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Cooking is one way I cope - at least until I run out of clean dishes.  And anyway, I need to eat...and it's better to eat home-cooked.

It's official: I cannot make a light minimalist broth-y soup.  All my soups eat like a meal.  Thankfully, usually a good meal.  The "soup" in the pic is rice noodles topped with a Thai-esque broth (chicken stock, ginger, garlic, fish sauce, lime leaves, fenugreek, Penzey's Bangkok spice blend, peanut powder, coconut powder), with veg (jalapenos, bok choy, carrots, peppers, sundried tomatoes), and topped with a few fried scallops (fried in butter, then I added a spash of sorghum whiskey), and some sardines.

Over the weekend, I learned that one can puree entire (organic) oranges - including skin, minus seeds - and mix them into boxed brownie mix, along with a chopped bag of mixed nuts and fruit.  Turned out well.  I'd gotten the oranges to try Langbein's orange lightning cake, but just couldn't stomach doing something new at the time - even something simple - and wanted to make sure the oranges were used up before they turned.

Last night I used up all remaining fridge veg to make asparagus and bok choy spicy coconut curry - also contained tofu, sundried tomatoes, onion, garlic, ginger, a small bag of wasabi peas, dry yellow mustard, smoked paprika, ancho powder...other stuff.  MIllet and fenugreek rice.  The assortment of things to stand in for not having any fresh chiles on hand turned out surprisingly well.

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