The Bog of Lost Scholars

August 24, 2007

Fun with Bacon Grease

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 8:23 pm

1. Cook package of yummy bacon from a local farm.

2. Feed several slices to son. Crumble several slices into spaghetti topping (other ingredients: chopped raw tomatoes, chopped raw basil, chopped and slightly cooked garlic, grated parmesan cheese, olive oil). Put remaining slices in fridge.

3. Look at all the bacon grease in pan.

4. Slice up some okra and fry quickly in pan.

5. Wonder why son turns down okra when he was very interested in it yesterday; write off as another mystery of the autistic 8-year-old mind and put okra in fridge.

6. Slice up some small potatoes from the CSA box. Fry in grease till crispy.

7. Calculate number of years knocked off life. Decide it’s worth it.

August 18, 2007


Filed under: Food — castiron @ 11:29 am

(Repost, as previous version mysteriously disappeared.)

1. On double layer of foil, place 1 lb. leg of lamb, sliced potato, and sliced onion. Fold over foil edges to make a package.

2. On a couple more double layers of foil, pile sliced summer squash, eggplant, okra, onion, and a smidge of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and fold up edges into two sealed packages.

3. Put foil packages on grill.

4. After half an hour, check meat and decide that the leg of lamb really needed to thaw more because the center’s still cold. Cut up leg for faster cooking, and split the meat and potatoes into two foil packages.

5. Return to grill and wait another half-hour.

6. Eat.

7. Cut two apples into quarters. Cut out the core, sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon inside, hold the pieces back together, and wrap in foil.

8. Put foil packages on grill.

9. Go walk the neighbor’s dog; come home and put son to bed.

10. Retrieve the packages and eat dessert. Regret not having vanilla ice cream in the house, but enjoy anyway.

June 18, 2007

The Philip Boyes Memorial Omelette

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 7:26 pm

(Why, yes, I did reread Sayers’s Strong Poison recently.)

1. Go to the grocery store for eggs.

2. Upend carton while taking it out of the shopping cart. Save it from a disastrous mess, but discover that one egg got cracked in the fall.

3. Buy carton anyway, because it’s your own fault that the egg cracked. Decide that since the drive home is short and you’re hungry, the egg should be okay to eat as long as you eat it immediately upon getting home.

4. Arrive home. Put rest of eggs in fridge.

5. Finish breaking broken egg into bowl. Add about a tablespoonful of sugar (which may have been a titch more than needed) and a sprinkling of cinnamon (just because). In spite of the name of the dish, arsenic is not a recommended addition.

6. Beat egg mixture.

7. Cook omelet.

8. Add a spoonful of strawberry jam and eat.

April 11, 2007

Yummy Cabbage

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 11:55 pm

Well, that turned out to be surprisingly good.

  • In castiron pot, fry up a package of pan sausage from the farmer’s market.
  • When it’s browned, add half of a purple cabbage, chopped. (Could probably have done the whole cabbage without its being too much.)
  • While it’s cooking, remember the ton of garlic in the fridge. Peel the cloves from a small head of garlic, chop up, and throw in the pan.
  • Add a big glug of apple cider vinegar.
  • Let simmer a bit.
  • Look at clock, realize that boyfriend isn’t likely to arrive for at least another half hour, and turn off heat.
  • Serve when boyfriend arrives.

It was extremely tasty. I’ll have to remember the general recipe next time I have a cabbage in the house.

August 29, 2006

Random Things to Do with Peppers

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 7:32 am

1. Bell peppers from the veggie box, cored and stuffed with a smidge of breakfast sausage and some apple slices that my son decided he didn’t want: The apple/pepper combination is a little strange, but probably could work well in different proportions.

2. Jalapeno and onion omelet (or jalapeno and leek omelet, or jalapeno, onion, and purslane omelet, or….): Still tasty, especially with some good cheddar.

2a. If you didn’t wash your hands well enough after slicing the jalapenos, it will become obvious the next time you scratch an itch near your eye.

3. Bells and jalapenos as part of the Random Fried Vegetable mix. Chop some onion and fry in a bit of olive oil till golden; add chopped garlic, peppers, squash, eggplant, tomato, pretty much whatever happens to be in the veggie box, and cook till everything’s sufficiently done. Add a little cooked chicken or sausage at the end if you feel so inclined. Eat with pasta or rice or bread.

August 14, 2006

Cucumber Salad

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 10:33 am

Mindless cucumber salad, recipe modified from one that came with my veggie subscription:

Slice desired amount of cucumber (I usually do one enormous or 2-3 small). Put in colander, sprinkle with salt, and let the water drain for a while — a half hour if I’m hungry, an hour if I’m patient. Rinse cuke slices. Put in a bowl with a little bit of chopped sweet onion. Add glug of plain yogurt, enough that everything’s coated when it’s mixed, and a pinch of dill (fresh is great; dried works too). Eat.

The leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple days, but it really looks and tastes best when it’s freshly made.

July 14, 2006

Summer Veggies

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 7:05 pm

Summer veggies are here again. We’re still getting a few onions and the last of the garlic; this year we also have leeks, which are quite nice and go well with the potatoes that we’re also getting. The first run of cucumbers and summer squash is over; the cherry tomatoes have started, but there aren’t a lot of slicing tomatoes. Okra, too, is here. We’re not getting eggplant yet; I don’t know if they just didn’t plant any or if it’s not ready.

My current favorite fresh slicing tomato dish is capellini pomodoro — cook some whole wheat capellini, and mix with a chopped tomato, some basil, a couple minced garlic cloves, some parmesan cheese, and olive oil. I don’t bother cooking the topping, except for the minimal heating it gets from mixing with the hot noodles.

July 3, 2006

Dick and Jenny’s

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 9:58 pm

Catching up on my trip…. Friday night a group of us had an amazing meal at Dick and Jenny’s. There was a long wait for a table, but once we had food we could see why. One of our party ordered the crab cheesecake appetizer and let us taste — delicious! I had the Iron Skillet Duck with mashed sweet potatoes and greens; the duck was fabulous, almost as good as the duck my ex-mother-in-law makes. And I liked the sweet potatoes, something I didn’t expect. The food’s expensive, but it’s a memorable meal, and we left comfortably full.

May 1, 2006

Local Veggies

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 6:15 pm

I’m not formally participating in Eat Local Month, but since my vegetable subscription has started up again, locally grown produce has once again become a large part of my diet. The chard is good as ever; I’m making lots of pineapple peanut butter chard stew, and I’ve found a great lentil & chard soup recipe (though I need to learn how to make my own beef stock). I’ve got a ton of onions and need to try some onion soup (again, beef stock!). The carrots are piling up, but I’ve learned from experience that they’ll survive happily in the fridge for quite a while and freeze nicely for soup. As for the beets, I still can’t stand them, so I’m unloading them on friends.

There wasn’t any asparagus this year, and very little spinach; no spring herbs; very few strawberries. The weird rain pattern and temperature extremes haven’t been friendly to the plants. But I’m still hoping for some decent tomatoes in a couple months, and of course there will be no shortage of okra in August….

April 10, 2006

Wasabi Chocolate Bar

Filed under: Food — castiron @ 6:19 pm

Ever since I first saw it in Whole Foods, I’ve been curious about Vosges’s Black Pearl Bar, a dark chocolate bar with ginger, black sesame seeds, and, the kicker, wasabi. But as the thing costs $7, it wasn’t usually in my budget. This trip I finally decided to try it.

The chocolate is amazing; the ginger bits are quite nice. However, I couldn’t taste the wasabi, and the sesame seeds weren’t a texture I’d go out of my way for.

It’s an excellent chocolate bar, and if it cost a bit less I could see buying it once in a while as a special indulgence. For $7, though….no.

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