Ham: one of the best protein/cost ratios you can get, especially with
a large family (like mine). You can get two meals out of the meat itself, and then use the bones to make some excellent beans.
Here's a recipe!
- Pinto beans (soaked overnight)
- Ham bone with meat left on that was too much of a pain to cut off
- All the other ham you had left over, diced up
- Yellow onion
- Diced Serrano or jalapeno pepper. Fresh or canned.
- Can of rotel (is this a Texas thing only?), or any canned diced tomatoes
- No salt. The ham will be salty enough.
- Two packets of Goya Sazon Culantro y Achiote. This is really the secret. You can find it (in Texas at least) in the Hispanic foods aisle. (Looks like this: https://www.target.com/p/goya-sazon-culantro-y-achiote-1-41-oz/-/A-14771559)
Put all that in a crock pot and let cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Fill with plain water; no broth is needed, the ham bone will make a nice broth. It's wonderful.
Some folks may remember me from the 98-02 Verge2 era. That was high school for me and in those days I was big into playing and making JRPGs. I made a handle of Hours or Verge games, but no big releases. I think the most well received was Beyond Babel which was sort of a top down 2D pixel art homage to Fallout 1.
Creativity wise, I've never quite gotten back into game dev as intensively as I did in the old days. I toyed with making a Metroidvania in the Godot engine maybe a year ago, which was fun. Mainly my creative energy has been focused on science fiction / fantasy fiction writing. I spent 2014 to 2017 or so writing seriously in my free time, and ended up getting a few short stories published. My best piece is probably a short story I sold to Compelling Science Fiction, a Bona Fide professional market.
Lately I can't seem to find the time (or gumption rather) to focus on much other than work or family. Although I plan to pick up a new or old hobby once the youngest gets a bit bigger.
Feel free to follow me on Twitter @aaron_a_wright. I follow a few other Verge guys I've found from the old days. Can't say I'll post much!