fauxklore (fauxklore) wrote,

Things I Should Do More Often

I decided it was too frigid outside to do a long walk today. Especially as I have been fighting off a cold for the past few days. That gave me time to catch up on some reading and do a few errands.

One of those errands was going to the bank to deposit coins. You can't give them wrapped coins nowadays. But they have a coin counting machine which is free for customers. I ended up pouring in about $183 worth. Apparently, I should get to the bank more often. Annoyingly, you can't put the coin receipt on the same deposit slip as a check. Had I known that, I'd have put the check in a different account.

I also decided that the wintry weather was a good reason to make a pot of soup. I soaked beans overnight and the soup is simmering nicely on my stove right now. I used kidney beans, white beans, and chick peas, since that's what I had on hand. I also threw in lentils and split peas (both green and yellow), which don't need to soak, as well as barley, potatoes, onions and carrots. Had I thought of it, I'd have bought some dried mushrooms, but it doesn't really matter. Going through the spices (which are still not on the spice rack because the spice rack doesn't quite fit where I want it to and I can't quite decide which of three solutions to that will be best), I discovered that I have multiples of some things and none of others. What went into the soup included bay leaves, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, black pepper, cayenne, garlic (from the jar in the fridge, not the spice rack, as dried garlic is an abomination), cumin, and a pinch of cloves. There should be marjoram, but there was none. There was also no fenugreek, which is easier to live without. But I have multiple jars of curry powder and ground cinnamon. (Ground and whole versions of the same spice don't count as duplicates, of course.)

The house smells all spicy and cozy. I should also make soup more often.
Tags: cooking, life in general

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