I was doing pretty well til about Friday; then the pain started to crank up. So did the exhaustion.  I took a FIVE HOUR nap on Saturday, after going to Murphy’s soccer game in the morning.  Sunday and Monday I tried to take it easy, but the pain just builds, no matter what.  Today has been the worst.  I’m forcing myself to knit, but my hands really ache.  Ended up taking some pain med and taking another nap.

Yesterday, I took it slow, and made vegetarian chili for dinner.  I love  my crock pots.  It really helps when I’m not feeling well; I can do a little, throw it in the crock pot, then go rest til I feel up to doing more.  I didn’t use a recipe. I just wandered around the kitchen looking for things that looked good to throw in.  I started with TVP, for the protein; soaked in hot water and kitchen bouquet.  Onion, garlic, celery, carrots chopped fine, sauteed in oil with chili powder, cumin, and coriander. Added a huge can of tomato sauce and a can of tomato paste, as well as some frozen pre-cooked black beans.  Then I decided to get daring; I chopped a can of chipotle peppers in sauce and tossed them in.

After simmering all of that for an hour or so, I noticed my lips tingling.  I thought uh oh; I didn’t wash my hands well enough after I chopped the peppers; so I washed them again, being very careful to not touch my eyes.  Then Murphy said that HIS lips were tingling; that he could taste how hot the chili was; and he hadn’t even been in the kitchen!  A tentative taste of the brew brought tears to my eyes.  Hmmm. Perhaps using the entire can of chipotles wasn’t a good idea…

Remediation was in order.   Two more cans of black beans, one of refried beans (no pinto beans available), two cans of corn, another can of tomato sauce, and a few more adjustments to the seasoning, and it was still hot, but edible.  My crock pot was so full I could barely stir it!  I also made some cornbread as emergency back up.

Some Tofutti sour cream and a Sam Adams lager rounded out the meal nicely.  Very spicy, but not so hot Murphy couldn’t eat it (though he’s becoming “mas macho” and is liking spicier food these days.)  Lots of flavor.  I really enjoyed it.

Sunday I made my favorite lunch; spring rolls.  They’re so much fun to make, so easy, and so delicious.  You can fill them with whatever you have on hand.  I used fake crab, spinach, carrots, nori, and napa cabbage.   I use Yoshida’s sauce for dipping; it’s so good!  Along with the spring rolls, we had watermelon.  But what’s that you say?  It doesn’t look like watermelon?  It’s yellow flesh watermelon, purchased at Underwood Farms roadside stand.  Unbelievably sweet.  I love to try heirloom fruits and veggies. I have some yellow pear tomatoes growing in the garden right now, and I can’t wait for them to be ready to eat!

Think I’ll go see if there’s any more of that corn bread about…


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