I just treated Babe's legs for bugbite wounds. He reacts like I do, the poor kid. Two of the bites are weeping already, and one is looking scary, though it hasn't blistered (or the blister has been rubbed away). Fortunately, I managed to clean off the scariest looking bits, which means it was lint, not blood poisoning or gangrenous skin remnants. :-)
On the plus side, as I told him a couple of times, at least he has good circulation, so with the neosporin and bandages (humongous
band-aids) his body should do its job and he'll be better in no time.
Sucks, though, passing this trait on to him as well all the others.
And on that appetizing note, I'd like to report a really nice couple of days of food. I've made two salads, so far, with at leasst half the greens coming from my beds. The mesclun is going gangbusters, though the romaine(?) is trying to take over by shading everything else to death. I'm not letting it, however. It's too yummy to get away with that.
So yesterday, I made an awesome salad for a potluck, though it is missing something, I just haven't figured out what. It was equal parts fresh mesclun, fully grown romaine and torn up red chard leaves (stems removed), tossed with cucumber, slivers of celery and almonds and crumbled up white stilton with dates and orange (OMG!YUM!). It needs a dressing, though I haven't figured out what, exactly. I'm thinking a yogurt based dressing, though I don't know what I'd season it with. Something subtle and spicy... and maybe middle eastern in flavor, like cumin and coriander. With orange blossom water? Nah, that would be lost.
Anyway, it was good, but not quite perfect. I'll need to play around with it a bite more. Aw shucks.
Tonight, I made madras veggies (onions, garlic, carrots, rutabaga, green beans, broccoli and zucchini) and chicken tikka, without the tikka. Or the grilling/broiling. Basically, it was chicken korma without the coconut. It was super yummy, too.( The recipe, though know that I adjusted or guesstimated on many of the ingredients' quantities )
I have a bag of this chicken mixture still marinating in the fridge. Probably I'll break out the grill tomorrow (it's supposed to be 93F tomorrow! EW!) and do a proper tikka treatment, but I'm tempted to add coconut and ground almonds to the sauce and make a(n approximation of a) proper korma. I love chicken korma so.
We'll see. It'll probably depend on how hot the house is. And if I manage to get a refill on the propane...
I also made some date bars, though I overcooked them a bit in the oven. (Fifteen-twenty fresh dates and 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut whomped in the whomper till blended, spread 3/8" thick on cookie sheet and baked in 350F oven however long (fifteen minutes? twelve?) then left to cool in oven another twnety minutes or so.) I need to experiment with them a bit more to figure out how to cook them in the oven (as opposed to the microwave, where I cooked them before) so that they turn out the same. Though, it has occurred to me that maybe the oven is the wrong way to cook them. Maybe they need to be steamed... Don't think so, though. Probably need to reduce the oven temp by fifty to a hundred degrees and only have the heat on for five minutes rather than twelve. Or however long it was. (Such a rigorous scientific method I use, eh?) Then let them set until the oven is cool. Ish.
And all this cooking because I couldn't do laundry (the manganese lining of the city's pipes is breaking down, so as the water company is flushing the pipes, the water gets extra dirty. Again, and again and again. At least I noticed this time beforehand :-P).
Aaaaaaaaaand that's my day. That and deal with Babe's few dramas. Gosh, he's become such a boy
lately! He's no longer a toddler at all. He's thinking and reasoning and sneaking and rationalizing... It's great! I'm really starting to like
him, even when he does piss me off or disappoint me.