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2017-07-25 09:02 pm

Dyeing again -- Mugwort Day, 7th of Heat, Year 225

I got my hair color touched up and my ends trimmed after work today. I should not find the student hairdressers as cute as a basket of kittens, but they are -- mainly because of how enthusiastic they get.

For example, the woman who was working on my hair kept exclaiming about how much I have -- it's both long and dense -- and how far it extends down my nape, which she noticed because I maintain a severe undercut. She also called my hairline 'crazy', but in an affectionate way; it definitely make it a challenge to overdye my temples, which are almost completely silver now if I don't dye my hair. Also, she's probably the first student there who didn't blink when I said I wanted my undercut at zero. It'll be back by Friday, and shaving it to the skin only makes sense in our near-100F weather. It was nice to meet someone who trusted that I knew my own hair.

I do wish I had a job where I had no chance of encountering clients -- I really want to dye my hair burgundy again. It was an awesome color on me.
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2017-07-23 06:52 pm

Dunkirk (movie rec) -- Ram Day, 5th of Heat, Year 227

I went with [personal profile] fabrisse, [personal profile] greenygal, and A Person Without A Psuedonym to see Dunkirk today.

I highly recommend it, especially if you can see it in a dedicated 70mm screen. There are deaths -- it's a war movie -- but gore is actually fairly minimal. The tension, otoh, is intense. Hans Zimmer scored the movie with the recurring motif of a ticking watch, and even when you can hear the watch, there's a relentless rhythm under the score. And when there's no score, it's usually because the music is replaced with something awful, like the screaming of a Stuka bomber.

The movie is surprisingly short -- just 106 minutes -- and has three intertwining sections: The Mole, about the soldiers on the beach and the mole which is the only way of loading soldiers onto the big ships, as there is no harbor they have access to and loading from the beach would require ships with a draft of three feet or less; The Sea, about one of the Little Ships of Dunkirk; and The Air, about an RAF pilot.

I do suggest you go with someone whose hand you can grab, because as I said, the movie is intense.
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2017-07-22 04:28 pm

Farmer's Market -- 22 July 2107 (Ryegrass Day, 4th of Heat, Year 225)

Pita, spanakopita, mixed tomato-cheese handpie, olive bread, melomakarona, mango donut peaches, regular peaches, shiro plums, blueberries, yellow sweet cherries, a half-gallon of Mocha Moo, cheese curds, 3 lb of ivory and purple bell peppers , and spicebush (now called 'sorghum', because no one knew was 'spicebush' was) vinegar.

I made blackberry preserves and cut up the fruit for mixed stone fruit jam -- about half sour cherries, the rest plums, nectarines, and donut peaches -- to cook up tomorrow.
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2017-07-16 05:47 pm

IKEA -- Vetch Day, 28th of Harvest, Year 225

I went with [livejournal.com profile] ipleasance and [personal profile] greenygal to IKEA today, and finally used the gift card my sister gave me for Christmas 2015. I got two KALLAX units, which I now have to put together, but which will give me a whole lot more shelf space when I'm done.

The last hour or so there I just hit a wall of 'too many people, too hot, here too long', so I'm going to finish eating a round of the Greek bakery's pita and go sleep. I have to be on point tomorrow, since I'm the only person working in my sub-department, now that the permanent employee has gone on her month-long vacation overseas...
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2017-07-15 07:50 pm

Farmer's Market -- 15 July 2017 (Garlic Day, 27th of Harvest, Year 225)

A pint of blackberries, a pint of blueberries, a pint of shiro plums, a quart of mango doughnut peaches (my favorite!), a pint of shishito peppers, garlic cheese curds, dill & garlic quark, herb roasted beets, olives in honey, pita bread, tiropita, seasonal Greek stuffed bread, batard of whole wheat bread.

I've finished up the peach butter I started last night -- I was so tired I had to put it in the fridge and finish this morning -- and I'm planning on making blackberry jam this week. I'll probably make kimchi stew to take for lunch this week, as it's pretty easy and I do have fresh shishito peppers...
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2017-07-13 07:29 pm

Clafoutis aux cerises -- Guinea Fowl Day, 25th of Harvest, Year225

There's a catered picnic at work tomorrow, with an invite to bring a desert. I'm making clafoutis with the leftover cherries I have because it's an easy dish to make and it would be an alternative to the 'everything is chocolate' that seemed to be characteristic of the desert sign-up sheet.
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2017-07-11 07:27 pm

Ravaged Peanuts -- Green Bean Day, 23rd of Harvest, Year 225

I got two more peanut plants a week ago and planted them. When I checked them today, the leaves had been eaten all the way to the stems -- something in the area really likes peanut leaves.

I'm not sure if I suspect the bunnies or not -- we definitely have rabbits here, little cottontails that are about the size of guinea pigs -- but caterpillars are also a possibility.

There's a cookout with potluck deserts at work on Friday. I'm debating bringing honey cupcakes or cherry clafoutis -- either way, a non-chocolate desert would probably be a welcome alternative.
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2017-07-08 05:59 pm

Black Raspberry Preserves

Black Raspberry Preserves, from Preserving by the Pint by Marisa McClellan.

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Yield: 2 quarter-pint jars. Except I had 3 cups of black raspberries, so I got 3 quarter-pint jars by making the recipe half again, and still had enough left over for 4 oz of fridge jam. That's all right, I'll eat it on waffles tomorrow.

The author of my cookbook suggest this recipe would work for any delicate, expensive berry -- red raspberries, blackberries, salmonberries, etc. I'll keep an eye out next week for more wineberries -- and very occasionally mulberries show up -- and try it again.
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2017-07-08 01:11 pm

Farmer's Market -- 8 July 2017 (Pen Day, 20th of Harvest, Year 225)

7lb freestone peaches, 5 nectarines, half-pint of wineberries, pint of sweet cherries, pint of blueberries, pint of methley plums, a bottle of persimmon vinegar, a bag of mixed greens, and a flowering succulent to put in one of the hanging baskets I have.

The peaches need another 2 or 3 days before they are ripe enough to make into peach butter, so I'm going to set some beans to soak and try making enfrijoladas again. I don't have the queso fresco or the avocado leaves, but I can use the cheese curds I have if I don't feel up to walking to the grocery for queso fresco. Also, since I'll mostly be taking it to work for lunch, I can pick the cheese up on my way home Monday. Maybe get some mascarpone to mix with the wineberries, too.
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2017-07-02 04:07 pm

Oven-Roasted Peach Butter (Lavender Day, 14th of Harvest, Year 225)

Oven-Roasted Peach Butter, from Food In Jars, by Marisa McClellan

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Yield: According to instructions, 3 half-pint jars. Today, 2 half-pint jars and 1 quart-pint jar.
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2017-07-01 01:48 pm

Farmer's Market -- July 1, 2017 (Clove Day, 13th of Harvest, Year 225)

Cheese curds, half-gallon of Mocha Moo, quart of milk, pint of cream, 5.5 lbs of peaches, 2 quarts sour cherries, pint of blueberries, half-pint of gooseberries, half-pint of red raspberries, quart of jalapeƱos chiles, 9 oz of garlic scapes, pint of snap peas, tiropita and pita.

I may make a traditional sour cherry clatoufis sometime this week... but I definitely think I should get a group together for half-priced pizza on Monday, as no one will have work on Tuesday.
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2017-07-01 10:17 am

Blueberry Chipotle Ketchup/BBQ sauce

Blueberry Chipotle Ketchup, from Saveur, August 2013

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Yield: 3 cups, according the recipe. Today: 3 half-pint jars, 1 quarter-pint jar, and a container for the fridge.
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2017-06-26 08:44 pm

Sour Cherry Jam -- Shallot Day, 8th of Harvest, Year 225

Sour Cherry Jam -- from Food in Jars: Preserving Food in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan

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Yield: 3 pint jars -- or 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, 2 quarter-pint jars.
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2017-06-25 07:57 pm

Farmer's Market -- 25 June 2017 (Cucumber Day, 7th of Meadow, Year 225)

Batard of sourdough, cheddar scone, lemon bite, 2 quarts of sour cherries, 2 quarts of red sweet cherries, 1 pint of yellow sweet cherries, 3lbs of blueberries, 2 pints of black raspberries, 1.5 lb rhubarb bag of spring mixed greens, pint of fingerling potatoes, spring cheese, mixed milk morbier cheese, 2 hardneck garlic bulbs, pint of apricots,
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2017-06-24 05:58 pm

Recipe: Sweet Cherry Ketchup/BBQ sauce

Sweet Cherry Ketchup/BBQ Sauce -- from Saveur, 28 August 2013

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Yield 3 to 4 half-pint jars; I got 3 half-pint jars and 1 quarter-pint jar today. [profile] ellen_frememdon informs me that this is excellent on tofu as well as meat.
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2017-06-24 01:27 pm

Farmer's Market -- 24 June 2017 (Rosemary Day, 6th of Harvest, Year 225)

Spanakopita, roasted olive bun, mixed herb bread, beet confit, pita, fresh fettuccine, spinach & cheese ravioli, eggplant ragu, quart of Mocha Moo, pint of cheese curds, spinach empanada, bluefish empanada, 2 bottles of hickory vinegar (made from shagbark hickory, the same source for hickory syrup).

I'm going to make Sweet Cherry ketchup this afternoon; I've got a six-at-a-time cherry pitter to help with that. Hopefully, the hickory vinegar will give is a nice finish that will make it into an interesting barbecue sauce.
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2017-06-19 09:01 pm
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Jamming! -- Rye Day, 1st of Harvest, Year 225

I made Strawberry Vanilla Jam tonight, with limes instead of lemons... because the store didn't have organic lemons. If I'm going to put zest into a food, I prefer that there's no chance of pesticides going into the food.

Any the yield was 2 pint jars, 2 half-pint jars, and 2 quarter-pint jars of strawberry vanilla jam... one of those pint jars will go to the Ag Fair, but the rest..? Will get distributed at whim, probably. I have promised [personal profile] texasgrandma that I will label anything else I send her, instead of mystery ketchup, but that's all.
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2017-06-18 01:46 pm

Farmer's Market -- 18 June 2017 (Hand Cart Day, 30th of Meadow, Year 225)

Batard of sourdough, chicken empanada, tamale del elote, 2 quarts sour cherries, 1 quart yellow sweet cherries, 1 quart strawberries, 1 pint apricots, 1 pint blueberries, 1 pint snap peas, and a pork tenderloin (aka pork fish).

Yesterday, there were peaches (!!!) at the market, and today there were apricots. I think everything is going to be weeks early this summer.

Currently, I'm macerating strawberries to make jam tomorrow -- I'll need to go shopping for organic lemons as I'm going to zest them, and pick up ginger for the cherry ketchup. I'll marinate and cook the pork later; I might make a sweet potato to go with it, especially if I'm going to eat if for lunch at work tomorrow.
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2017-06-17 10:24 pm

Farmer's Market -- 17 June 2017 (Peony day, 29th of Meadow, Year 225)

Quart of mocha moo, pint of cheese curds, 3 dry quarts of red sweet cherries. They had some of the yellow sweet cherries, but no pie cherries -- either they're not in yet or they sold out before I got in.

I'm planning on making sweet cherry ketchup and some other sauces and entering them in the county fair this year -- I've already got jam that I could enter, so it'll be fun. I could do a 'selection of five pickles, relishes, or sauces' or 'selection of five jams/jellies' for the Home Arts -- Department 41, Food Preservation division.

I also might enter the Kraken Knuckles I am making for [personal profile] fabrisse in the Adult Gloves, Colorwork division, and either the orange gloves I made for myself, or the purple gloves I made for [personal profile] greenygal for Adult Gloves, One Color or Yarn, if I can find the buttons that were supposed to go with them and actually sew them on...

And in the very unlikely event I get my Fox Paws done, I am damn well entering it into competition because that pattern is ridiculous... gorgeous, but ridiculous.
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2017-06-13 08:24 pm

Job, eyeglasses, and bean dishes -- Tench Day. 25th of Meadow, Year 225

I tried making enfrijoladas last night -- pretty good, but I did skimp on the amount of bean broth to add, so next time I'll have to trust the recipe more. On the other hand, it cooks up very quick if you have fresh beans to work with and is very tasty even if you don't have avocado leaves or Mexican tarragon; a half-cup of Midnight Black Beans cooks up to a full cup easily. I will make it again.

I've been looking at Zenni Optical as a possible solution to me getting new eyeglasses -- I can get a pair of progressives and and a pair of distance glasses with detachable sunlens for about $200 total. I'll just have to wait until I actually have a few weeks pay to order.

And speaking of pay, I'm set to start work Thursday, which should be somewhat cooler than today, which was just under 100F. This is going to be a miserable summer, if we're already getting this kind of heat. I'll be sure to bring a water bottle with me to work so I don't dehydrate in transit.