Hit and Run

I was letting my mom out in front of Kroger so that she could go in and pick up her prescriptions when my car suddenly jerked forward. Some dude in a maroon Nissan had clipped the left rear bumper. Not high-speed and it is possible that the damage can be buffed out.

Passenger got out, asked me if I speak Spanish (un poco). I asked him to get his ID and insurance card. He said they were going to park in a space. While I was ducked into my car getting my insurance card, he drove off. Entire encounter was a little over a minute.

Fortunately, I have a high-res front- and rear- dashcam setup, so caught it all on video, including a clear shot of the license plate.

Called police to make a report, then waited an hour. Called their non-emergency number and they told me officer had been dispatched 7 minutes prior, so I waited (was going to ask if I could file another way). But, if they were already en route, didn’t think I needed to do that. After another hour, I called back and found out that they had been diverted to a higher-priority call. Calltaker said that I could cancel the call, go home, then call back and they’d have an officer come to my house.

So, took my mom home and drove home. Officer came, showed her the video, she took some pics of the damage. I emailed the video to her a little while ago. You can see it on YouTube.

Freeze Dried Food Score

Ok, I can’t judge the flavor of the reconstituted beef stroganoff I shared with my mom for lunch, so I’ll base this on her facial expressions and comments. Texture, though, is something I can comment on based on my own experience, so I’ll start there.

I’d score the texture at about a 3. The noodles had broken up quite a bit, so some had powderized. Also, the mostly whole bits were quite mushy. I may have overcooked them before freeze drying. In any event, noodle texture was pretty sorry. The meat texture was mostly meh.

Most of the beef chunks did not rehydrate well, so were pretty tough and nearly crunchy. I did have one piece that had hydrated well, though, and it was pretty good. I think the meat should have been rehydrated separate from the noodles and sauce. The sauce thickened pretty quickly, so I think that bound up the water, preventing the meat from properly absorbing.

Now, to flavor. To me it was quite bitter…but a lot of beef tastes bitter to me right now because of the effects of chemo. Mom said it wasn’t bitter But, needed salt and pepper. Then more salt. I think “I’ve tasted worse” is mostly what her expression said. I’ll guess overall flavor as a 5 or 6. Not gourmet, but edible. If you are hungry enough. Probably would taste better when you are camping, tired, and very hungry.

“Hunger is the best sauce.”

Edward Abbey — Farewell to a River

So, saving the rest for camping food, where a lesser sauce can be more easily forgiven.

Delivery Fail and Food Win

So, as I mentioned in yesterday’s post I hung around the house all day waiting for my kitchen appliances to be delivered and installed by AM Home Delivery and Trucking. They were showing as on the truck out for delivery between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. I was continuously home from about 10 am. There is no possibility that I missed a knock at the door. Well, at 5:45 pm I had to leave to go to a friend’s birthday dinner (went to Cane Rosso instead of Reata). They still had not arrived. And, their site showed that I was delivery #11, but they were at delivery #14. Today, my shipment does not show up on their site.

They never called. Never texted. Never emailed. Oh, and never showed up. Sent emails to both the seller (Appliances Connection) and the delivery company. Not going to hang around another 7 hours for a no-show. Let’s see how they handle it…I’ll keep you informed.

Pizza and the service was great at Cane Rosso. I got one with a white sauce instead of tomato sauce (tomato sauce still has a bitter, metallic flavor to my chemo-altered taste buds). Had a Virgin Mule (wait, what?). Well, non-alcoholic blend of ginger, lime, mint. That might just be my go-to libation until the liver tumors clear up. Sweetness and sourness are flavors that are still palatable, and the ginger helps keep my appetite going.

Dinner tonight? Leftover pizza.

My mom expressed some skepticism over the taste of freeze-dried food (really, in many cases it tastes better reconstituted than the original). So, I’m taking some freeze-dried beef stroganoff I made a couple of weeks ago to her place for lunch. My only concern is whether the sauce will properly emulsify (not separate into different components). I’ve not tried this one myself, so it will be new to me, too. I made it using real sour cream and a Knorr sauce mix. I will probably take a back-up meal (but also freeze-dried), just in case.