Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I just love those fancy 80s graphics!!!!
Unfortunately these were just in plain paper wrappings and smelled like basement (makes sense since they have been in the basment for 20 years).
Oh well, I guess they're off to the trash! Now I really want some angel food cake.....
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So, I was cleaning out a bowl full of "fresh" vegetables, and came across this specimen. At first, I was at a loss as to what it was, but if you look reeeeeeally closely, they may have been a few red potatoes. A reeeeeeally long time ago. They look like something you'd find being used in Middle Earth to concoct some kind of potion, but they probably came from a CSA in Western Mass. Last summer.
The beans I am planting are low bush beans (meaning I don't have to scrounge around for anything for them to climb on and low maintenance is good). They were packed for 1999 making them 10 years old. The beans on the right are the same type of bean but were packed for 2007. Not exactly new but they should sprout just fine.
On their little popsicle stick marker they are labeled as 'old beans' and 'new beans' so I will remember which is which.
I planted 28 old bean seeds and 32 new bean seeds - this was only because I realized I could probably squish more in so, as this experiment progresses, I will now how many were planted and can calculate the percentages.I can't help but wonder, if the beans do actually grow, will they taste musty coming from really old seeds?
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
However, looking at the label further, I found that there were so many preservatives it was probably safe to try. The problem was mainly that, apparently, creamer is meant to be put in HOT coffee which I refuse to drink except under extreme duress. I stirred and stirred and stirred and as you can see, the powder went everywhere but into the actual drink. It just floated on the top like a little chocolate raft.
When I finally decided to give up on the stirring and start with the drinking I found that although not good (and probably it was never good), it tasted like those little marshmallows in Count Chocula cereal. The ones that are both delicious, disgusting, hard and soft all at the same time.
Swiss chocolate? Naw, the Swiss would be embarassed to sell this stuff as their own!
Monday, March 23, 2009
I'm not positive but in the upper right of the picture that may be a piece of exploded cupcake.
Not to be discouraged so easily, I made a second attempt with cupcake number two. It was very successful. The cupcake was a bit dry but soft(ish) and edible. It helped that I put chocolate frosting on....
Mmmmmmmm cupcakes!!! Now I'm off to my class on proper use of a microwave!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Peach tea was another of the 'vintage' teas in the tea pile! I brewed it (no floaties since it was in a bag) and threw it in the blender since I have made many a smoothie that I'm considering my 'control smoothies' to be the baseline for deliciousness.
This one was surprisingly good, almost as good as the blueberry. Expiration? 13 October 2000. Yes, 2000. If you don't want to do the math, like I did, that would be 8 years, 5 months old as of tomorrow.....
Only two more tea bags to go and I will have no more ancient tea to hide behind. Wonder what I'll unearth next!!
I brewed up the tea and made another smoothie hoping it wasn't a case of fooled me once, shame on you....you know the deal....
So I threw it in with the same fruit mixture as before and voila! Another smoothie! This one was pretty damn good if I do say so myself. If I hadn't used up the box I would make another one for myself right now!!
It looks as if the tea has gone all powdery since it kept coming out of the tea brewer. This led to me having to fish out all the floating nibbly bits.
I decided to put it in as the liquid part of a smoothie since I love smoothies made with tea (used as others use juice or soy) and the fruit seems to hide all evils. Unfortunately this was not the case here.
All I wound up with was a pretty gross tasting smoothie. But when I told the other person I tricked into having half I was told, "It tastes like tea". Perhaps I just don't like the tea? Well stay tuned since there are many, many more old teas for me to try this trick on......
The price sticker (bright orange thing on the right you can't read) says it cost $7.50. Since when has any self-respecting coffee been priced at $2.50 a pound?? Well, I brewed it up by my favorite method..
I measured a pound of coffee and put it in my toddy 'machine' for 24 hours........
Then I drained it and proceeded to prepare it for drinking. One quick sniff told me it was a bit weak and stale smelling and would need a LOT of doctoring up to be drinkable.
It looks pretty disgusting on the image but they all do so that didn't deter my mission.
I added coffee, milk and about a pound and a half of sugar. None of this helped the coffee become drinkable. It was certainly stale and weak - and the purpose of the toddy coffee is to make coffee concentrate. This was anything but concentrated. In fact, it was weaker than Dunkin Donuts coffee.
Conclusion: If you have coffee that has been opened and is of an indeterminable age and quality STOP!! DON'T DRINK IT!!! I didn't come to the point of throwing this mess up, however I did compost the rest, it is not worth the pain to my taste buds.
Friday, March 6, 2009
On with the crusade!!!