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What did you do this week?

As part of a weekly series, these topics are a place for users to casually discuss the things they did — or didn't do — during their week. Did you accomplish any goals? Suffer a failure? Do nothing at all? Tell us about it!

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  1. [2]
    blitz
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    I picked up playing the guitar in January, and have been taking weekly lessons since. On Wednesday this week I was feeling really down and overwhelmed by various things, and for the first time I...

    I picked up playing the guitar in January, and have been taking weekly lessons since. On Wednesday this week I was feeling really down and overwhelmed by various things, and for the first time I turned to playing the guitar to make me feel better, and it worked. It was a really special moment for me, and made all the hours of practice I've put in over the year worth it.

    I still suck, but I think I'm getting to the point where I can sit down and just enjoy playing, which seems like a big accomplishment.

    8 votes
    1. krg
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      If you're ever looking for some practice material or advice, feel free to hit me up!

      If you're ever looking for some practice material or advice, feel free to hit me up!

      2 votes
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    aphoenix
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    I finished up the hot sauce that I was making - my brine was getting quite yeasty, so I strained it, gave the peppers a rinse, added a bit of brine and apple cider vinegar back in, and blended it....

    I finished up the hot sauce that I was making - my brine was getting quite yeasty, so I strained it, gave the peppers a rinse, added a bit of brine and apple cider vinegar back in, and blended it. It's quite good. Obligatory picture.

    It's quite a lot like sriracha, but a bit fruitier and quite a bit spicier. I did boil it, but I think not quite enough, because I don't think the fermentation has completely stopped (you can see I put a fermentation lid on in the picture). I think I'm going to try doing this again in the future, next time I have extra hot peppers.

    7 votes
    1. [7]
      grahamiam
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      The brine is quite good as a component in salad dressings or sprinkled onto things like scrambled eggs as a salt replacement, imo. I've only done the fermented hot sauce recipe from It's Alive -...

      The brine is quite good as a component in salad dressings or sprinkled onto things like scrambled eggs as a salt replacement, imo. I've only done the fermented hot sauce recipe from It's Alive - https://youtu.be/UGjCeAbWKPo. Mine got super yeasty too. I ended up not really using the hot sauce much - it was good, but had a really strong flavor, so I'd only want to use it on things that didn't have their own flavor, which I try not to cook at home... But I'm also mostly vegetarian, and I think mustards and hot sauces go a little better with meat.

      4 votes
      1. [6]
        aphoenix
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        I probably should have retained more of the brine. I think I'll do so next time I make a sauce, and I want to make one that's a bit wilder - my son likes hot sauce, but this one is a bit too...

        I probably should have retained more of the brine. I think I'll do so next time I make a sauce, and I want to make one that's a bit wilder - my son likes hot sauce, but this one is a bit too piquant for him. I like to put hot sauces in salad dressings, so adding in the brine makes a lot of sense. If the next batch is less yeasty, then I think that could be pretty great.

        I should also have rewatched Brad. There were a few things that I would have done differently - I didn't remove the seeds, for one, and I think it might be nicer without the seeds.

        I do think that a lot of the stuff I put hot sauce with tends to have meat - I eat more meat than I probably should - but lots of my favourite uses of hot sauces omit meat as well! I love it with grilled cheese, which is vegetarian-ish (depending on your cheese) or adding it to hummus to eat with a flatbread, or in a veggie chili. Or on eggs, though I know vegetarians on both sides of the "egg or no egg" argument.

        The one I made would go great in a thai soup, I think.

        4 votes
        1. [5]
          cfabbro
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          Viet too, undoubtedly. Pho just isn't Pho without including a good chili-garlic hot sauce in it, IMO. And I'd estimate 90% of my personal hot sauce consumption comes from putting them in my...

          The one I made would go great in a thai soup, I think.

          Viet too, undoubtedly. Pho just isn't Pho without including a good chili-garlic hot sauce in it, IMO. And I'd estimate 90% of my personal hot sauce consumption comes from putting them in my various soup recipes. This may be sacrilegious, but I even put hot sauce in my Boston style clam chowder. :P

          3 votes
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            krg
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            I'm there, too. ...though, the chowders I throw various hot sauces in tend to come outta cans, so...

            but I even put hot sauce in my Boston style clam chowder. :P

            I'm there, too.

            ...though, the chowders I throw various hot sauces in tend to come outta cans, so...

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            1. cfabbro
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              Hey, nothing wrong with cracking open a can of Campbell's Chunky on a cold day. I usually keep a few cans in my pantry, since I get the craving for clam chowder fairly often (esp in winter), but...

              Hey, nothing wrong with cracking open a can of Campbell's Chunky on a cold day. I usually keep a few cans in my pantry, since I get the craving for clam chowder fairly often (esp in winter), but since it's kind of a PITA to make I only do it about once a year... so something has to fill the gap. ;)

              3 votes
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            aphoenix
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            I don't believe in food sacrilege - if you like it you like it! I'll extend that to well done steaks - as long as I don't have to eat it, I don't care how you do. That said, I've 100% put hot...

            This may be sacrilegious, but I even put hot sauce in my Boston style clam chowder. :P

            I don't believe in food sacrilege - if you like it you like it! I'll extend that to well done steaks - as long as I don't have to eat it, I don't care how you do.

            That said, I've 100% put hot sauce in clam chowder, and it's delicious.

            2 votes
            1. cfabbro
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              I don't really believe in it either, I was mostly joking. ;) And TBH, I feel like the oilier/fattier/creamier a soup is, the more it actually benefits from some vinegar and heat to help cut...

              I don't really believe in it either, I was mostly joking. ;) And TBH, I feel like the oilier/fattier/creamier a soup is, the more it actually benefits from some vinegar and heat to help cut through that and add some depth.

              2 votes
  3. skybrian
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    Mostly staying indoors and doom scrolling. But I'm also learning to play the Next Generation theme because a friend who is a Star Trek fan has a birthday soon.

    Mostly staying indoors and doom scrolling. But I'm also learning to play the Next Generation theme because a friend who is a Star Trek fan has a birthday soon.

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  4. Tygrak
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    I really need to start working on stuff for school, but I am still procrastinating pretty hard. Other than that - I made two songs over the week, and when I showed them to a friend they didn't say...

    I really need to start working on stuff for school, but I am still procrastinating pretty hard. Other than that - I made two songs over the week, and when I showed them to a friend they didn't say it's terrible. I am also still learning to skate a bit sometimes which is fun.

    4 votes
  5. Kuromantis
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    Turned on my math classes and the subject today is... percentages. I'm not sure if my education is going forwards or backwards? It's also gotten warm enough where I live to make stuff like leaving...

    Turned on my math classes and the subject today is... percentages. I'm not sure if my education is going forwards or backwards?

    It's also gotten warm enough where I live to make stuff like leaving the bathroom after taking a shower or just not putting clothes on after leaving not that bad (although I'm too puritan for that regardless lol) so also deal with that.

    2 votes