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The past few days... 
Mar. 21, 2011 10:31 pm 
Updated: Mar. 23, 2011 3:29 am
Sorry friends, that I've been not only silent, but absent also..!  Now is the first time I've fired up the puter for more than searching for "that" recipe in days...  Seems the lives of both Stevie, and Crazycook came to a schreeching halt - J's position at work was eliminated two weeks ago, and I've had little to no "alone" time here at the "casa de crazy" since.  Unfortunately, my response to not being alone... is simply to STOP all activity, well short of "must do's!" 

I had promised myself that by Sun nite, I'd be finished with the comforter cover... it's still where I left it a week ago...  Then, I'd ordered some stackable type furniture for my sitting room... which arrived Friday (early) rather than today...  Needless to say, Fri eve & all day Sat were spent assembling, and figuring out just how to "build" an entertainment center with the 6 pieces I bought...  Last night, I finally was in the mood to cook... that went out with the hand basket (if you get my drift...) as J drug some guy home just about dinner time, & they yacked for two hours - sitting at MY breakfast bar, no less!  (How dare they?)  About 9:30 last nite I made a tuna salad sandwich! 

It must have been Sunday early afternoon that I found myself talking (by phone) to Audie for an hour.  Being from the UK, and me having lived there a lifetime ago, we got to chatting Brit cooking, and how some of the dishes have rather "unique" names... like "soles in their coffins."  (Audie pointed out, up my alley when I get that hearse!)  Meantime, I had grabbed my two books and perused as we continued talking...  Many of the rec's I didn't recognize name or ingredients, but began to look and chat... a TRUE feat for me!  "Colcannon" now just what is that?  Turns out a Scottish version of a veggie dish I've made a time or two, "bubble and squeak."  How fun!  I had l/o cabbage and spuds with remaining corned beef - that would be perfect for Sat's dinner... yes, the one that NEVER HAPPENED!  So, I bubbled and squeaked this evening, making "wow wow sauce" and reheating some corned beef in it's juices.  Ok, so I left the kitchen long enough that the veg pan burned on the bottom, after barely browning for some time... but still, it was interesting - boring, but interesting!  The wow wow sauce was fun, but subbing yellow mustard for English mustard, that flavor was a bit overpowering, but still worked well to spruce up the veggies, and even on the meat.  (note to self, make post it note in cookbook re wow wow!) 

To top off the past few days, it was cooler and cloudy today and then rain came... a GOOD rain, slow and steady, as would soak in rather than run off!  However, this just didn't help me out of the funk I'd been in for over a week!

Now, if I can get my toilet to stop leaking all over the floor...  Perhaps the sun will shine tomorrow, and prod me to pull the toilet off the floor to see just what is going on!  Today, a friend put a new wax ring on it... still leaking... but all else is dry so it's not dripping off the tank, or the water supply hose... it would seem that it MUST be the seal, stool to drain!  I'm hoping simply "if you want it done right..."  However, I really need to boot my rear end out the door to the grocery, also!  Too many chores, and too little time!  I guess that it's not surprising that I become overwhelmed at times... seems the "to do" list grows, rather than shortens, as time passes! 

I truly am in hopes that Crazycook returns soon, preferably tomorrow!

I know it's not all that late by my standards, but I am getting tired (again! - seems I'm always tired these days!) so I guess it best to turn on my elec. blanket to warm up the bed, and hope for an early night!  I'll be back soon!  Be happy, be healthy, be crazy!!

Mar. 22, 2011 3:27 am
hello Stevie, boy we have missed you...i know about not having my alone time...drives me nuts...maybe J will find a new job soon...or find a hobby to get him out under foot...i can't cook or clean or any thing when some one is under foot...well your food sounds good...i haven't been cooking much...warmer weather...we just don't eat as much..hope things look up soon & you feel better...friend...judy
Mar. 22, 2011 7:51 am
Sorry bub, Colcannon belongs to the Irish. Its not Scottish, and its only boring if the cook makes it boring. By the by.. You might want to check the ballcock tube in your tank. Your leak problem could be as simple as the tube coming free of the clasp. A sure problem of spraying within the tank & leaking out the back.
Lee B 
Mar. 22, 2011 1:41 pm
Well Jay just said what I was going to say so...Hope that solves the problem of your leaky loo! I cannot clean OR cook if someone is "hanging" around my kitchen bar area without an invite...however I think I may have a solution. Hand the interloper a towel to dry dishes, a spoon to stir something,etc...most will find something else they HAVE to take care of immediately! ;) I do enjoy the company, but sometimes I just need MY SPACE! Good luck to J on finding new employment.Take care Crazycook!
Mar. 22, 2011 7:17 pm
Judy, are you SURE we're not twins?lol! Thanks Ray, I just double checked cookbook which is info I trusted... but another source agrees with you... I stand corrected - Colcannon is Irish! I will look at the pot, but stil think it's a seal issue at floor height. Lee, thanks for the tip! Like it or not, the crazykitchen is MY SPACE, AND MINE ALONE! Otherwise, guess I'll hang my "cook's out to lunch" sign! (Well, think I originally worded, out for cocktails!)
Mar. 23, 2011 3:29 am
lol Stevie we just might be twins...if the man had been home this long i would have pulled out the DUCK about do when he has two days off...later friend....judy
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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