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I just made awesome chocolate cake that technically has no sugar in it! It does have a super-generous dollop of honey, but I am willing to overlook honey for the time being. My main goal is to cut refined sugar entirely, minus the little tiny bit that exists in dark chocolate. I have half a carton of ice cream to go, and then I'll be good.

My other endeavor this weekend: vermiculture. It's because of the juicer. While I happily report I am now allowed to eat fiber again, the juicer is going to remain a pretty big part of my food supply. I am only allowed to eat fiber in moderation, and it's supposed to be gentle, cooked-down fiber. So I would still be missing out on the really fun, tasty vegetables like cabbage and celery and carrots. Besides, fresh juice is awesome (the secret of carrots: organic actually makes a difference!)

Since I am routinely making half a cup of fruit-and-veggie pulp that I certainly have no use for, and I hate to toss it in the garbage (this not only is wasteful, but requires much more frequent removal of the trash), I OBVIOUSLY need something that can eat it. But I can't have chickens in town. Nor do I get out to the chickens that aren't in town often enough to really excuse keeping a bucket of scraps in the fridge.

And hence: worms. I got two little cartons of red wrigglies from the local bait shop (not only that, but with a buy-1-get-1 coupon. Seeing as I do not fish, I had never expected to have a use for that particular coupon). And then I discovered I do not have the right sized container to turn into a worm box. NOOO! Must acquire box! The only one I have that's big enough is too big and won't fit under the sink. I feel it must fit under the sink, because otherwise Ix is going to roll his eyes at me and comment on the fact the kitchen is already tiny and full of stuff. But if the worm-box fits under the sink, then there is obviously no problem at all. Stupid plumbing. Do we really need a drain disposal? And U-pipes?

Anyway, I figure the worms could use a day to recuperate from my abandoning them in a cold, cold car for a couple of hours, and in the meantime...well, in the meantime, actually I'll be having 10 hours of class in a row and may not be up for doing anything productive. So the worms will get two days to recuperate, and by then I ought to have acquired a good box and filled it up with damp shredded newspaper. And then I will get to feed them juicer scraps!

While I suspect my ability to create foodish byproduct far outstrips my space for vermiculture (all I have to do is get into keeping fresh sourdough starter again), it will be nice--assuming the worms can survive my tender care--to have something living I can feed scraps to. And worms do not make nearly as much noise as chickens.

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