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Thanksgiven [Nov. 27th, 2014|08:38 pm]
The shopping is done, I hope for at least eight days, or maybe ten, though I can never be sure. A store might decide to have something irresistible on sale and I'll feel compelled to go out in the rain to get it. It won't be like today was, though. There was next to no traffic, the stores were practically empty, and I just zipped through the checkout stand at Safeway, though the checker at Save Mart was having problems finding out what a particular vegetable was and that slowed us down a bit. The customer buying it thought it was a rutabaga, but the checker was rightly skeptical, and finally a sacker told them it was a parsnip. The customer then thought that the turnips he was buying were rutabagas, and he had to be set straight about that, too. Weirdness.

Anyway, I got through the check stand and came home with more pies. I wasn't too pleased with the apple pie I bought last week (too sweet and not enough cinnamon) so I got a different brand this time, and there is another pumpkin pie (or maybe it's rutabaga) and more whipped topping to put on it. I have beer and soup and tea and chocolate and will probably survive the coming rainstorms quite nicely, as long as the roof doesn't leak anymore and the power doesn't go out and deprive me of heat. Tomorrow I have to deal with those piles of leaves, though, before the rain starts. I hate to take them away from the feral cats, they are enjoying them so much, but the rain is going to render them unpleasant to the cats anyway.

The air has been still most of the day, but a breeze has begun blowing, and it's getting colder fast. There aren't any clouds yet, but the wind will bring that storm, and I might not see much of the moon for the next week, so I'm gong to go out and look at it now, and probably get my ears numb, even wearing a hoodie. Later there will be English people killing each other on PBS (the local station is doing reruns of Foyle's War,) and I don't want to miss that. Happy Thanksgiven.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-11-28 07:35 am (UTC)
My grandmother liked parsnips. They look like yellowish carrots, if I remember right. I didn't like 'em. I do like rutabagas, though, especially in Irish stew!

This makes me think: there's an old expression to the effect that something "butters your parsnips." Hmmm.

I need to watch more English mysteries. It's something how often they do each other in, isn't it?
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-11-28 07:36 pm (UTC)
The parsnips I get are almost white, but they are shaped like carrots. My mom used to slice them lengthwise and fry them in the fat left in the pan lamb chops had been fried in. Parsnips are bitter when raw, but turn sweet when cooked. I didn't much like them when I was a kid, but I now remember the flavor fondly. I still don't like lamb very much, though (which is just as well considering how expensive it is these days,) and fried in lamb fat is the only way I know of to cook parsnips.

I don't think I've ever had a rutabaga. I might like them as they are related to turnips and I do like turnips. I sometimes used to eat raw turnips as snacks when I was young.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-11-28 07:48 pm (UTC)
Fried in lamb fat! Anything would be good cooked like that! I'm amazed by the thought of eating raw turnips, though. Guess they were crunchy like jicama or similar?
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2014-11-28 08:38 pm (UTC)
Much denser than jicama, but a bit softer than carrots, which I also used to snack on. Raw turnip has just a bit of heat, and some sweetness. It's sort of like a mild radish, though usually not as crunchy. It also has a bit of cabbage flavor. Turnips and cabbage are not too closely related, but they do share a common ancestor.
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2014-11-28 09:01 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'll buy a turnip sometime at Fred Meyer and try it!
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