Archive for April, 2020

26
Apr
20

beef soup with noodle squares

a few pictures

a hearty beefy soup, wit the addition of a thickening agent, a stew

a beef soup/stew for the instant pot

prep the following:

egg noodle semolina recipe, roll out and cut into good size noodle squares, set aside

prep veggies, onion, carrot celery, a pinch of oregano, paprika, parsley and thyme, a bit of tomato paste and a few garlic cloves minced

leaf a few brussell sprouts, slice mushrooms

slice and cube beef season with salt, pepper and marinate if possible

set instant pot to saute, high and let come to temp

with a bit of oil, brown beef, remove from pot

add to pot onion, celery and carrot mixture with your seasonings

cook till wilted and soft

add sprout leaves, mushrooms and tomato paste to pot

mix and cook several minutes

return beef to pot, with broth top to fill line of pot.

cover, reset and set to stew soup setting about 15 minutes low pressure

at end of cycle release pressure , remove cover, reset to saute high, add noddle squares when the pot begins to boil

cook the noodle squares till tender, reset and set to keep warm setting

add more broth if necessary.

serve with crusty bread

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26
Apr
20

no knead bread

a bread recipe that involves minimal labor with great results!

adapted form Garden Fork YouTube posting

I need bread I just didn’t knead this loaf !

measure by weight

430 grams flour

9 grams salt

1/2 teaspoon yeast ~1 gram

mix the above ingredients

add  245  345 grams water

with a spatula mix until all is incorporated  , dough will be shaggy, DO NOT KNEAD

cover as is and let rise about an hour or two or more depending on room temperature or in oven with light on to prove.

line a bowl with baking paper (parchment)

carefully turn out the dough to a floured surface, fold top , bottom , and sides and gently tuck into a ball.

carefully transfer dough to the parchment lined bowl smooth side (top) up.

let rise again about an hour or as necessary.

preheat oven to 425 or better with a covered crock or casserole in oven.

When at 425 remove crock, carefully lift by the parchment paper, the dough and place in heated cock, cover with the heated lid, return to oven.

bake for about 20 minutes

remove lid and bake for about 20 minutes more at a lower temp, about 350 degrees.

remove from oven , lift by parchment and let cool, remove baking paper.

UPDATE: I make this recipe often as it’s easy and less labor than other recipes. Now I usually let rise in a crock, covered bowl etc. Then, turn out dough to a non stick bread pan, let rise again and bake. Super Simple ! You could actually let it rise in the baking pan itself !

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430 grams of flour

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9 grams of salt

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about 1/2 teaspoon yeast

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345 grams water

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pour in the water

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just mix till combined

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after about an hour (or so)

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prepare a bowl with parchment baking paper

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gentle fold the dough and from into a ball

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into the bowl…

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cover and let rise

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a heated covered crock

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risen blistered dough

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place into heated crock or casserole

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into a well heated oven about 425 degrees Fahrenheit

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reduce heat , uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or so

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done

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bottom of loaf

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soft airy crumb

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toast test

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buttered up

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02
Apr
20

shopping and comment

An Instacart delivery, shopping pricesimg_20200402_121621

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20
Items Delivered
2
Adjustments
Adjustments (ALDI)
2
Replacements
Bone-In Assorted Pork Chops image
Bone-In Assorted Pork Chops (~ 2.7 lb)
2.7 lb x $1.99
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops image
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (~ 1.35 lb)
1.46 lb x $3.49
Deutsche Küche Fall Harvest Soup image
Deutsche Küche Fall Harvest Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup image
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
ALDI
20
Frozen
Fremont Fish Market Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp image
Fremont Fish Market Medium EZ Peel Raw Shrimp (12 oz)
1 x $5.49
$5.49
Fremont Fish Market Value Pack Tilapia Fillets image
Fremont Fish Market Value Pack Tilapia Fillets (32 oz)
1 x $6.59
$6.59
Meat & Seafood
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Thighs image
Kirkwood Fresh Chicken Thighs (~ 3.67 lb)
3.79 lb x $1.29
$4.89
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops image
Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops (~ 1.35 lb)
1.46 lb x $3.49
$5.10
Beverages
Nature's Nectar 100% Lemon Juice image
Nature’s Nectar 100% Lemon Juice (32 fl oz)
2 x $2.75
$5.50
ALDI Finds
Specially Selected Plain Lamb Leg Roast image
Specially Selected Plain Lamb Leg Roast (~ 2.5 lb)
2.36 lb x $5.99
$14.14
Dairy & Eggs
Friendly Farms Whole Milk image
Friendly Farms Whole Milk (1 gal)
1 x $3.09
$3.09
Emporium Selection Parmesan Italian Cheese Wedge image
Emporium Selection Parmesan Italian Cheese Wedge (8 oz)
1 x $4.19
$4.19
Happy Farms Mozzarella Cheese Block image
Happy Farms Mozzarella Cheese Block (8 oz)
1 x $1.85
$1.85
Happy Farms White American Cheese Singles image
Happy Farms White American Cheese Singles (12 oz)
1 x $1.65
$1.65
Household
Boulder Napkins image
Boulder Napkins (250 ct)
1 x $1.65
$1.65
Produce
White Mushrooms, Package image
White Mushrooms, Package (8 oz)
1 x $1.45
$1.45
Iceberg Lettuce image
Iceberg Lettuce (each)
1 x $1.55
$1.55
Boston Lettuce image
Boston Lettuce (each)
1 x $2.09
$2.09
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad image
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad (12 oz)
1 x $1.45
$1.45
Cara Cara Oranges, Bag image
Cara Cara Oranges, Bag (3 lb)
1 x $4.29
$4.29
Canned Goods
Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes image
Happy Harvest Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz)
2 x $0.95
$1.90
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup image
Deutsche Küche Harvest Potato Soup (28 oz)
1 x $2.19
$2.19
Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies image
Casa Mamita Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (10 oz)
2 x $0.75
$1.50
Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers image
Pueblo Lindo Chipotle Peppers (7 oz)
1 x $1.35
$1.35
ALSO Amazon, Walmart
Track package
Amazon Brand – Solimo 2-Ply Toilet Paper, 350 Sheets per Roll, 30 Count
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
$19.99

 

 

    • Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, 7 oz
      Sun-Maid California Mission Figs, 7 oz
      $5.48
    • (3 Pack) BRUNSWICK Sardine Fillets in Spring Water, 3.75 Ounce Can, No Salt Added, High Protein Food and Snacks
      (3 Pack) BRUNSWICK Sardine Fillets in Spring Water, 3.75 Ounce Can, No Salt Added, High Protein Food and Snacks
      $4.23

 

  • Suavitel Fabric Softener, Field Flowers – 135 fluid ounce
    $6.84
  • Southern Style Nuts, Hunter Mix, Gourmet, 30 Oz.
    Southern Style Nuts, Hunter Mix, Gourmet, 30 Oz.
    $8.94
  • Sun-Maid California Sun-Dried Raisins, 22.58 Oz.
    Sun-Maid California Sun-Dried Raisins, 22.58 Oz.

    Qty: 2

    $7.96

    $3.98 /ea
      • (4 pack) Barilla Pasta Ditalini, 16.0 oz
        (4 pack) Barilla Pasta Ditalini, 16.0 oz
        $5.12
        King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5 lb. Bag(2 Pack) King Arthur Flour Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 5 lb. Bag
        $7.36
  • Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner, 5 Count Dissolving Tablets
    Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner, 5 Count Dissolving Tablets
    $9.98

We have been accustomed to shopping for groceries online for years so the new stay at home rules for shopping by social distancing and not contributing to gathering is nothing thaqt should disrupt shopping. From my previous postings on shopping, labor and  time saving  with convenience  is gained by  having others shop and deliver fresh food items through businesses like  Instacart, Peapod and Drizzly.  Now other grocers have jumped on the wagon to supplement restrictions of the brick and mortar in person shopper, Also not to mention those restaurants that employ or partner with delivery services.

But there are a few questions about how and if the internet and support systems can handle the load now that more people are utilizing that platform.

First and foremost, the system relays on people.  If those systems in place did not take into account the need for shorter, limited or longer  hours, worker protections and other measure that allow employees to work safely, how will they fare during a pandemic or other disaster?  Also note that this disaster effects people, not any damage is done to physical objects, loss or damage to property. Quarantine as a cure could reduce staff during peak demands.

Can the online retailers fully support the customer and accommodate the heavy demand? Same for delivery services  Some responsibility also falls to the manufacturing sector in the fact that any of today’s products may have an unprecedented spike in demand.

Acceptance of a changed quality of life does not sit well with some people as we strive to follow new guidelines for protection and measures that are needed to insure our health and minimize loss of life. Those who are of age remember the preparations and guidelines during the nuclear age.

It’s a stark difference on some online shopping platforms, many delays, and items started to appear out of stock or not offered for delivery. Those self employed gig workers now find themselves re valued as essential business able to operate while others are told to shutter their doors. Business that were reluctant to bring their business online now  reconsider adding it as an option and those who have strictly have operated online struggle to keep up with demands and protect their employees.

Did business see the wild card being played? Of course not. Will they have an effective pandemic policy plan in place or other policy for disaster mitigation with minimal loss of business?  Woefully we may never know whats in the cards until they are played. Hind site is 20/20 .

 

 

 




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