Thursday, January 30, 2014
The Science Oven
Dave and I ate a minimal-effort dinner last night. At Christmas, a friend gave me a jar of dehydrated bruschetta with mango -- it's dry and flaky, a bit like red-orange potpourri. Well, yesterday Dave got some nice bread and we reconstituted some of the bruschetta (warm water, five minutes, then a bit of olive oil). It tasted about like you would expect -- a bit like the pizza sauce from those old Kraft boxed pizza kits that they used to sell decades ago. (Do they still sell those?) The mango wasn't readily detectable. We also finished off the kale soup Dave made earlier this week, which was great.
Reheating the soup allowed us to use the Science Oven! There's a scene in "American Hustle" where one of the main characters gets a microwave oven as a gift. The movie is set in the '70s, so he has no idea what a microwave is or how it works, but he takes to calling it the Science Oven. Dave and I have adopted the terminology.
As you can see, not a whole lot is happening around here this week.
While the U.S. has been blanketed by freezing temperatures and snow, we're having mild, excessively wet weather. We're apparently in the middle of the wettest winter in years. At Christmas it rained and stormed so much that many people were flooded, and parts of England remain submerged even now -- and more rain is on the way this week. Olga comes home from her walks looking gray and smelling swampy.
(Photo: Yard toys in Shepherd's Bush.)