Another new week to get off to a good start …
Today’s challenge was to do Friday’s challenge a second time. If you’ll remember, on Friday I did Part 1 of six parts … Today I did Part 2 that would look just like Part 1 except I folded with a different color of Oriental folding paper. Also I was able to put Part 1 and Part 2 together. Now only four more days of deja vu folding and I have the entire project completed.
Also I felt that I wimped out on the weekend origami challenge. So I followed the instructions and turned a rectangular piece of printer paper into a square piece of printer paper folding-paper. And once I had a piece of white folding-paper already pre-started for folding, I decided to continue folding and create the traditional origami crane.
#2 THE MENSA PUZZLE CALENDAR – A PUZZLE THAT HAS NOTHING AT ALL TO DO WITH TODAY BEING PRESIDENT’S DAY
If my title for today’s puzzle sounds like I’m a little bitter today, I am. If they would have asked a question about presidents … any president … I probably would have breeze right through it. But they ask a question about a movie director, and not a movie director who had the same name as a president. But a movie director who’s last name has no letters in common with the last name of President Kennedy. Also I drew a complete blank on this one. XERO! NADA! TOTAL NOTHING! Well, so much for getting off to a good start.
#3 THE POST-A-DAY PUZZLE CALENDAR – MONORAIL
As you might have noticed , I did this one using a pencil. And there were a lot of erasures before I got back to where I started. But I did get it finished. And thanks to laundering my socks and underwear yesterday, Mlle. Renee and I have nothing to do today but wait for the rain and thunderstorms to start around noon. Also I slow roasted the most tender beef round roast yesterday that actually melted in my mouth. So with roast beef dinner leftovers left over, I won’t have to cook either. So today I get to read and listen to the new 2 CELLOS CD IN2ITION that I bought Saturday.
Perfect for a rainy day!
Mlle. Renee allowed me to sleep late >
World Press forgot who I was … again >
went to the stupid-market and bought groceries and Liver Snaps >
also a glittered reindeer to hang on my Christmas tree >
picked up Mlle. Renee’s daily deposits >
got poop on my tennies >
cleaned it off >
blew the last of the leaves off the lawn >
trees are now bare >
went through my dresser drawers >
threw away all holey underdrawers >
made note to buy replacement underwear >
or do laundry more often >
got a phone survey on how the last election will affect me >
(losers never know when to quit do they) >
took out the trash >
trying to decide what to eat for dinner >
leftovers loom in the fridge and my future >
dined on leftover Sub Gum* >
nothing but football on TV … again!
MY LIFE …
And welcome to it!
*Sub Gum – was the name of the original Cantonese chopped meat and veggie stew that would become known in the US as chop suey. I originally ate it at the Orient Restaurant on 8th and Washington in downtown Saint Louis. My version was recreated from memories/tastes and looks of that dish.
I don’t know, it seems to happen every fall when the heat of summer fades and a little nip shows up in the air. For some reason or other, I get this primal urge to start cooking again. So far this week I have spent three days cooking. And since it really is impossible to cook for one, that means I have produced enough for … not three dinners, but TEN dinners. That means I have three totally delicious first round dinners, and four days of rewarmed leftover dinners. There’s nothing wrong with rewarming leftover dinners, but I still have three more still waiting in the freezer.
It all started a week ago Sunday when I slow-roasted a beautiful Angus beef chuck roast with red wine and a ton of onions with carrots and potatoes on the side. The gravy was to die for, but unfortunately I forgot to photograph the roast as evidence. Any I had the roast beef dinner on Sunday, with a leftover dinner on Tuesday. I also had a couple of roast beef sandwiches for lunch during the week. For some reason, it seemed like the roast beef was replenishing itself.
Surprisingly, I had enough roast to make two pot pies which filled the dinner menu on Sunday and Tuesday. Monday I had the leftover American Goulash that was in the freezer from week before the Sunday I made the roast beef. Wednesday I realized that I had three beautiful lean pork cutlets in the freezer. So I got them out of the freezer to defrost.
They would make a fantastic pot of pork chop suey. My pork chop suey is based on a dish I used to eat at the old Orient Cafe in Down Saint Louis. It wasn’t like the wok cooked dishes served in most restaurants today. The vegetables and meat were slow cooked until they were tender instead of crisp. It was more an Oriental stew with a thick brown slightly sweet sauce. It took me a couple of years before I could really replicate the Orient’s dish. My family loved it and I was always being asked to make a batch for family gatherings. Though I also think my mother liked the fact that someone else was cooking rather than her, more than she like the chop suey. So I had chop suey on Wednesday, with three left over servings going into the freezer.
Thursday, I had a serving of leftover split pea and ham soup from out of the freezer.
Friday, I realized I had three boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the freezer I had to cook. So I made slow-roasted chicken breasts in a mushroom herb sauce with a vegetable risotto. I served it with a glass of cranberry lemonade with a serving of pumpkin spice mousse for dessert. Again leftovers went into the freezer.
Saturday I ate a repeat of the chop suey, and today featured a return of the chicken.
Guess Monday holds a week of reruns from the freezer!