Friday, December 25, 2020

Christmas 2020 duck, before and after

 The duck was brined overnight, seasoned with Chinese 5 spice and coarse salt, loosely 'stuffed' with half a n apple, on 375f for almost 2 hours. It was....delicious. 




There was at least half a cup of clear duck fat harvested after roasting......it will be the basis for some delicious hash browns or fried potatoes. 

Cheers all, hope your holiday was good. 




Saturday, November 28, 2020

2020 Thanksgiving

 Now, two days after, I'm looking askance at the 3-4 pounds of turkey meat leftovers in the fridge. There were just the three of us: my youngest, Emily and her partner Jeremy. We got the smallest turkey available, it was around 16 pounds. Emily also did her usual pecan and pumpkin pies. The pies are mostly gone, 'natch, as well as the sides. The turkey meat still sits in the fridge, like a gym sock on a shower rod. 




Saturday, November 7, 2020

2 more months

Like most who read this, I'm happy that there is now a light at the end of the tunnel. It seemed inevitable the last 2 days, but it seems certain now. trump will probably not conced, ever.

 A couple sobering things.....trump got 70 million votes, around 5-6 million than in 2016. He increased his supporters by millions. The 'blue wave' was barely a ripple, democrats lost votes in the House, and the Senate is at very best a maybe. I think the vote margin for Biden, as big as it probably will turn out to be was more of a 'against trump' than a 'for Biden'.

 What will happen in 2024 if the republicans run someone who will carry out the same policies as trump, anti-environment, pro big business, tax cuts for business and the rich, but is more palatable than trump? For instance, a Romney who carries out trump's legacy of de-legitimizing federal government, anti-women's rights, etc? trump minus the crazy. What then?

 The democratic party needs to take a serious look at it's premises, at why a large percentage of the Hispanic vote they were sure of didn't happen, why there are so many divisions within the party. I fear that if Pence had been at the top of the ticket things wouldn't be so rosy for us now. Biden has a huge, superhuman task ahead.....the pandemic, a divided country that seems to want to be divided, infrastructure both for the country and a badly damaged federal government. Facing millions and millions who will hate him no matter what he does. I expect the if the Senate remains in the gop camp, the only thing he'll be able to do is executive orders, and the Senate will simply sit on their hands for 4 year.

 On that cheery note, let's be happy that trump will be gone soon, and he doesn't try to burn down the country before he goes.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Update of sorts

Still in the South Seattle area, still unsymptomatic of the virus, still going slightly crazy (but who can tell that from the norm). Voted already, nothing else new. =Tonight is chili....ground beef, lots of garlic, some thai garlic-chilie sauce, beans, slasa, seasonings.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Dinner tonight

All is well with me, at least for a 74 year old (don't start, Bruce). Tonight I made a relatively traditional English sheperd's pie, substituting small chunks of carrots for peas.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

What they are eating in Danang, Vietnam

My friend who's been living there since October, sent me these picture of recent meals at a local restaurant. Until the recent case of covid, Danang has had no cases for a couple months.

As a country, Vietnam has a population of just under a third of the US. They have had fewer than 500 cases out of their 93 million people. And zero deaths. No wonder my friend is in no hurry to return.

Anyway, here are three seafood dinners. To me, they all look delicious. The huge shrimp have a sauce of garlic, butter and sweet chili. Not sure what the oysters have, but it looks excellent to me.




Hope all are well. 

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Just because I haven't posted in a bit

Things are still ok here in the Mulligan household, we were tested two weeks ago because of a possible contact. The results were all negative, though it took 12 days to get results. Not helpful if one is trying to curb contacts.

Anyway, a few random pictures.  First, Emily's fish tacos. As good as they look


Henry being socially distant, hiking with his wife in the Cascades


Fiona being socially safe


Fond memories of dining out, Sand Dabs at Vito's in Santa Monica


The marketplatz in Bad Kissingen, sent by a friend there. Deserted thanks to the virus



I've been occupying my afternoons and evening watching some old BBC and US 'mini-series' I'd forgotten about,it's like seeing them for the first time. Also some I didn't know that had been made. I watched the two adaptations of John LeCarre's "Tinker Tailor..", and "Smiley's People". Both Excellent. Also I found a miniseries of "Little Drummer Girl"  that I was unaware of...from the US I watched 'Shogun", found it stood up well all these years later. Toshihiro Mifune is excellent. 

Will try to overcome inertia and post more often. Hope all are well. 







Monday, July 13, 2020

Just figured out how to post with this chromebook, now that my other laptop has rendered useless it's power cord

So...still riding out the rat, as they apparently say about a prison sentence. This apt. complex we're in has occasional gunfire, none nearby as far as I can tell. Nevertheless, I feel the need to take precautions, guess I lived in Montana too many decades.
I have no fear of the overdue civil rights protesters. The BLM, the Antifa, they have my support, for the greater part. The BLM more than the AntiFa...but that's just me.
Emily, my youngest, is making lamb stew tonight, in a slow cooker. The smells have been over-stimulating my saliva glands for a couple hours.


Also, because of the gunfire at night, and the right wing nuts that at seem to be prominent here, I've make some precautions...something I brought from Montana with me. You all may not approve of a former Medico having this, but...

Not a bad 1911, does this at 30ft, which is all I need.

Hope you all are well.






Sunday, March 22, 2020

A report of sorts from the epicenter.

So, I came over to Seattle from Montana in early October, frankly expecting to move on to whatever is next in the existence experience.

And what do I fucking get?? That I'm living in the, until recently, the main focus of the covid19. Currently New York is battling for first place.

I'm in a two bedroom apt south of Seattle, not too far from the airport. My youngest, Emily, lives here with her husband. They moved to a two bedroom to accommodate me. It's a large complex, probably at least 500 people live here, many, many 6 plex buildings. Neighbors are fine, seems pretty middle/lower class, lots of kids.

When this started, over a month ago, we started getting stuff, hand wipes, sanitizers, amazon-ordered rubbing alcohol and alo gel...is there a 'a' in alo? Aloe? Yeah, that's it. A digression, pardon.
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Now, both my daughter and I have symptoms, fever in both cases, cough in hers. Her husband so far has none, we've endeavored to do all the precautions around him and with common articles handled.

So....y'know? This is not how I'd spend my twilight years. Pisses me off somewhat, but hey, that's my problem.

So, you all out there. Emily and I took every fucking precaution for the last three weeks we could think of: glove when shopping, wiping down the cart, wiping down everything that went into the cart, wiping the screens and keyboards of the self checkout. And yet, we probably have it. I'll know this coming week about my swab done on Friday. 

Stay home, trust no one. Lol.
Mike

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Update on The Adorable One

My granddaughter Fiona, aka The Adorable One yesterday. Her mom said she had a fabulous time.


Doing the 'pinky promise' with Elizabeth Warren.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Been a bit since my last post

I doubt I'll be posting a lot anymore, but who knows.

I'm doing ok, the CHF progresses, I get tired early, am usually in bed early.

Made ribs at my daughter's tonight, she made the bbq sauce, better than any commercial sauce I've had.

Hope you are all well.