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Curried cauliflower, stage 1

This week will be a busy one: first round of physical therapy Monday after work, the women coming over on Tuesday evening, and then work stuff Wednesday and Thursday evenings.  So I’m spending a chunk of the weekend in food prep.  I’ve made the sauce for dragon noodles and the bean dip and lentil taco filling for Tuesday.  I’ve also started the cashew cream cheese, and am caramelizing onions and peppers for the Tofurkey sausages.  Still to come: mushroom Stroganoff and possibly a breakfast-y thing.  TBD.  Mostly it depends on my energy level.

I judged the red cabbage kimchi done, so it’s now jarred and refrigerated, making room for another round of curried cauliflower, this time from an actual recipe.  This batch has shredded carrots (and the very end of a bit of daikon, since it was just hanging out in the veg drawer), a green onion, thinly sliced cauliflower florets, the juice of an orange, toasted whole spices (cumin, coriander, mustard) and a teaspoon and a half of salt.  I also added a bit of ground turmeric since I keep reading how beneficial it’s supposed to be, and I liked the bright yellow of the last batch.  So that is all massaged up and resting in its jar now.  As promised, it does seem to be too dry, so I will probably check on it again in an hour or so.

The red cabbage kimchi turned out well.  Its lovely color is a bonus:

Lunch was tofu and peanut sauce wraps with this cheerful ruby kimchi.  The ginger taste is less pronounced in this batch, but the texture is really nice from the heartier cabbage.  A hit, in short.  I think I’ll keep making it this way!  (Sadly, I can’t say the same for the Brussels sprouts, which are okay in salads but not something I’d eat otherwise.  Not terrible but not great.  Better to roast those suckers, I think.)

The day’s other main task was Lily’s annual wellness exam.  When she saw that we were going for a walk, Rose also insisted on joining us, so it was a bit of an undertaking, but we arrived in plenty of time, and also ran into Kirsten.  Lily needs a tooth-cleaning, so what with that and the exam fees, I opted for the monthly payment plan.  Not cheap, but she will have clean teeth, by god!  And we will have a clean-as-a-whistle bank account, all uncluttered by that nasty ol’ money.

I was happy to pick up (finally!) the lovely memorial picture of Maisie that Kristie did for me.  I will scan it in on Monday, since my phone camera won’t do it justice.  And we had a nice walk home– slow, of course, because of Rose’s need to investigate everything thoroughly– and I admired all the flowering trees.  My own peach, surviving apple, and pear trees are all decked out in blossoms, so here’s hoping we don’t get another hard frost.  Unfortunately, one apple and the Damson plum do seem to be well and truly dead.  I doubt we’ll be able to afford replacements for them this year, but I should have another elderberry to plant soon.  The cherry, raspberries,  and serviceberries in front seem happy too, so hopefully I’ll actually get some fruit this year.  Nobody even got grapes last year!  Strange year.

And now I believe it to be Stroganoff Time, which will be shortly followed by Laundry-Folding Time.  It’s a glamorous life.

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