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Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 22 Dec 2019, 06:04
by Six String
Hugh wrote:Apparently, the absorption test was part of the blood tests they did but they are still awaiting the result of that so they are going ahead with the injections anyway.


Well it's a safe remedy and if it wasn't the solution it wouldn't hurt you.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 22 Dec 2019, 16:58
by Flower [Bot]
There's an outdoor Nativity play and carol singing going on in the back garden of the rectory across the road and they've got an illuminated adult Archangel Gabriel stuck halfway up a London plane tree.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 23 Dec 2019, 01:55
by Flower
We lost power for about half an hour this afternoon. Luckily, nothing was in the oven and our clocks are easy to reset. I reset my neighbor's clocks and had a nice visit.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 23 Dec 2019, 04:08
by Six String
I dj'd for few hours at the cider tasting room I frequent. A mix of jazz and roots music with a few hip Chrsitmas covers to please the plebes.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 23 Dec 2019, 17:22
by Six String
We're going to a local cafe for jazz tonight and as it is the last show of the year it goes like this. About thirty musicians show up, put their names in a hat and the host draws out three names at a time and those three perform a couple of songs. So obviously no prep work is possible so a truly improvised set of music is guaranteed. It's always a good night of music with such nice surprises.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 23 Dec 2019, 17:38
by Minnie the Minx
Six String wrote:We're going to a local cafe for jazz tonight and as it is the last show of the year it goes like this. About thirty musicians show up, put their names in a hat and the host draws out three names at a time and those three perform a couple of songs. So obviously no prep work is possible so a truly improvised set of music is guaranteed. It's always a good night of music with such nice surprises.


Excellent!

By the way I don’t know if I told you this at the time but I was laying in bed the night you and me played guitar at my house and I suddenly thought - oh! Six string! Refers to...A GUITAR!
:D

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 23 Dec 2019, 18:08
by Six String
:lol: no you didn't share at the time.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 25 Dec 2019, 20:47
by GoogaMooga
Worst Christmas ever. Just one long ordeal with very persistent phlegm that I can't cough up properly. Waiting for the release, the so-called "flick", that moment when the phlegm tears loose and the irritation stops. No appetite, except for bacon and scrambled eggs, with toast. And salt and pepper. Also, a ginger shot will somehow put you right, if only briefly. I've played one Christmas CD only, Barbara Hendricks. But it has "Jingle Bells" on it, so I won't be playing that one again.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 26 Dec 2019, 19:35
by Six String
We had a party yesterday at Two Rivers Cider, a private affair meaning we could legally bring in any kind of alcohol if we didn't want cider. It was also a potluck so we had lots of good food as well. I made an Indonesian recipe of vegetables in a coconut milk gravy with winter squash, turnips, carrots, cauliflower and cabbage. I hadn't made that dish in more than thirty years so it was nice revisiting that one. I was going to use vegetable stock instead of chicken to keep it vegan but then I was reminded that it had shrimp paste in it too so that erased that idea so I went with my original plan. A few of us brought instruments so we played a little music, did some karaoke and basically celebrated another good day in the neghborhood. It was supposed to go from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.; Rebecca had enough mayhem by 7:00 and at that point there were three or four times the people that I imagined would attend so there's no way it was going to stop anytime soon. Best Christmas party in a long while. :D

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 27 Dec 2019, 12:13
by Flower
I'm looking for a "good" recipe for black eyes peas.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 27 Dec 2019, 15:17
by Six String
Flower wrote:I'm looking for a "good" recipe for black eyes peas.


If you eat pork I would cook them with a smoked hamhock plus a quartered onion and a stalk or two of celery chopped in one inch pieces so you can fish the onion and celery out when the beans are done. A bay leaf and a little sage plus some black pepper will add some flavor. If pork I s not an option cook the beans in low sodium chicken stock for a little more flavor or go vegetarian and leave the meat out.

You could also dice and fry a couple of slices of bacon in the pot until crispy then add finely chopped onion and a stalk of celery and cook until soft before adding beans, bay leaf and sage. Leaving out the bacon is ok of course.

One of my go to ways of making any kind of bean dish is to cook them with a quartered onion and a dried chipotle or two depending on the size of them. It adds a smoky flavor that doesn't get too spicy and it's meatless. I usually don't salt the beans until near the end and not at all if I were to use the bacon or broth.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 27 Dec 2019, 16:45
by Flower
Thanks. While I eat a bit of pork now and again .. I'll more than likely go the veggie route. As for adding salt, I've made red beans enough times to know not to add salt until the end. I keep threatening to do black eyed peas and hopefully, this will be the year that I carry out my threat.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 27 Dec 2019, 19:23
by Six String
Flower wrote:Thanks. While I eat a bit of pork now and again .. I'll more than likely go the veggie route. As for adding salt, I've made red beans enough times to know not to add salt until the end. I keep threatening to do black eyed peas and hopefully, this will be the year that I carry out my threat.


If you want to use chipotles and can't find dried ones the canned version will of course work but they come in a liquid base. You may want to remove the chiles seperately instead of pouring them along with the liquid as it may be more picante than you want.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 27 Dec 2019, 20:59
by Flower
Thanks, I'll let you know how it works out ... :D

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 29 Dec 2019, 18:21
by Six String
Flower wrote:Thanks, I'll let you know how it works out ... :D


This recipe was in the Wa Post today. They use canned peas which I don't recommend but the flavors sound interesting.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/vor ... t-minutes/

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 29 Dec 2019, 18:29
by Six String
We went to a tamale makng/jam session party at a friend's house. I wasn't interested in making tamales but Rebecca helped. One of the players declared my version of Mona (Bo Diddley) the best of the session. 8-)

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 30 Dec 2019, 11:47
by Flower
Six String wrote:We went to a tamale makng/jam session party at a friend's house. I wasn't interested in making tamales but Rebecca helped. One of the players declared my version of Mona (Bo Diddley) the best of the session. 8-)


Very cool. :)

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 31 Dec 2019, 09:29
by Minnie the Minx
We’re bedded down in Yorkshire at my parents for the next few days. It’s been a whirlwind of crumpet eating and hospital visiting with family back in the hospital after another emergency admit. The ward that we visited yesterday is at the hospital I trained at which was surreal as we were visiting on a ward I worked on.
Last night we were looking forward to watching a documentary on an eagle’s flight round Mull, one of our favourite places which was strangely dull. To liven the mood we then watched the extraordinary ‘home movies of the Nazis’ which was as horrifying as you can imagine and left us feeling as Christmassy as dogshit.
Off to buy champagne now which I believe is a cure for all. Baron is going to make guacamole and I have no idea if avocados are as available here as in Texas - I suppose we are about to find out.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 31 Dec 2019, 17:09
by Six String
Here's hoping your NYE is more cheerful. It should be a little easier with the champers. R and I are having our dinner mid day then an early performance by a surf rock band and then home early for our bubbly and we won't see midnight I'm sure. The surf band seems odd this time of year and not usually my first choice but it"s a friend's band so we're going. They'll be done by 7 p.m. (rocknroll, eh?) which means we have time to enjoy ourselves home alone.

Re: MORE random stuff about your day

Posted: 31 Dec 2019, 17:17
by Jimbo
I left my wife at home and all alone I limp-cane hiked to the station where there was a Starbucks. My purpose was to be in an environment where I could read the book Felix (Neige) sent me in my SS package. I ordered a soy latte and was galled at the price, about $5 US. I read for a while then listened to an audio book for a while and then I limped home. Exercise for the body and the mind.