Archive for the ‘Food, Cooking and Having Company Over’ Category

Three Arrested in Connection With Maple-Syrup Heist

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

BREAKING: Three Arrested in Connection With Maple-Syrup Heist – Lowering the Bar.

Kevin is on the case. It appears that a good portion of the Maple Syrup Strategic Reserve has been recovered.

It’s a good thing that it’s been warm here that last couple of months. The last time I bought syrup, it was quite expensive. Maybe prices will drop along with the temperatures. Cold weather is pancake and waffle weather for me.

Tri Tip Roast

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

It’s my birthday. That means I’m cooking, as that’s about the only way to ensure I get what I want for my dinner. Tonight it will be tri tip roast, and some other roast beast, possibly a porterhouse or two.

Here’s the tri tip:

After a thorough interrogation.

Note: it is sliced incorrectly in the picture. Like fajita meat, you want to slice across the grain. Slicing across the grain makes for much more enjoyable eating. It’s very easy to fix. I typically grill it.

Tri tip is surprisingly hard to find in Dallas. After having lived in Santa Maria, California, where you couldn’t drive down Main or Broadway on a Saturday without coming across a road side stand selling tri tip, I have been frustrated with finding it here in Dallas. We went to a specialty meat market yesterday to get a roast.

If the Deuce ever finishes his homework, we’re going to go shooting and then return to fix the roast.

The coming bacon shortage…

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

It may very well be the end of the world.

The fact that it is The Guardian doing the reporting, gives me some comfort. But as one wag put it, “Maybe we wouldn’t be facing a bacon shortage if you twee hipsters didn’t put bacon on cupcakes, in mixed drinks, etc.”, it is possible there might not be a shortage. I’m looking at you Burger King.

I actually blame ethanol.

I will also confess to putting bacon in my bourbon.


I just used the last of the syrup in the White Rock Kitchen

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

And now, I see I may have to worry about getting another bottle: The Maple Syrup has been Stolen!

If I were looking for who stole the syrup, I’d start with the hockey players. It looks like they are going to need another way to make some money this winter.

Idiots must run the NHL and the NHL Players Association.

I don’t even know where to begin

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Each of the last two Saturdays I spent some time with two women, partners, and their five year old son. One of the women is an American that is a friend of a friend from back in Dallas. The other woman is Swiss. They live in Switzerland. They came to the island for a vacation. These women and their son were delightful. I really appreciated the opportunity to visit with them and to get to know them.

Yes these women are part of a demographic that I don’t have a lot of contact with in my normal routine. It is certainly a demographic that is not encountered often here on the island where the population is 50% Hindu and 20% Muslim. It’s a pretty conservative group of people here on the island.

While with the women we did have some pretty frank and straightforward conversation about the two of them raising a son. I started laughing at one point. They asked me what was so funny? I told them I was picturing two things: the first time they walk in on their son when he’s viewing pornography on the internet; and, also, when he begins to masturbate. I asked them, “Do you think you’ll be ready for that?”

So imagine my surprise this evening when Tyler Cowen links to this article: Papa Ed: The busy life of a prolific sperm donor.

I was thinking of sending them the link because I told them about Tyler’s new book An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies last Saturday over lunch. I recommended the book, even though I’ve yet to read it myself. It was an appropriate recommendation because the conversation over lunch had turned in a locavore direction and I attempted, pitifully, to describe how some of the locavore movement is seriously misguided.

So if the one or two readers of this blog know the women I’m talking about, let me make this perfectly clear: I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet them. I enjoyed the time I spent with them the last two Saturdays. I don’t have much of a social life here on the island and these past two Saturdays were easily among the most enjoyable of my time here.

I have not sent them the link to the article as I don’t want them to think I’m obsessing over their relationship and their son. But, please, go read that article, it is well worth the time it’ll take. It is just fascinating. Who would have thought there are people like Papa Ed in this world?

Oh, and Jerry? You need to buy Mary that book. It will challenge her thinking on food and will give her plenty of ideas. All of which will be good.

Bacon Jam…

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Unfortunately, I can’t get decent bacon or maple syrup on the island.

I’m certain this would be incredible: Bacon Jam.

Bird Dog pointed me to that recipe.

I read Bird Dog’s post right after reading about The Bulletproof Diet at Newmark’s Door. I have been losing weight here on the island by making two principle changes to my diet: I don’t snack much; and I eat a lot more fat, as a percentage of my calorie intake, than before. So while I don’t follow these Bulletproof type diets (see also paleo or caveman diets) slavishly, I do ascribe to eating less sugar and carbs, and increasing fat intake.

It’s been working for me.

Hey! Look at this…

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

This wonderful loaf of bread was baked by my brother-in-law.

I taught him how to make this while on vacation in Florida.  He’s pretty pleased with himself.  He’s never baked bread before.

Birthday Cake…

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Or should I say Caaaaaaaakkkkkeeeee!!!!!! like Allie at Hyperbole and a Half?  Check it out, my wife celebrated the ??th anniversary of her 29th birthday:

The cake was made by my sister-in-law.  The now, for a couple of weeks anyway, Irish twin of my wife.  I wonder who’s going to make a cake for her?

Baked some bread the other day…

Friday, February 18th, 2011

This was to go with a beef bourguignon that one of my sisters-in-law made for a family get together.  I made some of the herb bread I wrote about previously.  This time I turned the dough into my Dutch oven seam side up.  I also dropped the rosemary for thyme as that is the dominant spice in the beef stew.

Here is the result:

It tasted as good as it looks.

Since I’m on a bit of a kitchen meme today…

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

I want to point you to this article in The Wall Street Journal by Christopher Shea.  I have read each of the posts he links to, as I am somewhat of an economics nerd and check Marginal Revolution daily.  The kitchen meme, started by Paul Krugman, was picked up on by Tyler Cowen as part of his great stagnation theme.  Megan McArdle writes a post claiming Krugman and Cowen are out of their minds.  The last post linked by Shea, written by Thomas Levenson, of Inverse Square, rips Megan a new one.  I don’t have the animosity toward McArdle that Levenson possesses, but his post is full of awesome.  Go read everything if you are interested in kitchens, economics, the great stagnation and wonder what all the fuss is about.