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A new friend

  • 10th Oct, 2005 at 1:43 AM

I'm having a Thanksgiving dinner party tonight. You know, where people get together and stuff themselves silly.

So yesterday, I spent most of the day organising food. In the morning, a trip to the Marché Jean-Talon, where I picked up some fresh produce. The weather has definitely decided on autumn: not only have the leaves begun to turn, but the air was thick with mist. You couldn't even call it a drizzle, it was like standing in the display cases in a supermarket produce aisle. People were out selling ornamental squash, which I presume are left on the dining room table until they stop being pretty.

One of the things I brought back was bunches of basil. I did this the last time I went to the market, but I sadly let that batch of basil dry out and rot. I resolved not to let this happen.

One of the things that changed is that I've now got a food processor. I actually bought it a little while ago, but only cracked it open yesterday. Like a little boy opening a present, I read through the user manual, fiddled with all the parts, and washed it. Then I washed the basil and made pesto.

I made pesto last summer, which was this grueling two-day trial. I washed all the basil on the first day, and then churned teeny tiny batches through my blender. After which, the blender decided to commit suicide because it was too difficult. This time, I kept on feeding leaves through the tube at the top and the processor just ate it. A two-day torture became a two-hour trivium.

I have now decided that a food processor is my favourite appliance ever. In fact, I have to admit that I like it more than my computer. And definitely more than I like human beings. I have the urge to use it for everything, but this is obviously silly and impractical.

But food processor! Whee!


12th Oct, 2005 05:04 (UTC)
Yes. Mine came with a dough hook. But I think I'll still bake bread by hand.
18th Oct, 2005 20:06 (UTC)
I've never tried bread (I haven't baked any bread in years..) but they're great for pizza dough. I actually bought my first food processor for this purpose while in university, and burnt out the motor the first time I used it. I took it back for a refund, figuring my dough-making escapades would have to wait until I could afford better than a $50 food processor.