Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Preparations

So this may be our last post in a while. No, we're not giving up the blog, but rather we're preparing for Hurricane Irene to deliver some grade A punishment to our area. We live in in an area that tends to lose power when puppies sneeze so we're expecting that our power is going to go our sometime in the next 4-8 hours. Given the
amount of time we were without power last time we had some gentle breezes we're preparing for the possibility of being without power for the better part of a week.

Red Clap Pear Salad with Kale, Danish Blue Cheese and Sun Gold Cherry Tomato

With that sad realization I went about my work and put together this salad with the farm Red Clap pears, Danish blue cheese, farm Sun Gold cherry tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Brouwerij Sterkens St. Sebastiaan Golden (Yeast Hoist)

As Jen enjoyed a gin and tonic I decided to crack open this beer from Brouwerij Sterkens. Most places call it "St. Sebastiaan Golden" but this seems to claim it's called Yeast Hoist. I don't know. It's very confusing. The beery comes with a little booklet which is filled with a bunch of mystical mumbo jumbo like: "Everything in the universe came from one point--" and "the macrocosm is the microcosm -- all is one --." There's also a lot of pressure to reuse the bottle.

For useful information on the bottle it mentioned that it had been "drawn" in January of 2010.

I don't know. It was good beer so that's really the important part. After all this strange packaging and other related collateral I would have been very disappointed if this beer had only been so-so.

Bacon Tomato Rice with Kale, Lilac Peppers, and Serrano Chilies

For dinner I continued to work through the items in the fridge and freezer. I made this rice dish using bacon, onion, garlic, the Lilac peppers from the farm, the farm serrano chilies, farm tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper, butter, smoked paprika, and cumin.

The "Mean Irene" by Jen

Jen also made a drink which she dubbed the "Mean Irene" with Aperol, gin, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and champagne. This was a pretty good drink and Jen is excited to put it into the regular rotation.

The next few days may get ugly. It also may have been the grandest false alarm that has ever been sounded. Only time will tell.

As the rain begins to gently fall outside our home we are going to continue to watch the repetitive and uninformative news stories on the storm until our electricity goes out. It remains to be seen how long electricity will last. If it goes out we're going to have trouble entertaining ourselves with nothing but playing cards, games, notepads, charged up wireless electronics, 4,000 books, and enough food to sustain us for a few weeks.

No one should have to live like this.

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