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Jerky Recipe from Next Door (or His Friend Anyway)

My neighbor is a hunter and a fisher which has been a boon for my access to random unexpected proteins.  We were talking the other day about the jerky he makes (nearly all of his goose breast ends this way).  He uses a recipe from a friend of his and I told him I could post it to my blog so it would be easier for him to find.  So, here it is.

  • 3T coarse salt
  • 1C brown sugar
  • 1C water
  • 3/4C soy sauce
  • 3/4C Worcestershire sauce
  • 2T garlic
  • 2T chili powder
  • 3T ground (black) pepper
  • 2T (red) pepper flakes

I am going to try it out at some point.  From there I will likely play with it and see what works for me.  Anyway, perhaps it will be a good starting point for you as well.

Enjoy!

JamesIsIn

Tequila, Limoncello, and Honey Syrup

A friend from work braved the quarantine to visit me for a cocktail and to talk shop and talk talk talk because no one is talking today because the fucking quarantine is killing me slowly.  What?

Anyway, I made a cocktail from spare parts and thought I’d share.

  • 1 shot añejo or reposado tequila as you prefer
  • 1 oz limoncello (I make my own but any ought to do)
  • .5 oz honey syrup (just a simple syrup made with honey)
  • orange bitters
  • finish with grenadine (again, I make my own)

Put everything but the grenadine in your shaker and shake vigorously.  It’s fun!

Pour into cocktail glasses and finish with some grenadine.  Enjoy!

JamesIsIn

Largest Indoor Rainforest

At the end of my time at Seattle Central, I took a class on public speaking.  Part of the class involved giving reasoned arguments in public talks (public meaning the rest of the class).  One day there was some time left in the class period but no one had a speech to give so the floor was opened.  I gave a spontaneous off-the-cuff speech arguing in favor of transforming the Kingdome (grunge era Seattle, eh?) into the world’s largest indoor rainforest.  This was either 1993 or 1994 (as I graduated from Seattle Central in 1994).

Unbeknownst to me, only a couple of years later some English folks had similar inspired thinking and eventually were able to construct what is in fact the world’s largest indoor rainforest.  Called the Eden Project and built in Cornwall in a former clay pit (and movie set), they have built a series of dome structures with different themes based on regions.

You can find out more here and here.

Now I have a reason to visit Cornwall.  Just need a friend to put me up for a bit of time and I’m set.

JamesIsIn

Roast Chicken with Plums and Black Rice

  • in a pot (French oven) saute three shallots in butter and olive oil
  • add dried mushrooms and stir
  • add peppers trio and stir
  • add garlic confit and stir
  • add black rice and stir
  • add layer of halved plums
  • finely chop giblets and add them to this layer
  • add four rosemary twigs
  • drizzle honey
  • butterfly whole chicken and spice in and out with:
    • salt
    • cayenne
    • sumac
    • coriander
    • cardamom
    • expert level:  spread spices under the skin
  • drizzle over chicken a bit more honey
  • cover and put in the oven 350f for 60 minutes
  • uncover for another 15 minutes on broil to brown

I could have probably used two bags of rice for this volume.

Also, might be good to stir the rice mixture (including stirring the plums in) midway through the roasting process.  In other words, life the chicken and stir what’s below together again.  This may mean leaving out the rosemary (which seems to play only a small role) or perhaps moving it to the top during roasting (and removing before broiling).

 

JamesIsIn