Quarantine Provisions: Jamaican Meat Pies

As the COVID-19 global pandemic hits, we here in the US have entered the “self-quarantine” phase of things — staying at home and limiting personal contact, in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, so that our health care system isn’t overwhelmed.

I realize that not everyone is used to the work-from-home life, so I figured that I start a blog series, where I present recipes, with an eye toward things that are filling and good for many leftovers that can be popped into the microwave. First up: Jamaican Meat Pies.

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New Year’s Eve


2020 — at one point, a grim cyberpunk future. Math checks out.

I try not to do “New Year’s Resolutions,” although it’s difficult not to think of the rollover of the year as a new start. Doubly so when it’s a new decade.

In place of a Resolution, though, I think I’m just going to try to keep this lesson in mind, which I saw on Twitter from Xeni Jardin:

“I’m powerless over a lot but not how I live my life, or how I treat others. Small, modest, humble accomplishments with a solid core mean more to me, now that the glittering ones have been revealed as hollow. The imprint I leave on the hearts of others is what will outlast me.

How did our grandparents find the strength to persist during war or famine or all the other awful losses and cruelties? What’s that energy? That’s where I am now.

The world out there is a mess. What others do or believe may be horrible. How am I tending my garden today?What beauty can I create for others?

Yesterday the answer was, “make the best lamb roast ever and bake bread.” And, “do the uncomfortable phone call.” Sometimes it really is that simple.”

Xeni Jardin, Twitter 12/26/2019

Not a bad way to approach things. At least I’m gonna give it a try. See you in 2020.

Decade’s End

WELP. Long time no post. I haven’t been here since August. Mostly, that was due to getting various mental ducks in a row.

I find myself now at the ending of the year — and more than that, the ending of the decade. In both cases, I’m glad to see the back of them. 2019 was pretty much the crap topping on the shit sandwich that was the entire decade.

Yeah, the 2010s will not be fondly remembered. Personally speaking, this decade has been the most difficult of my life, and so, against all logic and reason, I’m viewing the coming new year as a chance to start again. Do I still have it within me to hope? Oddly, yes — and I think that finally getting treatment for my depression and anxiety is a big part of that.

Whatever the reason, I’m going to try to hit 2020 at full speed. Part of that is getting back into the habit of writing more often — and not just on Twitter. So I’m going to try (yeah, yeah, I know) to put some more stuff here as the year draws to a close.

If there’s anything in particular that you’d like to read from me, drop a comment below, or hit me on Twitter @GMSkarka.