2022 February 25

Day        36°     Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 30s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Wind chill readings as low as 16
Night     26⁰     Cloudy. A slight chance of rain in the evening then a chance of rain after midnight. Near steady temperature in the mid 30s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

Day three of ninety days rereading the Bible Genesis through Revelation. Starting with Genesis thirty-three where Jacob and Esau bury Isaac. I’ve read through Genesis forty-six where Jacob’s whole family and possessions are brought to Egypt.

For breakfast I baked some biscuits in the Instapot with the air fryer attachment. It was the first time I had used the bake setting. I like it. So simple. We also had eggs, bacon, and fried mushrooms.

I made navy beans and ham in the smaller Instapot and cornbread in the larger.

The cornbread recipe said to bake at 450°. However the Instapot’s settings only go to 400° so I gave it a little extra time. I shouldn’t have bothered with the extra time. I came out with a little darker crust than I normally strive for. However, I have to say that it was very good and super convenient. I see now that I’ve been underusing the air-fry attachment.

We were gifted with this ham. It is deli sliced but uncured. So I cut many layers into about half inch squares. Pressure cooked with the beans for twenty minutes to make sure it was well cooked.
I had overestimated how many dry beans to use or underestimated how much water to add. When I opened the lid after the twenty minutes the pot was nearly dry. The beans were nearly done (might have been done if there had been enough moisture to absorb). So I quickly boiled some water in the electric kettle, added it to the pot along with some chicken bullion, and pressure cooked it for another ten minutes. It came out cooked just right. As it turned out, I had over estimated the amount of beans that two older adults would need for a meal. But we ate them all anyway.

Sketching from life. I’m always fascinated by the way cloth moves and folds.

©2022 Thomas E Williams

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