anyway - we have been having a sorta milder winter overall, always good. and it looks like we are in for an early spring. fingers/toes and every other appendage that can are crossed for that.
we've been eating really good. here's some homemade sweet and sour pork with rice, homemade pickled beets and our own mung bean sprouts.
something that i have been meaning to mention since we got off dairy about 2 months ago (except for butter. they will have to pull the delicious butter from my cold dead hands!) - is alternatives to dairy. like soy milk. and almond milk. like this:
our friend W sent us a bazillion of delicious almonds and when we quit dairy - we started making almond milk. almond milk is sooooo easy to make and tastes delicious if you are using W's super almonds!!! we love the stuff!
jambaloney likes his weekly steak and he works so hard - he deserves it. he eats more steak in the spring summer and fall - but when he finds good steak on sale - he buys up a bunch and then we have plenty of it in the deep-freeze waiting for the next sale. here's his steak, potatoe salad made with our own potatoes and carrots, our own sprouts and our own beets.
jambaloney was on-site to work for the day this past friday. he had a really good day and accomplished and delivered much! i wish i could tell all of you the kind of stuff he is doing but it is proprietary work. just trust me when i say that he is guaranteeing work for all of our friends for many years to come!
spent the morning canning beets and don't have any idea for dinner? grab a can of atlantic sardines (the very best on the planet!), some sprouts, some avocado and some lime. that'll fill you up and keep you working for the rest of the afternoon.
hey! look! it's a basket of beets!
stored in the basement in a box with a towel covering them for months now. we are running out of our last jar of pickled beets so it was time to bring them up and make more (i make 4 jars at a time during fall and winter and spring months. we eat a lot of pickled beets during those seasons. plus we love beets roasted and/or steamed!).
here's jambaloney peeling a bunch of them while i make the pickling brine.
once the pickling brine is ready, we stick it out in the snow to cool down and fill our jars with beets. once the brine is cooled, pour over the beets and yummo! 4 jars of pickled beets to enjoy for the next month and a bit!
this recipe is the simplest recipe known to man but tastes so goooood! we love it! we stored one of these jars in the fridge - we still have a half bottle left from our last pickling - and the other 3 jars went down to the basement, kept in a dark and cool place to be brought up as we need. we love pickled beets and we re-use our beet juice when a jar is emptied - we then re-fill the jar with garlic and/or onions and/or turnip! and we love all of that too!
here's tonight's supper - stirfry with rice, orange and kimchi! the sauce is loaded with ginger and garlic.
now we are settling in, checking over our list of what needs to be where and things that have to be checked before getting ready for "blizzard 2016" on tuesday. the sunset after supper was beautiful:
too beautiful not to share!
the skies here are amazing! by end of day tuesday we are expecting at least a foot of snow, a day full of blizzard and 100km (60miles) winds gusting all day. we'll be ready for it. it won't be pretty and we aren't looking forward to it - but we'll be ready.
if you don't hear from us for a couple of days - week - no worries. we might be getting this storm sooner than expected, we may lose power or it may blow over us. weather here is so unpredictable!
but for the rest of the evening - we're cuddling up in our chairs, doing a marathon of mad men and dealing with the unpredictable when it happens.
we hope you all had a great weekend!