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To do tomorrow morning

  • Breakfast (which do I want?
    • leftover biscuits toasted with honey butter or
    • toasted bagel with roasted red pepper cream cheese – and maybe Kenyan collard greens)
  • Clean cat’s water fountain before she kills me in my sleep
  • pare leather
  • Grocery store
    • cheap tissues for my desk at work
    • 2 pkgs ground turkey (3lb for $5.99)
    • canned beans (I think this week had the same brand on sale as my coupon – maybe that was last week)
    • chicken breast? (it’s on sale as cheap as it ever gets, but I still have some in by freezer.)
    • yellow onions
  • Make meatballs with the ground turkey, cook them, and then freeze them. If I get bored, make the rest into hamburger patties. Save out a pint or so for ma-po tofu.
  • Call my grandmother!

Oh! It’s not on the list, but I went to the gym this morning. If I can manage to get there on Friday, it’ll be almost like having a schedule.

Food I have
3 apples
lots of potatoes
collard greens
roasted red pepper
pickled kale
acorn squash
1/2 a purple onion on fridge
1 cucumber
some sliced cucumber in fridge (might not still be good)

leftover beef roast
chicken/duck stock
soft tofu

tzatziki sauce
honey butter
feta cheese
small bit of leftover shredded cheese
roasted red pepper cream cheese
1/2 pint heavy cream

1/2 honey wheat loaf made in bread machine – too dense to just eat plain
bits and ends of a semolina boule from Sunday
leftover biscuits

food I can make with that
beef sliced thinly with potatoes with garlic and onions.

breakfast on biscuits or bagels
dinner – sandwich? with turkey burger patty… cucumbers?… red pepper… mustard… maybe some grilled onion… tzatziki sauce?… can you just eat collard greens like lettuce?

free breakfast at faculty club
dinner – mashed potatoes (with the rest of tzatziki, some of the heavy cream, and the shredded cheese bits. And stock?) possibly with collard greens like colcannon

breakfast – either bagels or biscuits, whichever I didn’t have Thursday
dinner – roast squash – put half with pork in either a soup or a hash depending on the consistency. Have the other half for dessert.

Make soup for next week’s dinners

So there’s this SCA commons, but I have no idea whether there’s food or whether it’s pot luck or what. For that matter, I have no idea whether I want to go. It’ll probably depend on whether I offer anyone a ride.

If I don’t go, and if I bought chicken breasts, I’ll make Chicken Raft.

Bring Tea and Oil

I am pondering putting in an order to Mighty Leaf for some more luxury tea. I can’t really afford it this month, but maybe next month.

And I’m noticing that they always have free shipping for orders over $75, so if anyone in the area wants to join in the order, that’d be awesome, too.

But here’s what I’m pondering while I’m not actually buying yet:

one from Column A: (Sexy Dessert-type Black teas that I’ll drink any ole time)
Pear Caramel
Orchid Oolong (and don’t let the Oolong part fool you, this is a yummy dark tea)

and one from Column B: (Warm and Toasty Green teas full of flavour)
Hojicha (on sale right now, if I buy 100)
Kyoto Rice

My mother would go in on the order by buying their Darjeeling, but while it’s a very wonderful tea I’m not sure it’s wonderful enough for the price. Other places do very well at your standard black teas.

Oh, and remember when I was pimping the olive oil people? Alejandro & Martin? Well I liked their oil, but I got an email saying that they are probably going out of business. The only discount is off shipping if you spend over $250 (HA!), but I did go and pick up a couple 100mL bottles before they completely ran out.


So yesterday I was feeling antsy and a little achy, so I went for a leisurely three hour walk.

I bought some chocolate bars, popped into DiBruno brothers for some gooey cheese and a loaf of bread to eat it with, stopped in Williams Sonoma and registered for a free class on cocktail party tips (and ate yummy free samples), and then got some tea at Last Drop (which no longer carries Mad Hatter’s Teaparty, which doesn’t seem otherwise to exist outside of Canada) and sat outside to drink it with my cheese and bread.

Then I happened across a nifty block of Pine Street with a whole row of cute little boutique shops – my favorite one is here. Then I was almost there and I hadn’t been in a while, so I went over to check out Passional (NWS) – they now have two stores! – one for clothing and corsetry and a whole separate two-story shop with the sex toys and art gallery.

And then today, I went to the gym, too.

At work, however, I found out that I wasn’t supposed to work on Friday. It was a holiday and no one told me. However, my boss was there, too, and she saw me there. So I am going to get paid (overtime?) for showing up. Woo HOOO!

Also, I just tasted the chocolate I bought – Vosges’ macha tea dark milk chocolate – I am so happy – This stuff is incredible. It’s not astringent at all, just smooth and soothing.

Experimental risotto – Mushroom, bacon, and maple syrup

I think I’ll make mushroom risotto for dinner tonight – so the big question is whether I want to stick with what I know’ll be tasty or whether I want to try to add bacon and a tiny bit of maple syrup to change things up a bit.

I’m not usually a fan of maple syrup, but I think the bacon I usually use (for breakfast and stuff, I haven’t tried it in risotto yet) will taste… classier… with a bit of syrup drizzled about.

ETA: a drizzle of maple syrup worked even better than I expected.


this place in chinatown has all you can eat sushi… I think for $22, but I didn’t write that down.

According to the woman on the phone (who was busy and might be wrong), it is available Mon-Thurs 11:30am – 10:30pm and Fridays 11:30am – 11:30pm.

I work 1-9pm. So I could either go very early or very late – or on a day I am off.

Would anyone else be interested in:

  • Thursday, November 22 (Yes, it’s Thanksgiving, but I’ve only got the one day off, so I don’t have anything more elaborate planned)
  • Monday, December 24
  • Tuesday, December 25th (if they are open)
  • Thursday, December 27th

And, no, I have no idea how good the sushi is. I’ve never eaten there before, either.