Sep. 17th, 2017


Sep. 17th, 2017 09:12 pm
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It had been an age since I made bread in the oven, the principal obstacle to which was the absence of a suitable baking stone, so when a very reasonably priced pizza stone became available at Aldi's, it fired my imagination. So, Friday night, I mixed up a batch of "artisan five-minute dough" and I put it in the oven yesterday morning.


Alla made some absolutely mind-boggling borshch during the day, and a good time was had by all concerned, eating her richly hearty soup with my dark, freshly baked bread.

Our recent foray to the Einstein Brothers at Bay Area and El Camino nudged a memory of my having once "cured" a piece of salmon by soaking it for an extended period of time in all-too-little salt and all-too-much whiskey (we're talking back when we lived in Jacksonville, before 1988). I seem to recall the result was edible, but I never essayed this approach to fish preparation again. I wondered what the Internet might dig up in this regard, so I went online and found an interesting (and almost as important, easy-to-follow) candidate recipe at Macheesmo.

I scaled the recipe back for a slab of salmon weighing just 1 pound and followed the straightforward instructions. At this point, the fish is curing in the fridge and is about 1/3 of the way through the process. So far, everything is looking good.

In other news, the floor coverings we ordered from Home Depot are (according to the tracking web page) still in Phoenix and are "2 days away." Since I'm not normally at the delivery address (the Webster house), I'm going to have to keep an eye on this tracking information so as to avoid planting myself at the house to receive a truck that's not going to arrive that day. I may call Home Depot to find out if there's a simpler way to do this, but I'm not feeling all that charitable toward their customer service right about now, so my confidence in obtaining an acceptable resolution is not high.

In still other news, I finished one assignment (which now just needs despeckling to be completed) and am about 1/3 of the way through a second. I plan on rising early tomorrow to make sure all my ducks are lined up in this regard.

Lots of stuff to so this week. I better get rested.



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