Yesterday’s finds

I got out yesterday, but was feeling a bit under the weather so I didn’t upload them. It was a cold, damp day, and today is no different. I may take a walk later to look for more past St-Denis, but I may also just stick around and get some cleaning done. 

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These skates look fine. I’m not sure what I’ll do with them, but I’ll probably leave them outside in a box for someone else. 

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This chair is pretty nice. The cushion’s a bit dirty, but I think it’ll clean up pretty good. Still, not sure what I’ll do with this either.

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I took the duct tape, but left the mask more visible than it was before, so that someone else could take it if they so desired.

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I found two pairs of boots and a pair of shoes in a bag. I moved them across the street, and left them out for others to take. I was going to check on them later, but never made it back. I also found two Boris malt alcohol drinks in the place across the street. I probably won’t drink them, but someone will!

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I got all this food from a bag on St-Joseph / Esplanade. Got some apple juice, coconut milk (been finding lots of this!), seaweed, dry chickpeas and lentils, some sesame seeds, cocunut, and tapioca. The seaweed expired two years ago, but I doubt it matters (input welcome!). I got found a nice spatula and two mugs. The ledger in the back was from somewhere else. I might use that to keep Settlers of Catan statistics. 

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A big ol’ Thermos, pretty vintage. It’s in good shape. I’ll give it a good clean and it should be good to go. What’s the best way to clean a thermos?

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A nice old McBrine suitcase.

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It’s pretty clean on the inside. Overall, in quite good shape. I found the bike pump and laces with the food from earlier.

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Got some shoes too! They’re in decent shape, though they look like they probably let in water. They fit me though, and can be my dry-weather shoes. I’ll throw them in the wash and give them a go.

Enigmatic Grass Jelly Smoothie

Well, I found a use for the grass jelly. From my brief online research I concluded that it was usually used to make drinks. So, I tried to wing up some juice, and then later decided to make it into a smoothie.

I think I spent all my time and effort trying to overpower the plain weirdness of the grass jelly. I did, to some extent. This is the kind of drink where you have one sip and you might think, “hey, this isn’t too bad!”, and then the next sip will make you think, “well, it’s not that great either.” It’s good enough to drink, but not good enough to get excited about.

So, I call this my Enigmatic Grass Jelly Smoothie, and here is the recipe:

1 can grass jelly (found in garbage)

1 can papaya in syrup (found in garbage)

5 limes, juiced

2 apples, cored

750ml yogurt

200ml cream and milk

Enough water to make the grass jelly swim a little bit

Some brown sugar (at first, I tried to just make a standalone grass jelly drink, but that definitely didn’t work out)

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Mmmmm! 

I’m open to suggestions for future grass jelly creations – I have one more can of the stuff!

Dumpster curry!

I’ve been pretty bad with cooking for the last little bit, relying on dietary piecework too often. Last night I got back on track though, and used up a bunch of food I found in the garbage.

The base of this curry is all garbage. I used a can of organic chick peas that I found yesterday, and two onions and two cloves of garlic from the day before. I threw in a bunch of spices (not garbage) and some non-garbage coriander, slow-cooked it for a while, and voila! It’s actually really good.

I feel like cooking with some more dumpster food. I made some bran muffins based on an allrecipes.com recipe on Thursday. They were okay, but not too exciting. But what if I add some of the grass jelly stuff I found yesterday? I found oat bran yesterday, so maybe it’s a sign. I’ll keep you posted. It might suck too, but only one way to find out.

Update: I just opened the can of grass jelly, and this isn’t the grass jelly I remember. That stuff was sweet. This is just grass jelly, corn starch, and water. Not sure what to do with that now. Maybe I can find a recipe online that uses it, but I’m definitely not putting it in muffins.