I’m sure colcannon and a nice beef stew to ladle atop would have been more appropriate for the theme of the day. I, for one, spent most of my day keeping binge drinking hipsters wearing ironic green clothing from bouncing off the hood of my car. Seattle mustering its best attempt at becoming Boston for a day. I went out for work and quick run to the store. Otherwise I stayed safely in the confines of my own kitchen.
I made something of a half-hearted effort to find something Irish to make. Soda bread seemed really obvious. I hadn’t gotten very far when the idea of a chicken pot pie grabbed my attention. I didn’t need any convincing. Continue reading →
I should have done more with my day today, that much is certain. I worked a full day, came home, and promptly fell asleep for two hours on the couch. Seizing the need to do something productive, I rolled out to the store to pick up a few items for “dinner.” I say dinner in quotes because we’ve been living nicely off leftovers. Both a Thai Basil Chicken and a Bubble and Squeak in the fridge. More of a late night snack, then. Continue reading →
I came home from the store a week ago with one of those ten pound bags of Russet potatoes. My other half asked what exactly I was going to do with all those potatoes. The most I could muster was a mumbled “I don’t know” because I didn’t, actually, know. I had no plan. They were cheap and I was in a buying mood. So I made our poutine recipe one night, I made more bubble and squeak, because there’s no way to ever have enough bubble and squeak, and I still had some potatoes left. So what’s a guy to do. We were out the other day and a restaurant had a baked potato soup on special. I didn’t get it, but it did get me thinking. That sounds awfully good. I searched around a bit and found a few different takes on the soup itself; some are more broth with chunks of potato, some are more potato as soup thickener, there’s quite a variety then. So what to do. Continue reading →
I went to the uber-busy supermarket this evening – the one that plays house and industrial music at one in the morning at nightclub volumes…but I went in the middle of the day. Pre-Superbowl the day before. Oops. Parking wasn’t so difficult but navigating the store for the two simple items I needed was tantamount to developing a missile program in my laundry-room. Not pleasant. Or easy. I did make it outside in time to find a Parking Enforcement Officer standing behind my car with a handheld computer thing in her hand. I tried very bravely to completely ignore her existence and just get into my car. That didn’t work. Continue reading →
I’m sure I’ve professed the horrible affliction that is my attraction to anything British. TV, movies, automobiles, WWII era stuff – it’s all in there. I’m sure I should have been alive during WWII living in England somewhere. British food is less exciting, if only because it’s often fairly bland. It’s less exciting than their automobiles – the lead electrical supplier for automotive electrical equipment in Britain used to be Lucas Electrics. So disastrous is the reputation (deservedly so) for anything bearing the Lucas name - Lord Lucas is known as “The Prince of Darkness.”
Often in one TV show or another someone will reference bubble and squeak. Sounds a bit odd I know. I didn’t investigate until I watched an episode of Two Fat Ladies some time ago (it’s a cooking show and if you haven’t watched before it’s worth checking out.) As the title probably gives away – there are two ladies. And they are fat. They mentioned bubble and squeak and I figured if they brought it up – it’s got to be pretty good. Continue reading →
Onigiri, also known as omusubi or rice ball, is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or oval shapes and often wrapped in nori – which is the seaweed used to make sushi rolls. Traditionally, onigiri are filled with all manner of ingredients you’ve probably never heard of. Sushi like stuff. Because of the popularity of onigiri in Japan, most convenience stores stock their onigiri with various fillings and flavors. There are even specialized shops whose only products are onigiri for take out. It is however, definitely not sushi. If you’d like some more info on onigiri you should hop over here. Chances are they’ve answered any questions you might have.
Given that we’d made a whole ton of sushi rice the other night, we used that. If you were making this for yourself the best bet would be to just fire up the rice cooker or follow the directions on the package of rice that you have. Medium grain rice, just like sushi rice, is the way to go. Basmati, Jasmine, long grain rice – all wrong. There’s not enough gluten and it won’t stick together. Continue reading →
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