November 28th, 2013

green leaves

I may need a ride from Philadelphia to Darkover and back

My ride to Darkover Grand Council Meeting (a charming convention near Baltimore with an emphasis on fantasy and music)-- may be unavailable if work on his car isn't finished on Friday.

I have a small business that I want to take down there with me. It approximately fills the storage space and back seat of a smallish car.

If a ride down is possible but not the ride back, let me know.

I can be contacted at NancyL at panix dot com for details of logistics and money.

And yes, I rather like the idea of going to Darkover (the planet) by car in some reasonable amount of time, but I can't figure out a more specific joke.

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green leaves

Semi-random quince, splurge soup afterword

Quinces are sweet-smelling, yellow-skinned fruit which are too astringent for most people to want to eat raw.

I hacked up a quince, and simmered it in some chicken stock + a little water so there was enough liquid to cover the fruit. Added powdered lavender flowers and a little hot pepper mix. Simmered for about twenty minutes (till the quince was soft) and added about 2 tablespoons of cream and some salt. (The stock and cream were from what didn't get used up in the Splurge Soup.)

The result is pretty tasty, though I might use less lavender next time. Or something else completely. If you like sweet fruit, I think you could do anything vaguely reasonable to a quince and get pleasant results. A lot of quince recipes include sugar and/or honey, but I can't see why. On the other hand, I don't know why people add sugar to sweet potatoes either.

The splurge soup lasted for 5 or 6 meals. It really doesn't tolerate re-heating very well, and I think what there was of the saffron taste faded in the refrigerator.

On the other hand, it did seem to cheer me up, probably more for nutritional reasons than extraordinary flavor. I'll be exploring more cream/seafood soups.

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