The last of my Japanese friends left on Friday Oct.12th, but since then I've been working incredibly long hours to make up for how under-productive I was when they were here. I worked right through the weekend of the 13th/14th, and had a business trip to another city in the following week. Last Friday the 19th I worked until 2:00 in the morning! I was too wired to sleep after that, so I went to our local 24-hour market and did my food shopping for the weekend. I can't say I've ever done my grocery shopping in the middle of the night before. New experience! Surly staff. Note to self: Don't do that again. I finally went to bed at five a.m., which made for a low-energy Saturday. Sunday was great, however. I spent the day cooking and hanging out with my family. I've missed cooking.
First I boiled regular potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots in chicken broth, then I took the veggies out and cooked Basmati rice in the broth. When that was cooked, I added endamame beans and saffron. While the rice was cooking, I put four pieces of sole in the oven. After it was done, I chopped it up and mixed it with grated Havarti cheese, chopped chives, parsley, and salmon cream cheese. I cooked two cups of shrimp separately, and mixed them with the fish. Meanwhile, I melted butter over the root vegetable mix. This was our lunch on Sunday.
Later, I baked a lemon blueberry cake with a lemon glaze, and made delicious hamburgers from scratch. I always fill them full of herbs and spices, and mix them with a small amount of grated raw onion before I cook them.
Am I making anyone hungry yet? :D
Just in case I'm giving anyone the impression that I'm a perfect cook, I'll confess that I did accidentally make some guacamole that is way too spicy for human consumption. My husband calls it the Molotov Cocktail sauce and looks at me in fear when I put it on his plate. Actually, every time I open the fridge and see that big jar with its sinister green contents, I can't help feeling a little stab of apprehension. It only contains one measly little jalapeno pepper, for crying out loud. It must have been an extra potent one. They really seem to vary in strength. Does anyone else have experience with spicy peppers?
Fluffy got really sick while my guests were here. He lost his appetite and started losing weight. His appetite had been getting gradually more iffy for some time. Finally we reached the point where even his Fancy Feast failed to produce any feline enthusiasm. He lost a little weight, but not enough to really worry me. I started cooking chicken and fish especially for him. The situation got dramatically worse over the course of the Thanksgiving weekend. He lost something like two pounds in three days and would hardly eat anything. He would only eat tiny bites of fish directly from my hand. I think he only did it to please me. He really didn't want the food. I got scared and called the vet.
Long story short, Fluffy is much better now. He had an inflammation of the intestines, but he's on medication that has increased his appetite and now he's back to being his normal moochy self and has regained the weight he lost. It cost $445, but it was worth it! My husband and I are both so relieved.
I finally finished responding to everyone in the Meme-Time post. Sorry, ami_cassie6, peacewish and neengy_dot that you had to wait so long! That meme-offer is now officially closed.
Kate from K, I finally responded to your anonymous comment re horoscope signs in the Never Tell post. I'm just letting you know because you won't get an email notification.
Now, for news on Justice. I've gotten back to work on Chapter 27. It's about half written, With luck I'll be able to get it off to the betas this weekend. That means it should be appearing in the next two to two or three weeks.