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Change the World Wednesday – 5th Feb

Running late today.

Yesterday Brazil had a power cut affecting the south and west of the country, including here. Power was out for over an hour.

diskdrive

I hate disk drives

That’s not the tricky bit. When I got home and turned the PC on it didn’t want to connect with my backup drive and after repeated attempts, I gave up. Today I had another fiddle and after a couple of hours and lots of coffee managed to recover it. So all is well… until the next time. But I am creating another backup disk just in case.

Yesterday was also a stupendous 45ºC (112ºF), humidity was very low, so I was drinking lots of water, today is a cooler 41ºC. We are due for this heat wave until the 15th, so another ten days.

No more guava, plenty growing, but no ripe ones.

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Let’s get on with this week’s CTWW.

This week, monitor food portion sizes and cook accordingly. Even if you are cooking once for more than one meal, pay attention to portions and resist cooking more than necessary, which often leads to waste. Need help determining portion size? There’s more… Click on the banner for the full challenge.

Living alone this can be a tough one. I buy my meat in meal-sized portions, but when it comes to veges you can’t buy half a lettuce. I wish I had the ground available to grow more of my own. I buy a lettuce, and by the time I have used half, the rest is ready for the compost.

I rarely buy pre-prepared meals, so portions a not a great problem there. And the odd time I get a delivered pizza, I eat half one day, and the rest the next day.

FeijoadaAs a chef, I have a pretty good idea, how much I need of something to make one meal. Sometimes I make several lots, for example when I make feijoada (Brazilian black bean dish) I make it the day, then pack six portions in old marg containers for the freezer; thaw and reheat later.

So I pretty much do this challenge as a matter of course.

I hate throwing food out. When I do, it makes me cringe.

 

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Change the World Wednesday – 26th Sep

Yes, I know it’s Thursday, I’m a day late; and that doesn’t worry me one bit. I took the day off yesterday as a recovery measure; a combination of exhaustion and a very cold day. I didn’t even go to work.

The south of Brazil has been hit with snow and many have had the house roofs destroyed by wind and hail; they showed hailstones the size of golf balls on TV last night, house roofs looked as though they had been peppered by a huge shotgun. Many crops were decimated as well, as this is the primary zone for cool-temperate farming, so we can expect higher prices.

Tuesday night we were hit by a cold front. After an extremely mild – hot winter (hottest and driest in 40 years) here in Rio de Janeiro, in fact most of Brazil has suffered with very low humidity extremes. Last week/weekend (I’m not sure of the day now) in my part of the city we had 14% humidity, some of the world’s deserts are more humid. Officially now we are in Spring, and the weather has decided to be winter. We went from a hot summer’s weekend (39/40°C) to winter temperatures (15/19°C) in the space of  24 hours.

Weird weather, unseasonable changes, extremes… Now tell me there is no such thing as global warming. I’m not apportioning the blame here, just saying it’s here.

Botijão de gás

My kitchen gas just ran out. Luckily, the water had boiled to make coffee, so it wasn’t quite the disaster it could have been. I was rather pleased, I had anticipated the gas would quit sometime in August, and here we are at the end of September; that’s five months from one gas bottle for all my oven heat. A bottle of gas costs about R$39 (currently that’s about USD2o).

I always buy a spare the month after I change the botijão. Most Brazilians don’t do that. Their gas runs out and they have to ring and wait for a delivery, usually about a half hour. Then there is the problem that most Brazilians don’t have money for that eventuality and have to wait for the next pay day.

On with the challenge. Actually this isn’t much of a challenge for me, because most things I don’t even have.

Life is so much less complicated here in Brazil, which is one of the reasons I love it here.

This week, if you are moving into Autumn, choose one task from this LIST and accomplish it. Of course, we’d like to hear all about it.

 

Or …

If you are moving into Spring, choose a task from this POST. Again, we’d like to know what you chose to do and how you did it.

 

Or …

If none of those activities appeal to you, choose a previous challenge from the list HERE. And yep … tell us about it!

Well, I have to look at the second option, because we’re heading into spring.

  • I don’t spring clean – check
  • I don’t even have a closet to clean out, and I don’t have things to throw out – check
  • No smoke detectors, so no batteries – check
  • No air filters – check
  • Spring garden and compost – check
  • No landscaping – check
  • Walk, I don’t walk, I hobble where possible – check
  • No drier, so clothes are always dried outside – check
  • No air blower, Brazilians use water, I use a yard broom – check
  • No grass, no mower – check
  • No ceiling fan, I use two portable ones, need cleaning – check
  • No fireplace, no damper to close – check

So after all that, my total contribution will be to clean both fans. Like I said, life is so much simpler here.

Have a great week everyone.

 

Make you Fink on Friday

Climate vs Weather

Explained, simply…

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