God, did the winds pick up today, which didn't help the low, low temperatures. There was a nasty wind chill all day. I had to go pick up some blueprints at B07 and I took the expressway to get there. I was amazed at the vans and taller SUVs being blown around in their lanes.
I went home at lunch and warmed up a big bowl of that vegetable soup. It was the first time I'd felt warm all morning.
When I got home after work, I was delighted to see that the downed AT&T phone line was gone. Thanks, guys!
I noticed the other day when I was looking for salmon that I had a bag of small ocean perch fillets. So, tonight (when I should be eating leftovers) I took some out to thaw. I am planning on fish and chips.
It took a while for them to thaw, so I started dinner kinda late. I decided to try a tempura batter and deep fry them (I have to do the French fries, anyway) instead of my usual corn meal, pan-fried fish.
I found a tempura batter recipe that sounded about right, so while the oil was heating, I sifted together the dry ingredients: 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup of cornstarch, one teaspoon of baking soda, one teaspoon of baking powder, one teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Then I whisked one egg with 2/3 cups of COLD water (I had put mine in the freezer for a bit), then quickly added the dry ingredients. I was careful not over mix it (its supposed to be like pancake mix, with a few lumps, etc.)
I did the French fries first, and then salted them while they drained on a rack over paper towels. I put them into a warm oven while I fried the fish. Those, too, went on the draining rack.
Finally, I plated everything. I topped the fries with malt vinegar and the fish with fresh squeezed lemon juice.
Hmmm... Nice light breading, not bad, but I like my way better.
I left the mess for the morning (it was late, remember?) and went in to watch a little TV.