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24 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

These days I'm sort of into celebrating imperfection as a win, because it's arguably a better teaching tool than perfection. Also, the rewards of perfection are obvious - it's incentivizing good recoveries rather than punishing them the same as total failures that's more of a skill. (That's a very meditation mindset, come to think of it. The failures are there to help you train recovering from failures.)

 

That is a great attitude.

 

I hope that having good food will help you sleep and get you back on the right side of things.

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4 hours ago, Mistr said:

I hope that having good food will help you sleep and get you back on the right side of things.

 

For supper, I had kielbasa, homemade sauerkraut, and some jarlsberg cheese, and it was splendid. I'm not even very fond of any of those individually, and it was still a really good meal, and exactly what I wanted.

 

Also, this meal is Ankh-Morpork approved, as it contains pork (in the highly favored sausage form) and cabbage, which is both food groups.

 

My last batch of sauerkraut, which I made sometime in August,   was two 48oz jars, and I accidentally did an experiment where one went into the fridge after a week or two of fermenting and the other has been sitting out for, uh, months. (We don't eat tons of sauerkraut, so they hung around a while, but we broke into them last month when the veg supply ran low.) And you know, actually both good. The one in the fridge stayed very crisp, while the one that was out kept fermenting and got more sour and soft like cooked sauerkraut. I prefer the crunchy one, but they're both decent sauerkraut. So it's good to know that fermented sauerkraut is essentially shelf-stable for at least a timescale on the order of a year. I wouldn't push it, because it is still live cultures, and I'd bet it just gets tired after a while, but it means fridge space is not the bottleneck to preserving some veggies for later use. So far as my research goes, mold is the only health risk, and that'd be pretty obvious.

 

I might pickle some onions this month, when the next jar frees up. The good thing with pickled veg is that they turn a piece of cheese into a meal pretty quickly, and it takes very little work to make them, provided you're okay with some jars sitting on the counter. I like ways of avoiding cooking every meal.

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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

I might pickle some onions this month, when the next jar frees up.

 

...fermented spiced apples. All the taste of spiced apple chutney, but lower in sugar. I have missed slices of apple with cheese. I'm gonna need to hustle on emptying the pickle jars.

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29 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

I’m intrigued…

 

People do lactoferment apples occasionally. I've put pickling spices in lactofermented pickles before, and I've put ginger and garlic into the sauerkraut before (recommend), and I've put apple in the sauerkraut before. (I'm a fan of apples and cabbage with pork.) That's all fine. And I made a cranberry chutney for Thanksgiving this year that was really good on some brie, and full of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.

 

I'm thinking some cinnamon and cloves and cardamom and allspice, and some nice chunky slices I can pull out to eat with cheddar cheese. I can imagine that being like a combination of having a fresh apple and a chutney with your slice of cheddar, and that sounds like such a levelling up that I must try it.

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6 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

 

...fermented spiced apples. All the taste of spiced apple chutney, but lower in sugar. I have missed slices of apple with cheese. I'm gonna need to hustle on emptying the pickle jars.

 

This sounds amazing, but also suspiciously like scumble. Hey what do you think would happen if you put fermented apples in a pie? Would it be awesomer than any apple pie ever before, or just wrong and bad?

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7 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

People do lactoferment apples occasionally. I've put pickling spices in lactofermented pickles before, and I've put ginger and garlic into the sauerkraut before (recommend), and I've put apple in the sauerkraut before. (I'm a fan of apples and cabbage with pork.)

 

Funny you should say that. I just picked up a big head of cabbage and some more apples, and I have two packages of kielbasa in the freezer...

 

7 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

I'm thinking some cinnamon and cloves and cardamom and allspice, and some nice chunky slices I can pull out to eat with cheddar cheese. I can imagine that being like a combination of having a fresh apple and a chutney with your slice of cheddar, and that sounds like such a levelling up that I must try it.

 

That sounds amazing. I am glad you are doing these experiments. I don't have space in the fridge or outside it. My grandma's house had a proper cold cellar. That would be perfect.

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2 hours ago, Harriet said:

This sounds amazing, but also suspiciously like scumble. Hey what do you think would happen if you put fermented apples in a pie? Would it be awesomer than any apple pie ever before, or just wrong and bad?

 

Lactofermentation doesn't produce alcohol, it produces sourness,  and due to the process, there's a bit of saltiness. (It's the traditional sauerkraut process, the flavor that modern vinegar preserved sauerkraut is trying to mimic. It's also the same bacteria that eats the lactose in yogurt and makes it tart.)  So you should get a sweet-salty-sour apple chutney sort of result. Personally, I probably wouldn't put that in a pie, but it might be nice in a savory cheese pie as sort of a Branston pickle sort of layer. The baking would kill off the probiotic benefits, but that's not a deal breaker for many people.

 

I am going to do secondary fermentation on some wine and try to get sparkling wine, though. That had an alcohol limit of about 14% before the wine yeast dies, so still not quite scumble territory. To get scumble levels of alcohol, I think you either need to distill it (which I suspect is what what witches do in at least one book) or possibly let it freeze over in a very cold winter and remove the ice layer to concentrate down the rest (which the witches should do, but only if that's a thing that works, because it feels very witchlike, but I'd imagine Pratchett would insist on scientific accuracy).

 

17 minutes ago, Mistr said:

Funny you should say that. I just picked up a big head of cabbage and some more apples, and I have two packages of kielbasa in the freezer...

 

I recommend onions, too. Sautée up some cabbage and onions and apples.

 

18 minutes ago, Mistr said:

That sounds amazing. I am glad you are doing these experiments. I don't have space in the fridge or outside it. My grandma's house had a proper cold cellar. That would be perfect.

 

That would be perfect. I would jar so much and never eat it in time.

 

I take issue with you not having space, though. You definitely do. These things don't have to hang around as long as mine, you could have sauerkraut as soon as it's ready. You live in the cheese state, you really need something to eat with cheese.

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It's in Equal Rites so you release may very, but Pratchett does say that scumble is made by leaving cider out overnight in the winter then removing the ice that forms. The process is repeated until what remains may no longer be exposed to metal.

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It's in Equal Rites so you release may very, but Pratchett does say that scumble is made by leaving cider out overnight in the winter then removing the ice that forms. The process is repeated until what remains may no longer be exposed to metal.

 

See, I knew it was witchy! My confusion was that there's a later book that mentions how Verence is not stupid enough to crack down on illegal stills in the woods run by witches.

 

Which, uh... might just be a different hobby of Nanny Ogg's...

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10 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

 

I'm thinking some cinnamon and cloves and cardamom and allspice, and some nice chunky slices I can pull out to eat with cheddar cheese. I can imagine that being like a combination of having a fresh apple and a chutney with your slice of cheddar, and that sounds like such a levelling up that I must try it.

 

This sounds amazing - if you do try it I would be intrigued to hear the results 

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1 hour ago, Tanktimus the Encourager said:

It's in Equal Rites so you release may very, but Pratchett does say that scumble is made by leaving cider out overnight in the winter then removing the ice that forms. The process is repeated until what remains may no longer be exposed to metal.

 

30 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

 

See, I knew it was witchy!

 

I love how simple and yet how clever the process is. Beautiful. What else can I do this with? Cream? Will I freeze off the more watery bits and be left with ultra dense fats? It already happens a bit that way, actually, with a more sweet crystal end and an end so fat it sticks to my palate. But what if I froze it, removed the wateriest 1/3 and melted then refroze? Would it become infinicream?

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34 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

I require a significant quantity of holiday cheer today. I might make eggnog.

 

One quart of eggnog was produced. Less than that has been drunk.

 

Also, the leftover soup I had for lunch was much better than I remembered it. Very rich stock. I have another bag of stock ingredients in the freezer, and it's pretty full, so I'd probably better get back on the soup treadmill. I can't quite consider that a seasonal activity, though.

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Week 1 Day 2

 

 

Plans

Hogswatch Cheer

🎁

M5
  • Done
  • Done

 

T6
  • Plan time scarcity week
  • Fix upstairs Christmas lights
  • Start yule logs
  • Xmas movie
 
W7
  • Seasonal baking
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Th8
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F9
  • Finish project A
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S10
  • Get out Hogswatch lights
  • Swap winter clothes
  • Shop my closet for new outfits
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Su11
  • Seasonal baking
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Naughty

Nice

💀

M5
  • No workout
  • An off plan meal
  • Meditate
  • Bonus zendo attendance
  • Took a needed nap
  • Holiday chocolate (planned)
  • Got back on the food plan

 

T6
  • Didn't quite hit the mark on sleep
  • Not a productive day
  • Made eggnog
  • Got back on the tracking horse
  • Yule log
  • Had a needed nap
  • Christmas music
 
W7
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Th8
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F9
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S10
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Su11
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Good job on getting back on track!

 

Do you use regular milk for making eggnog?

 

We have been trying out various non-dairy eggnog beverages. Elf and I agreed that the Good Karma one was a nice coconut-flavored drink, but not reminiscent of eggnog. Which is weird because it is made from flaxseed, not coconut milk. The SO Delicious Coconut Holiday Nog is trying very hard to taste just like eggnog. That is not actually a win in my book. I find most commercial eggnog too thick and too sweet. I usually mix it half-and-half with plain milk. This time I will try mixing with oatmilk.

 

I figured out that my coconut macaroon recipe uses egg whites, so I can make other things with egg yolks. 😋

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7 minutes ago, Mistr said:

Do you use regular milk for making eggnog?

 

Half and half. I drink it in cocktail sizes, and tend to not eat enough, so I don't mind not dietifying it. But I'd cut it with half milk if it were for guests.

 

10 minutes ago, Mistr said:

We have been trying out various non-dairy eggnog beverages. Elf and I agreed that the Good Karma one was a nice coconut-flavored drink, but not reminiscent of eggnog. Which is weird because it is made from flaxseed, not coconut milk. The SO Delicious Coconut Holiday Nog is trying very hard to taste just like eggnog. That is not actually a win in my book. I find most commercial eggnog too thick and too sweet. I usually mix it half-and-half with plain milk. This time I will try mixing with oatmilk.

 

What I'd do is take a liter of almond milk (almonds being very Christmassy, otherwise you could use milk of choice) and 4-6 eggs (or 4-6 eggs' worth of pasteurised egg from a carton, if this is a sticking point), and whack that into a blender with some cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweeten to taste. Hardly worth buying eggnog, IMO.

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I am very cranky, because I'm not getting a satisfying amount of work done. This is likely partly sleep deficit. Also I'm hungry, probably. And hate everything? I think I hate everything. That's a problem, because I means I don't want to start anything, because I hate it. But I hate everything because it's not done.

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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

What I'd do is take a liter of almond milk (almonds being very Christmassy, otherwise you could use milk of choice) and 4-6 eggs (or 4-6 eggs' worth of pasteurised egg from a carton, if this is a sticking point), and whack that into a blender with some cinnamon and nutmeg, and sweeten to taste. Hardly worth buying eggnog, IMO.

 

If you're drinking it non-alcoholic, it might benefit from a little vanilla extract, maybe even a small hint of almond extract. Just something to make the flavor a little more complex. But that's something to experiment with.

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45 minutes ago, sarakingdom said:

I am very cranky, because I'm not getting a satisfying amount of work done. This is likely partly sleep deficit. Also I'm hungry, probably. And hate everything? I think I hate everything. That's a problem, because I means I don't want to start anything, because I hate it. But I hate everything because it's not done.

 

I did a thing. One whole thing. I am the greatest, no one has ever accomplished anything this hard. Now I will attempt to feed myself. I think an effort this herculean calls for Christmas jazz.

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1 hour ago, sarakingdom said:

I did a thing. One whole thing. I am the greatest, no one has ever accomplished anything this hard. Now I will attempt to feed myself. I think an effort this herculean calls for Christmas jazz.

 

I have not only made food and made ahead a batch of rapid food, but I also washed most of the dishes. (Okay, the food does not fit my macros, but not wildly. I will take this imperfection today. I needed food.)

 

I have done part of another stupid chore. I've decided to forego stupid chores for the rest of the night, in favor of a restful brain-requiring project.

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14 hours ago, sarakingdom said:

I have another bag of stock ingredients in the freezer, and it's pretty full, so I'd probably better get back on the soup treadmill. I can't quite consider that a seasonal activity, though

 

What kind of things do you save for stock? We never bother to make stock, but freezing leftovers to make it make a lot of sense.

 

Well done on doing a thing. And on getting yourself some food - I saw a wise person say recently that if you hate everything, you're probably hungry ;)

 

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