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07:32 pm: I should know better
I had a surprising amount of energy this afternoon, so I went out to the farmers' market. The Arlington farmers' market has excellent fish. (Not just from fish farms. I don't get it either, though of course I'm not complaining.) There are probably no cherries to be had anywhere, and I didn't waste carrying capacity on peaches. But I got various vegetables with the intent of making something (very) vaguely chowder-like I have made with great success in the past.

Unfortunately, getting the fish home used up my ability to cope. I don't have any left for cooking. And I just spent a significant amount on a piece of fish that I suspect will be noticeably less good tomorrow than it is tonight. And I need to be out of here by 9:30am, which makes it less appealing to cook the fish in the morning.

It's not a complicated fish recipe. It just requires cutting up fish and vegetables and putting them in a pot. And getting the pot out of the cabinet. And opening the can of coconut milk. And maybe opening the jar of curry paste, though I can skip that bit. There's no way to skip cutting things up or getting the pot out of the cabinet. And it's all just daunting.

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From:ron_newman
Date:August 1st, 2013 01:29 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen cherries at the Davis Square farmers' market in several weeks. I fear the season may already be over.
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From:chienne_folle
Date:August 1st, 2013 06:28 am (UTC)
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*hug* I hear you! I hate it when I buy food and then run out of the spoons to cook that food.

Could you freeze the fish? Or does that degrade its quality? (I'm afraid I don't know much about fish.)

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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 1st, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! It's weirdly reassuring to know I'm not the only one.

Unfortunately, freezing is not a good solution here. Commercially-frozen fish relies on much colder freezers than I have available. Putting fish in an ordinary home freezer makes it freeze slowly enough to form big ice crystals, and that ruins the texture. If it just leave it in the refrigerator, it doesn't become unsafe to eat after a day...it just stops being the special extra-fresh fish I wanted (and paid for.)

I am trying to cook it for breakfast today. That doesn't seem to be the world's best compromise.
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From:chienne_folle
Date:August 2nd, 2013 12:34 am (UTC)
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It's weirdly reassuring to know I'm not the only one.

I'd hoped it would be. I've found it reassuring when you've talked about your struggles with me, so I wanted to return the favor.

*hug*

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From:ladymondegreen
Date:August 1st, 2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
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I hate it when energy runs out when I reach the house. Sometimes I try to reboot my energy by putting on music and eating a snack. Sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn't, but you probably have similar tricks in your arsenal.

Good luck! I hope the fish comes out better than you expect.
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From:adrian_turtle
Date:August 1st, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I cooked it for breakfast this morning, which wasn't the best idea I've ever had. I should have started cooking the potatoes first, though. By the time they were done, the fish and squash were falling apart. I realize this is common with soup, and not a disaster. I think it will be really good when it's not breakfast time and when I don't have a migraine.
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