yrmencyn: (armadillo)
It's everyone's favorite kind of post -- a GOODTHINGS BADTHINGS POST!!!

GoodThing: Beechwold Hardware is made of magic, and carries a full range of metric-sized shelf supports, including metal ones! (Most big-box flat-pack bookcases take 5mm pegs; most big-box hardware stores only carry plastic 5mm pegs, which in my experience shear off and dump a shelf-full of books on the floor.)  This means that I've now got most of my books unpacked, yay!

BadThing: I left my multitool sitting, open, in the middle of the floor.  I then proceeded to kick it and bury the point a quarter-inch in the ball of the foot (before sending it skittering across the floor).

GoodThing:  I finally got around to making chicken stock, which I've been meaning to do.  Six quarts of homemade chicken stock, huzzah!

BadThing: I couldn't find my roasting pan to save my soul.  Matter of fact, I couldn't find any of my baking dishes.  This is a problem, since I tend to stack bags of stock in the roasting pan to freeze flat and contained.

GoodThing: This led me to finally conduct a really, really, really thorough search, since that brought the tally of missing items to not only the baking dishes, but also the loaf pans and the sheet pans.  I discovered that what had seemed to be a box full of useless crap was actually a box of useful baking dishes covered with a layer of useless crap.  Aha.

BadThing: Cherry tomatoes, languishing in a plastic sack on the countertop, had begun to explode and putrefy.

GoodThing: Still enough good ones left to make a three-quarter sheet pan full of oven-dried tomatoes (think sun-drieds, but not, you know, sun-dried).

BadThing: I ran out of motivation to make a Better-Than-French Onion Dip idea I have running around in my head.

GoodThing: I did manage to bake some bread today.  And there's always tomorrow!

Also I watched Jurassic Park today and it was lovely.  Clever girl.
yrmencyn: (armadillo)
You know what sucks?  Being a moron.  As in, you're making "Beer-glazed black beans" from Mark Bittman's recipe in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, and you don't keep canned black beans on hand.  But that's ok, because you have a pressure cooker; that really speeds up the process.  So you do the hour-long quick soak (even with a pressure cooker you can't escape that), and then you load up the cooker to cook the beans for twenty minutes.  And then you're standing at the counter fixing some hot tea because it frickin' cold outside what the hell, the weather?, and suddenly the pressure cooker starts to vomit water out the side, which is a little appalling.  But you squeeze the two halves of the handle together, because sometimes you have to do that briefly to complete the seal.  And it certainly does stop belching water onto the stove, but then it starts to toss water out through the weight, which can't be a good thing.  And then you kill heat cause, hey, whoa buddy, and you grab the tongs to remove the weight and drop pressure quick before the thing explodes, and the cooker continues intermittently pissing bean water into the air for a minute or so.  Which is fun.

And why?  Because beans foam, and you have to include some oil in the pot to inhibit that action, otherwise -- you guessed it -- the cooker will belch water, act weird, and possibly explode* if a bean skin gets caught in the valve stem.  And you didn't include any oil, because you're a dolt.

But the beans turn out well in the end.

*Well, actually, release one of the many redundant pressure valves in a modern pressure cooker.  It's quite safe.  But that's beside the point.

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