The forecast

Living in the bay area, I feel totally disconnected from winter. After some pretty brutal Iowa winters, I don’t exactly mind. It’s just strange. But Erin reminded me that winter rages on back home without us, and they are having an especially crazy storm this week.

Here is her forecast, from Kirksville, MO:

Today…Snow in the morning…then snow and isolated thunderstorms in
the afternoon. Widespread blowing snow in the afternoon. Blustery.
Snow may be heavy at times in the afternoon. Visibility one quarter
mile or less at times in the afternoon. Snow accumulation of 6 to 8
inches. Bitterly cold. Highs around 19. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph.
Gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation near 100
percent.

Tonight…Snow. Widespread blowing snow. Blustery. Snow may be heavy
at times. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times. Snow
accumulation of 8 to 10 inches. Storm total snow accumulation of 14 to
19 inches. Frigid. Lows around 6. North winds 25 to 35 mph. Chance of
precipitation near 100 percent. Wind chill readings 10 below to 15
below zero after midnight.

Wednesday…Considerable cloudiness with a 30 percent chance of snow.
Areas of blowing snow. Blustery…frigid. Highs around 11. Northwest
winds 15 to 25 mph. Wind chill readings 10 below to 15 below zero in
the morning.

Wednesday Night…Mostly clear. Colder. Dangerously cold wind chills.
Lows around 9 below. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill readings
15 below to 25 below zero after midnight.

Thursday…Sunny. Dangerously cold wind chills. Highs around 12.
Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Wind chill readings 15 below to 25 below
zero in the morning.

Thursday Night…Clear…frigid. Lows near zero. Wind chill readings
10 below to 15 below zero after midnight.

And here is our forecast, which is pretty much the same forecast we always have, unless it’s the same temperature and raining.

Split pea soup

Continuing with my run of trying new foods and eating like someone who has no teeth, I tried split pea soup tonight.

Sure, it’s not the most attractive soup, but it’s really yummy and hearty, perfect for a winter weeknight dinner.

I thought this recipe turned out great. It’s full of flavor, including a little sweetness from the carrots.

Split pea soup
adapted from Barefoot Contessa

1/2 pound split peas
1/2 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large carrots, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
5 cups water

Heat the olive oil over medium in a soup pot and saute the onions, garlic and carrots until the onions are translucent. Sprinkle on the salt, pepper, and oregano.

Add the water and half the split peas, and simmer for 40 minutes.

Add the rest of the peas and simmer for 40 more minutes.

Voila, easy peasy soup. Har har.

I also loved the shake I made on Sunday when I had almost nothing left to eat in my refrigerator.

It was one cup of frozen mango chunks, two cups of unsweetened almond milk, a tablespoon of flax meal, and a teaspoon of agave nectar. The extra almond milk did the trick (it only has like 40 calories per cup).

While we were out running errands on Sunday we decided to go to Oakland and try Blue Bottle Coffee, which we’d heard so much about.

Since I’m off caffeine (though I did notice they had decaf beans), Mike tried an iced coffee and got some beans to go, and reports that it’s awesome. Love their packaging, too.

I knew it wouldn’t be a big deal for me to give up coffee, but I thought I would struggle more with my attachment to Diet Coke. Lately, I haven’t wanted any at all. In fact i don’t even put lemon in my water or make tea very often anymore. Mostly I just want plain water, which is pretty strange for me.

Two weeks down, two more to go…