The Musical Fruit

Jul 25th

I’ve had an eyelash or something in my eye for about an hour now and it’s driving me insane. Insane, I tell you!

So remember how I’ve tried three different times to make my own refried beans? Remember how I failed miserably every time! Well, yesterday I was determined to succeed and I totally did! Want to know my secret? I didn’t use a recipe. Fancy that! In studying various recipes on the internet, I concluded that refried beans need only a few basic things: onion, salt, cumin, and coriander. I also added some garlic salt for the hell of it.

Here’s what I did:

Soak a bag of pinto beans for roughly six hours.
Drain and rinse beans.
Put beans in large pot and cover with water.
Simmer.

Chop up an onion and saute until tender.
Add the onion, cumin, salt, garlic salt, and coriander to the beans.
Cover and simmer until the beans are mushy (about 2 or 3 hours).
Get a potato masher and squish up the beans until they start looking like refried beans.

Now I have a lot of leftover refried beans to deal with. Not that I mind. I freaking love refried beans. We just don’t have anymore tortillas. Or chips. I’ll figure something out.

For the beach this weekend, I need to remember to get some film for my camera. I haven’t taken any “real” pictures since Simon was tiny. I also have a roll of film that needs to be developed, though I need to find it first. It’s probably in my camera bag, wherever that is…

I haven’t written about my orchids lately. I was concerned for a while that the phal I saved from Lowe’s was dying because it dropped two leaves. It looks ok now, and it has some really strong-looking aerial roots poking out. I lost one of my dendrobiums because I got lazy and under-watered it. One of the remaining ones now has a keiki on the top of one of its canes! How exciting!

I also discovered that using a peri-bottle to water my orchids is a lot better than the watering can I was using. It’s a lot more gentle and it doesn’t flood the pot. I still have yet to have my orchids rebloom, but now that I’m starting to get the hang of basic orchid care, maybe I can see some in the next couple years!

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