“Writing in English is like throwing mud at a wall.”

Yesterday and sometime during the night it rained. The wind was so strong my deck, my lawn and my driveway have disappeared, buried in fallen leaves and pine needles. The sky is still overcast and the day is damp and cooler than it has been. Yesterday was close to 70˚. I even had windows open including my bedroom all night.

A loud noise woke me up last night. When I turned on the light, I found Gracie had rolled out of bed to the floor. I hurried to check her. She seemed fine and had no problem jumping back onto the bed. This morning I checked her again, and she seems fine. I suspect she was as shocked as I was. Fern looked, didn’t move and quickly went back to sleep.

Yesterday morning there was a head-on collision on the Sagamore Bridge. The front page of the Cape Times had a blurb which said the driver of the box truck was seriously injured. The inside, more detailed article, quoted the CEO of the company saying the driver was injured but was okay. It wasn’t the fact of the accident which caught my attention but rather the cargo of the two trucks. One carried fish and the other cranberries. I have to think the cape would be just about the only place where fish and cranberries would be involved in the same accident. The driver was concerned about his two beautiful bluefin tuna. The description of the accident by a police officer in Bourne gave me a chuckle, “Cranberries were observed covering the entire roadway in either direction on the bridge.” After the offending cranberries were removed, the bridge was reopened.

I do love reading my papers, but I often find the language wanting and sometimes even silly. Sadly a woman’s burned body was found on Wednesday near railroad tracks in Bridgewater. Her hands and feet were bound. According to the article, police speculated this was a homicide. There were a couple of quotes from people living in the neighborhood. This was my favorite and clearly indicated the author was starved for copy, “It’s very disturbing to have a dead body dumped next to the house you grew up in.” You think?

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  1. Morpfy Says:

    Sweet Potato Pie with Pecan Topping Recipe
    • Yield: Serves 8
    .
    Ingredients
    Pie Crust:
    • 1 1/4 cups (160g) all purpose flour
    • 1 Tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt (skip the salt if using salted butter)
    • 10 Tbsp (140g) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 3 Tbsp ice water
    Pie Filling:
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 pounds (900g) sweet potatoes (about 2 medium sized sweet potatoes)
    • 3 Tbsp melted butter
    • 1/4 cup (55g) brown sugar
    • 2 Tbsp granulated white sugar (can reduce to 1 Tbsp if you want less sugar)
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1 Tbsp bourbon whisky (optional)
    • 7 ounces (210ml) sweetened condensed milk
    Pie Topping
    • 3 Tbsp butter
    • 1/2 cup (64g) brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
    • 1 cup pecans (110g), half of them roughly chopped, the other half whole
    Method
    1 If you are making the pie crust from scratch, make the pie dough at least an hour in advance of making the pie. To make the dough, put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse a couple of times to blend.
    Add half of the butter and pulse several times. Add the rest of the butter and pulse several more times, until the butter pieces are not bigger than the size of a pea.
    Add 2 Tbsp of ice water and pulse a couple of times. Add another Tbsp, and maybe just a teaspoon more if needed, and pulse, just enough so that the dough holds together when you pinch it with your fingers.
    Empty the food processor bowl onto a clean surface and gather the dough into your hands and form a ball. Flatten to a smooth disk about 6 inches wide. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
    2 Pierce the sweet potatoes with the tines of a fork in several places.
    Put on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in a 350°F oven for 1 hour, or until cooked through and soft.

    Remove the sweet potatoes from oven when done and let cool.
    3 Remove the dough disk from the refrigerator and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rolling it out. Place it on a clean, lightly floured surface. Roll out the dough into a 14-inch round, large enough for a 9-inch pie plate. Place on dough on and in the pie dish, turn the edges under and crimp the edges. Poke the bottom of the crust a few times with tines of a fork. Place into the freezer to chill.
    4 When the cooked sweet potatoes are cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash with a potato masher. You should have 2 cups of sweet potato purée.

    5 In a separate large bowl, beat the eggs. Whisk in the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla extract, bourbon whisky (if using), and sweetened condensed milk.

    6 Whisk together the egg sugar mixture with the mashed sweet potato until smooth. Pour into the frozen, unbaked pie shell. Smooth surface so that it is even.

    7 Bake at 350°F for one hour or until the filling has set. Remove from oven and let sit to cool down for 30 minutes or so.

    8 To make the pecan topping, melt 3 Tbsp butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of brown sugar and cook, stirring, until smooth, a couple of minutes. The sugar should bubble up a bit.
    Stir in 1 Tbsp of heavy whipping cream. The mixture should bubble up a lot. As soon as you’ve mixed in the cream, add the pecans. Stir to coat the pecans with the sugar mixture.
    As soon as the pecans are coated with the sugar mixture, pour them over the top of the pie. Use the back of a metal spoon to spread them out in an even layer on the top of the pie.
    Let the pie cool for a few minutes before serving.

    • katry Says:

      Mortify,
      This is just perfect for the season. I prefer sweet potato pie to pumpkin and this one sounds delicious! I love the idea of the pecan topping.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The first storm for the season will hit south of here during the night and tomorrow, we won’t notice much of it here but we’ll get it later innthe week instead. The steady wind won’t be that hard but the gusts will be bad. The winds will come from south-west to south so my neighbors house will take the full hit of them and I’ll most likely just hear the wind roar but nothing more. Won’t be fun driving to and from work though.

    Nova did the same from the sofa yesterday, we all got rather surprised 🙂 but she’s still rather young so a fall from the sofa won’t do much harm to her. I’m glad Gracie didn’t injur herself!

    Lately they have found dead bodies here and there in this country too! Most of them are gang related, others seems to be family related though, usually it is men who can’t stand that their partners have a will of their own, so sad.

    I think it would be just asa disturbing to have a dead body dumped close to ones home even if one didn’t grow up there 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      No! It is too soon for the first storm. We just had a 70˚ day. We haven’t even had a frost yet though places in the middle of the country have snow on the ground already.

      I hope you’ll have just that roar and no wind.

      My bed is a really old one so it is high. I was glad she didn’t hurt herself.

      What made me laugh was both her hands and feet were tied. She certainly didn’t commit suicide.

      I thought his was a bit of a silly statement. I mean, really, who wants dead bodies near their yards?

      Have a great evening!!

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    They “speculated” that it was a homicide?
    She accidentally bound her hands and feet, set herself on fire and jumped off a train? Oops.

    That guy should be worried about his two beautiful blue fin tuna. Those things go for big money. Thousands of dollars. Some Japanese chef paid 1.76 million dollars for one. ONE. Crazy.

    Do cranberries pair well with tuna?

    It might have rained here last night but just a bit. There was a lot of wind. The maple leaves are mostly off the tree and nature has kindly blown them off my lawn. Thank you, Nature. 🙂
    I stopped chucking the walnuts a few days ago because I hurt too much. Something nocturnal has been removing them ever since. Not at a fast pace but a steady one. Not spawns, either. Something that leaves a lot of stinky poo in the yard for Piki Dog to roll in.
    I’m grateful for the walnut removal but I’d like whatever it is to hold the poo. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Even worse than that-she moved her own body as they don’t figure the “event” happened where she was found.

      I think cranberries would be too tart for tuna. There was no further news about the fate of the tuna.

      My yard has disappeared. It was just Thursday when they cleared my yard and cleaned the garden. Leaving leaves is no big deal but pine needles are acidic and need to be raked away.

      Raccoons eat them so if the poo is tube shaped and has blunt ends they’re your culprits. Yucky! Rolling in poo!

      Have a great evening!

      • Caryn Says:

        I googled “cranberries and tuna” and found no less than 12 recipes for some version of cranberry and tuna salad. That’s a no brainer, really. I’m looking for grilled tuna with a cranberry glaze or something interesting like that.

        The poo is hidden in desiccated black walnut leaves so I can’t see what it looks like. Could be raccoons.

      • katry Says:

        Caryn,
        I think it might be dried cranberries in a salad or with the tuna. It is has become quite popular. A glaze would need a bit of sugar or something sweet as it becomes sour with out any.

        Your job is to check the shape of the poo!

  4. Richard Says:

    Y’ know, you could always do that ‘Rain, rain, go away’ thing … I mean, it worked when we were kids, right? Oh. Right. It didn’t. Never mind.

    We are on The Road To Cool here in Memphis. I’m still puzzled as to how this town came to acquire the name of a site in Egypt. With luck, we’ll be in either the mid-60s or high 50s this evening. Can’t come soon enough. I don’t miss the humidity one bit.

    I suspect Gracie was equally as amazed to find herself on the floor. If she jumped back into bed, y’ know nothing’s broken.

    The story of the collision is sad with a tinge of unintended humor. Tuna and cranberries. Where else but … ? I like the term ‘offending cranberries’ … that could be a rock group’s name. Or a personal motto. Wonder if it’d get past the College of Heralds?

    Musta been a slow news day for the copywriter … whoever is the guilty party for this act of Journalistic Indifference, it’s probably a ‘given’ that the lady wasn’t into auto-asphyxiation or bondage. Nice that the cops ‘speculate’ it might be a homicide. Or, to be correct in these ‘Oh-So-Politically-Correct’ days of PlayDoh, Morrisey tunes, blankets and soft fuzzy bears, it should properly be referred to as an act of ‘femicide.’ Just sayin’ …

    Oh! About those tuna: Maybe they’re the ones the dolphins were talking about in ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ when they said “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

    • katry Says:

      Richard,
      The rain disappeared all by itself, but the day stayed a bit damp, and now it’s getting cold. Last night was in the 70’s but that’s the end I suspect of the warm season. We are halfway to the winter solstice. Luckily, we haven’t even had a frost yet.

      You got my curiosity aroused so I did some hunting. In the US there are 11 places named Memphis. I don’t know who named your Memphis, but I did find it got its name from its geographical similarity to Memphis, Egypt.

      My bed is an antique and is pretty high so I was glad to see her jump back on, but I did check her first.

      Offending cranberries would work as a rock group, but it would need explicit lyrics to live up to its name. Fresh cranberries are very tart so I’m wondering about their lead female singer.

      You gave me a chuckle-‘femicide,’ but no matter which word we have to remember it was only speculation,

      I can envision those dolphins leaving the Earth while that song plays. Good boy and good movie!

  5. Caryn Says:

    Kat,
    I checked. Turkey scats.


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