All posts by JamesIsIn

Approximately Salmon

I mostly sort of follow a recipe.  Sometimes I do follow a recipe more strictly.  I tend to be more strict when I’m doing a Paul Prudhomme recipe for whatever reason.  Perhaps it’s because those recipes of his I work tend also to be longer and more complex.  Reasons.  They always exist.

Anyway, I made some sous vide salmon tonight.  I fucking love salmon.  It’s amazing.  I do what I am able to support the wild salmon market.  It’s really unbeatable.  After 122f bathing for 30 minutes a very quick grill over an open fire made for an excellent evening delight.  And, borrowing from Chef Paul, just salt, black pepper, and cayenne.  What can I say?  Life is good.

Mostly I followed this recipe as my guide.

Sous Vide Salmon @ ChefSteps

I didn’t bother with the curing step.  Why bother?  You can almost eat the salmon raw it’s so good.

As for an accompanying beverage, I made a little something appropriate to this excellent summer weather.  I took some of my homemade limoncello and put that in a tall glass of ice with one of these flavored (but unsweetened) seltzer waters that are so popular now.  Lemon, of course.  Very light and refreshing and certainly nothing to interfere with the salmon.

Now I’m sitting next to the fire I cooked with and eating my simple meal.  Eat a nice green salad after.

Am I missing out on something, do you think?  Is my life somehow incomplete?  Maybe.  But I’d say I’m doing pretty well.

JamesIsIn

Friends of the Jackson Reinhardt Urinary Traction Fund

The great Jackson Reinhardt, friend to many and beloved by all, has encountered some blockage in his urinary system.  It is unclear at this moment how serious this is, but the current projections place the expenses at around $2500.  This could rise if more complicated surgical procedures are required.

Action Jackson
Action Jackson

He is spending the day at a small veterinary surgical clinic here in Ballard.  This evening I will need to transport him to an overnight surgical facility in Shoreline where he will spend another half a day.  At that point we will know whether the expenses rise above that $2500 mark.

Pensive Jackson
Pensive Jackson

Jackson, as you have probably guessed, is not a rich cat.  He comes from humble beginnings and largely stays out of the limelight, with only brief forays across the lighted stage.  He wears a simple harness, and his leash retracts just like anybody else’s.

Alert Jackson
Alert Jackson

If you are able, please consider donating to the Friends of Jackson Reinhardt Urinary Traction Fund by sending money to that aloof baffoon who feeds Jackson.

PayPal donations accepted.
PayPal donations accepted.

Thank you for taking the time to read this plea.

(Please feel free to share this page.)

JamesIsIn

Black Rice, Sausage, and Peas

Mostly one pot…

  • package forbidden rice (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 4+ cups chicken jello (or your own weak-assed chicken stock)
  • salt, black pepper, white pepper, and cayenne
  • package frozen peas
  • several dried mushrooms
  • garlic confit
  • four link sausages (sliced)

You can find my garlic confit recipe in another Ink.

I cooked my sausages sous vide (which you can find in yet another Ink), but you can cook your sausage any way you’d like.  (You could even try cooking the sausages in the rice cooker).

I cooked the peas in the rice, but they turned purple (everything cooked in the rice turns purple).  Next time I will cook them separately and add them after.

I put everything in the rice cooker (except the sausages), mixed it thoroughly, and started the cooker.  Once the rice was cooked, I stirred in the sliced sausages.

Fucking delicious.

Have fun!

JamesIsIn

Road Map to Ultimate Reality?

David Deutsch has plotted out a course toward understanding ultimate reality.  His map includes four courses in fact.  Here they are:

Theory of Evolution

Quantum Physics

Theory of Knowledge

Theory of Computation

He is endeavoring to move toward a new way of looking at knowing and explaining.

Here is a brief introduction to Constructor Theory of Information.

Constructor Theory

And here is Dr Chiara Marletto discussing this same subject in an interview.

Beautiful, smart, and driven. But I digress.

Get out there and get thinking!

9 July:  Found this clip which is relevant here.

Reason, baby!

JamesIsIn

Contemplating Dreadful Experiences

We often forget that we are not the one who commits suicide but only the recipients of realizations relating to the other’s decision to leave us.  It’s easy to forget.

The media, as a general rule, does not report on suicides.  The reason for this is that when the media reports on suicide there is a corresponding uptick in the suicide rate.  We might think of this as a sort of permissions slip passed around the news rooms and living rooms of this Earth.  However, when the person who commits suicide is a celebrity there is little avoiding that reporting:  we all want to know what has happened, the consequences be damned!

Last night one of my all-time favorite bands lost a singer and friend.  Let us take a moment.

That angelic voice, you will note is silent.  This is the future echoed from the past.

Please take some time out to say hello to your old friends.  They may appreciate hearing from you.

Good-bye, Chris.

JamesIsIn

How to Backfire

Sometimes the best way to avoid something is to understand how to do it.  In the case of the backfire effect, it’s really easy to do.  Years ago I read this fantastic post from You Are Not so Smart:

The Backfire Effect

This will give you some good perspective on the phenomenon itself.

More recently, here our old friend The Oatmeal makes a plea for understanding:

You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you.

Both perspectives are marvelously succinct.  Each is a delightful and informative read.  Do make an effort, won’t you?

JamesIsIn

Sous Vide Lamb Taco Night

Tacos

  • lamb
  • salsa
  • vanilla-honey yogurt (also goat cheese available)
  • cabbage
  • shallots
  • chopped mint (in case the salsa is too hot)

Lamb

  • sous vide 135f for ~48 hours, shred (go longer next time as shredding was challenging)
  • cumin
  • cardamom
  • cloves
  • thyme?
  • garlic
  • lemon
  • peppers (dried ground)
  • salt

Salsa

  • onion
  • tomato
  • mint
  • chilies (serrano, jalapeño)
  • peppers (dried ground and black)
  • garlic
  • lime juice
  • salt

Black Bean Concoction

  • black beans
  • chilies (serrano, jalapeño)
  • peppers (dried ground)
  • onion
  • garlic
  • salt

Also made some garlic confit for fun.

 

JamesIsIn

Pledge of Allegiance

The Constitution
The Constitution

Since this occasionally arises in the wild and since it’s probably due for an update, here is my proposed Pledge of Allegiance.

I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America, and to the principles for which it stands, one Nation out of many, with Liberty and Justice for All.

I look forward to your comments, questions, and hate-mail.

JamesIsIn

Meatloaf and Baked Mashers

mom’s recipe modified:

  • 1.22 lbs beef (“stew meat” ground)
  • 1 cup oatmeal blend
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can tom paste
  • salt, pepper (white, black, and cayenne)
  • 1 T sage (fresh)
  • 1 t Worcestershire

bake 350f 60 minutes

potatoes

  • 4 russets boiled and riced
  • butter (less than half cube)
  • cream (heavy heavy)
  • pepper
  • salt
  • spread into greased cookie sheet

bake 350f 40 minutes (share oven)

I finished the potatoes for maybe 6 or 8 minutes under the broiler because I wanted more browning.

Timing is useful.

JamesIsIn