Dear Diary

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PLNs coming to close

I have two more meals to complete and pack, and one GIGANTIC stew to make with the rest of the veggies and to pack that... then I'm firkin DONE with meal prep.

Next step - documenting all this noise.

That promises to be some degree of "fun". How much all depends on how much I can be arsed by the end of it all. Details in my foodie blog when and if I can get motivated to do that. Recipe by recipe. Because of course I have to do it that way.

I have to explain a few things, including what the hell "rendered ham" is. I may have re-invented something. I don't know. All I know is that it produces that clear brownish jelly that I, a self-confessed chaos gremlin, used to adore in tinned ham and I am DOWN with that.

Stay tuned for that fun.

For now... I have a story to create. I may need to watch a few kitten videos first though.

Because - There's outbreaks of Covid-19 happening, threats of more happening, and the muppet-in-chief is using every page from the Fascist Dictator Playbook, over in the states.

I firkin NEED kitten videos and fluffy adorable things before I can write a better world for peeps out there.

May my story be a kitten video for others.

Wednesday, Depression looms

I have left: One more sugarloaf than I have Wombok to match, and my version of coodles involves an even numbering of both for a fair flavour profile. I also have some untouched Bok/Pak Choy [I am too white to tell the difference, forgive me], a brace of spring onions, a plethora of broccoli, and a whole honkton of teeny zucchini and UNBELIEVABLY HUGE carrots.

I am seriously pondering making Coodles2: Electric Boogaloo - aka Carrot Noodles and seeing if that

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Strange Projects

I have created some Zucchini and Carrot cheese bake, and I have re-invented Quiche, this morning. I also owe my Patrons some stuff.

Not a lot of progress, but at least I seem to be maintaining my two hundred words per day this week. So far, so good.

Recipes in my foodie blog as soon as I can wrangle it.

My attention, for the most part, is making good foods. I'm also washing up some of my old takeout boxes so I

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A Case of the Mondays

Saturday was acquisition. Sunday was prep. I managed to accomplish:

  • Butter mushrooms
  • Thin coodles(cabbage noodles)
  • 1 big batch of cauli mash
  • Butter-fried eggplants

I did create broodles [broccoli noodles] but I haven't cooked those yet and I should probs give those bad boys a light steaming. That's something that can happen today.

Today's plans include watching Toasty stream [it's 1AM right now], writing, and cooking up some meat portions to go with some veg into a few prepped meals. Mostly because

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Meal Prep Extravaganza

I have spent very close to three hundred and fifty-five dollars on ingredients, almost all of which shall be turned into tasty pre-prepared meals because my default mode is heat-then-eat.

There's a lot of cauliflower, and I was able to get some ENORMOUS mutant cauliflower, so that means a lot of cauli mash. Delish.

I might be attempting a crustless quiche [aka "Egg Casserole"] at some point later in the day. There's going to be a LOT of cooking. Alongside the cauliflower,

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Success?

I've learned another lesson: Don't try to get fancy with my bread scoring. My loaves split in the wrong way, but they're still tasty bread and they're still going out to the peeps I promised them to. Lord alone knows how, but they're both going out on Monday afternoon.

Fun.

Between then and now, I have PLNs to go forth and acquire vegetables. There shall be lots of cooking and packing pre-made meals. Plus documenting the same on my foodie blog.

I

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Bread Day and Muffins

Today I am making wholemeal loafs to go out to others not me. One for Chaos' teacher and one for Capt. S at her insistence. The starter harvest, gathered closer to midnight last night than the dawn, has gone into an attempt at Health Muffins(tm) that also utilise the bruised and wrinkly apples that miss Chaos no longer wishes to go near.

Recipe will be appearing in my foodie blog as soon as I care to document them.

I am, however,

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Disorganised today...

...datorganised tomorrow. Of course, tomorrow never comes because it's today when it gets here.

I have PLNs to make some wholemeal loaves, starting tomorrow. I shall be gifting one to Chaos' teacher. What happens to the other one all depends on who puts their hands up for a loaf first.

I've asked MeMum. Next, I shall ask Capt. S. After that, Chaos' bus lady gets her chop. If all refuse, I might offer to neighbours, IDK. Or I might enjoy some toast

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Wednesday (doonk doonk)

Halfway through the week and how does being busy help the time fly?

There's still a LOT of bread at home and I'm wondering whether to start gifting loaves to people [would they be grateful?] or just... keep the starters alive until we need bread again.

I'm pretty sure I can mail a loaf to MeMum with an overnight parcel. That'll be fun to watch.

I'll have to ask ppl if they actually want a loaf before I try sending them to

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From Mission Impossible to Yakety Sax

Today's PLN includes a trip to my shrink, a mission for cream and maybe strawberries, and the usual nonsense that is what passes for a life in my neck of the woods.

Thusly, I shall be posting what there is of my Patreon offerings first. I know I'm writing in my novel again, but there's still not a finished chapter because the chapter in progress isn't long enough.

I do not have more of much. Sorry Patrons. At least I should be

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Monday Morning Extended Version

Toasty has moved her stream times to Monday Morning at Fuckoff AM, my time. So I face the beginning of the week with lack of sleep as a bonus score. Fortunately, my Beloved did some of the good math and figured out I should fall asleep REAL early so I could get enough rest to face my long-arse day with at least vigor.

It's worked. I have some tinned caffeine to imbibe when I flag later on today. I have yet to

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I learn a lot, I do little

Yesterday, I spent most of my time just waiting for my dough to grow. It didn't, really. So I gave up and did the proofing basket thing et cetera.

As I explained it to beloved, prepping the dough for baking from the proofing baskets goes like: Fold... fold... fold, fold, fold... foldfoldfoldfoldfold... gotcha!

A process made even more interesting by the fact that the liners for my improvised proofing baskets freaking disintegrated and I had to make do with tea towels, which

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Two-parter Bread Days, I guess

So here's the thing with sourdough:

  1. You need to give your starter time to rise before you use it.
  2. This takes a majority of the morning.
  3. When you do use it, there's still mixing the dough and letting it sit for a while (aka Autolysing) before you add it to your stuff.
  4. Then there's stretching and folding at set intervals [1/2 hour to 1 hour depending on your mood, what the dough likes, etc] which you do a minimum of four
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Friday. It's time for bread

So. This morning so far is:

  • Feed cats
  • Consult with Beloved visavis bread making [it's white loaves this time]
  • Feed starters
  • Make pancakes out of harvest for Chaos
  • Realise that Chaos wants to eat them at home (fml)
  • See Chaos off to school
  • Finish making the pancakes
  • Prep for bread [weighing, sifting, containing]
  • Finally have coffee and pills
  • Unfuckening the house
  • And now I get to sit down and work for a change

It's been a busy morning, and I still haven't

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So Far...

It's headed towards the end of the week and I'm incrementally progressing on getting things done. This week, I managed to get all of my scheduled output online on time instead of derping out and forgetting for a majority of the time.

Tomorrow promises to be bread day(tm) and I'm actually pondering doing a wholemeal run and a whitebread run consecutively because some dough just rises quicker. The problem is - I no longer have proper lining for my proofing baskets.

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