Baklava Couture and wound up on camera answering a few questions about why I was buying a Greek pastry; I hope I pronounced everything I mentioned right, but I generally flip syllables on the long names if I'm not actually looking at the name of the pastry.
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Today I made hobakjuk (sweet pumpkin/kabocha porridge) using the recipe from Robin Ha's Cook Korean! It was really simple and easy. I might mix it up a little next time and substitute honey for the sugar, as I actually have pumpkin honey from the Bee Folks.

She has an occasional webcomic -- Banchan in 2 pages -- if you'd like to try one of her recipes without buying the book. I picked up one of her Banchan in 2 pages minicomics at SPX this past weekend.

My rice balls (ongsimi) dissolved a bit more than I think they were supposed to, but all in all, it was a decent lunch. I'd cut the sugar by a third next time I make it, though.
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Today is the The Festival of the Revolution and the last day of Year 224, Jacobin Calendar! This is the sixth complementary day, and the one that only occurs in leap years!

See you tomorrow for Year 225!
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Today is the Festival of Honors! It's the fifth of the Sand-culottides complementary days.

I went to the local Korean grocery and picked up a few ingredients that I couldn't get at the local grocery -- I'm going to make so much food!
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Today is the Festival of Opinion, the 4th of the complementary days.

Currently, it's rainy and overcast here -- a day where you don't get much done because it never seems to get past early morning. I may take a nap and wait for tomorrow.
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Today is the third complementary day, the Festival of Labor!
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Today is the Festival of Genius, the second of the Sans-culottides complimentary days.

I spent most of the days at Small Press Expo, which is definitely full of genius -- but I came home mostly with business cards, not books (maybe one or two for Xmas gifts, and a dinosaur artwork for me).
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And we're into the Sans-Culottides complementary days -- when your calendar is made up of 30-days months, you'll have a few leftover. Today is the Festival of Virtue!
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I went to see The Greeks at the National Geographic Museum yesterday with [personal profile] ellen_fremedon, [personal profile] greenygal, and the Vegan Knitter.

It's only through Oct 10, so I suggest you go if you can.

It's amazing! It starts with Cycladic figurines and goes all the way to Alexander the Great. There are a lot of piece that have never before left Greece -- some of them very famous!

My favorite section was the 'Age of Agemmenon' -- artifacts from Mycenaean shaft graves, including gold death masks, boar-tusk helmets, and early swords. There were also a few female burials of high status women, with lots of bronze ornaments and occasional gold rings.

There was also a charming animation demonstrating how jury selection worked in classical Athens -- they had a machine they used to make the lottery random. There was also a small display of ostracons, some of them very historic indeed.

The museum suggest two hours to go through the exhibit, but if you're the kind to read all the placards, watch all the videos, and then try to identify the gods and heroes on all the pottery, it's more like four.

yay!

Sep. 12th, 2016 04:45 pm
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I got my replacement driveband for my wheel today (the first of the two I ordered)! So I'm back to spinning!

Woot!
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Cherry tomatoes, beets, asian eggplant, black pepper chevre, 8 oz of shiitake, lion's mane, and oyster mushrooms, arlet, pink flesh, and northern spy apples, magness pears, lemon jewel melon, canteloupe, kkakdugi kimchi (radish), red-and-butter pickle, garlic, mozzarella, basil, and a ripe tomato.

Making toasted caprese sandwich for dinner.
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Japanese eggplant, figs, chevre, chicken empanda, 3 lbs nectarines, 3 lbs prune plums, 4 oz oyster mushrooms, 2lb kabocha squash, and a dozen eggs.

I'm planning to make a nectarine-lime jam and a plum ginger conserve this week.
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Made another batch of grape ketchup from Food in Jars -- used a little Korean red pepper flakes in addition to the cayenne pepper, because my cayenne pepper is old and probably needs to be replaced.
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Oriental eggplants, prune plums, sweet potatoes, and blackberries.

I will be making pie for a Labor Day bbq, and I'm going to try to make kolache, either prune or date-almond.

Also, the drive band on my Majacraft wheel snapped, and since it's a discontinued model, I'm having to ask around to see who can get me a replacement. Hopefully it won't be too ridiculous, but so far the only supplier I've found is in Canada.
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Summer Rambo apples, 5 lbs of Yellow Bartlett Pears, garlic cheese curds, yellow melon, shishito peppers.

I'm planning on canning the spiced pear halves sometime in the next few days.
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Went to a free swing dance class down at the Jam Cellar with [personal profile] greenygal tonight. I liked it, even though I had a lot of trouble remembering what steps went when and not backing into the walls. I may go back, or look for classes closer to home.
crafty_packrat: Apple Tarts for all! (baking)
I tried the basic yeast bread recipe from The Tassajara Bread Book today. It made two loaves, so I made one plain, and made one a stuffed loaf with mushrooms, olives, wilted chard, and cheese. We'll see how it turns out.

Definitely this makes too much bread, so I'll have to cut the recipe in half from now on. Except maybe the kolache recipe. Kolaches for everyone! (and everyone will have to eat one, since the recipe makes about 24 of them!)
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Eggplants, green onions, yellow nectarines, red pepper, melon.
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I made and canned 4 pints of peach salsa today. It's the first time I tried the recipe, so I have no idea how well it will turn out. Hopefully somewhat good, especially if I let the jars age for few weeks on my countertops.

4 lbs of peaches is pretty damned juicy, and it took a lot longer than written to cook down. I had to get out my immersion blender, so the salsa probably has an entirely different texture than the recipe intended.
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Donut peaches, blackberries, 4lb of peaches (for salsa), 3lbs of red grapes (for ketchup), black pepper chevre, and a carrot cake cupcake.

It's ridiculously hot out, so I've spent most of the day indoors.

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