Sunday, January 05, 2014

Liveblogging The Snowpocalypse

     It has kept snowing, though not quite as fast as earlier; trees and roofs still occasionally shed their overburden with muffled* thunder and now the wind is picking up.  Temperatures have dropped a little but nowhere near the dreadful lows yet to come.

     Me, I chickened out on the back yard and made a new snow gauge instead:
     Can't get a good picture of it but in inches, that's just under 8.  It's sitting on a flowerbed-edge 4x4, where the snow has been undisturbed since the first snowfall last week, so it's the same measurement baseline as the other gauge.

     It was a tricky shot, as the weather is doing this:

     ...Except when it is doing this:

     My "backup heat" plan was to start cooking and keep cooking.  French toast for breakfast, cantaloupe with fresh-squeezed lime juice for midday snack and this for dinner, simmering for hours:
     Corned beef and cabbage, with potatoes, turnips, onion and carrots.  All except the cabbage cooked with the corned beef -- and in hindsight, I wish I had fried the cabbage instead.  But it's pretty good as it is, and just the thing for the end of a long day filled with snow-shoveling.  (That turnip!  It'll steal your heart away from spuds, or at least make a good try.  Alas, the turnip, with such a delicate flavor, is homely and too-often overlooked.)

     Still having power issues -- went way low a few minutes ago, then shut off and came back.
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* Not just a muffler -- mittens, snow pants, heavy coat and a warm hat.  That muffled.

10 comments:

Brigid said...

That meal looks wonderful! Perfect for such a cold, snowy day. About 10-12 inches down here, but temps are still reasonable, but dropping.

I agree on the turnip, try roasting some with a little butter some poppyseeds and paprika and just before they're done, splash them with a bit of red wine vinegar. Delish! But sadly lacking in corned beef.

Chaplain Tim said...

Just started to snow here in Iowa- temp is at -2F, windchill is at -40 (F or C). Looking for temps to drop to -12F, sustained winds of 25mph with gusts over 40mph.
I have lasagna in the oven, so the cooking through the blizzard idea must be common. Slow cooker is set up with a rump roast and will get turned on tomorrow.

Robin said...

Well, if that's dinner, I'm tempted to come over and shovel for you....

Bob said...

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/outposts/post/3d-images-of-faces-in-the-snow-a-new-fad/

JayNola said...

And kilo-pascals... So height of the ashes of 1000 dead french physicists?

Gewehr98 said...

I'm guessing the tree limbs weighed down with all that heavy wet snow are playing tag with the power lines in your neck of the woods. One can never discount a vehicle spun out and hitting a power pole, though...

Roberta X said...

Unit of pressure, IIRC.

Jeffro said...

As I got older, many veggies I couldn't stand became far more palatable. However, I've never been able to love the turnip.

Roberta X said...

It may depend on how they are prepared; these were boiled for about 45 minutes, very soft.

Jennifer said...

Looks tasty. Stay warm