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Filling my time during the Covid-19 stay at home

9 Jul

Before the virus outbreak, I had been socilizing every day and it was quite a change to not see anyone for weeks. This probably wasn’t as hard for me as some people, though, because I like change, in fact I thrive on it.

But as the weeks turned into months, I begin to get a little stir crazy. Somewhere along the line, I started cooking again. As I started searching for different recipes, and experimented with different dishes, I became a little dismayed that I had let other activities rob me on my joy of cooking.

I haven’t been a grocery store since the middle of March, only do curbside pickup every 2-3 weeks. (My tiny refrigerator doesn’t leave me much room for perishables.) I’ve taken liberal advantage of foods from Amazon, ordering different flours, legumes, seeds, and spices.

In late February, I started an indoor window garden (I hope to post about that later) and have had greens of some form and fixed some way at about once a week since they started producing in April. I also have tomato, pepper, eggplant, and melon plants in buckets outside.

I’ve read some books online. I thought I would do more art, but that hasn’t yet become a reality. The same with playing my ukulele and accordian. In spite of not doing any art or music, I’ve done a lot of online browsing on each, plus food, garden, books, etc. I still have many different interests.

And now, I’ve finally started blogging again. When I first thought about blogging this summer, I was astounded that my last post was in 2017! I guess I’ve been so busy living, I didn’t take the time to blog. As I started trying to post and work on my new blog, I realized WordPress had changed somewhat since I had last posted. It was another learning curve to get going again, another learning experience. Like cooking, I’m finding blogging very fulfilling, wondering why I let it slide. What got me going again was the fact that, especially during this epidemic, Facebook just wasn’t enough to satisfy my social interaction needs, nor my love for the written word.

And speaking of the written word, I’ve been doing indepth Bible studies. I’ve completed studies on angels, the Holy Spirit, and am currently on Revelation.

Hot Pepper Sauce

9 Jul

I have a few Hungarian Yellow Wax pepper plants that are really producing! They are spicy, but not too hot. While I’ve decided to leave some on the plants to turn red, I’ve been searching online for ideas of what to do with the rest. After enjoying a sweet jalapeño sauce that came with a burrito from La Chica Loca, a local cafe, I decided to try making my own.

I found this recipe. https://gardeninminutes.com/brown-sugar-candied-jalapenos-recipe-garden-to-table/

For as much as I usually tweak recipes, I did very little to change this one. Well, I didn’t use jalapeños, and I substituted ancho pepper seeds in place of the cayenne. I don’t really care for cayenne, and had the seeds on hand, leftover from making another recipe (to be posted later). But I mostly followed the recipe. Except I wanted the sauce thicker, so cooked it down quite a bit before adding the peppers. Also, after cooking the peppers in the sauce for 5 minutes, I fished them out, added the honey and cooked it down some more.

It is delicious! Sweet, spicy, with a bit of vinegary zing. Definitely a keeper recipe. I’ve * it on my bookmarks. After enjoying it on the half of buritto leftover from yesterday, I have a half pint left to use, either as a sauce or in other recipes.

In an earlier search, I found a recipe for a filled Turkish flatbread that I’m thinking this sauce would be good with, maybe as part of the filling or as a side.

Hungarian Yellow Wax Pepper Sauce
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