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I have been such a foyleh! - Elf M. Sternberg
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I have been such a foyleh!
The past two days have been an exercise in frustration and fatherly joy here at the Villa Sternberg. As documented earlier, I took the girls out sledding until the sun went down, and then we came home, where I played a couple rounds of Katamari Damacy with them, made dinner. Yesterday I made a risotto with prosciutto and vegetables; today, it was macaroni & cheese, with real parmesean and chedder in a lovely white sauce. I took my time and the sauce came out very creamy, even after it was fully baked. The risotto came out a little too salty; I think I should use very low-salt broth if I'm going with the prosciutto, which adds its own salt to the recipe. The girls ate it all.


Yamaraashi-chan makes bunuelos.
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After making dinner last night, Yamaraashi-chan got it into her head to have bunuelos, which are basically baked tortillas with sugar, anise, cinnamon on top instead of more savory toppings. Butter is brushed onto the top of the tortilla to keep the grind mixture in place. We were out of anise, but the girls didn't care. I don't think they even knew what anise was. Since it was her idea, I had Yamaraashi-chan make them. It was fun; she practiced measures including learning where they're kept in the house, how to use the liquid measure for the butter as opposed to the dry measures for the spices, how to set the oven and check the in-oven thermometer, how to loosen up crystallized honey in the microwave, and how to safely put things into and out of the oven. And she got to eat her delicious hand-made desserts afterwards.

Today, though, school was again cancelled. There is much handwringing from the various districts about how they're going to make up the state mandated but unfunded "must stay open 180 days a year" law. The girls were pretty good, keeping themselves occupied, although my living room has now been turned into a vast fabric version of Pony Island from the My Little Pony cartoons. When they ran out of store-bought beds, they made more with slabs of styrofoam, kitchen towels and washcloths, and whatever else they could get their hands on.

Yamaraashi-chan left around three this afternoon to go over to her mother's house. Fortunately, other neighborhood kids came out about then and Kouryou-chan was able to play with them until nightfall. We had leftovers for dinner. Risotto and mac & cheese make for plenty of leftovers.

Now I'm just waiting for Omaha to get home. Other than folding all the laundry and keeping the kitchen in a clean and workable state, I feel like I've gotten nothing done the past three days. I suppose "spending time with the kids" counts for something. Just wish I'd done more. There were a few times, usually late at night, where I found myself saying, "Stupid Internet, entertain me!"

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Current Music: Katamari Damacy OST, The Moon and the Prince

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From: sarienpalth Date: January 13th, 2007 04:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love bunuelos a bit too much; back in my hometown, our neighbors (and some of my relatives) used to make them for us around Christmas time. In exchange, we would send them Peanut Butter Cookies and Sand Tarts. I don't recall anise as being part of what they would put on their bunuelos. As I recall, they just used cinnamon and sugar. If I ever figure out how to make real, honest-to-goodness tortillas the way my grandmother does (my mom's recipe is lacking) and after I've converted said tortillas to pre-bunuelo form, I'll have to try adding anise to them.

It should be noted that my palate isn't refined enough to pick out tastes in food like some of my friends; for all I knew they did add anise.

I have a sudden craving for chicken or beef tamales.

"Hmm..." Sar
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elfs From: elfs Date: January 13th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is yiddish. It means "lazy guy."
mo_hair From: mo_hair Date: January 13th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
your list doesn't sound remotely lazy to me. actually, i thought you accomplished alot!

mmmm....bunuelos. sadly, my kids don't like them.
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