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Oh what a gorgeous day [Jun. 26th, 2017|01:19 pm]
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On the back porch because it's a California like day with low humidity, mild temperatures, and blue blue skies. Hmm, i could probably dry the towel load outside today.

The weekend was pleasantly spent. The local library seems to have switched to Overdrive for eBooks (or i found their Overdrive link) so i did some casual reading. We had a pleasant bit of thrift shopping after a late brunch out on Saturday. There was a fellow selling Adirondack-ish furniture at the circle in Pittsboro, and we finally stopped and asked after the pieces. We've been talking about a bench for the back glade

I made tamales, which i was certain were failures but were, actually, just fine. The Great Northern beans turned out ok despite using the "rapid soak" shortcut. The pickled peppers i put in the squash weren't too hot (indeed, perhaps a bit bland). The amount of salty veggie bullion in the masa was not really noticeable after cooking. The masa wasn't stale, even though my nose kept saying it was.

One thing i wasn't worried about was that i used processed coconut oil instead of the traditional lard. (I didn't fluff it up first, though.) It's the first time i've used coconut oil: it seems like a lovely replacement for the Crisco i grew up with. And then there's the thought of tropical tamales made with unprocessed coconut oil. Fish filling? It's been ages since i made tamales: i should do it again soon.

Meeting for Business did not need a lunch dish -- or such was asserted. Never trust someone who thinks their meeting agenda is short. I drove home pondering how i would clerk at this meeting. I was quite hungry when i got home.

I harvested the russet potatoes. There was a little wireworm damage, and they weren't as big as grocery store potatoes, but there's a good pile. I'm a little disappointed because i will need to use these damaged ones earlier instead of letting them keep. (I probably cleaned them all up too well, too. I know the advice says let the dirt dry and brush it off, but i want to see the pretties!)


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2017-06-26 07:00 pm (UTC)
YAY for good weekends! Mine was more frustrating than it should have been, for reasons I still don't quite understand.

And YAY TAMALES! Although as a Texan, I am puzzled by the juxtaposition of Great Northern Beans and tamales, but I'm getting more flexible in my old age :).
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2017-06-30 11:20 am (UTC)
The other beans in the pantry are ones that Christine enjoys cooking with. The Northern White and black-eyed peas are "mine."

I also think the white beans and the yellow squash went pretty well together.

I wish the deer hadn't done in my beans. There are so many varieties of dried beans out there to try....
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[User Picture]From: amaebi
2017-06-28 12:38 am (UTC)
Happy harvest!
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