Swimming weather has finally arrived! I have missed it so much but not enough to get into the cold water. Following my creed of blaming everything on the weather, I am placing blame for my recent bout of distraction on the increasing ambient temperature!
Chedraui had beef ribs on special today, so I bought a kilo and a half. While putting away the groceries, I stopped to slow cook the ribs in the crockpot with Black Bean Sauce for today’s lunch.Cooking in the crockpot is one of my favorite methods of preparing lunch. Going to the supermarket or Maxi-Carne around 7am (they don’t open until then) means that meat has a good 4 to 6 hours to become tender. Reaching into the fridge I grabbed a jar, as I poured the sauce over the ribs, I realized that it contained Hoisin Sauce not Black Bean Sauce! What the heck, Chinese Spareribs are often glazed with hoisin. No problem, I finished mixing everything together and plugged the pot in.
Around noon, Husband mentioned that he was ready for a nap. I asked if he wanted to eat before he slept. Having had breakfast around six, I thought he might be hungry, since I was feeling a tad peckish. Checking on the ribs, I saw to my chagrin that they were still raw! Appliances don’t last here like they do NOB, so my first thought was that the machine had suffered an early demise. I was wrong. After plugging it in, I never turned it on!
We had pizza for lunch instead. I have a great pizza crust recipe, but it doesn’t work in our new wheat-less diet. Chedraui didn’t have any eggplant so instead of the eggplant pizza crust, I made an egg crust, using this recipe from About.com. It’s really good and very easy, I’ve even made it for company.
Earlier this morning, before we left for the grocery store, I went to put a load of clothes in the washer. Where I found the clothes that I washed on Monday! Fortunately, they hadn’t gotten moldy yet. I ran them through with a cup of vinegar and promptly forgot about them again until 11 am.Sitting in the bottom of the washer for four hours didn’t do them much good.
While checking on the ribs, I noticed that I had stopped half way while putting away the groceries. Fortunately, I had put away the meat, frozen vegetables and other perishables, but left out a head of cauliflower, some potatoes and tomatoes. Good thing it isn’t really warm yet, because leaving food in plastic bags is like putting them in a mini-green house. Quick ripening has never been so fast!
I’ve decided that today is not a good day to do anything very ambitious. No telling what might happen!