The Meat is Done

Yesterday was meat prepping/cooking day. 

Corned Beef

Corned Beef

First on the agenda was getting a corned beef in the pressure cooker. I love corned beef but . . I love just about everything. The Pressure Cooking Today recipe is so easy and so delicious but it takes a couple of hours, start to finish. The meat cooks for 90 minutes so by the time the cooker gets up to pressure, releases or a few minutes, then the veggies are added, I like to have it in the cooker before 9 a.m. if we’re planning to eat by 11.

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Pork Roast

The pork had been curing for about 8 days. It had soaked in water overnight so I drained it, wiped it dry and set it in the fridge, uncovered, to dry out a bit before smoking.

Brisket

Brisket

The brisket got trimmed and seasoned and it’s getting smoked today.

Brisket in the Smoker

Brisket in the Smoker

Here’s what’s on my menu for the next few days:

  • Tonight – brisket
  • Friday – Leftover Veal Piccata
  • Saturday – Leftover Corned Beef
  • Sunday – Leftover Brisket

There’s plenty of buckboard bacon that I kept out for breakfast and sandwiches, and there will be brisket for the freezer so I see lots of knitting time in my next few days . . oh, wait . . there’s a garden that needs weeding too!  🙁

 

Watercress

I love learning about new and unusual varieties of veggies and herbs I can grow in my garden. Last week, I had my mammogram visit and the lady doing the procedure was talking and we got to talking about gardens and it ended up that she has some seeds she’s going to trade me for some of my Georgia Candy Roaster seeds. Then a friend sent me a note on Facebook with a link about growing Watercress. I’ve heard of watercress but am not sure I’ve ever tasted it and have certainly never grown it but it sounds like something we should all be eating.

A quick search on the internet and my seed order has been placed. I ordered from Outside Pride (no affiliation – never ordered from the before so I’m not saying anything except that I ordered from them and their shipping was reasonable).

I kept thinking . . maybe Home Depot has seeds. That’s about my only option . . Walmart may have the seeds too but I knew I had a better chance of getting in and out of Home Depot with Vince than I would Walmart so off we went to Home Depot.

Cress

Cress

I found “Cress”, which seems to be very similar but a little different. I’ll go ahead and plant it while waiting for the watercress to arrive . . never hurts to see what happens.

Since I ordered 5,000 watercress seeds, I’m thinking I should have a few seeds to play with so I may trying growing a few of them in my seed sprouter and see what happens.

Sprouting Seeds

Sprouting Seeds

I went ahead and put some sprouting seeds in the sprouter while waiting for the watercress seeds. There’s also radish seeds, clover and mung bean seeds. We use the sprouts in salads and on sandwiches now that the lettuce in the garden is mostly gone.

I’ll keep you posted on the Cress and Watercress progress.

 

 

Blue Sand Cardigan

This project was started in January, 2015 and it has sat on the needles for way too long. I’m going to try to finish it as part of the MadMay (Madelinetosh May Challenge).

Blue Sand Cardigan

Blue Sand Cardigan

In fact, it sat on the needles so long that there’s a wonky row where the needles were. For a while, I’d carry it around with me . . to Missouri . . to Louisiana . . anywhere I thought I might grab some knitting time, but I never worked on it much. 

I got it out over the weekend to figure out where I left off and see how much I have left to do. I had a lot left to do and I had a bit of time over the weekend and Monday evening to work on it. You can see how far I knitted from that wonky row, which I’m hoping will block out.

Nicole’s Blue Sand

In September, 2014 I finished Nicole’s Blue Sand and I don’t remember struggling with the i-cord for the pockets but I struggled trying to make mine. I’m not going to tell you how many times I ripped back and started over because I’ve erased that from my memory (which is easy to do in my old age!) but I think I have them done now or, at least they’re as done as they’re going to get!

I-cord

I-cord

Of all the MadMay projects I plan to do, this is the only one that I can work on before May 1 so I’m going to keep working on it. I will not get finished before May 1 . . I’ll be lucky to finish by the end of May. I still have to do the pockets, all that bottom basket looking stitch, which they call the slip stitch pattern, then that wide neck band that goes down the fronts, then the I-cord bind off, then the sleeves. That’s a lot of knitting still but I will be so happy to have this sweater finished, along with almost 2,000 yards that I can report as used on the stash report once I finish the sweater!