jesse_the_k: unicorn line drawing captioned "If by different you mean awesome" (different=awesome)
In early January we set out in our ridiculous red van, MyGuy at the wheel. We brought lots of snackers, copious water, and scores of props to help us stay comfortable in car seats. We stopped at least every two hours to stretch. Four days through St Louis, Tulsa, Amarillo and into a rented condo in Santa Fe NM, and we're still on good terms.

Great Things


indeed five of them )

Frustrating Things

four of those )
tl;dr

It was fun, I'm glad we went, we would never move there.
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)

Better living with upper respiratory infections


all about it )


Gluten Free Pie Crusting: An Observational Study


Last week MyGuy did apple pie SCIENCE! He bought a pack of two frozen GF crusts, nestled in artisanal aluminum foil. He then made cover crusts with two kinds of GF flour, providing ample comparison tasting opportunities.
It was definitely a struggle. )
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
"How come nothing awesome like this happens when I go grocery shopping?" said one commenter, and I can't help but agree.
Gory details inside )
Tragically, no pictures.

ETA: Thanks to fact checker [personal profile] laceblade, more accurate store description.
jesse_the_k: Flannery Lake is a mirror reflecting reds violets and blues at sunset (Rosy Rhinelander sunset)
This place, right here:

OK close your eyes and imagine a lovely long lake surrounded by pines and birches, with a coppery tang to the water due to metals in the soil. I tried to paste in or link to a map but that was 30 minutes ago and I clearly need a vacation.

So, that's where I'm going tomorrow for two weeks. Catch you on the flip side!
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
This post exhibited more of my squishy writing than pleased me, so I edited it for coherence on 7-Feb-12 2000 CST.

When I discovered I was celiac (unable to digest the protein in wheat, barley, rye, and many oatmeals) I had to learn a new way of cooking. Sandwiches for lunch were out, as well as flour tortillas. In their place grew my 5-ingredient lunch, which I've been eating for more than four years and I'm not bored yet.Five ingredients, 35 minutes, great taste, good nutrition )
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
My "trails" are in Madison, not the Boundary Waters, but where ever you're going, this easy recipe makes a good portable food for traveling, when finding high-protein gluten-free food is tiresome.

There are three steps, with a lot of time in between:
1. Squeeze water out of tofu to make room for marinade:
    prep 0:10 wait 4:00 hr
2. Slice & Marinate:
    prep 0:10 wait overnight
3. Dehydrate:
    prep 0:10 cook 3:00 hrs

and a one and a two and a three )
jesse_the_k: Slings & Arrows' Anna offers up "Virtual Timbits" (Anna brings doughnuts)
I crowd-sourced dinner tonight, and I learned quite a bit:
  • Many interesting things to do with chard, which should keep us happily eating until the kale is done
  • Ginger's popularity is spreading across the continent
  • If I want to generate comments to a post, I should make a catchy title, ask a simple question in an arena where many people have opinions and experience
  • I was seduced by the quick response on Google+, but a late entrant was the final choice.
For the completists, here's what we ate:

1/2 pound ground round
plus two scallions
— sauted with olive oil to brown

half a package of rice vermicelli, soaked in hot water for ten minutes, drained, divided in two bowls.

2/3 pound chard, washed and sliced into shards
5 small portabella mushrooms sliced thickly
— nuked together in a glass dish for 1:45
— swirled into the frying pan

Tamari added to taste on the table. Quite tasty; probably not as good as many of your suggestions, but they are being noted.

The big advantage to this recipe is MyGuy did all the prep so I could nap in the living room.
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (CKR slurps soup)
Performed rituals culturally appropriate to Xmas holiday: MyGuy, myself, and a third friend who is not on DW attend loud Hollywood movie TRON: Legacy. Very beautifully animated, and dull dull dull dull. Since Jeff Bridges has spent 25 years in the grid, he's now become a Zen master. Well, a Big Lebowski, at least. Did I mention it was dull? Also there was one female in the cast with any agency. The first females one sees are two black and two white women in 6 inch platform heels who unlock their own refrigerators, slink out, dress our hero, and then slink back into the coolers.

Followed by quite tasty Thai Noodles, from a shop called Thai Noodles on McKee Road. Squash/yam/coconut curry nom nom nom.

Today I read about three online dating services for people with disabilities. I guess I should be happy the Times didn't say, gee whiz, these people have sex! I hope the sites don't drown in the bandwidth, particularly from griefers.
jesse_the_k: Muppet's Swedish chef brandishes cleaver and spoon with rooster at side (grandiloquent cook is grandiloquent)
Madison has a local chain of brew pubs called The Great Dane where there are scores of fresh beers as well as recently bottled beer. Not surprisingly there's a lot of beer on the menu, but I've just had two great meals there. It's the salads, and they're fresh and not overdressed and chopped just right. I'm a big fan of Caesar salad (yes, even the anchovy) and I used to love the big crunchy slighty greasy croutons. Mme Epiphany strikes with her wand of wise and asks, "Can you give me a side of bacon?" Their chef went a step further and crumbled it just right. It was the correct counterpart to the cool egginess.

I bow to the East and the Wisdom of the great [personal profile] sparkymonster

Next up more local cooking.

Cranberry Pear Orange Relish
It's good on its own, nice with yogurt, would be wonderful with latkes, in thumbprint cookies ...

12 oz. (340 g) whole cranberries (that seems to be the standard hardback-size bag these days) fresh or frozen, but with skin on
2 small oranges 10 oz/280g yielding:
1 c fresh orange juice (or equivalent liquid combos)
Large pile of fine orange zest
separate into segments, peel off the white pithy part, chop each segment into 4 - 6 bits
14 oz (400g) one large underripe pear
core, peel, dice to 1/4 in
1 C (190g) white sugar

Clean and prepare fruit, place in heavy saucepane. Add in sugar and liquid, cook covered over medium heat until berries start to pop (10 to 15 minutes). Skim off foam then permit to cool to room temperature; will keep in fridge two months (as if!)
jesse_the_k: Lucy the ACD holds a freshly dead bunny in her mouth, possesively, captioned "Down Home Cookin'" (LUCY rabbit)
When I discovered I was celiac (unable to digest the protein in wheat, barley, rye, and many oatmeals) I had to learn a new way of cooking. Sandwiches for lunch were out, as well as flour tortillas. In their place was my 5-ingredient lunch, which I've been eating for more than four years and I'm not bored yet. Read All About it Here )
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (LUCY lick it baby)
gawked from [personal profile] general_jinjur

THREE NAMES YOU GO BY
1. jesse_the_k
2. jesse
3. sport (only MyGuy gets to use it)

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW
1. Compression hose
2. computer glasses
3. my first pair of Carharrt jeans, and wow are they comfy

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. Brain-powered computer data entry
2. Stereovision
3. The end of this headache

THREE PEOPLE WHOM I HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
The meme will find you if you need it.

THREE THINGS I DID YESTERDAY
1. Swam 10 laps
2. Medalled in the horizontal olympics
3. Spent five hours in a row online

THREE PEOPLE I LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE
1. & 2. Tax customer service people about their wicked incomprehensible online forms
3. Magic Bonnie.

THREE THINGS I AM GOING TO DO TOMORROW
1. Complete proofing the WisCon souvenir book
2. Swim 9 or 10 laps.
3. Finish NK Jemison's Ten Thousand Kingdoms for the [livejournal.com profile] beer_marmalade bookclub

THREE OF MY FAVORITE DRINKS
1. Rishi's Mint Maghreb tea
2. Cocoa from the Mermaid Café
3. Fresh lemonade with fresh mint

THREE THINGS THAT MADE ME SMILE TODAY
1. Being able to electronically proofread a PDF. Not as fast as red pen, yet, but infinitely more portable.
2. Rusty & Boots, red & black mutts full of adolescent energy at the dog park
3. Overhead cranes (no, the ones that fly and make a sound like rusting machinery)
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
Day 1 of my "internet diet." Had a wonderful time on a pre-lunch st/roll with a friend who's a computer programmer by day and is offline at home. Boundaries! She has them! Then I met up with [personal profile] were_duck and we nommed on various things in various places. Including chocolate gelato with cayenne and cinammon! YES!

People have fought and died for the right to vote. In Wisconsin, Tuesday 6 April 2010 is when we can next exercise this franchise. If you don't know where to go, or how to do it, let Disability Rights Wisconsin explain it all.

The speediest way to scan your d-roll/flist is via the mobile phone interface
http://www.dreamwidth.org/mobile/read for dreamwidth

http://www.livejournal.com/mobile/friends.bml for livejournal. (LJ is pushy, and will try to serve you http://m.livejournal.com instead.)

The plus is no graphics, just the username plus the post's headline. Makes one hunger for missing subject titles and grin like a loon for folks who cut-tag cleverly.

Anon!

Better News

Feb. 4th, 2010 06:00 pm
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (Default)
Both e. coli and ampicillin are in the house.

Borscht is bubbling on the stove.

Life is possible!
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
Good bye & good riddance to 2009. The best part of the year was spending time with fangirls; the worst was spending time with myself.

Onward and upward! [personal profile] were_duck came over today so we cooked. Baked latkes—a combo of sweet potato, Yukon gold potato & zuchinni—very tasty. But oil is the point of latkes, and they would have been tastier fried in lots of it. Any excuse to top something with pineapple salsa is outstanding, and for sheer perversity the accompanying sauteed pork tenderloin in sesame oil couldn't be beat.

Dessert was gluten free double chocolate biscotti. They were super tasty, and I'll post the recipe after I try a few adjustments to make the texture correct. I was pleased that a recipe with no eggs and no oil could somehow hang together: it's the magic of almond meal!

(Too hungry to take pix.)

Pie

Nov. 30th, 2009 11:17 am
jesse_the_k: Perfectly circlular white brain-like fungus growing on oak tree (50s madmen me)
MyGuy made three apple pies. As always, they taste great: Haralsson, Gala, and Cortland apples with a hint of lemon juice, a scatter of Craisins (dried sweetened cranberries), a touch of cornstarch.

However, in deference to my celiac sprue, he substituted Pamela's pretend flour for the real stuff. Lessons learned:

* Pretend flour burns at a much lower temp than real flour. Reduce heat to avoid scorching.
* Pretend flour doesn't have any gluten in it. *ahem* Gluten is what makes pie crusts flaky & fabulous.
* Don't make pie crusts with pretend flour. Or if you do, close your eyes and pretend it's apple crumble.

A for Effort.
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)

This may very well be my lasting legacy ... I'm immodestly proud of how tasty it is.

Dressing
:
2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted until just fragrant in a dry pan (30 to 90 seconds)
0.5 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1.5 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons sesame oil
Ginger syrup (see below)

 
Vegetables:
Except where noted all the ingredients are steamed until tender
1 cup raisins
6 medium carrots
Chop the tender top off each carrot; grate these tips, mix with raisins, set aside
Quarter the denser carrot bottoms lengthwise then slice in 0.25 inch bits
1 cup whole pearl onions, whole
3 medium beets, peeled, quartered & sliced same as carrots
1 cup shelled edamame (young soy beans)
 
 
 
Toss the steamed vegetables in a large bowl, mixing in the raw grated carrot and raisins
Combine the dressing ingredients in a jar, shake like crazy, then toss with the salad.

Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours (it tastes even better on the fourth day if you can resist its call that long.)
 
Ginger Syrup

4 tablespoons water
3 tablespoons sugar
LOTS of fresh ginger: for 6 servings I used a slice 1.5 inches diameter and .25 inch high, peeled and sliced very thin

mix  and simmer around 5 minutes

VARIATIONS: replace the beets with two more carrots. Sugar snap or snow peas add some green. Radishes could zing things up considerably. If you're not a ginger fan, you can saute up to 4 cloves of garlic in the sesame oil before mixing up the dressing.
 
Very Loosely Based on a NYTimes Style Section Recipe from the Late 1980s.
jesse_the_k: Fully unclothed dorsal Paul Gross from Slings & Arrows (naked & proud)
This is in the way of a public service announcement.
The New York Times tells us
that celiac disease, an immune system reaction to the proteins in wheat, is on the rise.
The "classic presentation" of celiac disease is malnourishment in infancy. However, many more people actually experience problems with gluten intolerance as adults. Your doctor may not recognize some of the other ways celiac disease can manifest:
  1. Recurring bloating, gas, or abdominal pain
  2. Chronic diarrhea or constipation or both
  3. Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
  4. Pale, foul-smelling stool
  5. Unexplained anemia
  6. Bone or joint pain
  7. Behavior changes/depression/irritability
  8. Vitamin K Deficiency
  9. Fatigue, weakness or lack of energy
  10. Delayed growth or onset of puberty
  11. Failure to thrive (in infants)
  12. Missed menstrual periods
  13. Infertility male & female
  14. Spontaneous miscarriages
  15. Canker sores inside the mouth
  16. Tooth discoloration or loss of enamel
Yes this is a long list, yes it overlaps with other syndromes, yes it's worth getting at least a blood test to see if you have the genetic markers associated with the disease. Right now the treatment is total avoidance of foods with gluten (goodbye to wheat, rye & barley), but it's treatment. I can, will, and shall loudly testify that the gluten-free diet is a small price to pay for how much better I feel.
jesse_the_k: White woman with glasses laughing under large straw hat (JK 52 happy hat)
Great creative thinking at work over at cripchick's blog re: all the programmatic elements of accessiblity

I'm kvelling re [personal profile] coffeeandink's Ablism: Comment policy clarification. I think the ground is being made ready to address some of the deeper issues: interdependence, disability hierarchies, the tyranny of "normal."

MyGuy and I celebrated our 29th anniversary on Sunday night. I'm proud that we've made it so long together, and that we had the good sense to choose each other. There was some accessibility fail at the first restaurant, but I grit my teeth and got some good eats in the end.

Tapas at The Icon: tasty and not that expensive. Marinated Spanish White Anchovies, Marcona Almond Parsley Pesto, with Chocolate Espresso Crema Catalana. And room for popcorn at home later!

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