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Day 358: Ham Chowder

Big trip to Aldi today!! I wrote about it here. It was weird being around so many people. I hadn’t shopped in person since 12/9/20. Now all the St Patrick’s Day goodies were out. Our fridge is so full.

Doing these mega shops is time consuming and a little exhausting so I put up some ham chowder in the slow cooker before I left. I picked up a take and bake pizza so we had that for lunch then had the soup for dinner.

We tried the 1989 Bloodhounds on Broadway (Netflix dvd) and it was awful! We watched a little more of the French mysteries too. I really don’t think they are a series in France the way they are here. They all have different titles. Maybe it’s a “Monday night movie” type thing like we had decades ago.

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Day 355: Ham Kimbap

Matt bought literally 100 sheets of gim earlier in the year and we are still slowly going through the first pack lol Lots of kimbap here.

We had ordered a ham a couple of weeks ago so we are going to try to eat that and free up space in the fridge if I want to go shopping Wednesday.

For lunch we had scrambled eggs, homemade biscuits and ham. Dinner with homemade fast “kimchi” and ham kimbap. So much ham!! I figure it all evens out eventually.

More French mysteries and I finished on weaving and started a small one to practice a new way to start. I got my new big loom but he forgot to include the pick up stick so I’m waiting on that before I start something big!

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Day 354: Spaghetti and Meatballs

We are really getting close to a year of staying home and making all of our own meals save I think two sandwiches from the Italian market and H Mart sushi. I had to renew the hosting and website address for this site!

I’m still unable to get my dad in to be vaccinated. Maryland, despite being the richest state in the US is in the bottom five for the vaccine roll out. Hogan is such trash.

My new loom arrived!! It’s adjustable on the sides so I can make it taller (longer?) it’s a lot sturdier than the larger one I have now and the expansion is a great idea. If I really get into large weaves he even makes bigger ones and even ones that stand alone!

For lunch we had leftover sticky rice and fried eggs. Then for dinner we had spaghetti (actually angel hair, Matt had bought like six packs by mistake awhile back) and mini meatballs from the Italian store in homemade sauce. It made a ton so we can have it as a dinner another day too.

I think I will go to the supermarket this week. It will be nice to pick food out in person and spring stuff is on sale already!

One positive of all this is that my least favorite season, winter went by very quickly! It was nice not to have to worry about driving in the snow or being out in the cold. All of the days are a blur but at least it’s almost March.

I signed up for a CSA that is all produce from farms here in Baltimore City! I have to pick it up but it’s pretty close. It starts in May. Hopefully I will be vaccinated by then but I think they just leave it on a table for you so it’s no contact.

We watched some more of the French series Murder in… on Mhz. Each one is a different French speaking city. One was in Reunion Island which was very interesting.

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Day 352: BAGELS

So spoiled today! We made sandwiches with turkey, aged provolone and capicola for lunch.

Then our order from Russ & Daughters arrived! It was $$$ but using gift money helped ease the pain. It has been so long since I’ve had a good bagel. We also got sable, nova, pickled herring and halvah. So good! It came with rugalach but it was oddly burnt. Everything else was perfection though! We froze some bagels and will have more for dinner tomorrow.

We watched Bloodhounds on Broadway (the 1950s version) on DVD.

The days are still going so quickly! The virus positive rate is low so I might return to in person shopping a little. I really missing picking out food and all we have is frozen and like a small ham. We don’t live near many grocery stores here in the city and I’m nervous about getting too much raw meat/seafood delivered. Maryland is doing horribly with the vaccine and Hogan hates Baltimore City so who knows when we might get it. Might as well get out before there is another wave.

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Day 343: Spatchcocked Chicken

For lunch we had leftover pizza heated up in a skillet.

For dinner Matt spatchcocked a chicken with some golden beets, potatoes, turnips and onions I tossed with smoked paprika and garlic herb seasoning. So good! Matt wanted to make biscuits but got caught up at work. He did make chopped liver from the giblets bag though.

I worked on the estate and some medical stuff for my dad. It’s really exhausting. I don’t know why so many places want faxes?

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Day 332: Roast Chicken

Matt had for work for a few hours this morning. We were all up too early for the weekend! The dogs wouldn’t settle and I had ordered delivery from Whole Foods and Target (the first time since the summer!) so I was getting texts from the shoppers. I feel bad about not shopping in person but we really needed some extras and I’ve been reading that they are advising people not to shop in person to reduce the numbers in the store. The shopper was double masking when she dropped off. I tip massively!

Matt made tuna salad sandwiches for lunch and cut up extra celery and onion for dinner. It’s been a while since we had tuna!

I had a baking with Japanese rice flour demo on zoom this evening and Matt made spatchcocked chicken, stuffing in a baking dish using the juices (normally we do balls in with the bird but it’s a tight fit with spatchcocking), mashed potatoes and pickled beets with feta and Spanish black radishes.

I didn’t realize they predicted snow! Now I really feel bad about placing my orders. I did need some meds from Target and we were very low on produce but I could have eked out a couple more days. I swear yesterday they were calling for just scattered showers overnight.

We did get some good things from Whole Foods, a whole chicken, lots of vegetables and cubed lamb stew meat. She was a really great shopper, everything was beautiful and cold which has been an issue before.

We also got a small cake from Milk Bar delivered I had a good coupon and it was nice to get a treat. They do the best job packing it up.

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Day 329: Hot Dogs & Still More Greens

For lunch I heated up the last of the greens and added the leftover rice from our egg based cuisine meals. Not my favorite but at least we finished up some leftovers? The rice really sucked up the liquids and the flavor was lacking as a result.

For dinner we had the rest of the hot dogs and rolls and the potato salad and coleslaw I made yesterday. Easy peasy. I had ordered a 10 lb bag of potatoes so I think I will end up making something with potatoes again tomorrow since they are already sprouting. I’m hesitant to go back into shopping in person since we have so much in the freezer and “pantry” (aka totes under the table) with these new variants around and hopefully more people getting vaccinated. I miss being able to pick out produce and meat. We haven’t been getting meat delivered except whole chicken and processed stuff like hot dogs or ham so I feel like I’m missing out on some Aldi sales! This week is plants and Valentine’s Day which is my favorite holiday.

I worked on more weaving. Ive been trying to ride our exercise bike but somehow it was dinner time before I realized it. I’ve been having trouble sleeping at night so have been sleeping late. It’s throwing off my schedule!

Watched Zooey. The Simon storyline is interesting, I hope Zooey is supportive. More Great British Menu. The Wales chefs were obnoxious 10 years ago, ha!

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Day 328: Burgers & Potato Salad

For lunch I just had a can of soup but then I realized we did have leftovers. Tomorrow!

For dinner we made burgers with some beef we defrosted with caramelized onions and gruyere. I also made potato salad and coleslaw. I know it’s Groundhog’s Day but I felt like something summery. I made enough we have have more of both tomorrow and Matt made meatballs out of the leftover meat for another day’s lunch. I don’t think burgers reheat that well so we’ve started making just two for us and then making meatballs with the leftover meat either in the same seasoning or different. Meatballs just heat up better and don’t need a bun if we don’t want one. We’ve both been tired this week so easy meals is the name of the game.

We watched our usual Britbox Tuesday shows, they had both ended in cliff hangers so that got wrapped up. I warped my new loom (the original one I ordered that took over a month and a half to arrive) and I don’t love it. It seems like a prototype or something, the wood is rough and the accessories are a little flimsy. It wasn’t cheap so I’m disappointed and wondering if I should order a different one from another seller. It’s rather rickety.

Like six books came in for me at the library for the Kindle so I need to get reading. I read 24? books in January but I’ve been slacking in February so far.

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Day 326: Crumpets & Greens

Matt made crumpets and for some reason did not put our homemade clotted cream on them! I thought that was why we decided to make them but apparently he didn’t get the memo. They were really easy and tasty so I am sure we will make them again.

I bought a smallish boneless ham in our last Weis delivery and Matt made greens with it and potatoes. We didn’t have collards so he did red kale and rainbow chard. It was really good and made a lot! He made ham sandwiches too.

It snowed!! We watched some Great British Menu from like 10 years ago. The puppy loves the snow, thankfully!

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Day 324: Nargisi Kofta Curry

For lunch we had fish stick sandwiches with homemade tartar sauce. We also had a cheese (good, Spanish) and Scottish oatcake (not good) snack. I’m not sure if we have any more fish sticks left! The wild caught Aldi ones are really good.

Matt took off work because he has to work a little tomorrow so he made nargisi kofta which is basically a spicy lamb scotch egg in a yogurt-tomato curry sauce. Very tasty but rich! We have enough for it to be a whole other dinner leftover. One of his old coworkers raved about a restaurant in New Jersey that served only “egg based cuisine” and we thought of him. What other Indian egg dishes are out there?

Honestly we took a big nap during the day and read. Then we watched a little more of the Repair Shop and One Night in Miami (Prime) which was good. So many actors we like in other things were in it! And yay Regina King.