Monday, November 30, 2009
Um...I really don't have anything. Except lots of extra thanksgiving leftovers, none of which I really want except for the turkey. I'll probably have to bag some of that up for the freezer in the next day or so.
Also, I'm missing a glass. It's the twin of the one that I dropped in the kitchen last month. I have no idea where it could be, or how I could have lost a glass, given that it only has four possible positions.
How about this? Some crazy lady beat a peacock to death. WTF?
- Who hates peacocks? Aren't they like fancy chickens that everyone likes because they act dumb and look pretty? I guess my argument is that peacocks are like 90% of people on TV.
- Can't you come up with a better way to kill one than to beat it with a baseball bat? That's like what you do when Sammy pawns your TV to buy the nose candy. I don't think peacocks run up drug habits large enough to warrant theft.
- And who's going to believe that's actually the peacock's TV? No, pawn shops have standards.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
My sink is still sucky, but it's not quite as slow as it was thursday. My thought that it would get better as the whatever clogging the pipe broke down seems to be accurate. I'll be glad to run my dishwasher without concern.
I also realized that this break would have been perfect for me to watch all the Star Wars movies. I've been meaning to do that for a long time now, and a four day weekend would have been the best time to do it. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have another chance. Sometime. Like in the spring, I guess.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
It sucks to be two days into a four day weekend, and realize that you don't really do anything anymore except go to work.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I didn't think it would be the case, but I spent six hours cooking today. I had hoped that doing prep work on Tuesday and Wednesday would have saved me time. Nope. In addition, my sink...erator? The grindy guy in the sink that sucks at grinding stuff. Mine sucks at grinding stuff, and I think I clogged my kitchen sink. So no sink, no dishwasher, no laundry until I get the maintenance guy to come. Blah.
- Turkey, duh. Alton Brown's "Romancing the Bird" recipe, but the original one, where we make a cool-ass triangular foil turkey bra to keep the cooking even.
- Mashed potatoes. I tried to use Giada diLaurentis's recipe, where you bake the potatoes after mashing and mixing with pancetta and cheese. It's a bit dry, probably since I tend to make my mashed potatoes dry-ish.
- Green Bean Casserole. This one I made with my own cream of mushroom soup, but I wasn't convinced I liked that soup when I made it. It carries over the "hrm...I'm not sure I like this" to the casserole.
- Stuffing. These were still too moist, and the flavors didn't blend as much as I'd hoped.
- Stuffed mushrooms: I just blitzed the stems, some shallot and garlic, and more of the pancetta, and crammed it in the biggest shrooms I had. Bake bake bake, and they worked pretty well. I might pre-cook the stuffing next time I try these.
- Gravy. I now fully understand how gravy production works, and it is so painfully obvious, I wonder why I ever bothered with added stock and crap like that. Pull turkey, transfer to resting dish, pour liquids into gravy separator, let separate, dump broth to bowl, add fat to pan, add flour to make roux, when thick, reincorporate broth. It needed nothing, and I think if I had just made turkey, this gravy, and some bread, I would have been perfectly happy with my meal.
- Bread. So, this is where things started falling apart today. I was originally going to make sage bread, but didn't feel like getting up this morning when I needed to to make the dough. I justified this by claiming I'd make popovers. But popovers require a muffin tin, and my only one was being used to make stuffin' muffins. My fallback was to just rip off a piece of the Hawaiian bread I had in the fridge. Good enough, and lazy.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
This evening has been another prep day. I have the turkey in the brine, and an apple pie fighting my under temperature oven.
Time to do a quick check...
Turkey is doing just fine. My new cooler still has almost original size ice cubes, after two and a half hours. That's a good sign that it'll be brined successfully.
The pie is still not quite done, even after an extra ten minutes. I'm going to give it another five, and call it done. The top crust is firm, it just isn't as toasted as I like. Oh well. It still smells tasty.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
I think I've just always been around +40 degrees latitude, so suddenly being 20 degrees south of that is weird. I don't think that this really translates into that much more of the sky (20%? Did I do that math correctly in my head?). Still, since it's mostly by the horizon, it's not that noticeable, I don't think.
Monday, November 23, 2009
- Tuesday night: stuffing and green bean casserole
- Wednesday night: turkey brine and apple pie
- Thursday morning: sage bread, roast turkey
- Thursday early afternoonish: mashed potatoes
- Thursday post turkey roasting: gravy.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
- Who else is excited about the new Pokemon movie? (Yes, I know, no one. It's just me. Whatever, I don't care.) [about 6 hours ago from web]
- Hmm...someone should have blended their CG with the hand drawn a bit better. [about 5 hours ago from API]
- Also, I've seen all the previous movies in this storyline, and it still only makes like 40% sense to me. [about 5 hours ago from web]
- The cosmology of Poke-world is bizarre, yet still easily diagrammed with steampunk quality models. [about 5 hours ago from API]
- "Hey, Pikachu! Use thundershock on that god-like pokemon that created the universe!" [about 5 hours ago from UberTwitter]
- Time travelling in Pokemon leads to conversations 74x funnier than in regular time travelling stories. [about 5 hours ago from API]
- I like how we get the myth at the start of the movie, and then travel back in time, and hear it firsthand from Poke-Moses. [about 5 hours ago from API]
- Facepalm. For someone who can read the hearts of Pokemon, you can't tell a bad guy when he's lying right to your stupid face. [about 4 hours ago from API]
- That's the second time she's been duped, and I think the third for Arceus. I never realized that time travel is a prank multiplier. [about 4 hours ago from API]
- I'm pretty sure that just once Ash would like to end the movie without having to escape a collapsing castle. Oh wait, he's friends with god. [about 4 hours ago from web]
- It's a bit dumb that they fixed the time paradox by making Arceus watch the movie in his head (like in Spaceballs). Still, Pokemon movie. [about 4 hours ago from web]
Saturday, November 21, 2009
- Stuffed mushrooms (shallots, garlic, and pancetta)
- Sage bread (from my baking book)
- Green bean casserole (I'll need to work out the cream sauce, as I'm doing it from scratch)
- Mashed potatoes (stealing ideas from Giada DiLaurentis's version, by mashing, adding pancetta and parmesan, then baking)
- Stuffing (I've established my sausages, and lots of shrooms and things)
- Turkey (AB's brining/roasting method. I also bought a giant cooler for the brine, which probably wasn't the best idea for my small apartment, but it was the same price as tiny ones)
- Apple pie (since I'm not really a pumpkin pie fan, and it doesn't make sense to make two pies for just me)
Unfortunately, while buying my pile of produce, I had the worst checkout guy in the world. When you can't identify anything ("what kind of mushrooms are these?" "is this a potato?" "are these granny smith?") and need the girl bagging things to tell you that that slip of paper is a "coupon" and that it "needs to be scanned to work," maybe you should go back to stocking shelves.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The random spatula is kind of funny, too.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
That's my cellphone background!
(So the sad thing is, I had to take this picture with my old cellphone camera, because my regular camera is somewhat broketastic, and needs batteries I don't have. Surprisingly, my old cellphone had 2/3 power bars despite sitting in a box since February. Also, I guess cell phone cameras like to autofocus on the reflections, because of the four I took, this one was the best. Oh well.)
Monday, November 16, 2009
Second set of sausages, the ones I picked up at Safeway today. The rest is the same as yesterday, although my pancakes were a bit stale. Still, not too bad, especially with the delicious real syrup. I thought up the shotglass idea last night, when I wanted some syrup, but without all the hassle of putting it on something.
As for the sausages, today's set were:
- Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage. Not bad, although it was a bit overly sweet. I didn't really get the sage flavor, but this would probably be a decent choice for the stuffing.
- Portugese...um...Hawaiian... Yeah, no idea. It's this sausage that's made here in Hawaii, but is labeled as "Portugese." Wikipedia tells me that it's probably "Linguiça." Anyway, it's almost exactly what I was looking for. It has a hint of spice, and all the garlicky goodness I was hoping for.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I decided that I would make "breakfast," if for no other reason, than so I can taste a variety of sausages to decide which one would work best in a stuffing. To round out the meal, I made hash browns (or home fries, whichever name you want to give them) and pancakes (blueberry, as seen by the rogue berries on my fork). I think this is the first time I've made pancakes in like three years.
As for the sausages, things weren't as good. First, Whole Foods only sells links. This means that there's a required "de-linking" phase of preparation to turn them into proper sausage patties (the one true form for sausage). The other issue was that they only had three types of sausage. To ensure something good, I also bought some of their applewood bacon, and fried up a slice of that. The bacon won the sausage battle, if that says anything. The other contenders:
- Andouille. This was my winner last year, as it has a good sausage-y flavor, without lots of added issues. Unfortunately, WF andouille has red pepper flakes. I was looking for a smokey/garlic-y flavor, and this comes along with sharp unwanted pepper flavors.
- Italian. Again, I only had three choices. This one was right out the moment I tasted it. Fennel. Nope, sorry, that's not at all the flavor profile I want in my stuffing.
- Hot Italian. Pretty much the worst of both worlds. Pepper flakes and fennel. Ick.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tomorrow, though; Tomorrow I'm going to do this Sunday breakfast thing again. My freezer door was open slightly for most of a day last week, so I had to throw out a lot of stuff that I had in there. That includes my waffles, as the box was disturbingly soggy. Therefore, since I've been getting lots of grief from someone about buying things I could just as easily make, I decided that I would make pancakes. This will also give me a chance to use up my blueberries.
This will also give me a chance to taste a variety of sausages I bought tonight at Whole Foods. My plan is to taste them all, and decide which will be best in the stuffing I'm making for Thanksgiving. I also picked up some nice looking thick bacon, so I'll probably fry that up too. I'm going to try to have pictures for tomorrow's post.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I saw this car yesterday at Ala Moana. I think that more things need to have Relax Bear on them. He is a bear who wears a bear suit.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
- Turkey: most likely the AB brine version, as it's super delicious
- Stuffing: maybe I'll try some of the various sausages we have here, and see which one would work best.
- Green Bean Casserole: the cheesy version
- Mashed Potatoes: I kind of want to do something fancier than just adding roasted garlic, but I'm not sure what
- Rolls of some sort
- Punch and Pie
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tl;dr: Turtle Bay is like the Republican version of Hawaii.
In any case, we were only there for lunch, and lunch is something I'm generally willing to do anywhere, with anyone.
My choice was the "slider trio." Yes, sliders are totally played out, and yes, it's clear that the chef in charge of the restaurant (Ola @ Turtle Bay Resort) hasn't gotten that message yet. Still, given that I'm unlikely to visit more than once (maybe twice. If I was up on the NS again, it's probably the best place to do lunch), I figured it was the best way to sample the selection. The sliders are (color from menu):
- "Kalua Pork: Oven Roasted and Smoked with a Guava Barbeque Sauce and Grilled Maui Onions." Other than my own pulled pork, this may be the best fucking pork sandwich I've ever had. This is delicious, and definitely something I'd recommend.
- "North Shore Burger with Herb Cream Cheese (made from North Shore Cattle Company All-Natural Beef)." I would have liked to get the "Onions & Mushrooms" the standard version of this gets, but instead I got a slice of (probably) plum tomato (based on the size). I prefer cheese on my burgers, but this didn't need it. The flavor of the meat was remarkable. The tomato was ripe and fresh, and the herb cream cheese offered a nice counterpoint. The meat was a touch small for the bun (probably an ounce or so, pre-cooked, which works to be about a 1-inch diameter by 0.25 inch patty after cooking), which is another reason that "sliders" are terrible ideas to begin with. Why can't we just make cuts off of larger sandwiches (A: because that'd be prohibitively expensive for the restaurant)?
- "Soft Shell Crap with Wasabi Soy Aioli." Um. Oh. Ok. Slight review change. I thought this had the lemongrass herb oil, but that was the grilled baby octopus entree I was thinking of having. Well, in any case, the problems with this one were:
- The crab was clearly over fried. As we've heard a thousand times from Alton Brown, Julia Child, The Pope: frying doesn't make something greasy, as long as the water in the thing you're frying is being extracted. Only after the water is gone is it replaced with the oil from the fryer. This crab was dry and greasy. That kind of ruins the fun of eating something that looks exactly like it did when it was running around.
- There was nothing to fix this in the sauce. "Wasabi Soy Aioli" apparently means "Pile of bean sprouts and something that has so little flavor you think it's the lemongrass herb oil." I'm fine with the bean sprouts. It adds some texture that helps the sandwich. The sauce, however, is basically a failure. My initial thought was that a lemon/basil aioli would fix this. Both offer a sharp flavor that could fix some significant overcooking of the crab itself. A wasabi/soy aioli that actually had flavor could do so as well. The spice and saltiness would easily do the same thing. Again: the sauce failed the sandwich, making me glad that I had two other very tasty things to enjoy.
I guess my conclusion is: TBR: Ola does most things well, but maybe you should just try that grilled baby octopus if you get a chance, because "Crab Luau Cream"? How can that not be delicious?
PS: This was supposed to post tomorrow, blogger believes that tomorrow is today (proof against: no flying cars), I don't care, because it solves the problem of coming up with stuff tomorrow.
Arizona: Boat ride out.
Di-a-mond Head next,
Stairs do not make hiking fun.
Stupid Day-star sucks.
Dole Pineapple Farm
(Plantation did not fit there):
North Shore has beaches;
Far too much traffic/bother:
Not worth the effort.
My worst nemesis:
Waikiki, oh Waikiki.
Tsunami come soon.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
- She is holding a ukulele. It is never played, nor is it in the background music. If Chekhov had a gun, he would shoot the writer.
- Her song has unwieldy octave jumps. I think they auto-tuned her to make it work.
- There were digital snowflakes in the background. WTF? This is Hawaii.
- The only way to get a copy of this new song is in the Christmas Pack of Hawaiian Host chocolates. That's a bizarrely specific marketing strategy.
- Her closing statement that we should all support her is accompanied by some sort of weird head movements that don't so much say "pop music star" as "porn star."
squirrel A walks up to the stuffed toy, and steals a peanut. He sits there on camera and eats it.
squirrel B flies into shot from the right, totally fucking up the stuffed toy's shit. He totally doesn't trust this stuffed impostor.
I'll try again later, once I've sorted out how to make it work.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Crap, we're doing magabogoblogomogonamamamramalamadingdonapo again this month, aren't we.
Here's a picture of a squirrel going absolutely batshit crazy over a stuffed animal. (It's late, and I didn't really do anything today. I had breakfast, it was tasty, I didn't take pictures.)