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Dec. 14th, 2013

Pouring snow today-- all day. The little flakes that mean business, not the big fluffy ones. These are snowflakes so tiny that they are almost invisible, and they seem to be rushing at the ground, not dawdling down like the big kind.

Daughter and her friend took Hazel sledding. I mean, of course they got on the sleds and went down hill that way. Hazel ran along beside them barking in a celebratory manner.  They came back wet and cold, clomping through the house dripping snow everywhere. Girls had ice encrusted hair and pink noses. Hazel had a sad expression because she had been bullied into her sweater. Her nose is black.

I had a bunch of beets in the house, and I baked them, and then made them into Borscht. Beets, onions, butter and cream. Soup. It was hot and very very pink. I also made brownies and a pork roast which nobody ate. The pork will not be wasted. We will have it tomorrow, or I will freeze it, and we will have it some day.

Husband had a job in Rockaway Beach today, and was outdoors almost all day. They are doing a mold survey on a building that was damaged by hurricane Sandy.

He was pretty cold and tired when he got home. At times like that, soup is easier to think about than huge hunks of meat.

Son said "This one was good, you know sometimes your experimental soups are-- unpredictable."

I cannot argue, but it is hardly an experimental soup. True I did not look in a book, but it is one of the great soups of the world. I was walking a well traveled road with it.  And the color is so cheerful.

Anyway-- off to sleep now. Sleep well, all you. Stay warm.


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Dec. 15th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
Pork roast sounds good!
Here on the opposite side of the continent we are out of a deep freeze. Warmer and wetter now, almost tropical by comparison with a week ago. Only a couple of dustings of snow, and it's gone again. Figure it's saving up and gonna really dump one of these days.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds probable. And it is illogical, but that temperature swing really does seem to lead to colds and flu.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of it starts out as sinus problems... dry heated air indoors, cold dry air outside. Or cold damp air outside, and the constant change from one to another. I've found that when it's really cold and I wear extra clothing to combat the chill, I'll be too warm, even over heated inside, obviously not that good for overall comfort.
Dec. 15th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
Mmm, borscht. Mmm, pork. (I have been craving bbq.)

Deep sleep and warm wishes to you too!
Dec. 15th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC)
P.S. Regarding experimentation, I was at a party earlier tonight where I got to listen to people critique the dessert I'd improvised (since they hadn't seen me bring it in). Apparently it was weird and a little too "squirty" (one guy was warning others to eat it in one bite) but tasty enough (I'd planned to make cream cheese tarts, but the cream cheese had gone moldy, so I grabbed a package of instant pudding from the pantry and filled the phyllo shells with the [admittedly thin] custard instead, topping it with melted chocolate bark).
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me. After all, nobody complains that eclairs or jelly donuts are too squirty.
Dec. 15th, 2013 06:21 am (UTC)
Your Borscht sounds great! And it's good to hear that your daughter enjoys even in such tough weather :) Clever girl.
Stay warm!
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)
She had fun, and up early and out again today.
Dec. 15th, 2013 10:33 am (UTC)
And may you also sleep well and stay warm :-)
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I did. This weather is great for sleeping.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Good :-)
Dec. 15th, 2013 11:08 am (UTC)
No snow here. Unseasonably mild.

Thought of you yesterday. At a concert (see Mylodon blog) and their were wee choristers singing Holly and the Ivy, and Gaudete, both of which Kit may have sung.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:17 pm (UTC)
That is a delightful thought. Bet he was a cute little guy too. I wonder how much of the cadence and rhythm of his writing came from early steeping in music? We will never know-- I am sure he did not.
Dec. 15th, 2013 11:09 am (UTC)
I love the idea of unpredictable soup! :D Partner is very good at making unpredictable soup too. I make good thai soup, but otherwise my repertoire is rather limited :}

We have no snow here, in fact it is very mild for this time of year. I had a meeting in London last week though and it was freezing down there.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Snow has stopped now, and it is warmer. Still cold, but warmer. Hazel this morning disliked the slush.
Dec. 15th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Over here in the land of the Massachusett, we had 11 to 15 degrees and snow most of the night. The plows kept waking us, as we live on a main street that must be kept cleared for emergency vehicles. Toward morning it turned over to rain which means heavier piles of snow, which the snowblower may or may not be able to move. I was THRILLED that the babysitting I was scheduled for last night was cancelled!! No where to go today, so we three (Hubby, son and I) will work on the piles a little at a time, and clearing the two cars for work Monday morning.

We have a lot of 'unpredictable soups', too, as our Moms taught us NEVER to waste food, and a soup is a great way to toss in bits of meat and veggies which are not big enough on their own but contribute to a wonderful melange! And a soup is a WONDERFUL way to warm up!! Hope you've all rested up from your endeavors and have a restful day today!!
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
I am sure they are cursing the snow in Somerville this morning too.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
I have some barszcz in the freezer, ready for Christmas Eve. It's the same principle, but it's clear, without cream. It's the first time I've ever tried making it myself.

No snow for us here, just rain. The snow will come in January, if it comes at all.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
After son mentioned it I went to look on wiki. This is a soup with many sub-soups. Clear, creamy, with meat, without, with cabbage, without. It looks as if every country, (if not every grandmother,) had a different take on it.

As for mine, this morning there is little left.
Dec. 15th, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Stay warm, too! And agreed on soup -- it's easy and so warming! I love it when I get chilled.
Dec. 16th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
I am afraid I am no chef, and experimenting with food.. well, I don't ever have time to do that. Here in the Mid-West, it had snowed over a week ago, a big snowstorm. It is mild today with wind that knocked down our Christmas decorations out front. Our Nativity arch fell down and Snoopy's house is having structural issues! My kids have school all this week and then it will be winter break. I am afraid if I had vegetables like that I wouldn't know the first thing to do with them. I had always admired those who are clever enough and brave enough to make stuff like soup with them. My talents do not reach so far. I can open a can, and frost a cake like a good un, but...yeah. Not so good with scratch cooking...

Speaking of pork, my store is selling Applewood Smoked Pork everyday. They have ribs and roasts for sale, and I am always so broke, that I am literally tortured as I stand there waiting for customers to come to my lane. Yum! I love pork. XD

Have a great week and thank you for sharing!
Dec. 17th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
Experimental soups?
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