Friday, October 16, 2020

The problem with our now old, new

 eating schedule is that there are foods that take some hours to prepare. If you eat your main meal around Noon-ish anything that takes 4 or 5 hours to cook must be started, well, 4 or 5 hours before Noon - so that would be, what - 7 or 8am? Of course you have to factor in prep time so we're talking more like 6am. Cooking at 6am? Me? NOT!

Except for this morning. 

(So multitasking this morning- it's 6:50am and I just popped up to put some laundry on - community laundry room - want an early start).

I was vaguely awake around 5am, and since I knew I wanted to make beef stew today I got out of bed 'round 5:30am, had a bit of coffee and then set to browning meat and peeling potatoes. By 6am the slow cooker was bubbling away...with any luck at all lunch will be a bit late today, say 12:30 but - a nice beef stew ala Grace with biscuits for lunch, leftovers can be had for Sunday lunch and there you go.

Thing is - I've never been a morning person. I have no idea how I functioned in the 9 to 5 world for so many years. I've always felt that 5am was the perfect time to GO to bed, not get OUT of bed!

This morning, sitting sipping my first cuppa cawfee I glanced across the room, still bleary eyed and noticed this - 


I rather like the shadows. Also - this is crooked. And has been for some time. And I haven't straightened it. How's that for a change of attitude? Me, the obsessive straightener of all things crooked, shrugging and just letting it go...


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  1. We have something in common, I am the straightener of all things crooked as well. I swore when I had a cleaning lady she left all pictures on the wall crooked so we knew she dusted them. Drove me mad, as soon as she'd leave I'd spend the next few minutes straightening things on each level of our home.
    Stew sounds perfect for the cold that came in last night!. I have put it in the slow cooker last night so you don't have to do that at 6a unless you like to that is. :-)

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    1. That's what my shrink said - I would always straighten the pictures in his waiting room, and my fingers itched to do it in his office too. When I mentioned it to him he laughed and said the same as you - that he thought the cleaning lady did it to prove she dusted! I think that's funny. Cooking at 6am or cooking at 10pm - neither is an attractive option (oh hell, cooking at ANY time of the day is not an attractive option) - for quite some time now I have been in bed early and consequently up early (so unnatural) so the morning cooking thing was okay - Plus I don't want to re-heat the stew too many times. If I had put it up last night it would be more than done by this morning and then have to be re-heated for lunch and then the leftovers re-heated - Eh, too many re-heats for me.

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  2. That stew does sound good, but I don't cook much at all. Andy likes simple food, so it frees up a lot of time.

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    1. Basic meat and potatoes - not my favorite actually but occasionally I get a yen LOL Normally if a meal takes more than a half hour to cook I don't do it.

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  3. Beef stew sounds yummy as I sit here on a cool, foggy morning. I'm not a cook so this may a stupid question but if it's cooking in a slow cooker for 6.5 hours, why do you brown the meat before putting it in?

    Freaky shadow! Whenever one of our pictures is crooked yet the day before it wasn't, I always think we had an earthquake that we didn't feel but was strong enough to make the picture move. Yeah, I'm sounding all kinds of crazy today aren't I? Lol

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    1. You want to get a fast sear on the meat to seal in the juices and give it a nice crust and color. You don't put raw meat into a liquid unless you are making chicken soup!

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