August 5, 2004
There really is no time to blog today, but I feel that I must take a moment to thank my brother in law Ben for saving my life. When I staggered over to his house on an errand, Ben gave me a beer, listened to me come unglued about the insane work deadline, sympathized about getting ready for the trip and most of all enlightened me about the lifeline that is MMC. (Modified Macaroni and Cheese)
While away from his wife and children and eating like a bachelor, Ben combines these two elements, white cheddar mac and cheese and Pataks Mango Pickle in oil, elevating a simple dinner for the desperate into a heretofore unknown glory of boxed food. Trust me. Ben is a genius. Eat it and know what real inspiration is. (I understand that you think that Ben and I are both off our nut. That we have been driven by a childless state into believing that this is good food, when really it is a poison that I am now trying to fob off onto you so that we may all descend together into the abyss of overwork and weirdness that is my life. Eat it anyway.)
While I sit glued to the computer, frantically and (probably) hopelessly trying to meet a writing deadline, water for this inspired instant dinner is coming to a boil in the kitchen. I have eaten it for dinner, and am repeating it for lunch and see no reason not to solve my supper crisis tonight with it as well.
Despite trying to drink way less coffee, the poncho-a-thon continues, (as does my complete inability to take a picture that accurately depicts its colour).
My unfettered pointy poncho love shows no sign of abatement, though I did somehow avoid buying a Mango Moon recycled silk poncho kit at the Stitch and Bitch last night. It was incredible, I walked away. You should have seen me.
Posted by Stephanie at August 5, 2004 1:43 PM
Aaaahhhhhhhh, Harlot. We love you best when you are off your nut. It's good to have a Ben in one's life. Miss you already.
Good luck with your deadline. The red poncho looks like it was derived from the Mexican Wave yarn shawl kit. Am I right? In this house, our favorite mac and cheese is Annie's.
Your Mango-Moon-resisting ability was remarkable to witness. I'm so impressed, though slightly disappointed... I'd love to see you knit that kit up... but anyway, best of luck on meeting your deadline, and have a fabulous trip!
MMC is also a college student's main staple...only in New Mexico, we put in canned chili with beans. The beans give you a little extra protein.
By the way, I love your site!! Thanks for sharing your yarn obsessions and dilemnas.
Mmmmmm. Mac & cheese. Once of my all-time faves. I can't quite imagine the mango pickle mixed in (and I might just have to take your word for it), but I see absolutely nothing wrong with mmc for breakfast, lunch and dinner if it suits you. Lately for me it's been Double Stuff Oreos.
Love the Poncho. Reminds me that I need to get to work on the one for K2. Not enough hours in the day, are there?
You're not off your nut. You'll know that you are when you try to knit the mac and cheese and eat the poncho. Or add the poncho to the mac and cheese.
Dang. Now *I* want some mac and cheese!
(Oh, and you should check out the other Pataki stuff. The korma sauce in a jar is _great_!)
Mango Pickle in oil, Mango Moon, mango tank...theme, obsession, conspiracy? Find a mango cod and mango screech and you'll be home free, Newfie.
Love this brand of mac and cheese with no scary ingredients:
Glad to hear that you have cut back on the caffeine thus reducing the risk of eye twitch turning into full body twitch just in time for bike riding segment of your trip.
Is the Dublin Bay sock going to Avonlea?
How long are you making those poncho's for your year old? I am currently making one for my (gasp) 10 year old and since I don't exactly have a pattern I am kind of winging it. Have a wonderful bike ride!
Harlot, I love your blog and miss it already. I love your dedication to knitting and to your readers. Even when your life comes apart at the seams, you always find time knit and blog. (I can somewhat relate. For a recent trip, I stressed over which knitting projects to take and ended up with more yarn than t-shirts and pants. Needless to say, I did not run out of yarn, had a project to fit every occation and every kind of weather, but needed to borrow some of DH's shirts.)
Your blog is one of the highlights of my day. I wish you and your family a wonderful, adventurous and exciting trip. Come back safely.
If you throw in a handful of veggies (fresh, frozen...it's all good) in the last couple of mac cooking minutes, drain with the mac, then mix sauce in, it's like a casserole on the stovetop. And if you cook the milk, butter, and cheez powder til it thickens a little before adding the mac and whatever back in, you can trick yourself into believing it's gourmet. (Sorta) If you eat tuna, that's another good faux casserole protein add in.
Couscous and Patak's Garlic Relish, with a little (tinned!) chicken, sometimes some corn. The 11 second meal and full of tasty goodness.
Embarrassing to admit I still east such things, but...
Two thumbs up on the Annie's Mac and Cheese also. I'll have to try the mango relish.
Poncho looks great.
If you throw in a handful of veggies (fresh, frozen...it's all good) in the last couple of mac cooking minutes, drain with the mac, then mix sauce in, it's like a casserole on the stovetop. And if you cook the milk, butter, and cheez powder til it thickens a little before adding the mac and whatever back in, you can trick yourself into believing it's gourmet. (Sorta) If you eat tuna, that's another good faux casserole protein add in. This works on a camp stove too!
I can't be the only person wondering. What is mango pickle in oil? Have a great trip. Betsy
Well I for one love your ponchos, so no apologies necessary. I just put on some Annie's mac and cheese to cook before coming to read your blog, LOL! I'm cutting up fresh tomato to go on top of it, my way of fooling myself to think it is healthy. I've never heard of those pickles before, now I'm going to have to look!
Mango pickle in oil, "tinned" something-or-other. I love Canadian/British English. We don't have mango pickle here. If we did, I bet it's called something else. And we call it "canned," not "tinned." The one thing I learned when I went to England to work was I didn't know the language. I learned that REALLY well the first time I referred to my doing exercises to firm my fanny, of course meaning my buttockal area. But in Britain it means something else. And I said it in the workplace. At BBC Television. (I'm still red.) We're gonna miss you, miss you BAD! Have a FABULOUS time.
you know, adding stuff to Mac and Cheese might actually get me to eat it again... Loving the poncho.
Repeating to myself - its only TWO weeks. :-)
Harlot, I can't get through a day without reading your blog, and I'm so thrilled that you'll be visiting my local (even though its two hours away) Baadeck Yarns! If you can't swing the trip to Fleece Artist be assured, there's all kinds of worship worthy Fleece Artist yarns at Baadeck Yarns.
Have a great trip!
MMC makes complete sense to me--it's been only a few weeks since my friend Amit introduced me to the wonder that is Hummus with Lime Pickle Oil. Keep it in mind for when you overdose on the MMC.
Love your ponchos, not too sure about the MMC. Have a wonderful trip and come home safely.
Hey, Harlot, have a great trip. As for the MMC like blergh but then I can't stand cheese and can't have wheat. If you can't get to Fleece Artist and need any good Aussie roving instead, let me know ;-)
For MMC, try adding curry and tuna. You can put just about anything in there. I like the New Mexican version as well. You can do the same with Ramen noodles -- add meat and veggies, and it looks like a big meal! Have a wonderful trip!
I love the poncho. Seriously. As for the mac and cheese, you've already publicly admitted to downing a beer before being exposed to this "amazing" new discovery. Hehe.
I had to sit up and take notice at the box of PC Mac & Cheese. As a displaced Canadian living in Kansas City, MO, PC Mac & cheese has to be smuggled across the border in the luggage of friends and family that come to visit me. I like to add fresh tomatoes to any left overs the next day and sprinkle romano cheese on it. I will have to try the Mango pickle. Oh, and I knit too. Love your blog!!!
I would love to get on your blog list. I am making the poncho pattern (one row of 64 stitches knit, then yo k1, yo, knit 31, then yo, k, yo.) I am making this for my grandaughter. I love this pattern but since we could not get the Mission Falls yarn 1824 wool, I bought Patons, DECOR which is 75% acrylic & 25% wool(wt 31/2 lbs. I cast on 64 sts and am using 60cm circular needle. How long should the length in the front center. Also if I want to make to make a poncho for my gt. grand daughter. She is 8 yr. How many stitches would you suggest I cast on. I love your patterns and all of your comments. Do you have a yarn shop? Dorothy .
This is added to my former commest. I have erased my last name and hope it won't appear on your comment sheet on your web site. i notice everyone else just posted their first name. Thanks Dorothy S
I love the Harlot Poncho. But I need to know where to find the wool to knit it in. Can you guide me to that? Or could I make it in anything else? Such as DK
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