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There's something oddly satisfying about having breakfast comfort food for lunch -- flour tortillas dipped in thin refried beans and liberally smothered in onions and cheese. Even with fancier ingredients than I usually have (cheddar jalapeno-flavored tortillas, finely diced shallots, and huge amounts of queso fresco), lunch left me very happy. Laurel ate a pretty good amount for once, which only added to the goodness since she's currently on a streak of wanting only hot dogs for lunch.

Laurel's started asking for "fun showers" (i.e., a regular shower as opposed to having her bottom hosed off with cold water when she soils herself) daily, which gives me hope for instilling good hygeine habits in her. Today we took her rubber ducky in with her but she turned out to be more interested in "washing" the walls with a scrubbing pad.

This weekend is going to be quite interesting as we're ordering the new camera tomorrow, Friday night will be another get-together for Vogon's nerdsprout and justification for Laurel to spend a couple of hours in the pool, and Saturday night should hopefully give Vogon and I the chance to go out together. It's almost silly how excited I get by the chance to go out without Laurel.

I have to beat down the urge to call and see if my computer's been shipped yet. There are enough movies here that I can live with a constant rotation of them, but I miss my computer and I'd really like to get March and April photos up on oddharmonic.org sometime before August. (Anything I really want that isn't shipped here by the time Laurel and I go home for my sister's wedding, I'll take care of at that time.)

Blue cohosh seems to have been the missing link for when 'bitchwort' (cramp bark and squaw vine mixed 50/50 and packed into a size 00 capsule) alone fails to beat my cramping into submission and the cramping is making me pee more often than when I was pregnant.


May. 13th, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
<scribbles down recipe>
My hopes are high. I think that one paragraph can save me a huge amount of second hand (the most dangerous kind) agony. I suppose I should convince her to try it, first.

On second though, I suppose I should buy some, mix it in with her food, and beg forgiveness later.

On more a more legal note, I have found a strawberry prosecco that I am positively addicted to. It's made in Eisenberg (Germany), I bought it at the big strawberry shaped kiosk thing next to a traffic circle, and it's capped with a screw on bottle cap. I know it sounds ghetto as fuck, but it sure doesn't taste like it. Maybe it's just the fact that I really like Prosecco and I really like strawberries. It claims to be made from fresh strawberries and is called "fraisecco." Is there an official term for th {
ind of linguistic mating? Fritalian?
May. 13th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
No, "fritalian" is not a reference to the country I bought it in (Germany :)
May. 13th, 2004 12:49 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
I've been allowed to make it on my own since I was 9 or 10, so I'm sure you'll do fine. It's just funny having it with fancy ingredients since I grew up on store-bought flour tortillas, canned beans thinned with water, and Jack cheese. See why Himself calls a lot of my comfort foods "Mexican poverty food"?

After I clean up from lunch (lazy afternoon, midget and I showered after lunch), I'm washing and soaking a fresh batch of beans. Between those and Vogon's rice steamer, I think I could live with nothing more than a steady stream of cheese, tortillas (though I should be not-lazy and make them myself because they taste best when they're very fresh), syrup and cream for Italian sodas, and homemade yogurt.

Two questions:
1. What is prosecco?
2. Would you take a picture of thestrawberry-shaped kiosk for me? It sounds like it deserves a spot in my collection of food-shaped buildings like the milk bottle on the wharf by the Boston Children's Museum, the giant soft-serve ice cream stand off I-70 in Kansas (same exit as "the largest prairie dog in the world"), and Coney Island in Aspen Park.
May. 13th, 2004 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
I'd be more than happy to. You know, I do have a short story that I think is absolutely hilarious, but most people think is boring as hell, but as long as I have your ear (at least the ear that's in contact with the pillow)...

One time I was leaving work, and right after I turned off, I saw a car with the hazards on. German law includes a "good samaritan act," so if you see a car with it's hazards on, you're supposed to stop and offer help.

So, with my nascent German skills, I stop and ask the guy if he needs help.

He says he's looking for the Schuetzenhaus (rifle/pistol range). So, I say, it's down the hill, and at the first intersection, take a right, then at the traffic circle, with the giant strawberry, go right.

So, the old german guy looks at my haircut (you can tell when their eyes dilate and they change their focus so they're looking at more than just your eyes), thinks about the "giant strawberry" part, and concludes that I'm an abso-fuckin-lutely loopy American.

So he walks about 50 yards up the road to the German born and speaking security guard, and asks him the same question. I wonder if he called the "giant strawberry" a strawberry-shaped-kiosk-for-fruits-in-the-summertime :)

Oh, and at some point along the way to Brussels, we came across an Ice Cream Castle. It was a rest stop laid out like a castle, but ever feature was some kind of architectural contortion of ice cream. Mildly amusing, except that it was on the other side of the autobahn, and we'd have to drive like 40 kilometers to find a place to turn around, check it out, and then turn back around, and go back to Brussels.

And as far as the "easy way" goes, we were just too goddamn tired on the way back from Brussels to check it out then.

- ... yea... you know me...
May. 13th, 2004 01:20 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
Oh and Prosecco is a type of italian sparkling white wine, but it's more dry than Spumante. Most sparkling white wines are sweet, but Prosecco is more dry than sweet. That's probably why I never heard of it till I moved here. Wine doesn't seem to catch on until it's sweet and robustly fruity (just ask Lucille Wagner, ump-teen-million-time-winner of the Colorado State Fair under the "hobby wine" category). Imagine a white wine of mellow-to-dry character, but with a lot of carbonation, and that's Prosecco. I had a wonderful sunday that's made with lemon gelato [zitroen-eis] and [normal=grape] prosecco wine. Then my wife laughed at me and said I was a "girl drink drunk."


Bah. Damn them kids in the hall.

And damn them german-italian gelaterias with their fruity drink umbrellas.

May. 15th, 2004 10:22 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
That is so damn funny I'm grinning. Then it hit me I've known you way too long when I realized I was hearing your voice while reading it. (:

Well, take a picture of it _next_ time you go to Brussels, silly.
May. 14th, 2004 02:43 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
Yes, they are best when made fresh... and we have both a tortilla press (sorry it isn't electric) AND semi-premixed (all dry ingredients) tortilla flour (in resealable bag to simplify smaller batches), since I like them fresh, too.

(Note to self... get 2 more gallons of milk on the way home -- almost out of yogurt, again.)

And, you have yet to encounter the electric wok (yeah, yeah, I know I've got an ass load of woks... my last name should have been Wokker LOL). It's non-stick and has a dial to adjust the temperature. Makes the worlds most perfect stir-fry in only minutes with nominal effort.

The reason that I am sometimes only half there when not near a computer: Prosecco. It sounds lovely! I ran by Sigel's to see if they have any Prosecco. No dice. {sigh}

But, a nice place to start with wine is The Wine Lexicon.
May. 15th, 2004 10:27 pm (UTC)
Re: <scribbles down recipe>
Next time I make beans, maybe I'll get off my lazy duff and make tortillas to boot.

(Stop teasing me with the yogurt. I might swoon and not wake up.)

I've seen the electric wok when putting appliances back up after using them.

Every time you mention Sigel's, I think of two things: cheese and watching vintage fighters fly over the day you bought champagne.
May. 16th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
Re: <dribbles down recipe>
Oh, you mean the bottle of Veuve Clicquot that I murdered in the freezer because I got impatient and then got distracted and it exploded? ({sob} "Yes. Yes, I did it! I did it, I tell ya! I confess!")

Eh, but when I think of Sigel's I think of those incredible herb roasted chickens (that end up in my chicken salad) and, yes, cheese -- and profoundly perfect olive oil that becomes "just ordinary" even with great care and unusual vinegars and other things which I know not where else to find.

Hmm, perhaps I'll beat you to the tortillas... or maybe I'll just make tamales, instead. Mmmm... spinach, and 3 cheeses, or chicken, tomatillo and fresh jalapeno... or, no wait! BOTH! {evil snicker}

Oh, yeah... it's time to make new yogurt today... YAY!! :)

Hrm... at least here there is no dog to wok... And, I'm sure that Biko Mira is very pleased that we don't wok the cat, either. LOL
May. 16th, 2004 07:29 am (UTC)
Re: <dribbles down recipe>
It's possible. I remember cleaning champagne slush out of the freezer, I just don't remember any exploding bottles.

Oh, don't tease me with chicken salad! Now I'm going to go rummaging through the fridge for the last little container of it because I thought I saw one when I used the tail end of the last batch of beans the other day.

Do. not. tease. me. with. tamales.

Biko is probably very glad we don't work her, although I do love her to bits.
May. 13th, 2004 01:13 pm (UTC)
A brief primer in bitchwort.
D'oh! I just realized you were talking about bitchwort and not my comfort food lunch. (:

I'd be happy to send you some pre-mixed capsules if you'd like. I'd offer them to her as an herbal remedy for cramping that even works for women with endometriosis (where endometrial tissue attaches to places other than the uterine lining; it's the reason for my most miserable cramps). Tell her to try just one and if her cramps aren't gone in half an hour, another one should take care of it.

We order from San Francisco Herb & Natural Food Company, 800-227-2830.

  • Blue cohosh (Caulophyllim thalictroide) powder, item P265, is $6.75/pound for an order of 1-4 pounds.
  • Crampbark (Viburnum opulus) powder, item P545, is $10.90/pound for an order of 1-4 pounds.
  • Squaw vine herb (Mitchella repens) powder, item P1575, is $17.10/pound for an order of 1-4 pounds.
  • There are about 200 capsules per ounce in size 00 and cost $4.50/oz for vegetarian capsules, item M1793, or $3.25/oz for gelatin capsules, item M1796. They also carry a manual encapsulator for size 00 capsules that fills up to 50 caps at a time; the Cap M'Quick is item CAPM and costs $8.00.

Warnings: blue cohosh is not to be used during pregnancy and cramp bark is not recommended for people with ulcers.

Taking more than four mixed cramp bark and squaw vine capsules in a day is strongly discouraged. I usually take three a day at my worst and separate straight blue cohosh as needed. More than three capsules of blue cohosh in a day is also strongly discouraged.
May. 13th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
Sweet. You read like a Marion Zimmer-Bradley book, minus the swords, magic and ass-kicking part. Well, only sometimes minus the ass-kicking part. And a couple hundred dollars could fix the sword part. :)
May. 13th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
You would never let me pay you back for the bitchwort, but perhaps I can offer you the services of a german linguist who hasn't been out of germany for 22 years :) And help with lodging and a car, too. Ja. And help finding a ticket? I hear they'll be getting cheap in September.
May. 15th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
*blinks* Is this an invitation?

I'll have to think it over if it is; I don't know what my schedule looks like yet.
May. 15th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
Sure. Actually, tickets were cheap for most of winter.
May. 15th, 2004 10:32 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
I understand all the words you said, but I can't wrap my brain around it. Thank you. (:
May. 13th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: A brief primer in bitchwort.
My diet could use more "mexican poverty food." I'm getting tired of Pakistani waiters at Mexican restaurants. Being poor is a Good Thing. Trust me.


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