SHARE YOUR WORLD 9-26-2021
I can’t believe September is over. I was sure it just started! Apparently not. It is not yet glorious Autumn here. It will be at least another week. I’m not seeing a single changed leaf on my maple tree.
That’s my gauge. It’s just outside my picture window. When ONE leaf changes, I’m sure there are some changes elsewhere. Right now, Everything is green except for the yellow aspens.
What’s your favorite way to exercise?
I would have thought after all these years my answer would have changed to something — ANYTHING — else. Like Senior Yoga or Weak Spine Karate. Nonetheless, it remains what it has always been: housework. Especially cooking, which sometimes takes an entire day for one meal.
It didn’t used to take quite so much time, but I do more complicated cooking now than I ever did in the past, probably because I’m retired and I can, and because the lack of ever going out to eat means that if we aren’t going to eat hamburger helper every day, I have to find new ways to use the same food. Prices having jumped by at least 50% in the grocery store and living in a place where exotic foods are uncommon or non-existent, in the meat department, we have minced beef, boneless chicken, sausages (in various flavors), pork roasts (also in various flavors), ham steak, eggs, and bacon. There’s also frozen ravioli and a variety of pasta sauces though I also make my own.
In the creative department, we have more than a dozen Asian sauces from China, Japan, and Thailand as well as a boatload of spices. Plus just about anything you could possibly need to bake most breads.
I have Chinese cookbooks, Indian cookbooks, West Indian food, Jewish cookbooks, and the usual all purpose cookbooks many of which were printed in the early 20th century when no one had an electric anything in their kitchen. I also have — a favorite — a cookbook of all fist class winners of various American cooking contests (there isn’t a bad recipe in it). It was worth it just for the ginger snaps.
From traveling here and there, I have a couple of West Indian, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Martha’s Vineyard, early American, and several from the Old Sturbridge Village guest shop. Wherever we’ve gone, I try to bring home at least one cookbook. Of the souvenirs one can buy on vacation, I actually use the cookbooks. I’ve also gotten cookbooks as gifts and bought cookbooks online, almost all previously used.
I prefer used cookbooks, especially where the last owner made notes in the margins to tell you stuff the recipe neglects to mention.
I actually am very tired of cooking, but I’m not tired of eating. If I want to eat it, I have to learn to cook it. Not only do we not have any good restaurants locally, we also have nothing more exotic than on Asian fusion. And that’s just one restaurant.
My attempts at Indian cooking didn’t cut it. I don’t know what I did wrong, but everything was kind of flat and dull. Maybe I used the wrong books. Not every cookbook is great and some are surprisingly awful. One has to wonder if anyone actually made that recipe before publishing the book.
What’s more important to you – family or friends?
I think that’s pretty much of a tie, though I spend a LOT more of my time with family. I wish I spent more time with friends. That time seems to get shorter each year.
As a segue of sorts from last week’s SYW, have you ever voted for someone (in whatever venue – politics, contests, school elections) based solely on how they looked?
How could carousels be spiced up so they are more exciting?
They could use real horses instead of the painted ones that just go up and down. I bet they could produce on at Hogwart’s! But definitely, keep the Calliope music.