Hiding from the inevitable.

Hiding from the inevitable. Hiding from the inevitable. I’ve discovered something.  Unfortunately it doesn’t predict the weather, nor does it cure anything.  It’s not a new app nor is it something that makes your life seemingly easier.  It’s not beautiful.  It’s not tasty.  It’s just a little annoying. I don’t have writer’s block.  I have more ideas than time and that’s part of the problem.  I’ve got blogger’s block.  I have photos taken and uploaded.  I have quasi-deadlines that are flying around my calendar.  I have the ideas, words, and analogies ready to go.  I just can’t sit down and get it done. I don’t know where to start.  My chest squeezes and I take another sip of my iced coffee.  Then I check Twitter and Facebook and I should probably check in on Instagram and Pinterest too.  I’m not procrastinating.  It’s my job after all.  My work is social media. Okay.  That’s enough now!  Yes, it’s your job, but you are putting off the inevitable.  Not the work, but getting over the fact that you have less hours in the day than you need. It is not because it’s too hard, or too long, or too boring though.  That’s the problem.  I love to write.  The words flow out.  The photos are a quick edit on the many useful and fun tools and apps that I have.  The links are a quick cut and paste.  The problem is that I can’t handle that my to do list and my I have time to do list do not match up.  That throws me into a panic.  The worst part of it all is that it’s sort of an imaginary problem.  Worrying about it solves nothing and eats up more time (as does writing this, but I’m hoping it’s part of the process). Solution?  I’m going to go to my list.  I’m going to check whatever I can check off and I am going to be satisfied.  That’s the hard part for me…being satisfied.  It’s a trait I’m teaching my children and I hate that! I need to find that sweet spot between working hard towards something and never seeming satisfied with anything.  Deep down I do have a lot of satisfaction in my life and work but, because I am always reaching for that next rung on the monkey bars, I’m not sure I ever have that satisfied “I made it across, flew through the air and dismounted and landed on my own two feet” and when I do…perhaps I’m the only one who notices. This week’s checks:

  • Worked at the farm.
  • Grocery Shopping (so I can cook again)
  • Coordinated part of the summer camp schedule
  • work meetings
  • The regular parenting stuff (homework, dance, lacrosse, yoga)
  • searched for a thrift store suit for an 8 year old girl playing Leonard Bernstein for biography days. Did not find one.
  • Blogging post done: 1 of …(okay I’m stopping here…not going to worry about how many I want to do.)
  • Freelance writing post done:  3 and starting 1 now.
  • Birthday parties scheduled.
  • Birthday party planning.
  • Library outings.
  • Finally put away my laundry.
  • Watering the plants.
  • Spraying the crabs.
  • Sewing 12 little dresses for the recital. (still a work in progress)

 

Brisket gets a Bath

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The briskets are cured. I hope! I was surprised to see that despite one being cured with pink salt and the other made Nitrite free, they both look very similar coming out of the brine.

They’ve been rinsed, topped off with fresh pickling spices, a rough mirepoix
of carrots, onion and celery.

Now they simmer for 3 hours… chill and we wait!

If you missed the beginning of the corned beef story and recipes they can be found here.

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Recipes for a Cocktail Party Benefit: MidWinter Revels

The Fayerweather Street School had their first annual MidWinter Revels last night and as an alum parent, social media consultant for the school, and of course a big fan of the teachers being honoured, I was motivated to play my part. Where do I fit in for all of it? Cocktails and pickles of course!

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For the cocktails I wanted to tap into our local talent (both mixologists and crafters of spirits). We were thrilled to have many contribute to the event. Cambridge Brewing Company‘s beer was of course a hot spot at the bar with their Amber being the most sought after pint. Infusion Diabolique, out of Somerville, tantalized our palates and piqued our interest with their infused Tequila and Bourbon. Berkshire Mountain Distillers provided us with their perfected Greylock Gin enjoyed in a couple of signature cocktails as well as the Ragged Mountain Rum. The queen of all things delectable and beautifully crafted, Maggie Battista of Eat Boutique created a fresh take on the French 75 for the Greylock Gin. Liam Coughlin, of Henrietta’s Table, kept the party hopping with his two delectable cocktails a pomegranate, lavender, and Greylock Gin cocktail and a honey, mint cider Ragged Mountain Rum cocktail. Last, but certainly not least, we had 888 Vodka of Nantucket there to spike our blood orange “passing kindness” punch. The 888 Vanilla Vodka and 888 Coffee Liqueur which were enjoyed over ice cream and in Affogato.

And now for the pickles…

I could skip every traditional meal and just have a series of little snacks, small bites that pack a punch of flavor paired with a nice glass of wine, cup of tea, ice cold water. So of course, while marinating feta, skewering Caprese salads, sewing coordinating raffle ticket aprons, confirming alcohol deliveries and picks ups, I knew I could make time to throw together some quick pickles. As I’m driving to Russo’s to pick up citrus and fruit for dessert skewers and cocktail syrups, at a stop light I quickly Google Momofuku quick pickles. I get to Russo’s, park the car and scan the recipe. Easy! I don’t have 4 days, but I’ll make it work in just under 3 full days.

Here is the original and here is my variation. My variation has a few tweaks because I don’t like fennel, I don’t like any sweetness coming through in my pickles, and I was a day short so I changed the method slightly. And of course every chef (chef mom or not) needs a secret ingredient. Mine is pickling spice mix from Arax Market.