February 18th, 2021



Today is cold and clear.  There are layers of snow, with lots of animal tracks.  Most of those are rabbit, squirrel, and sparrow.  I saw some dove tracks.  I think there might have been something else -- cat, fox, coyote -- but the tracks are blurry and erratic, hard to pin down.

I fed the birds.  Today I've seen sparrows, cardinals, a dark-eyed junco, a Bewick's wren, and a downy woodpecker. 

Soy-Molasses Salmon

My partner Doug found a recipe for Soy-Molasses Salmon, so I tried making that tonight.  I used fresh ginger as well as fresh garlic, and substituted oyster sauce for the fish sauce that we don't have yet.  We cut the amount in half to make 2 salmon fillets and had sauce left over.

I did like the idea of mixing molasses with soy.  However, the high sugar content made the sauce burn almost instantly when it contacted the hot pan.  :P  It was also, as I suspected, an overwhelming flavor.

Since we have some sauce left, we're mulling over other things we might do with it.

I'm also thinking about how else I could combine molasses with soy sauce.  I'm afraid if I put it in a hot wok, it will just burn again.  But it might do better if diluted more.  Braising might work.  I want to try honey glaze too.

Unsold Poems for the February 2, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the February 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Arc of the Mental Universe," "Everything That Blooms," "In the Shade of the Mighty Oak," "Let the Children Lead Us," and "Autumn's Palette," "Pumpkin Spice Prosperity," "Delight in Another," and "A Sense of Weather Changes."

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Poetry Fishbowl Report for February 2, 2021

Our theme this time was "Cultural Differences." I wrote from 1:15 PM to 6:15 AM, so about 15 hours accounting for breaks. I wrote 6 poems on Tuesday and 10+ later in the week.

Participation went up, with 16 comments on LiveJournal and another 41 on Dreamwidth. A total of 15 people sent prompts.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 2, 2021 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
Astronomy Haiku 2-5-21
"Conspiracy vs. Democracy"
"Flocking Together"
"Laundry, Liturgy, and Women's Work"
"The Shoals of Time"
"Soul Song"
"White Chrysanthemums"

"A Sense of Weather Changes" (standalone, November 24, 2020 outside prompt calls) (linkback perk)
"Integration of the Contraries" (Polychrome Heroics, December 1, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl) (free perk)
"The Age of Paint" (Arts and Crafts America, May 2020 Creative Jam)
"The Aurora Hat" (Arts and Crafts America, January 7, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl)
"Washed Clean" (Arts and Crafts America, November 6, 2020 outside prompt calls)
"If You Want to Build a Ship" (Arts and Crafts America, January 9, 2021 outside prompt calls)

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from February 2. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available. All sponsored poems have been posted.

This month's donors include: [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] nsfwords, and Anthony & Shirley Barrette. There were no new donors. There are 2 tallies toward a bonus fishbowl.

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