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  • I'm really ticked about the termites because this wouldn't have been our responsibility to deal with had my realtor not screwed up the contract in the first place. We didn't find out until closing that she had (oopsie!) accidentally voided the termite clause in the contract. We couldn't walk away because we'd closed on the house we were selling earlier that day, plus we would have lost our deposit (which was quite significant)
  • I've discovered the world's greatest exercise videos: The Wiggles! They are quite amazing workouts if you do all the dances along with them. Holy Schmoly! They *hurt*!
  • My building (along with several others) was evacuated mid-day yesterday because of a water main break. No bathrooms=no building to work in. Probably cost the taxpayers a lot of money. I'm definitely old if I'm thinking that.
  • I had mikveh duty on Monday. It occured to me that sometimes I find myself wondering how I got roped into doing it in the first place. Ultimately, it doesn't matter; I wouldn't give up doing it. For no matter how much I question my own frumkeit, this is one way that I can help other women fulfill their own mitzvos. So at least I have *that* connection, even when nothing else seems to be clicking.
  • It's going to cost about $500 to treat (read: kill) the termites. That's not including fixing any of the damage they've already done. ARGH!
    • Did I mention that the termites are pretty disgusting? I walked in on a swarm, yes a swarm of them in the laundry room Thursday. That's how I found out about the stupid things. I hate them!

  • I'm not being productive enough. This is not good.
  • My eye lid hurts. No, not my eyelid. The lid on my eye. That hurts. A lot. It feels like a scratch, but it isn't. It hurts like a *bleepity bleep*.
  • Julian is a bouncy ball o' fun. He loves to bounce on my bed, throw the pillows over the side, bounce some more, giggle, throw himself down and cocoon under the covers, and get up and bounce again. Unfortunately, this morning all that bouncing didn't agree with the milk he'd had to drink when he woke up, so he threw up all over my comforter and the clothes I'd just dressed him in. Then, of course, he was sad, so he wanted a hug. So *I* had to change clothes even though I was just about ready for work until then. Ick. Poor bouncy baby.
  • I had other things to say, but I can't remember any of them anymore.
  • Pesach cleaning is ... slow. And boring. And every time I start something, it seems like I get distracted, or I have to re-do it for some reason or whatever. So I've got a couple of rooms done, but I think I can basically count on doing this all Tuesday night. Whoo hoo.
  • I'm in desperate need of inspiration for shabbos dinner. HELP! MUST COOK TOMORROW. I'm scared because of last week's failure, which is stupid because I've done HOW many successful shabbos meals and I only failed once? Still. Feeling uninspired.
  • I am not a domestic goddess anymore. Bleh.
  • Central Air Conditioning is being installed this week. Pretty nifty. I'm so happy. I hope the A/C guys don't turn up any more termite nests. That would make me sad. And mad. But not glad.
  • I think I may actually be delirious.
  • The Washington Nationals open their season tomorrow. Incredible.
  • Dry Cleaners down here all suck. Well, that's probably not true. All the ones we've tried (4) near us are evil.
  • I do not keep cholov yisroel. I am not writing this to invite anyone to tell me why I should keep it or how much more fulfilled my life would be if I did. I'm merely providing some background to the following: I'm eating a couple Hershey's Miniatures. I picked up a miniature that is labelled just like a regular Hershy's bar, except it's a light brown and gold wrapper instead of dark brown and silver of a traditional plain hershey's bar. The one in the special wrapper says "Milk Chocolate with Peanuts." Nifty, says I. Normally I don't like peanuts mixed with chocolate, but I like Mr. Goodbar's, so maybe I'll like this one. Wait a minute. What's a Mr. Goodbar? Oh let's check the label. It says "Peanuts in Milk Chocolate." What the heck is the difference between the two?????? Weird.
  • I guess I had more to say than I thought.

Good bye.

Current Mood: amused pretty darned good

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stone_ From: stone_ Date: April 13th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hot Potato doesn't seem like the most energetic dance =]

Your eyelid thing might be a sty, I had one of those a while ago.

galads_forest and I are making Armenian Squash Lamb stew for Shabbat dinner. We is excited. It's really pachkadik, but really awesome.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
it is a sty, I think. But it's teeney tiny itty bitty. And there are two of them. And it's on the eyelid, whereas I'm used to getting stys on the corner of my eye. It's weird. And it hurts like *BLEEP*. Ouch. I didn't know if people would know what a sty is, which is why I didn't specify. I should have remembered that my LJ friends are smarter than my coworkers. Ahem.

Okay, Hot Potato isn't. But there are LOTS of exhausting dances that they do.

I want to hear more about this stew!!!
stone_ From: stone_ Date: April 14th, 2005 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cardamon seeds
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 clove
2 tbs veg. oil
2 pounds lamb stew meat, cut into 2 inch chunks
1 largs onion, peeled and minced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
1 celery root, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
4 large, ripe tomatoes, peeled, cored, and seeded
1 acorn squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch dice
2 quarts chicken or beef broth
1 large pumpkin, about 5 pounds, cleaned
1 cup uncooked basmati rice
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup minced corriander leaves
3/4 minced parsley leaves.

Combine coriander, cardamon, cinnamon, cumin and clove in a spice mill or coffee grinder. Grind until smooth. Set aside. Heat a tbsp of oil in large, heavy-bottom saucepan. Add the lamb in one layer. Sprinkle with the spice mixture. Sear over medium heat until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes. Remove the lam from the pan and set aside.

Add the onion and garlic to the pan. Saute, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots, celery root, tomatoes, and acorn squash. Add the broth. Return lamb to the pan. Partly cover and gently simer until the lamb is tender, about 1.5-2 hours. Season with salt and pepepr.

Meanwhile, preheat the over to 350. Place the pumpkin on a baking sheet. Brush the outside with the remaining oil. Bake until tender, about 45-60 minutes. Cook the rice according to the package directions, set aside.

to assemble, place the pumpkin in a serving dish. Fill with lamb stew. Divide the rice among 4 warmed bowls. Ladle the stew from the pumpkin over the rice. Garnish with coriander and parsley. Serve immediately.

Now those are the original ingredients as given to me, but I never have all those fresh spices or seeds to grind and just use powdered stuff.

Also we didn't find a pumpkin back when we made it, and we served it inside pepper squash-bowls that we roasted.

We put rice inside the squashes and then ladled the soup on top.

It was awesome.

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
looks yummy. I think not for this week, but definitely after pesach.
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
nah, I've had it since before he bit me.

Cool icon though. I might have to steal it. ;) Since, you know, I stole the cat.
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From: gingy Date: April 13th, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Someone else I know also went home due to a water break yesterday. I like you better, though.

If I could come help you cook, I would. Or clean. Is it okay for me to help for Pesach? I don't know all your rules.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
you've got a baby human to take care of. Yes, it's okay for you to help for Pesach. But I'm just not organized enough yet to even know what to do. I don't know why I can't get my head screwed on straight this year.
From: gingy Date: April 13th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Because YOU have a baby human this year, and you haven't before!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh yeah.
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
To the realtor, $500 might be little enough to be worth preserving a reputation. You won't know if you don't ask, though. ("You made this mistake that's costing us $500 to fix, not counting the damage done to the structure itself. Would you like me to tell all my house-buying friends about the mistake or about how you hastened to make good on it?")

I'm in desperate need of inspiration for shabbos dinner. HELP! MUST COOK TOMORROW.

I'm using this Shabbat to get rid of my last frozen pie crust by making a salmon pie for lunch. I can't remember, but breadcrumbs might be relevant in the filling and I've still got a few of those. Bonus!

I don't know what I'm making for dinner yet. It might involve stuffing.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It might be, but I doubt it. She's a sweet, well-intentioned person. But unfortunately, she's also an idiot, which we discovered a little too late. She, I'm sure, would not find this to be her fault in any way, shape, or form. She's going to get a letter from us (after Pesach), but I don't expect anything to come of it. Legally, the liability lies with us.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
P.S. Yummy on the pie. That's an interesting idea.

I'm trying to come up with something that involves ground beef.
magid From: magid Date: April 13th, 2005 08:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Other than meatloaf? (Which can be permuted with or without chametz fillers, with or without roasted or sauteed onions, garlic, other veggies...)

A friend makes a meat roll, which is bread dough rolled out, lined with meat, rolled up again, then baked.

I also do not-quite-stir-fries with ground meat that come out fairly well (better for dinner, though, since usually there's a bit of liquid).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 03:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Maybe tacos.
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've made meat pies. (The reason I buy these particular frozen pie crusts in the first place is that they're parve, so I can.) I can't rattle off a recipe off the top of my head, but the basics are the same as for meatloaf (meat, eggs, flavorings) except that you don't need to fill it up with as much {breadcrumbs, rice} as usual because the crust helps.

Meat pies also work well with fruit. Really. I've seen it mainly in renaissance cookbooks, so maybe it doesn't appeal to the modern taste for most people, but I like it. Cranberries, prunes, and cherries work well. Um, not together -- choose one. Also raisins, particularly if you add a splash of red wine. You probably don't want to experiment on this particular Shabbat, given that you're shaken from last week, but file this away to play with after Pesach if it sounds interesting.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
do you sautee the meat first or put it in the crust raw? I assume this requires two crusts (easy).
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 08:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I saute it first, though I suppose the meatloaf principle says you shouldn't have to if you don't mind the extra fat. I haven't tried that.

Do let the meat cool down some before you mix in raw eggs. :-)

I have encountered meat-pie recipes that call for just putting chunks of raw meat into the crust (with other stuff), without pre-cooking. I've done this with pieces of chicken and (back in the day) pork, but never with ground meat of any sort.

I actually make almost all my pies single-crust, because I think double is too much crust for the amount of filling. You can cover the top with foil to keep the moisture in and then just remove it for the last 10 minutes or so to brown the top.
stone_ From: stone_ Date: April 14th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)
My standards are Shepard's pie, or meatballs.

We also have a mexican stuffed peppers thing which is pretty good.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 03:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I always do meatballs. But maybe on the shepherds pie. I usually do a vegetarian shepherd's pie, so it didn't even occur to me. Hrm. Think I could keep that warm enough without turning the potatoes to goo for shabbos dinner?
stone_ From: stone_ Date: April 14th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I usually cheat and use instant mashed potatoes on top.

I've served it for Shabbat a few times, and it comes out fine.
From: gittygiggles Date: April 13th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
HA! peanuts in chocolate vs peanuts with chocolate.....
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: April 13th, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I should talk to somebody about local mikvah stuff. I haven't been since I got married and I want to start.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 13th, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can name a variety of good people to talk to. Also, obviously, you could talk to me if you were so inclined, but I definitely know people that would be better to talk to than myself.

I volunteer every other week at the Potomac Mikveh on Seven Locks Road. If you're in Rockville, that's probably one of the closest ones to you, if not the closest ones.
pocketnaomi From: pocketnaomi Date: April 14th, 2005 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
If you don't mind, I'd rather you. It's scary asking about this stuff of people I don't know even slightly.

Email is nrivkis at yahoo dot com, and I suspect this is a REAL good point at which to take it private. :)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
emailed you.
cellio From: cellio Date: April 13th, 2005 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

another food idea

This is really easy, but it won't help with your chametz.

Take lamb and make thin slices, and slice onions. Layer alternately in a pot that you can seal, making a few layers. After each meat layer add some ground coriander and ground black pepper. When done, pour vinegar and oil over all. Seal the pot tight and cook on the stove over low heat for a couple hours.

(This ought to work in a crock pot, but I haven't tried it.)
magid From: magid Date: April 14th, 2005 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: another food idea

OTOH, it would make a lovely Pesach entree :-)
(perhaps not at the seder, though)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: another food idea

Yeah, I was thinking that, except that we don't eat lamb at all during Pesach. So it'll have to wait. But sounds yummy.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: April 13th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
my mom LOVES the wiggles.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: April 14th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC) (Link)
They are funny. Kind of annoying sometimes, but funny.
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