First let me say that the gumbo I made last night was delicious. I'd never made gumbo in my life! I guess I always thought you had to be a tenth-generation Cajun to make good gumbo or at least be infused with some sort of mystical power and know the properties of plants and herbs found nowhere in the world but deep in the swamps of Louisiana.
Turns out that although I'm neither of those things and I'm not sure my gumbo was what you'd call authentic, my gumbo sure wasn't bad. I made my first real roux, which is what had always scared me away from gumbo. THAT process did seem like magic to me. Mixing a fat and flour to make a thickening agent is something I can do in my sleep but to cook it long enough to have it turn dark, shiny brown without burning it?
But I did it and the rest was not very hard. Making the roux wasn't very hard either and despite the fact that some recipes say you have to stir that roux for forty minutes or so, mine darkened in the most lovely way in about ten minutes. So. Don't believe everything you read. And honestly, don't believe everything you believe.
I had an appointment to get my teeth cleaned this morning. I've been putting it off forever. When I made an appointment for September way, way back in June I had no idea that Covid would still be affecting our lives so profoundly. And I could have canceled and rescheduled but I just wanted to get it out of the way and I have an almost neurotic fear of developing some sort of horrible tooth problem without knowing it so off I went to the office where I had to sign a form which made me feel after reading it as if I was definitely going to get Covid from getting my teeth cleaned and that I was signing away my rights to sue them.
Whatever. Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the winds.
My teeth and gums are fine. I have stellar dental health. Now let's hope I don't come down with the virus. Tallahassee is not a very healthy place to be right now. Between August 2 and September 4, there were over 850 cases of confirmed Coronavirus at FSU. That's students, facility, and staff. That doesn't even sound possible. And yet, it is. I fear so much for Lily and May who both work with the public in grocery stores. Lily's Publix doesn't have that many students as regular shoppers but it has some and of course the virus does spread from one population to another and May works at the Co-op where a lot of students do shop.
May they be safe. Please.
After I came home I decided to tackle that jelly again. I poured it all out and went through the steps I listed yesterday and discovered that some of it had gelled a bit. But I just boiled it all down some more and added a little more sugar and more Sure Jell and it's so pretty