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[ profile] enochsmiles: Crap, the root on this cactus got damaged when you removed the pup. It's going to rot if we don't protect it until it calluses. Do we have any antifungals?

[personal profile] maradydd: No, but let me see what I can do with what we have in the lab.

Google: Why don't you try Bordeaux mixture?

Wikipedia: It dates to 1885, and it's approved for use in organic gardening! You'll need 1g copper sulfate, 1g hydrated lime, and 100mL water.

[personal profile] maradydd: Oh! We have calcium oxide that the Mississippi Lime Company sent us, so I can make calcium hydroxide, and we have copper sulfate from the hardware store.

([personal profile] maradydd disappears into the lab and returns with a 100mL flask of milky blue liquid, which [ profile] enochsmiles pours onto the soil around the cactus.)

Cross your fingers; I hope the cactus makes it. He's older than the cat. We repotted him in a deeper pot (the cat knocked the old pot off the credenza), applied a thin coating of lime to the wound to help it dry out and scab over, and gave him some Bordeaux mixture, so I hope he has a speedy recovery.
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I have to hand it to [ profile] czarina69 and [ profile] enochsmiles: it is a whole lot easier to keep a house clean than to get it clean.

Sure wish I had [ profile] czarina69's innate wisdom as far as turning the storage room back into a second bedroom goes, but one step at a time.
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So far today I have (hopefully) rescued a couple of our plants from a white mold that suddenly started taking over their pots (they're in quarantine now, but in fresh soil, so cross your fingers) and fixed the broken cold tap in the kitchen, which had frozen and stripped the knob. Need to buy a new knob, and I'm not sure they even make this kind anymore, but not having to call out the plumber == happy Meredith.

Now: work.
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Although I occasionally like to cook tremendously complicated things that take copious amounts of prep time, my time is at a premium these days. However, since the thing that has my time at a premium is the spring paper season, I'm being more budget-conscious, which means cooking rather than ordering takeout. I'm rather pleased with how tonight's endeavour turned out, and so I share with you:

Breaded Whitefish The Way Meredith and Her Mom Make It


filets of any kind of white fish. In Texas it would be catfish; I used whiting.
cornmeal (a handful or two; you can also use flour, but I think cornmeal tastes better)
1 egg per 2 filets
herbs/spices to taste (you cannot go wrong with Lawry's seasoned salt)
cooking oil, butter, margarine, lard, whatever (I used the herbed olive oil that [ profile] hukuma left over here, and it was awesome)

Beat the egg(s) in a bowl or glass and set aside. Combine cornmeal and seasonings on a plate or tray suitable for dredging the fish through. (Protip: the styrofoam tray you probably bought the fish in works great and you don't have to dirty a plate. If you buy your fish wrapped in heavy paper, that works too.) For each filet, brush one side with egg, dredge that side through the cornmeal, then repeat for the other side. Do this as many times as you want. Once makes for a fairly thin breading; twice is what most recipes say to do; three times makes a nice thick breading; four is probably too much unless you really like breading.

If your cooking fat is solid, melt it in your frying pan; if not, just pour some in. You want just a bit less than will cover the bottom of your pan. The oil is hot enough when it pops when you flick in a drop of water; if it's steaming, it's too hot. Fry the filets for about a minute on each side until the breading is a nice golden brown, then turn up the heat and give it another 30 seconds on each side.

That's it. Serve and eat, sprinkled with lemon juice if you like that kind of thing.

Prep time, about ten minutes; cooking time, about seven minutes. Total cost: €4, since whiting was on special at the supermarket today and I already had cornmeal and cooking oil. If you don't keep a bag of cornmeal in your pantry, do yourself a favour and drop a buck on a bag of it -- it's the best all-purpose breading out there, and you'll already have it around when the need arises.

Tomorrow I get to figure out what to do with the kilo of bone-in chicken thighs I also picked up on special, apart from throwing the bones in the stockpot and boiling them down for chicken broth. Next week [ profile] chocolatecoffee will be here, and I'm sure we'll figure out something clever to do with that.
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While visiting my parents, I had the opportunity to take apart a Swiffer WetJet mop, a $20 gadget (which seems to be sold on the "give away the razors, sell the blades" model) that has a really nice peristaltic pump/motor assembly in it and is very easy to take apart. I'm planning to build a robotic micropipettor out of mine (perhaps designing a Contraptor head for it); [ profile] mycroftxxx wants to build a bar-bot.

Here's how to do it.


Aug. 11th, 2009 02:44 am
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Lobster bisque, amaretto and attribute grammars on a rainy night.

Photo meme

Jul. 9th, 2009 04:49 pm
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Snagged from [ profile] michiexile.

1.Take a picture of yourself right now.
2.Don’t change your clothes, don’t fix your hair…just take a picture.
3.Post that picture with NO editing.
4.Post these instructions with your picture.

Me and my Arduino NG, with the accelerometer I just rigged up to it.


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