September 17th, 2012

New Tilley Hat

Foodie stuff: no salt, radishes

In lieu of a post with actual content, let me go on a bit about my gastronomic explorations.

As you may recall from previous posts, I'm trying to cook for me and Carole with a) no salt (or as little as possible) and b) no fat. It helps a great deal that we have similar tastes in things like seafood (yum!).

My main discovery, a few years ago, that I could use no salt if I added cilantro, garlic and ginger. That's still a potent combination, and works very well. Still, I never use recipes and virtually everything I make is at least a little different, deliberately so. As an eater, I want assuredly good food. As a preparer, I get bored easily and love to experiment.

Lately, I've been adding chili powder (or chilis) to the basic cilantro/ginger/garlic mix. Sometimes downplaying the ginger; white pepper is an adequate substitute in many recipes. This has the advantage of being spicy (to taste) and delicious. I don't need to add paprika or cayenne (well, not much) when I use chili powder.

More recently: radishes. Carole mentioned that we hadn't had radishes in a long time, and I didn't keep them in stock. So I got a bagful, and have been slipping them in dishes for a couple of weeks. Somewhat to my surprise, radishes work in many of my attempts. They go well with the chili. Cooked, radishes aren't as sharp as they are raw but are still flavorful.

I added radishes to yesterday's "use it or lose it" conglomeration of items that needed to be eaten soon, for a Surf 'n Turf 'n Squawk melange of scallops, L'agostino sort-of-lobster, leftover steak and the remains of a rotisserie chicken. With some peppers, asparagus, onions, last of the bok choi, last of the bella mushrooms, No-Salt Seasoning etc. Filled up the frying pan, served two with leftovers. Yum!

In fact, now I'm hungry...
New Tilley Hat

Nicollet Ave Repaving -- Our Story So Far 5/7/12-8/31/12 Minneapolis, MN

The Nicollet Ave. Repaving project is NOT finished, and this video is preliminary.

This is just some of the action that took place at the intersection of Nicollet and 31st. I could do similar videos for parts of Nicollet between Lake and 31st (showing the streetcar rails and cobblestones) and for more of the work farther South. At some point, I'll make a Quick Guide To Road Construction gallery.

When I started this project, I just wanted to take a few pictures of them working on the road next to where I live. I knew basically nothing about road construction. Now, four plus months later, I know almost nothing about road construction. And know all-too-much about the baseball stadium that was on the block where Carole and I live, and the streetcar system in Mpls, which ended before I was born.

Feedback on the video would be useful. What am I doing right? What am I doing wrong? Was it worth doing at all? Would you like to see more? Thanks.

(Yes, I've posted this before and taken it down when I was dissatisfied with the upload. I see a few flaws and if I had the time I'd make a few tweaks. I wish the MN Historical Society would hurry up and approve my use of their pictures; I'd add at least one to this video.)

Nicollet Ave Repaving -- Our Story So Far 5/7/12-8/31/12 Minneapolis, MN