Sep. 4th, 2017 01:00 pm
tegyrius: (Default)
The girl and I went out to Reed Valley Orchard this morning. We came home with 42 pounds of apples (which we bought by volume, but which averaged out to 95¢/lb) and about 10 pounds of pears.

We may wind up needing to buy a dorm fridge to store our pomological excess.

Also, over the summer, I got the girl a dehydrator for her birthday. As it so happens, six large apples in 1/4" slices will just about fill its five trays.

And if you need to core a lot of apples in a hurry, a power drill with a 5/8" spade bit will do the job quite nicely. I advise wearing safety glasses and holding the apples in the sink as you drill them. The process produces a small amount of debris but distributes it widely...

ETA: Also, ran four miles this morning. Average pace was crap - 12:06 - but still. Four miles.
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
Finally back on a regular running schedule. For the last four weeks, I've gotten three runs a week logged. Not great. I've lost a lot of cardio. Did 3 miles today but 0.25 of that was a walk, so it doesn't really count as a 5k. But it's more than I've accomplished since December.

Also accomplished today: )

Whew. And now it's flake o'clock.


Oct. 14th, 2013 06:18 pm
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
So, a post of updates not about running.

Friday was odd. I resigned from my job - the first time since high school food service and retail that I've voluntarily left a position rather than being booted for corporate budget reasons. It wasn't an easy decision but I have something new lined up which will be a massive step forward in terms of career progression. It's a major financial hit - [ profile] elalyr and I spent a good chunk of the previous weekend figuring out the household budget revisions - but we can make it work.

I have a lot of regrets about leaving the current gig. The pay is good, the people are good, and most of the work (less the software documentation) is very interesting. But this new thing, which I shall refrain from naming until I start on the 28th, is likely to be better for my resume, skill set, and networking over the long term.

Also scored an iPhone 5S on Friday. My previous 4 was showing its age, mainly with a balky Home button, and I'd been hammering the Apple site to catch the new model in stock at the local Apple Store. I don't think the new machine is any better as a phone but by Kibo, as a pocket computer, it's phenomenal.

Saturday began with a run, shower, breakfast at Magee's, and a trip to the farmers' market for apples, pears, and fresh pasta. We returned home to drop off the spoils of our raid, then headed for Cincinnati. There's a relatively new REI store up there and we acquired some gear for running in cooler weather - we're about to run out of comfortable mornings, I'm afraid. Swung by Yottaquest, where I acquired a couple of Shadowrun modules from previous editions. We tried to get into one of the outlet malls north of Cinci but were stymied by a complete lack of parking, so we just parked and sat in the car with the windows open to enjoy the afternoon.

Dinner was interesting. On the recommendation of a co-worker, we tried a cook-your-own-food-and-eat-it dinner class at The Learning Kitchen. I prepared (!) filet mignon with whiskey/mustard/cream sauce and a sweet potato and parsnip puree - which is a hell of a lot better than it sounds, especially with nutmeg and honey in it. E produced a massive ribeye with cherry sauce - again, not a flavor combination I would've expected to be good - and sauteed snap peas. Om nom nom.

The basement remodel has been slow because weekends have been taken up with so many other things, but all the IKEA shelves are now assembled and we have all the other components necessary for fastening them together and bolting them to the walls. We just have to figure out the assembly sequence and do the work.


Apr. 4th, 2013 06:47 pm
tegyrius: (catfood)
What will you eat when the power goes out?


Jun. 11th, 2012 09:02 pm
tegyrius: (food fight)
Made tonight: Brother Alton's granola bar recipe with the part of the "dried fruit" component played by 2 ounces toasted coconut, 2½ ounces semisweet chocolate chips, and 2½ ounces dried cherries.

I was hoping the chocolate chips would maintain some degree of structural integrity but they melted immediately on contact with the hot toasted grain/nut mix. The gooey mass of delight is now cooling. I'm not sure what the end result will be... other than tasty.

Also, we made fresh limeade for the first time ever. OMFG. I have a new respect for the amount of work required to juice enough limes for key lime pie.
tegyrius: (Warning Antimatter)
Combat coffee TTP, brought to you by the Canadian Forces contingent in Afghanistan.

(I hate YouTube embeds, so... linky.)

Not safe for most work environments due to gratuitous profanity... but if profanity bothers you, why do you associate with me?
tegyrius: (Default)
A couple of weeks ago, [ profile] elalyr ran across this post on Marksbury Farm. It's a local meat processing facility about 45 minutes south of Lexington that recently opened a retail shop. Today, we went exploring. )


Feb. 13th, 2011 01:20 pm
tegyrius: (catfood)
"Does this look familiar? Do you know what it is? Neither do I. I made it last night in my sleep."
- Gune, Titan A.E.

I tend not to remember more than fleeting fragments of my dreams, and those only rarely. Friday night, my subconscious served up a shard of an idea: rehydrating dried cranberries by soaking them in lime juice. I mentioned this to [ profile] elalyr yesterday morning and we filled one of her small prep bowls with a quarter-cup or so of Simply Limeade and a handful of Craisins. We then went out to get groceries and promptly forgot about the project.

Just now, we were assembling lunch and rediscovered the bowl in the refrigerator. Strained of the solids, the juice is quite a bit sweeter than normal, but not cloyingly so. The cranberries themselves are fairly crisp with a decent amount of citrus tartness. This ain't bad.

... and I have no idea where that came from or what the rest of the recipe was.


Jan. 21st, 2011 03:36 pm
tegyrius: (food with added lead)
Been meaning to share this one for a while: The Night Kitchen. It's a Seattle restaurant that runs 6pm-9am. No, that's not a typo.

Where the hell were you guys when I was hanging out with the old Louisville LARP crew? Pure evil genius, I tell you.

Bet your ass this'll be showing up in games I run.
tegyrius: (catfood)
Taking two foodies to Jungle Jim's for the first time is sort of like watching two cats in a room full of laser pointers. Protip: schedule a full day for shenanigans like that.

Also, driving from Lexington to Louisville to Cincinnati to Louisville to Lexington is a little brutal. But worth it. Even if someone did feel the need to bring back 1.3 bushels of kale...
tegyrius: (catfood)
Continuing with the emergency food reviews, we tried Chocolate Strawberry Crunch from Mountain House over the weekend. This was chocolate pudding with dehydrated diced strawberries and toffee crumbs.

Prep: Open main bag, separate ingredient pouches, open pudding mix pouch, pour pudding mix into main bag, add cold water, stir. Wait. Add diced strawberries. Stir. Pour toffee crumbs on top. Serve. As usual, Mountain House desserts make four servings, while the entrees make two - go figure.

Consumption: Meh. It's instant chocolate pudding. With dried fruit. And crunchy bits. I applaud the attempt and am always glad to see variety in this sort of thing, but it's nothing special or spectacular. We didn't finish the pouch.

Verdict: Two of five titanium sporks. This was an adequate dessert item with no outstanding features, positive or negative. I'm tempted to dock it half a spork for greater-than-usual mess factor, which I consider a downside for food intended to be consumed while roughing it.
tegyrius: (catfood)
Periodically, [ profile] elalyr and I will dine on some of our freeze-dried foodstuffs, both to rotate the supply and to see if the stuff's actually edible. Our usual fare is Mountain House, but last weekend's Atlanta trip included a stop at an REI store, where we picked up some Backpacker's Pantry products.

Tonight's entree was the shepherd's pie with beef entree. Price was $9.50, a bit higher than the average $7.50-ish price of Mountain House foodstuffs. Prep procedure was the same: tear open bag, add boiling water, stir, re-seal bag, wait a few minutes. In the field or during a power outage, we'd heat the water with our Jetboil stove; not being in such circumstances, we just used the electric teapot.

Portion size was, for us, generous; larger appetites might find it inadequate. The bag claimed to produce two 13-ounce servings. While we didn't measure, they nicely filled two of our usual soup/cereal bowls with a bit left over.

Texture was appealing - the mashed potato base was creamy and the corn and beef were appropriately moist and chewy. Taste was acceptable without being spectacular, a bit heavy on the pepper with a slight bitterness I associate with cooking wine. Not off-putting, just unexpected. I suspect that would be more appealing if I were more heavily fatigued. I couldn't detect any of the advertised cheese flavor, so we put some grated cheddar on top - technically cheating, but it was a definite boost.

Verdict: 3.5 of 5 titanium sporks. It was sufficiently tasty that I'd eat it again, even outside an emergency. However, I don't think it's worth the $1-3 premium over Mountain House entrees unless you're seeking variety. I may see if I can catch some other Backpacker's Pantry products on sale. Also, Backpacker's Pantry's advertised shelf life was considerably shorter than Mountain House's usual decade-plus, so I wouldn't switch to their stuff for primary long-term storage.
tegyrius: (food with added lead)
Regular readers may recall last year's purchase of about 120+ pounds of Amish beef. We've not been consuming it as quickly as we should, so a majority of the batch remains in our freezer, still wearing its little overalls and straw hats. In an effort to increase consumption, we've begun experimenting with it. One particularly tasty science project was an adaptation of gyro burgers, using cow rather than lamb:
1¼ pounds ground beef (or lamb, for purists)
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
¾ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
4 crushed garlic cloves (or equivalent garlic powder)

Mix in bowl. Form into patties and treat like any other burger. Bonus points for serving with tzatziki sauce.
tegyrius: (catfood)
We... okay, [ profile] elalyr fixed homemade pizza for dinner last night. While we were putting toppings on our respective concoctions, Riley wandered into the kitchen. At the crinkling sound of me opening the bag of pepperoni, he perked up.

"Riley, this is not cat food."


"Not cat food!"


"Okay, but don't say we didn't warn you. Look, meat frisbee!" I flipped a disc of pepperoni into the hall.

My lovely wife glared at me. "When he pukes, you're cleaning it up."

I peeked into the hall. "Well, he's licking it, but it's too big to get into his mouth." I snagged another piece of pepperoni, shredded it into bite-sized pieces, and dropped it in front of Riley. "There he goes. Om nom nom."

"You are so cleaning it up."

Riley sauntered into the kitchen, licking his chops. As of this morning, I don't think he's uneaten it.


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