WIAW 135 – Flea Market Edition
And now it really is Fall…
We’re busy getting ready for the neighborhood flea market – which hadn’t been held for a few years (so we have a backlog…) Rich is packing books we have sorted as I speak. Now that I can reliably download ebooks from home (either purchased or, in some cases from the library) I no longer need the entire bookcase of light-reading mysteries I have bought over the years! I will keep the Peter Wimsey books, though.
I already did a pass through the kitchen – it was bad enough that we combined households at fifty, but then I work in the cookware business, and have been given some samples to use, before selling. No one needs that many fry pans, or casserole dishes, and while we have passed quite a few pieces along to friends, we still somehow have – well, eight million is probably an exaggeration, but you get the idea.
And since this started us sorting, it has spurred us on to decide what we don’t need to keep. We’ve just tossed a few things in poor condition, and other items that don’t sell will go on Craig’s List (or just to the thrift shop, in some cases.)
He just brought me more books to go through! We definitely have too many books for our small space. (Heresy, in my family and his – but also, reality.)
What I Ate
I decided to try something a little new for breakfast. I mixed coarse cornmeal into water and cooked until it thickened, then set it to simmer, and added a little cheese. We have many, many tomatoes… so I sliced one up, and laid the slices (decoratively!) on top of the thickening cornmeal. Then I cracked a couple of eggs on top, covered it, and cooked until done. It was delicious!
Pro tip. When there is a recipe that you always seem to see photographed in the pan – this, shakshuka, the beans and eggs I did last year – the reason is that it doesn’t come out of the pan quite as attractively…
Somehow I forgot to take a picture of lunch. It was a salad, though, and you’ve certainly seen my salads… More tomatoes, and peppers, chicken and the end of the feta. Rice cakes with a little peanut butter. You know – the usual.
I suppose it’s a sign of the cool weather that corned beef was on sale. I’d cooked it, and then used leftovers in several dishes over the week. Here I sauteed it with cabbage (and put it over rice? I think?) The beef has so much flavor itself that it really doesn’t need any other seasoning. Very easy, very good.
Back to sorting. I don’t need that many Corningware casseroles, useful though they are! (We were given a set, and we already had a couple.) And, well – how do we have two salad spinners? Why do we have two salad spinners? We don’t need two salad spinners… But yes, we are keeping that salad bowl!