My pickling spices arrived and there is a beef tongue defrosting in the fridge.
In the interest of honesty, I have to amend something I posted about US Wellness. It is true that their prices are a bit high. However, once you’ve purchased an order, they’ll periodically send you coupon codes for 10-15% off. I put together an order and am waiting for a call telling me they have two products I want back in stock, and with the 15% coupon code, and adding back in the $7.50 handling charge, my per pound price on the total order is around $6.40/lb. This is all stuff I can’t find locally, so that’s reasonable indeed.
Oh, look, it’s raining again. LOL. Back in my old comedy groupie phase there used to be a comic from Seattle that appeared a lot in the SF clubs. He said they had a saying in Seattle that had been handed down from generation to generation. “Fuck! It’s still raining!”
We’ve had some rain every day for I think the last five days. I love it, but I feel sorry for the dog owners here as the yard has turned into a swamp. Four muddy feet per potty break.
Sometimes I’m not very bright. Paleobird mentioned that she donates blood on a regular basis. This reminded me that not too long ago, I used to “sell” my plasma. Twice a week, every week. The after-instructions are very clear: rehydrate, don’t drink alcohol, rehydrate. And usually, I followed those instructions. Plus I always made sure I was well hydrated before I went. Except one day…
I got home and there was a nice bottle of silver tequila cooling in the fridge, and a neighbor had come by to leave me an herb he wanted me to sample. As a note, OR already had medical use for said herb as legal, and since I was experiencing muscle pain from all the lifting I was doing… So I got home, saw the goodies, and all the advice of what not to do after having one’s plasma extracted flew out the proverbial window.
I’m sitting on my bed indulging some mellowness, thinking how lucky I was to have such a pretty view out my bedroom window in the middle of a city, when, and this had never happened to me before, this wave of dizzy/nausea swept over me. I thought it would be better if I were on the floor, so I slid off the bed and sat on the floor. That still seemed too precarious, so I laid down on the floor.
The weirdest thing about all of this was that my brain was still functioning. And while I knew that I should have been at least moderately concerned that my body wasn’t responding to commands very well, I was laughing my ass off thinking about how maybe I should have drunk some water and maybe had an egg or something before I indulged. I was literally floored.
Moral of the story: listen to the nice phlebotomist when s/he tells you to wait a few hours before liquefying your brain.
Total non-sequitor. Sometimes I think I’m the only one who doesn’t like the Three Stooges and I Love Lucy. But then again, I thought I was the only one who thought Disney World was a bit of so what, but recently I’ve seen a couple of posts conveying the same thing. Perhaps as the populace gets more world weary and cynical, the dancing rat is losing his glow.
A good use of eggs and an easy way to get your greens (if you're so inclined).
Green Eggs & Ham (for one)
I like frozen greens. Not sure if it’s an Italian thing (Giada DeLaurentis uses a lot of frozen spinach) or a 1950s thing, or just a single person thing (fresh greens go bad really quickly).
Take about 5 oz by weight frozen greens (spinach, collards, mustard) and put them in a colander to drain. When they’re fully defrosted, pick up with your hand, squeeze any remaining water out, and place in blender. Pulse to get them started.
Add three eggs to blender. Blend until greens are incorporated evenly into the eggs.
Shred about 2 oz of sliced ham. Put in blender and blend for a few seconds.
You can cook this as a scrambled egg dish, but I did it in a muffin pan. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan.
Take another 2 oz of sliced ham and slice it into 6 pieces. Top “muffins” with each of the pieces of ham.
Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350F (177C) for 30 minutes. Take out of oven and let them rest. I have a cast iron muffin tin, so they continue to cook quite a bit. If you’re using a lighter metal, or silicone, you might want to leave them in the oven for a few more minutes.
When they’ve cooled enough to handle, plate and top with some Parmesan cheese. (Optional) Other toppings: hot sauce or salsa.