Contentment Diary 02/01/2010

Today was one of those days. Yes, a day it was. Nothing bad happened. It wasn’t that kind of day. It was just a day in which I showed up, did some stuff, and went home again all while carrying around a mild feeling of frustration and a larger feeling of inability to accomplish. And so I am home, guilt-ridden and somewhat miffed with myself, attempting to accomplish things that go nowhere. And in this state it occurs to me that I understand my problem. I went to work expecting to put in three days, and I only had one to give, maybe only three-quarters of one due to the mild feeling of frustration I hauled around extra all day. And so I did my day. I did all of my Monday things, the ones I had to do at least, the ones that always take me all of Monday to do. I did not catch up on my Thursday and Friday things which had fallen somewhat askew due to my over-attendance of meetings. I did Monday and Monday only. Sorry Thursday and Friday, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Everyone who isn’t Monday is going to have to wait a little longer. I’m done now, whether you are done or not. I’m calling time out until Tuesday. Good riddance to you, Monday. See you next week.



Stuffed Pepper and Cabbage

A little of this.


A little of that.


Stuff the that in the this. Bake a while. Put some cheese on top. Bake a little more. Serve with cabbage. Enjoy.

The that is my own concoction that falls somewhere in between what we called vegetable goulash and what we called jambalaya when I was growing up, which as near as I can tell differ primarily in degree of spiciness. Both are made with rice and whatever vegetables you happen to have leftover that week. Both can be made with or without tomato depending on availability and personal preference. Both are a little better with corn bread. I didn’t make cornbread. I could have, but I’ve been lazy about it. So far. I have leftovers to last out the week. Cornbread could make an appearance yet.

This version is mildly spicy in a flavorful way. I accomplished that by cooking the rice in crab boil, which I’m not sure I should admit to as it is not the intended purpose of crab boil, but it worked and I’m enjoying the results.

I did not investigate the origins of all ingredients, so I cannot promise this is an environmentally-friendly local-produce oriented meal in its entirety, but about half the ingredients came from my father’s garden. I’m counting that as my effort toward supporting local agriculture for the week.