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Cooking on a Gray Day [Dec. 6th, 2009|02:00 pm]
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Because I'm going to be both busy and very tired the next few days, and also had Sunday off from church, today has been a cooking day.

Bread is now in the oven, beginning to make that "brown bread baking" smell.

On top of the stove is a Concoction--at the moment more of a soup--with a base of homemade beef stock (2 quarts of it). To which I added, a chopped onion, sauteed, garlic ditto, 2 cups of cubed ham left from a holiday ham (the bone's in the freezer, whence it will emerge to become the base of a bean soup), a much larger amount of cooked cubed lamb that I froze before Thanksgiving, a large carrot, chopped, most of a bunch of celery (minus the leafy end that was chopped up for T-day stuffing), some chopped parsley, a large can of plain diced tomatoes and small can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilis, about half a jar of roasted red and yellow peppers, sliced up smallish, a jar of sliced mushrooms, bay leaf, and peppercorns. (The stock

This is a new combination for me, but the taste I had was what I'd hoped for. In the original plan, it was also going to have potatoes and green beans, and maybe be thickened to a more stew-ish consistency, but it's already 2/3 of the way up the pot and also it tastes great the way it is. Eaten with the homemade bread, it doesn't really need another starch.

As soon as the bread comes out, I'm going down for a nap, before heading down to the city for the orchestra rehearsal for Messiah this evening. I'm tired from yesterday still, despite what should've been enough sleep last night. Except for the bread pans after the bread comes out, the rest of the cleanup is done.

[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-12-07 04:49 am (UTC)

And the dress rehearsal's supposed to go until 10 pm tomorrow night.

And then the performance.

I ache all over--not a flu sort of ache, just worn thin (wish it WERE thin, but "worn fat" doesn't make sense.)
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[User Picture]From: madmoravian
2009-12-07 01:40 pm (UTC)
I was wondering around downtown Austin Sunday morning (looking for a place to eat), while in town for SMOFcon, and stumbled across St. David's. I couldn't remember if that was yours or Richard's church, but I thought about wandering in and seeing if a choir was singing.

Only the hotel restaurants are open at 8 a.m. in downtown. Others start opening at 9 a.m., so I had a good amount of time to wander. It was interesting wandering around an almost deserted Austin on a drab, drizzly morning.
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