Wednesday, September 02, 2015
So I'm making some just for us right now, with enough for leftovers, and here's what's on the stove right now. I will dig in soon. I'm afraid I didn't cut the zest small enough. I ran out of patience.
half a red bell pepper chopped fine
two cups rice
the zest of one orange
three cups water
one cup orange juice
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
typing for the win
It was nice. I was in a little room not much larger than a closet. The typing was loud.
Then we came home and napped. Then I made blueberry peach smoothies.
Monday, August 31, 2015
I have spent the day alone so far--Ming is out working on the Earthship. I was hoping to conduct interview #2 with my friend J but she is busy with a broken water heater.
I've caught up on emails. Wrote some postcards. Found a library typewriter I can use--horray!
Sunday, August 30, 2015
in which our hero gets hit on, sings in a goddess temple, and procures decent apples
Outside I waited for Ming to come get me. It was not too hot, less then 100. Then this guy asked me for fifty cents and I gave him my change. Then he hit on me. It was creepy and I didn't like it. The guy was asking me if I was married and saying he needed companionship and someone to talk to. I wished him luck. He wouldn't give up, and I told him I was calling Ming. So I sat on a bench calling Ming but he didn't answer the phone. I called him three times and he didn't answer. I was afraid he was asleep somewhere.
So then Ming rolled up in the Echo, and I was upset. It was like yesterday. I was angry at the world and not feeling well at all.
We went home and talked it out. Then we decided to go to the goddess temple. I made sandwiches. Our priestess friend couldn't see us, which was sad but okay. We spent half an hour by ourselves in the temple. I wrote in the little book. We sang good mother songs in the perfect acoustics.
Then some women showed up, and we left the temple. We walked a tiny ways out into the wilderness. It was nice. I found a road and walked a little ways up the road.
I felt way better, and we came home, stopping at Whole Foods for decent apples, but we bought way more than apples. The end.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
I am trying new tea combinations. I'm tired of all my teas. I like to take a large mason jar and put into two teabags and some cool water. Leave it on the counter for a few hours or in the fridge.
I have a phonedate with a friend. But we will not speak about friendly topics. We'll speak of NDE--business. But it's not a business. It's a non-profit.
My transcription stuff arrived!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
My friend T in England sent me some tea. I like this rooibos strawberry vanilla.
I made our friend JR some lunch. I made him green noodles with miso. It's a very simple lunch.
I made myself lunch of green noodles with earth balance, salt, and raw garlic. Yum yum.
This morning we peace vigiled for only 40 minutes. The construction was loud. We sang a lot: "Sarvamangala," "Nanya Spriha," "This Little Light of Mine," "The Bumble Bee Song," "Vine and Fig Tree," and "We're Happy It's Raining." Almost in that order. Oh, and "Jaya Jaya Janani" a few times.
Someone was staying here for a few days in Freedom House. His tomorrow appointment got canceled, so he left a day early. He left a donation and sweet note on yellow paper. He has great handwriting.
I keep asking for a typewriter so maybe one day I'll get three. But I only need one.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
do the right thing
It reminds me of Do the Right Thing and the excitement I felt watching that movie as a teenager. I don't think I'd like to see it again. But it influenced me.
It also reminds me of the music I heard my brother play. I remember "911 Is a Joke" and watching these videos now on youtube it's surreal to see an ad for whatever yuppie thing play beforehand. They seem so radical and 25 years old.
But we went to hospitality day lunch and I tried the green tomato bread as made by my friend J. She put in some fennel, and I couldn't taste it.
It was very good, but Ming said mine is better. I disagree. I said he just said that because he loves me.
I feel sticky and sleepy. Dirty and sad.
Ming's going to the movies. It's a Terminator movie at the dollar theater. I don't like movies, of course.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Today is cloudy. It's only 97 degrees, a lovely reprieve.
After the interview we went to my therapy appointment. I enjoyed talking and staring out the window. I am still getting to know my therapist.
Then we went to Kung Fu Tea in Chinatown and I got a tasty ginger milk tea with boba. It was very spicy, almost too spicy.
Then we went to this Japanese curry place where they serve vegetarian curries, which is nice. I got tofu katsu and curry that was a four on a scale of one to ten. It was so hot I was only able to eat half of it. But it had a good flavor and the rice was perfect.
Then we came home and I took a nap. I was out of spoons. The nap recharged me.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Sunday, August 23, 2015
fresh tomato soup
I cut up many many tomatoes and put them in a pot with some water and better than bouillon. Boiled it for 20 minutes or so. Then made a roux but don't think I cooked it long enough. Oh well. I was using Earth Balance rather than real butter (in case our vegan friend wanted some) and didn't want to take the temperature too high.
Ming pureed the tomato mixture for us. We mixed everything up. I ate mine with bread and Earth Balance. And salt and pepper.
It's pretty delicious. These tomatoes have brought such fun to our life.
how the solar baked green tomato bread turned out
One of the loaves was done--the other was done on the edges and underdone in the middle so I put it in the regular oven to finish up.
transferring a huge amount of files
Years ago we bought a backup system--you're supposed to be able to back up all the files on one computer and vomit all the files onto a different computer.
Well, I have the new computer, a windows machine I got inexpensively at Fry's. So we're trying to get the backup system to vomit all the files into the new computer, and it's not working.
I'm worried the backup system is a lemon and we should just get a portable harddrive to put all the files onto and transfer them that way.
But it's a shit ton of files. I think it would take days to transfer them all. Weeks?
ps How do I make people mix cds if I don't have a cd drive anymore? How do the kids do that nowadays?
more bread time
Saturday, August 22, 2015
more green tomato bread
Friday, August 21, 2015
everything's an experiment
This morning I served. Guess what? Thursday is vegetarian day at the soupline, so maybe I'll start going Thursdays. I don't know if it's an experiment or what. I hope it lasts.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
lamancha goat video
A friend made a video using a version of a song I wrote.
I know about cha!
You're a lamancha!
You are a sweet goat,
green tomato bread realized
"Can you taste the tomatoes?" I asked Ming. He said he doesn't know. At any rate, it's delicious.
green tomato bread imagined
So I found a green tomato bread recipe but it calls for eggs and yogurt, and I wanted to make it vegan because of our vegan property-mate in case he wanted some. And so I found a vegan zucchini bread recipe and just used the tomatoes instead.
I tried the batter and it tasted delicious, so I think the bread's going to be good. It's in the oven. I don't have any whole wheat flour so used all regular flour, and I hope that doesn't mess anything up.
My version is based on this one. http://hellyeahitsvegan.com/vegan-zucchini-bread
six tbsp flax seed meal
half cup warm water
half cup coconut oil
half cup applesauce
two cups sugar (yikes I know)
one tsp vanilla
two and a half cups green tomatoes pureed
three cups flour
one tbsp baking powder
half tsp baking soda
two tsp cinnamon
one tsp nutmeg
half tsp allspice
half tsp salt
It's 50 to 55 minutes at 350, they say--until an inserted knife comes clean. But I didn't preheat the oven, so maybe I'm looking at an hour.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
tempeh and green tomato pasta
six green tomatoes diced
red pepper flakes
a cup of pasta water
You can probably guess how I made it from that list, or am I giving too little information?
Anyway, it was good! Ming says it could have used twice the amount of tomatoes. I am all out of smoked paprika now. I wouldn't say green tomatoes have my favorite flavor, but it's a fine way to use these up.
We picked up our friend from the Greyhound station this afternoon. He was away for about four months. He had adventures and is home now. He is our property-mate. He helped make the pasta dish, and he's a good influence vegan.
peanut butter smoothie
green tomato recipes
The salsa, I dunno, it turns into something like tomatillo salsa? I need some peppers.
The pasta sauce recipe calls for bacon, but I think I'll use tempeh and some smoked paprika.
The bread is like a zucchini bread, sneaking in the veggies. I'm going to make it as the recipe states then try it vegan, if it's good.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Also in the news, I want vanilla frozen yogurt from the grocery store so I can make my own peanut butter smoothie and see if it's good.
King Pigeon's kinda mean
I need to buy a new computer and some transcription software and a foot pedal. I have this lovely Chromebook but it doesn't run windows, and it has a cloud instead of much harddrive space. I don't really know how to use clouds, unfortunately.
I want to put my photos on a cloud, but I don't know how. Maybe I should hire a consultant.
Also I'm anxious about whether to get a windows 10 computer or a windows 8.1. I think used windows 8 at my parents' house and hated it. But windows 10 is so new I don't feel sure the transcription software will work on it.
Monday, August 17, 2015
Then we went to Mt Charleston, but we arrived ahead of our friends, who have the key to the cabin, so we went for a walk. Dogs bothered me.
Then friends arrived and we talked a lot. R played his guitar for us and sang. We ate burgers. People liked the fruit salad and beans we brought, left over Food Not Bombs beans.
Ming made the fruit salad last night while he couldn't sleep. He didn't try the fruit, but it turned out great.
They played Blockus and R won. I sat in the other room reading this book I like that I got out from the library. It's called 12 x 12 and is about somebody living off the grid in a 12 x 12 shack in North Carolina.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Meanwhile Ming had carried the huge pot over to Freedom House where the beans boiled easily on the electric stove. But it's hot in here. The swamp cooler is not on because no one's living here right now.
I need to go back to our house to do the rice and chop the potatoes and everything. But it's so peaceful and quiet here in Freedom House.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
olives and olive oil
It looks like there's going to be another monsoon today and the wind was blowing like crazy. The sky was a strange color. We went to the store for green olives and olive oil. We ended up getting paper towels and toilet paper and laundry detergent too.
It's 3 and there's political prisoner letter writing night at 6, but I'm worried I didn't clear it with the manager and there will be another event happening and we'll be SOL. I tried calling her at the store last night but she was too busy to talk. So I couldn't ask her if it was okay. Ten people said they'd come on facebook. So that anxiety is piled on my usual event-related anxiety.
I ordered shoes online and they haven't arrived. Meanwhile my old tennies are rubbing my heels raw. So I'm living in flip flops and didn't walk this morning. I just wrote like a banshee, if banshees wrote. I didn't meditate either.