alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
[personal profile] alatefeline
yay I have survived day 1 of Over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit Without AC

mostly by being Not at Apartment

it is now less than 95 I feel so comfy

(send ice cubes)

ETA:

Me: contemplates kitchen which is at least kept up with dishes but otherwise feh and decides nope not cooking a thing
Next Me: eats a cereal thing for dinner
Still Me: notices recent-ish pot of coffee gone cold
Also Me: notices emptied ice-cube tray
Madscientist Me: I WILL MAKE COFFEE ICE CUBES FOR TOMORROW

Date: 3 Aug 2017 03:37 (UTC)
across_space_and_time: A galaxy of white and yellow stars scattered across a green backdrop (Green Space 2)
From: [personal profile] across_space_and_time
gods
any more of that talk and i'm going to start having flashbacks to texas
the summers were brutal
are you in a place with humid heat? because after coming around here i almost swear that's worse
like the sun's trying to saute you while you're in the steamer

*gives several buckets of ice and a few fans to pair them with*

- rook

Date: 3 Aug 2017 08:39 (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
The haze is smoke from fires up in BC and Washington state.

Date: 3 Aug 2017 17:57 (UTC)
across_space_and_time: A galaxy of white and yellow stars scattered across a green backdrop (Green Space 2)
From: [personal profile] across_space_and_time
that is the stuff of nightmares
whether or not it was the fires but fires add another layer of scary weather

if you have maraschino cherries the juice tastes really good in cold drinks
and probably also in icecubes

thanks
you too

- rook

Date: 3 Aug 2017 03:40 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
*cringe*

I wonder is one could make blackberry-juice popsicles...

Date: 3 Aug 2017 04:20 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
report back on results :)

also: yay coffee cubes!

Date: 3 Aug 2017 04:34 (UTC)
jessie_c: Me in my floppy hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] jessie_c
It is entirely possible to make fruit juice popsicles. I am of that generation whose mothers' all possessed Tupperware popsicle makers.

Orange juice makes the best popsicles. Especially after you're all grown up and have Vodka to put the orange juice popsicles into.

Date: 3 Aug 2017 08:40 (UTC)
kengr: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kengr
When the weather is less melty, there are some large blackberry patches up on Rocky Butte

Date: 3 Aug 2017 04:39 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
oooo

Date: 8 Aug 2017 01:06 (UTC)
johnpalmer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
Sometimes, you can make juice popsicles a bit better with a bit of alcohol - assuming you don't have children who might get them!

Date: 3 Aug 2017 03:50 (UTC)
jessie_c: Me in my floppy hat (Default)
From: [personal profile] jessie_c
Aw feck. Embedding doesn't work so I'll have to post a link instead.
Edited Date: 3 Aug 2017 03:52 (UTC)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 04:05 (UTC)
desertroot: Agave - a smooth and spiny desert plant with wildflowers growing in front (Default)
From: [personal profile] desertroot
*sends a bucket of ice and cat grass and catnip flavored popsicles*

Date: 3 Aug 2017 06:07 (UTC)
wohali: photograph of Joan (Default)
From: [personal profile] wohali
mmm coffee ice cubes :)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 06:20 (UTC)
acelightning: melting ice cube (ice)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
I need air conditioning when the temperature goes above 72 :-(

We've had several days in a row where the highs flirted with 100, and the summer is far from over yet.

In late spring, I bought a Chinese cookbook that was recommended by another friend of mine who's a culinary-school graduate. It's described as "Szechuan home cooking", and the recipes are quite simple, using a lot of clever little tricks to make everything marvelously flavorful. There's a whole chapter on cold dishes, several of which are made with cold cooked chicken. After my son made me roast turkey breast for Mother's Day, I had a fair amount of leftover turkey, and the weather turned warm, so I made Cold Chicken In Spicy Szechuan Sauce out of turkey. It was so tasty, and so easy to do, that I started trying out other recipes for cold dishes. Now, whenever it gets really excessively hot, I serve a cold Chinese-style dinner.

Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:45 (UTC)
acelightning: bowl with chopsticks (eats02)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
Actually, I'm having a lot of fun with it. I've taken to buying a few boneless/skinless chicken breasts, boiling them just until they're done, and then freezing them to make the spicy chicken dish later. There's another dish made with pressed or smoked tofu, which I can get very easily, cut into cubes and mixed with some unsalted roasted peanuts, "dressed" with a bit of soy sauce and a bit of sesame oil, and that's it. It works out perfectly for my husband and me, because the chicken alone isn't enough food for two, but the chicken dish plus the tofu dish is lavish :-)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:59 (UTC)
acelightning: bowl with chopsticks (eats02)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
It is! It's very firm, even firmer than "extra firm", and the outside is cooked a little, so it's sort of chewy. (I'm a confirmed omnivore, and I consider tofu just one of many protein options, along with meat and eggs and such. My husband even eats it.) And on a hot night, what could be easier than taking a package of tofu out of the fridge, cutting it into little cubes, throwing in a handful of peanuts, and stirring it all together with a minimal "sauce"?

I'm working on expanding my repertoire even further. I need to be able to adapt any recipe to my woefully long list of food sensitivities and allergies - topping the list are all members of the onion and garlic family! But the cookbook's chapter on cold dishes includes things made with green beans, or cold noodles, or other kinds of tofu.

(There are also quite a few recipes for foods to serve hot, and I've tried some of them, too, and I intend to try more of them. It's always fun when you get a new cookbook!)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:50 (UTC)
acelightning: melting ice cube (ice)
From: [personal profile] acelightning
I have always hated hot weather, even when I was a kid. As I approached menopause, in addition to "hot flashes", I found my personal thermostat readjusting itself to less and less heat tolerance. Now that I've not only passed natural menopause, but been spayed as well, I'm actually uncomfortable at 72, and I start feeling downright ill at 74. (My friends in Australia complain that they're "freezing" at 68 - I reply that I don't even put on long sleeves until it's down to 65.)

I have actually looked into trying to get a job in Antarctica, but I'm too old :-(

Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:21 (UTC)
fayanora: Icky (Icky)
From: [personal profile] fayanora
Coffee ice cubes? Bleh! Coffee is bleh too. Tea cubes would be neat though!
Edited (Icon change) Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:21 (UTC)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 07:47 (UTC)
fayanora: disguised as an adult (disguised as an adult)
From: [personal profile] fayanora
Sounds nummy!

To each their own about the coffee cubes.

Date: 3 Aug 2017 12:20 (UTC)
cmcmck: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cmcmck
Coffee ice cubes?

Now THERE's a great idea! :o)

Date: 3 Aug 2017 22:39 (UTC)
kyleri: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kyleri
toooo hooooooooot *sweats* *dies*

coffee ice cubes are a wise thing

Date: 8 Aug 2017 01:04 (UTC)
johnpalmer: (Default)
From: [personal profile] johnpalmer
Coffee ice cubes are a very good idea if you can use them.

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