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09 July 2013 @ 11:28 pm
it's the little things.  
So after several days of heat-wave temperatures (90+), we've had two really cool days, which have been lovely. I did things that weren't lying in front of a fan and trying to read! How exciting! Yesterday and today I:

- went for walks to different fancy food stores, looked longingly at cheeses I couldn't afford
- (I did buy myself a little orange olive oil cake from the bakery case, though, because I've wanted to try olive oil cake for a while. It was delicious.)
- curled up under a blanket to watch TV (I probably could have closed the window, but I *like* curling up under blankets.)
- had hot chocolate for dessert tonight!
- cooked actual food. Yesterday I made a pot of polenta and some black beans (I used canned beans, but cooked them with garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, and red wine vinegar; I ate some of them over some of the polenta, and figure I'll use the rest in quesadillas). Today it was cool enough to use the oven, so I roasted a tray of carrots and broccoli, and then roasted the mushrooms I got from the other food store (the cheeses were still expensive there, but the produce was comparable to the grocery stores in the area). I ate half the mushrooms with grated parmesan over more polenta, alongside some of the vegetables; haven't decided what I'll do with the rest.

(Conversation I had with my mother, who doesn't believe that a meal is really complete without meat, although other animal proteins will do in a pinch:
me: So I had the black beans with polenta; it was pretty good.
Mom: But where was the protein?
me: Mom. Beans have lots of protein.
Mom: Yeah, that's what they say.

So apparently my mom thinks there is some sort of great beanspiracy going on?)
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on July 10th, 2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
Olive oil cake sounds wonderful. So does that meal. We made baked beans last week and they were ridiculously filling (probably all that fictitious protein). Granted, they had ham in them, but not a lot of it, and also maple syrup and bourbon because my cooking philosophy really does boil down to "everything's better with booze!"

So very happy it has cooled down. The weekend was pretty awful.
tempestsarekind: captain jack harkness: MAKES THE TEA!tempestsarekind on July 10th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I don't do much baking, partly because I am at a pretty rudimentary level in the kitchen, and partly because I don't have much space at all (so, no room for kneading and cooling racks and things), but mostly because then I have a whole cake/batch of muffins/pan of brownies to eat all by myself. Which I *can* do, but probably shouldn't. :) So I was really glad to try olive oil cake without having to make or buy a whole one!

I really didn't know that my mother didn't believe in bean protein until the other day! (Well, she thinks they have some protein, apparently, but that the amounts have been vastly exaggerated. Or something.) I've never tried to make baked beans - I bet yours were delicious! "Better with booze" is an excellent philosophy. :)

I think I'm growing to dislike hot weather even more than winter, which is unexpected. (Not that I am a *fan* of winter, mind.) I can put on layers and grit my teeth when it's cold, at least...
La Reine Noire: Tealareinenoire on July 10th, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
Well, the bourbon was an excellent idea for baked beans and we're definitely doing that one again. I pretty much always throw some sort of red wine into pasta sauce because it's not really pasta sauce without wine (at least not for me). But that really is the extent of my cooking--I can't follow recipes to save my life and I do not know why. And whatever baking gene that my mother and my sister both have completely jumped over me. Which is why I love slow cooker recipes. ;)

I've always preferred winter to summer (some irrational toddler part of me still loves snow), so this kind of heat makes me just want to hide in basements. Plus, as you say, you can always put on more clothing. What gets me is the humidity. I can't abide it.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 10th, 2013 11:50 pm (UTC)
One of these days, I want to take cooking lessons, and also get a slow-cooker! I think the latter would probably improve my life more quickly (and I would probably make more meat dishes, because it's hard to undercook things in a slow-cooker).

I used to really dislike snow, possibly because you couldn't just do the safe, sensible thing and stay off the roads when they got bad; we always still had to go to school/work. But I'm getting better - and having taller boots has really helped! (I can't believe it took me so long to come to that realization.)

I think hiding in basements is perfectly valid. I go to the library a lot, which helps. :)
litlover12 on July 14th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
My mom and I put olive oil in almost everything we bake. Part of being Italian, I guess. So I suppose you could say all our cakes are olive-oil cakes. :-)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 14th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, I'm not entirely sure how much olive oil a cake has to have before it qualifies as olive-oil cake; possibly it just makes things sound fancy. :)
litlover12 on July 15th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
I should look that up, because I'm not sure either!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on July 15th, 2013 02:56 pm (UTC)
If you find out, let me know. :)