Saturday | 16 January 2021 | La Quinta, California: Dear Readers: How are you doing? It has already been a very rough month, and I could not just continue this blog... oh, I baked a cake and went golfing... ignoring our nation under attack by her own citizens. The anti-Semitic and White Supremist signs, flags, and tattoos were so upsetting. Who raises these Orange-Kool-Aid-drinking COVIDIOTS? Too many questions. No answers. Praying for brighter times to come, with new leadership, and the promise of a vaccine in our future.
Maybe new Readers do not know The Lovely Lisa attended The George Washington University - virtually next-door to the White House - so we know the Capitol well, and are so saddened it was defiled in such an evil manner.
Our daily life - far from DC, and all the next round of expected riots - remains the same. Waiting. Exercising, cooking, eating, sleeping, not sleeping. Wondering. Worrying. Rinse. Repeat. We are still in pandemic lock-down. Confined. Social Distanced. See no one. Go no where. No notice from our health care plan of when we will be in line to receive our jabs.
I am keeping close contact with family and friends, trying new recipes, and trying to not listen to too much news. How are you coping? Please comment below.
A little late to the game, but decided it would be nice to have a pressure cooker for all the dried beans and pulses
we I cook, and realized an Instant Pot was quite a bit cheaper and more versatile than just a pressure cooker. I've made a few things with the new machine, and am happy with the results. Can anyone recommend a good Instant Pot cookbook?
Another late-to-the-game product: we tried Zoodles ("noodles" made with zucchini spirals) for the first time. Wasn't good. Wasn't bad. The package was only $3 (Instacart), and claimed to serve four. I prepared the entire package (60 calories for the entire bag) on the stovetop, and there couldn't have been even 1.5 cups of shredded squash in the pan when ready to plate. The zoodles were served under a lamb-and-eggplant ragu from the freezer.
For My Runner, zoodles are not noodles... so I prepared Smoked Salmon Pasta the next night, served with roast carrots with dill, and arugula salad (from our CSA box). Our CSA box this week was loaded with dill, cilantro, parsley, chives, beets, radish, bok choy, kale, arugula, napa cabbage, lettuce and carrots.
A soufflé last tonight with a composed salad with the pretty beets (goat cheese and pistachios in a grainy-mustard vinaigrette) from the CSA box:
We are hanging-in-there; hope you are as well. It has been in the high 80's for the past several days - sunshine! Until my next update, I remain, your anxious correspondent.