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curried fish chowder

laurie’s curried fish chowder soup recipe

Is it a soup? Is it a chowder? It’s both!

Curried fish chowder

Curried fish chowder, or is it soup?

Although my holiday in Sri Lanka was 3 years ago, I think about it every day. I really miss the food, and frequently try to reproduce it. After I made this dish, my addictive curried fish chowder, I asked my husband if he was getting sick of having coconut milk and curry in virtually everything I make these days. Nope! What a silly question.

A few notes on the recipe:

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age discrimination: hey fogey! go to the back of the bus!

Age Discrimination

Today’s lesson on age discrimination is based on an article posted on LinkedIn Pulse last week entitled When it Comes To Age Bias, Tech Companies Don’t Even Bother to Lie by Dan Lyons.

Future Age Discrimination victim -

This story provides a disturbing account of one company’s reprehensible system of age discrimination in the workplace. We all know it exists, consciously or subconsciously, but any employer with a bit of sense will successfully deny it. HubSpot’s CEO Brian Halligan, evidently, lacks that  bit of sense, espousing the practice in an interview with The New York Times.

Lyons’ April 5th  article is about flagrant age discrimination at HubSpot, as reportedly is his book, Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Startup Bubble,” he relays a situation in which his management admitted and defended their practice of illegal discrimination:

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potato sambal – updated!

Baby Potato Sambal recipe

potato sambal/sambol

baby potato sambal |potato sambol

It was the photograph that made me save this recipe. I wonder if I can grow potatoes in my geographic area.  Baby taters are quite costy, per cubic inch. This recipe, fortunately, can be made with sliced potatoes. But…nah.

Please note that the recipe is for TWO SERVINGS. In fact, 2 quarter-pound servings. Not in this family. Also,  it assumes you have a pressure cooker. I wonder if I had one, would I use it? [2018 update: I’ve had an Instant Pot for almost a year now. watch  video HERE. I can do anything!!! ]

But anyway, boil them, let them cool, and peel them. I’m not sure I would bother peeling. I mean will bother.  [Another update: made ’em. loved ’em. didn’t even think of peeling baby potatoes, for crying out loud!]

Grinding isn’t a common American technique. I’ve tried using a mortar and pestal to grind and combine spices. It was a big failure for an impatient weakling. I ended up using our little coffee grinder, and that’s what I’ll use for this recipe. *P.S. Despite what Google says, consider a garlic pod to be one healthy clove.

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Throw me a party

According to facebook, someone should be throwing me a big party today:

shorty daylefty day


(yeah, I know they probably aren’t actually both today…)


hello, imaginary twin
theabolds and laurie 1975

a wise person once said “write as if nobody is reading.” genuine and from the heart, i guess. me, i’m writing to my imaginary twin who is totally non-judgy, which is really important, because while i am a grammar snob (do i need a comma here?) i am no kind of punctuation snob. commas are optional when writing to my imaginary twin, and obviously, so are capital letters. s/he is ok with it. (see into the future ‘capitalization’ post which i’ll link to when I post it).

who am I? Laurie Enger Freehafer is who.  More here. 

9 things your mother never told you

to my beloved daughters: (not the “hefty hefty hefty” Hefty) brings this spot-on list about motherhood. (p.s. Mom, I get it.)

1. You are the reason she has cried so much.

me and my daughters

me and my daughters

She cried from joy as she learned she was pregnant.  She cried out of happiness when she finally held you in her hands.  She wept with worry when things didn’t go your way.  And with pride at every step along the way.

2. She also wants the last slice.

But of course she says she is full when she notices that you’d like to eat it.  Out of sheer love for you, she gives it up.  She doesn’t just give up the slice of cake, but on so much more in life.

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20 Best Foreign Retirement Havens

Retiring Abroad

Pixabay - Thailand - Retiring AbroadA recent Forbes Magazine feature did some helpful legwork for anyone who might be considering retiring to a foreign country. Some day. In a future far far away. Just to get ourselves thinking, I’ve summarized their summaries, and added my not-well-thought-out reactions. Let the fantasies begin!

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veggie burger for carnivores

A Veggie Burger for Carnivores – recipe

Thanks for tempting me, again, with a mouth-watering vegetarian recipe that “even carnivores will like.” You just know it’s delicious.

Black Bean Green Goddess Burgers

FWX - a veggie burger for carnivores

Too bad my mouth isn’t the size of a basketball.

Makes 6 burgers

Green Goddess Dressing

  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup basil
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 1/4 cup green onions, diced

Black Bean Burgers […]

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Things your burglar won’t tell you

Concerned about home security while someone is knocking at your door?

Here are 25 things your burglar won’t tell you…


1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier. […]

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coloring for grown-ups

color me swoon

We recently succumbed to cashier pressure and signed up — paid actual money for –a B&N discount card. We haven’t calculated our break even point, but as a way to increase sales, B&N has it down. What we won’t pay for a 10% discount.

I’m due for a new NYT Sunday Crossword Omnibus. Actually, I’m re-buying ones I’ve already done because my memory is shit. I have an addiction, OK? They relax me, remove me from the day. So I went online. Look what I found! […]

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