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March 2017



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loose tea for loose women

i want to 'lectrify my soul

Five things make a post, and I miss wilfulcait.

1) Figured out a bunch about the devil ponies in the shower this morning, so I'm going to go write that down in a minute here.

2) Breakfast just now was garlic ciabatta with habanero lime oil and harissa on it. (Harissa is a new discovery. What I just had was not as good as the kind TNH had at Viable Paradise, and it has left me wondering how hard this stuff can possibly be to make.) Breakfast dessert was cottage cheese with strawberries and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I offered the bowl to the dog, but he declined: cottage cheese is for dogs, but vinegar not so much.

Don't you wish you lived with me?

3) the fingerless gloves (mitts, technically) my mom made for me cover my wrist braces completely. Score!

4) My toes are cold and I would go get a blanket, but the dog is being snuggly and I don't want to disturb him.

5) Woke up mostly not-sick this morning, and did experimental yoga, which went well. So now all I have to do is work out the inactivity kinks and I shall be back to normal, I hope. If I have time before I head north this afternoon, maybe there will be a Dogwalking.

Bonus Thing) There are worse ways to be memorialized than in an internet meme. I wonder how many people who every so often do a five-things post ever knew the source of it?


I miss wilfulcait, too. My tag for my "five things" posts is "i miss rise."

I think she would get such a kick out of this devil ponies story I am writing, and it made me sad.
I've had good and meh harissas from a variety of suppliers. The best was one from the UK, a company called al-Fez, based near Bristol; no idea if that is available over here. Making your own will probably invlve a lot of trial and error on how hot you like it, and the risk is always that with any different batch of raw materials (i.e. chillies) your balance will no longer work.

It zings up stuff like harira or tagines wonderfully. Moroccan food, mmm....

That recipe implies by its short list of ingredients that it's fairly easy to make multiple batches. Have you ever made your own? My cayenne pepper went gonzo this year and I have another alfredo jar's worth of peppers to do something with now that they've been frosted.
For ideas in the shower, I recommend bathtub crayons. Sounds silly, but it's great to be able to scribble down ideas before they fall out of your head. :D
Dude! EYELINER. Or china markers.
Can't you just tuck your toes under the snuggly dog?
He's bony. And too well-insulated to give up much heat.
I never knew the source of it, and have always wondered.
I imagine you would have liked her
Harissa's pretty easy, actually; I can toss you a recipe when I get home.

Only question is, does this recipe have anything in it besides chilis, garlic, oil, and salt? Because a little experimentation is leading me to believe that once the carrots get involved, it's no good any more. *g*
My harissa:

a teaspoon tomato puree, a teaspoon ground coriander, a pinch of saffron. A red pepper, roasted and skinned. A couple of red chillis. A little salt, and quite a lot of cayenne pepper.

Pound them all in a mortar or else whizz 'em in a whizzer, taste, and add more of what you like...
Sounds tasty, but I'm looking for one that's more or less peppers, garlic, oil, and salt.
*wonders why the devil ponies are in the shower*

*realizes further caffeine intake is probably required*
about the devil ponies in the shower

*giggle* pretty big shower eh?
My harissa recipe came from a French friend whose family got kicked out of Algeria when she was 10. I don't know where I put it, but I know it involved copious amounts of cumin and cayenne--possibly in equal measure?--salt to taste, and enough olive oil to make a paste (or possibly a sauce, depending on what you wanted it for). The End.
I didn't know the source of it, but I've done X things make a post posts before (sometimes only 3). I feel sad now, though I didn't know her. It does seem a good way to be remembered, at least. Oh, gloomy October the 15th, why are you so gloomy?

And yes, having read about rosemary lemon shortbread and harissa and scads of other delicious things in the last few days alone, I do rather wish I lived with you. Or at least near enough to beg food.
*g* You would be welcome to drop by....
As requested, harissa recipe involving chiles, garlic, oil, and salt (Google is my friend)

Say, um, exactly when this month is that book due out? Not that I'm like haunting bookstores or anything. Ahem.

Re: #2. I have my roommate to live with. She creates menus when most people just make noodles. I am very well fed. (I read your food out loud to her and she started wondering what harissa was. She's planning on making ciabatta soon.)

Harissa Cheese

I found Harrisa-Infused Cheese at my local Trader Joe's exactly once. I stll look for it, forlornly, on every grocery trip.

If you find out how to make it, please post a recipe!