“In the end, it’s not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away” – Shing Xiong

Thursday, January 10, 2013

the horrible awful terrible bad day

just kidding, yeah we got a ticket for forgetting to put the hang tag on the rearview mirror allowing us preferential parking, and the guy selling the twin bed on craigslist sold it out from under us but really it was still a nice day, Oh and the landlord lost the rent check again, at least he called saying he hadn't received it.
oh yeah and then Hiro had diarrhea again at 0230 and 0530 and 0830 from the upset over the ticket, she is really too sensitive for us.

But! DeeDee shared the gift of Omaha Steaks from her sister in Chicago (DD is vegetarian)and I cooked the pork chops today, turned out wicked good:

1/2 lb mushrooms
1/2 onion
1 tsp grated ginger root
water fry the above then place in baking dish.
sear the chops in the above pan with a tsp oil,
1 cup fresh or frozen spinach
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
add these to the mushrooms and onions in the baking dish and lay the chops on top, cover lightly with some aluminum foil and bake 40 min at 350.
1/2 cup plain yogurt
stir this in just before serving, adds yummy zest.

the ginger in the dish is a pungent herb - I just learned about this - medicinals (a more appropriate name than herbs in chinese medicine)come in five flavors and pungent or acrid is one. I asked what that means- what is pungent? other students didn't know but had ordered pungent chicken at restaurants. The herb prof wasn't much help but said things like ginger, garlic, peppermint and menthol are pungent, I connected those to aromatics and asked if it meant it was first sensed by the nose rather than the tongue. That kind of threw the prof, but later that day in another class a different prof pointed out that pungent herbs are used for disorders of the lung which opens into the nose, AhHah! Pungent is aromatic.

Studying for Chem quiz now...

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