With the Hurricane coming, I was expecting a power outtage. Coping with loss of power is an important survival skill.
I noticed a vulnerability. Coffee!
While I have a french press and don't need the electric coffee maker... I usually use whole beans, and grind them with an electric grinder. Luckily I had a bag of pre-ground ready to take to work, so if Sandy had eaten the lights, I'd have been okay. But this isn't the usual situation.
Now, apart from getting a manual grinder ahead of time, what would be the procedure if I had a hankering for Java in the dark?
Well, I'm sure in my desperation I'd have improvised something. Put the beans in a bag or between paper towels and just mash it with something heavy. This is a less than optimal technique.
Then I remembered. I have a marble mortar and pestle that isn't hopelessly tainted with cumin or other strong spice. Were it so contaminated, I could line it with plastic. Problem solved.
The Internet Ice Cream machine is still calming down - Blood pressure not back to normal, and so the ice cream will be late. But since this is the Internet, here's acute kitten eating bacon. Because bacon.
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