Mar. 3rd, 2014

Weather

Mar. 3rd, 2014 10:03 am
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...Wind Chill Advisory has expired...
Wind chill values have climbed up above zero...therefore the
advisory will be allowed to expire.
This is MARCH 3RD in TEXAS. It was 18°F on my drive in, with a wind chill of MINUS TEN.

And I have no idea why others aren't wearing winter coats out there: is it that it's spring and therefore we must wear our spring clothing? There are too many students wandering around in hoodies and nothing heavier outside. This is a rather affluent school; I doubt the reason for the hoodies is that that many students can't afford winter coats. And given the sleet we had yesterday, there's no excuse for not knowing that it's cold when flying out the door on the way to class.
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If you're interested in how other cultures treat mental illnesses, this is an interesting article by a Westerner who underwent a ritual treatment for depression in Senegal. (Note: animal sacrifice, if you're squicked by that. Also on Esquire, if you're squicked by that. :D)

I especially draw your attention to the final four paragraphs, in which a Rwandan explains why they asked some Western mental health workers to leave after the genocide.*

* This is not to disparage Western talk therapy! But there are many and varied ways of treating things, and sometimes one works better in that place and with that person.

Augh, Sora!

Mar. 3rd, 2014 03:57 pm
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Sora scared the fool out of us this weekend. The story does have a happy ending, as shown by the photo under the cut of him snoozing on my chest and purring madly as I was at the computer yesterday afternoon.

Cut for photo and longer story )

Cooking

Mar. 3rd, 2014 04:27 pm
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Also, in case you were wondering, what I ended up baking yesterday was a sour cream biscuit recipe and Satiny Chocolate Tart with Sea Salt, both from Yvonne Ruperti's One Bowl Baking: Simple, From Scratch Recipes for Delicious Desserts. Note: the biscuits work PERFECTLY WELL as breakfasts, and as OMG lunch is an hour away and we are STARVING!, which was what they did for us yesterday.

We also made the Best Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce from Serious Eats.* We also made their Oven-Baked Espresso, Cocoa, and Chili-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs** instead of the pork belly I mentioned yesterday, as I realized shortly after I posted that the pork belly recipe calls for seasoning it and letting it sit 8-24 hours. So we prepared it, and Toby emailed me that he'd put ti in a little after 3, so we'll be eating it around 6:30-7.

On Saturday we made this vegan mushroom bolognese*** from Serious Eats. All the vegan stuff we've been making lately is not because we're thinking of going vegan, it's because February is Vegan Month at Serious Eats and they've been posting some seriously tasty-sounding recipes!


* Verdict: too spicy for my taste. Toby liked it, but said it wasn't really a "cheese" sauce, although it made a fine dip. If you had elaborate nachos with lots of other ingredients (*cough*), it would be just fine, but by itself, it didn't substitute for nacho cheese. We'd make it and serve it to friends as a dip, just not call it "'cheese' sauce."

** Verdict: not too bad, but not quite there yet. We're thinking of increasing the brown sugar in the rub--there was a lot of rub and a lot didn't get used and either decreasing the coffee or using a light roast. (Toby found espresso beans that claimed they were medium-roast, so we used those!)

*** Verdict: Pretty good, although we'd cook the carrots longer, as the texture they added is a bit weird. I'd also use diced tomatoes instead of the whole ones, as there were weird tomato lumps in it, even though I'd crushed them as instructed.



Arg, why did I decide to post this now? I'm now hungry! (And, oddly, craving Fritos.)

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