Reub's journey

19 February 2013

Random stuff



I was in a waiting room at a clinic, pondering the choices made by whoever furnishes such places. All hard lines and stiff chairs, but always with the kindly-provided tissue box for patients with bad news or colds. Who thought to display the plastic car driven by M&M figures? ("And why on earth is she taking that picture" was clearly on the mind of the only other person in the room.)




This is the coolest thing in my house right now: a bowl of great big lemons. I made a lemon meringue pie with the juice of just half a lemon. I have to think of some other uses because these mustn't go to waste.  And don't tell me to make lemonade! I already know that thing about what to do when life gives you lemons.




I spent all Saturday in a Chinese cooking class. Dude had the best knife. All of us wanted that little cleaver, but he brought it from Szechuan...so it's on my wish list for next time I happen to be there.




The ice on the path was trying to spell my name, but couldn't remember how to do the Rs. Still, it was impressive to manage the KE--Y.




For months now I've been intense about homemade pizzas. They disappear so fast that it's just as I suspected: the pizzas are eating each other! The pesto pizza is eating the pepperoni pizza...




...which reminds me of these boulders at the beach on Sunday.

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    1. You don't live that far from here. I bet you could be here in a few hours. I know you're an amazing Italian cook, but I would be pleased to whip up a coupla pizzas for you.

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  2. thanks for the smiles! :)

    i squeeze 2 fresh lemons each night into my hot green tea. between the antioxidants of the tea and the acidic properties of the lemon, it helps do my body good. :)

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    1. I'm definitely adding lemon to my water and tea these days. But one of these lemons produces over 2/3 cup of juice!!! I should just freeze the juice, saving it for a day when I'm lemon-less.

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  3. Ditto on the pizza. I think hubby is doing the cooking tonight and I doubt it is pizza. Your name in ice, wonder what that means.

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    1. Yeah. I wonder too. I'm trying not to think of it as an ominous thing, but still.

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  4. It's amazing what Chinese chefs can do with a cleaver. I once saw a fellow cut a carrot the long way and he ended up with an eight by ten inch piece of carrot paper.

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    1. Wow that carrot paper sounds amazing. This guy had to be a bit cautious b/c he is the principle trumpet for Portland & Eugene Opera companies, as well as trumpet prof in the OSU school of music. Gotta watch those fingers! He was still mighty handy with that knife.

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  5. lemons, oh lemons, the light of my winter...
    ginger blast tea (lemons, ginger, garlic, hot water, honey - more details if you want 'em - it's a good wellness, don't get sick drink AND a get better quick drink!)
    lemon garlic peppercorn dressing!!! YUM! lemon juice, about a head of garlic, 10 peppercorns - blend while adding a cup of olive oil. eat on your salad and anything getting neighborly with your salad.

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    1. Ah yes, I remember that tea! Garlicky! I think the salad dressing is a great idea; that's what I'll do for starters. These lemons are crazy-full of juice.:)

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  6. I'll take the pesto, which is just as well because there's a lot more of it, and I'm hungry.

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    1. Good choice. Pesto is my favorite too.

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  7. Oh, you are too cute. I can totally see your name in the ice. You and your photography are so creative. I did NOT need to see those pizzas as I started back on my diet yesterday.

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    1. There's one pizza that I make that isn't too fattening; it's a margherita pizza, really simple and good: I bet you could have it even if you're on a diet. Honest, you won't gain an ounce!

      I'm glad somebody else can see those letters in the ice, and it's not just my over-active imagination.:)

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  8. From medical office decoration to lemons, to knives, to ice writing, to pizza eating pizza and big boulders eating smaller boulders is indeed random stuff. Cool random stuff!

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  9. I juiced two bags of Meyer lemons and then froze the juice. I've made three lemon pies so far. No merengue though, whipped cream.

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    1. I hadn't made a lemon meringue pie in ages & it tasted soooo good. I saw whipped cream versions, but this was just as easy, so why not? Next up: whipped cream.

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  10. pacman stones! i guess you can't order a sharp knife off the internets ...

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    1. Pacman pizzas, especially. Hmmmmm, I feel sure that I could order as many cleavers as I wanted off the internet, but I have to feel it in my hand to see if the heft is just right, y'know? The heft of his was perfect.

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  11. Chinese cooking class! Which kind of Chinese cuisine is he teaching.

    Also one loves those cleavers for chopping and dicing and such.

    (nice looking pizza)

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    1. He was from Chengdu, so it was Szechuan style "street food." Meaning it was not fancy and designed to stick to your ribs. We made what he called "magic sauce" (used on everything), cold noodles, Dan Dan Noodles, and Yang Zhou fried rice. He brought in some killer chili sauce, which we added to taste, but I was surprised that he didn't use Szechuan peppercorns. I would definitely add some of those to his "magic sauce:"
      1/2 cup light Chinese soy sauce
      Minced fresh ginger, garlic, green onions to taste
      1/2 tsp or so of sugar
      1 tsp or more of hot chili oil
      1 tsp Japanese sesame oil
      A dash of rice vinegar, if desired.

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  12. Yes, I make a similar sauce although I love the szechaun peppercorns so I would always add them. I think it would be amazing to go to Chengdu someday.

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    1. Chengdu would be an awesome destination. Hopefully without the re-occurrence of an earthquake.

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  13. I love the randomness and creativity of your photos. The icy near-spelling of your name is very cool. The lemons look like sunshine in a bowl. And most of us would never question your taking that photo in the clinic.. we'd be right alongside you doing the same.

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    1. Hilary, thanks. I would have felt less self-conscious if somebody else had a camera...and that puzzled lady would have REALLY wondered what was going on!

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  14. Love this collection of randomness. We love homemade pizza too. It is hard to stop eating it. The cooking class sounds like great fun!

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    1. I love going to cooking classes; the other students are quite interesting, plus everybody gets to eat what they made.

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  15. You're right about the pesto pizza eating the other pizza. Good to photodocument these things.

    I hope your trip to a waiting room was routine.

    The lemons are huge and all the pictures are beautiful. Of course.

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    1. That's right! You have to keep your eye on inanimate things: they're much more wily than anybody thinks!

      Yes, I was at the clinic for a routine thing and all is well:)

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