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Oh, THERE'S Winter!

Shew!  I know it's normal for it to be cold in January, but I was just having to steel myself against turning on the AC *ten days ago*

And, of course, I have no idea where I put my gloves.  Which is stupid, because I have, like, four pair.  Luckily, I've no shortage of scarves and hats, and can always put my hands in my pockets.

That's one of the things I love about the cold:  I can pull out my warmest, fuzziest, Muppet-iest looking hats.  I only get to wear them a couple of months out of the year, so it's fun.  And I love getting compliments and being able to say "Thank you!  I made it!"  It gives me even more warm fuzzies.  :)

I *do* find it interesting that the more the men in my life hate a hat, the more compliments I get from random strangers (usually, but not exclusively, women.  And little kids.).

The cold snap means I need to get my butt out tomorrow with scarves for The Yarn Fairy Project.  I'd hoped to have more done by this point, but my wrists haven't been cooperating.  And I kind of lost momentum with everything else that went on in the latter half of last year.  But some is better than none, right?

I have to go to Franklin St. tomorrow on a VERY unpleasant errand.  I'm not entirely sure how to go about it, either.  When Kent started on The Great Pasta Making Project (tm), he asked me to get 5lbs of semolina.  I went to Med Deli's Market, which I adore.  They have all of these grains and beans and flours in huge open bags  right when you walk in the door.  it's so gorgeous and warming and nifty and makes me want to buy all the things.

So, I bought the semolina, brought it home, and immediately put it in glass jars.  Brand new, still in the packaging jars with the lock-down rubber seals.

Kent went looking to see if we had enough cornmeal for his latest project (more on that later) and discovered that the semolina has BUG EGGS in it.  Can I get an "Eeeeeew!" from the audience?

I love this place.  I want to see it thrive, in no little part because a) it's a locally owned business and b) it means I don't have to haul my lazy butt out to Carrboro when I have a barley emergency (hey!  These things happen!  I have weird eating habits, many of which involve grains).

Obviously, I'm not going to go in and make a loud fuss.  I'm just not sure how to make whoever is whoever is in charge on duty aware of the situation and the possible reason for it (the more I think about it, storage is the issue) AND get some sort of reimbursement without seeming rude.

Overthinking.  And, again...eeeew!

Back to the cornmeal (bug free, btw).  Robin's birthday was January 2, and Kent called to ask where she wanted to go for a belated birthday dinner.  Apparently, she enjoyed Kent's birthday supper that he made in lieu of going out (seafood pasta primavera), she asked for him to make food for her instead of going out.  She wants something "chili-ish" and cornbread.  The spousebeast already has the menu planned.

I love the idea (especially since I have been relegated to salad and bartender.  That means I can say "Sorry, chef.  I am but a humble bartender" when asked to chop peppers).  I kind of hope this is a trend.  Instead of going out for holidays/birthdays, we do it all in house.  Now, if someone wants the really fancy dinner at a restaurant, that's okay, too.  But most of our nearest and dearest (and yours truly) have some issues about crowds and/or loud noises and/or enforced "fun."  One of the things I love most about The Glass Asylum is that it is a shelter.  And we make damn good food.

I'm worried about the cornbread, though.  Kent's never made it from scratch before.  While I was shopping, I slipped a box of Jiffy mix in the buggy, just in case.

I think 2016 might be the year of food for us.  And feeding people.  I'm redoubling my hours at St. Joe's while I look for work.  I am also applying to volunteer at the farmer's market on Estes.  There seems to be a pull to nourish, to nurture.

More to come with the thinky thoughts.  I'm sure y'all are thrilled.


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Jan. 5th, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
Cornbread is super easy! The only tricky part is not overstirring it. I've even converted the classic recipe I use to lower carb, by using almond meal instead of regular flour.
Jan. 5th, 2016 11:40 pm (UTC)
If it is any consolation, I found 4 left gloves and only one right...
Jan. 5th, 2016 11:43 pm (UTC)
As far as I'm aware pretty much all flours come contaminated with stuff, because eggs survive the milling process. And if a flour is kept on the shelf too long, they'll hatch and start nomming their way through the flour.

And according to google the shelf life for Semolina flour is 30 days at room temperature, before the eggs will start hatching. Which is short compared to other flours. I'm surprised by that. Huh. Ah, okay, it's because Semolina flour is a rougher unbleached grain, so it goes through less processing which will kill the eggs.

I'd guess your batch of semolina flour had probably been in the store for almost a month then?
Jan. 6th, 2016 03:58 pm (UTC)
Good to know! I mentioned it to my mother, and she reminded me that she always used to freeze flour before storing it, then sift it.

She occasionally has useful advice. Go figure.
Jan. 6th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, if it's not gonna get used reasonably quickly, my mum stores flour in the freezer too.
Jan. 6th, 2016 01:00 am (UTC)
The day a North Carolina winter makes sense is the day after the world ends.

I'm with you on the greatness of hats. I made an awesome beret for myself last year. Then I had to make one for every female I work with in my department. And then this year I made one for a supervisor in another department. Now one of her employees wants one. Which I really need to finish, so let me get on that now.
Jan. 6th, 2016 02:53 am (UTC)
I would at the very least call the store and let them know their flour had bug eggs in it. They should give you something for it.
Jan. 6th, 2016 04:08 am (UTC)
whenever i have to point out a problem to a place i go regularly i start by telling them how much i like them.
i tell them that i am telling them this as a friend who wants them to succeed and that i'm sure they want to know if there is a problem.
then i tell them
it's not a complaint - it's a tip to help them
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
As a lover of unusual / crazy winter hats, I'm pretty much curious of yours :) If any luck (and you want to indeed) please share photos :)
Jan. 6th, 2016 10:07 am (UTC)
I always love the warm days, hoping winter will be bypassed, but I honestly love those cold days with the crisp air....
Jan. 6th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
the semolina has BUG EGGS in it

Omgggggggg. I would probably have sanitised the whole kitchen T_T; I don't deal well with creepy crawlies. I hope you'll find a nice way to give them feedback about the issue, and that you'll get reimbursed for your trouble.
Jan. 6th, 2016 05:29 pm (UTC)
I have been through every jar and every opened item in the kitchen, and it's just the semolina, thank the gods.

I am so boiling that container, though. *shudder*
Jan. 6th, 2016 05:28 pm (UTC)
Jiffy mix? Oh, yeah of little faith! I think everyone should have a Kent in their kitchen...
Jan. 6th, 2016 05:31 pm (UTC)
He doesn't bake. And I am leery about trying ANY recipe for the first time when you're having guests over (even if they are relatives).
Jan. 6th, 2016 06:53 pm (UTC)
I've done this all my life without knowing why.
Jan. 6th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
Too bad we humans cannot (yet) have the kind of influence over nature where bugs lay their eggs. If a way of accomplishing that were ever found and utilized, that'd save SO MUCH trouble.
Jan. 6th, 2016 09:03 pm (UTC)
I keep my gloves in the pockets of my coats! That is the only way I have found not to lose them. I have a coat closet, in which all the outerwear and shoes go. Gloves into the pockets of the coats they match, scarves draped over the bar, and then I hung a cloth shopping bag on a hanger and put hats in it. For me there's nothing worse than needing to get out the door and not being able to find what I need! (But I am obsessive.)

I love that your pull is to nourish and nurture. More food posts!! (And yes, eww on the bugs!)
Jan. 10th, 2016 03:51 pm (UTC)
Winter is here, too :)!
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