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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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We met my parents in Champaign today.  :D  Stopped to shop for spices, and I got the ones I was looking for.  Doug found a new brand of world spice blends that I looked at for 2 seconds and said, "If I start going through those, I will blow $50 and I've already got a sizable order here."  But I definitely plan to go back and do that in the future.

For supper we went to Olive Garden, which had a sample table with their two flavored lemonades: strawberry-passionfruit and kiwi-melon.  Both were utterly fabulous.  I got the strawberry-passionfruit, Doug got the kiwi-melon, and we shared.  :D Both flavors had a top, middle, and bottom note so I will definitely remember that for future reference in fruity lemonades.  It made a huge difference over just strawberry lemonade.

We watched Step Afrika at the Krannert center, which was also brilliant.  They did amazing things with dance, drums, and body music.  Very exuberant, whole-body motions.  The show told the story of the Great Migration from Africa to the South, and then the South to the North.  \o/
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I saw some muscat grapes at the store and decided to try them.  They're yellowish with a pink blush, very sweet and juicy. Doug and I only knew these as wine grapes, but apparently some varieties are table grapes.  They do have the same floral notes that muscat wines are famous for -- almost more like a tropical fruit than regular grape flavor.   Actually, they remind me a bit of other 'blush' fruits I have enjoyed, like the gold raspberries.  These are too soft to cut in half, so if you want them for fruit salad, use them whole.  I imagine they would be awesome for juicing or smoothies though.

I am so buying more of these if I see them!  I like most kinds of grapes, but these are really nice.
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Last time we went shopping, I spied some flavored cottage cheese in snack-size cups.  I grabbed the strawberry; other flavors include peach and pineapple.  I think there was at least one savory flavor, too, but that's all I could find online.

Today I tried the strawberry version, and it was pretty good, although a little odd.  Probably that's just lack of familiarity -- I had a similar experience with Annie's yogurt, which is now my favorite.  It's a surprisingly healthy set of ingredients for a store brand, too.  I didn't even realize the fruit was on the bottom and supposed to be stirred, since strawberry bits were visible on top; I'd expected it to be flavored with puree at best.  Just remember to stir it first.  Also, the label says "small curd" but this looks more like what I've seen sold as "large curd" before; if you're picky about size, be careful.  I happen to like both.  I also enjoy plain cottage cheese, but variety is fun.  As a snack, this has many advantages: individual cups are more portable and convenient for portioning, cottage cheese is nutritious, and it's filling.  :D

Apparently several other companies have their own options:

Honey & Pear, Maple & Vanilla

six fruit flavors

and more!

If you don't eat dairy, you can make coconut cottage cheese.  It's probably just as good with fruit.

Stuff like this is ubiquitous in Terramagne -- plain, sweet, or savory. They have much better access to healthy snacks. When tasty, affordable, nutritious food is readily available then people are more likely to eat that than junk.  A vending village in T-America will typically have half a case of junk if there's only a couple of machines, or one for candy and one for sodas if there are many machines.  The rest will have fruit, sandwiches, granola bars, healthy dairy products, bottled water, fruit juice, and other good-to-great choices.  The higher-tech machines will play little games with you or ask health trivia questions, and you can win discounts or even free food that way.
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[personal profile] kyleri is working on a recipe for iron rations, and would like input on alternatives to ingredients, so it can be made free of allergens. 
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While talking with one of my readers, I got to wondering if there are any cookbooks for the blind. Ideally I'd want something with unique skills to overcome vision handicaps, not just a transliteration of a regular cookbook into Braille.  Turns out, there are both.

Regular Cookbooks in Braille
http://www.braillebookstore.com/Cookbooks

Stir It Up! Recipes for Young Blind Cooks -- probably a great place to start
http://www.nbp.org/ic/nbp/STIRITUP.html

In Touch -- a cookbook of easy-make foods with tips on cooking while blind
http://articles.latimes.com/1988-03-17/food/fo-2126_1_blind-people

Good Smells from the Kitchen -- Turkish cuisine with blind-aware descriptions
https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-project-creates-cookbook-visually-impaired
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My partner Doug tipped me to this menu for a grilled cheese restaurant, which sounds quite tasty.

Then I saw the section on grilled cheese donuts (apparently, this is a thing) and thought, wow, Stylet would be all over that. He eats so much junk.
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Harvest Market had rambutan.  This is something I've been wanting to try for a while, but I've only seen them in big boxes. This time they were available individually, so I bought one for each of us.  :D  The tough rind is covered with things that are like thick hairs or soft thorns, hooked at the end, so it's basically like velcrofruit.  If you get more than one they will stick to each other.

Peel off the rind.  Cut the fruit away from the pit -- it's not a freestone fruit, alas.  The flesh is white, juicy, and tender with a distinctly chewy quality.  The flavor is light and tropical, kind of like pear or honeydew melon with a faint coconut note, if you're not familiar with lychee fruit.  But it's so similar to lychees that I'm not sure I could tell them apart.  Very tasty!

Due to the amount of bother in peeling the fruit and removing the flesh from the pit, compared to the small amount of flesh thus obtained, I probably won't buy them again fresh.  But I would happily eat rambutan-flavored things, or get them packaged, or devour them from a fruit plate if someone else had done the work of shucking them.  If you are a sensory seeker and/or like having things to do with your hands, fruit that requires work to get into is a socially acceptable form of stimming.


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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "odd couple" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some sensitive issues. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes anxiety, awkward conversations, references to Shiv's crappy past and the emotional fallout from that, frank discussion of kink, Shiv's head is full of landmines that Gray is just beginning to discover, and other challenges. But the hard candy relationship work is wrapped in a bunch of fluff.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and Anna Libertas. It also fills the "WILD CARD: Food" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anonymous on Dreamwdith. It also fills the "sudden threat" square in my 8-1-17 card for the Survival Bingo fest, and the "chocolates" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features parents stalking a survivor of child abuse, trespassing, emotional shock, confusion, attempted tampering with someone else's property, emotional manipulation, gaslighting, calling for help and getting it, justifiable threats of force including superpowers, intense negative emotions and mixed feelings, reconsideration of legal action, can't adult right now, reference to intrusive fear, and other angst. This may cause stress for survivors of abusive parents and/or stalking. However, Cassandra has awesome friends who are not putting up with any shit from her parents, and who provide excellent backup to solve the problems. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Today we met up with my folks in Champaign-Urbana.  So they have their batch of poetry from the half-price sale.  \o/  We had lunch together too.

The main goal was making a major stockup run at Sam's Club.  We got a ton of food, some garden soil for leveling low spots, and a very cool garden cart.  We'll be making sloppy joe mix and keema, having picked up ingredients for those recipes.

We also stopped at Harvest Market.  They had more jackfruit, yay!  \o/  These were whole, about the size of a watermelon, but could be cut, so I got three big slices.  My plan is to make bread pudding and ice cream.  One of the employees also tipped us to the availability of barbecue jackfruit, which is made from the green fruit, so we got some of that to try also.  :D  They also had some shortbread cooking which turned out to be amazingly tasty and tender.  We did not, strictly speaking, need to buy a carton of cookies and half a gallon of farm-fresh chocolate milk, but after several hours of hiking around and buying healthy food, we decided that we deserved a treat.
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This poem came out of the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kyleri. It also fills the "Must Be Doin' Somethin' Right" square in my 12-1-16 card for the IPod Shuffle Music fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] starcat_jewel. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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We went out to run errands today, and scored several excellent boxes of chocolates on the cheap.  \o/

I also discovered that Big Lots has fantastic garden goods this year.  I found several things I want, and started by buying a plant tower with multiple shelves and a solar light at the top.  They also have three-part folding planters like one I already have, a new style of garden table with mesh sides that I could pop over plants to protect them from critters, and a gorgeous foil mosaic table in which the design is made on the underside of the glass so the top is smooth.  I hope the other stuff will still be there when I go back for more. 

Cloves

Feb. 14th, 2017 04:59 pm
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 This article has many pictures of clove plants and fresh-picked cloves.  I knew they were flower buds, but did not know they were such a bright pink-and-green when fresh!

Jackfruit

Feb. 11th, 2017 12:30 am
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Today's discovery: jackfruit. My tongue is still having mini-orgasms in fond memory. :D

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired prompts from by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] alexseanchai, and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot.

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We met up with my parents and Doug's son Trevor.  Supper wasn't impressive.  But afterwards we went to El Oasis, our favorite Mexican ice cream parlor.  (Have I mentioned it's like a little slice of Terramagne?  Which is why I usually drop my change into the tip jar.)  They had a new flavor: chongos.  Actual chongos is a type of cheese, but not salted like their queso.  The ice cream had a cheesy, sort of caramel flavor that we fell in love with.  Doug decided to double-scoop it with caramel ice cream, and eventually realized that this duplicates his favorite popcorn mix, cheese and caramel.   I didn't think it would have enough contrast, but it actually worked great.  So now the gansito has a real competitor.  :D
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We saw the new White Cheesecake M&Ms and had to try them. That inspired this cookie recipe. If you want to make these, do it now, because the main ingredient will only be available for a month or so.

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