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Mom’s Goulash (Mostly)

My mom made a pretty authentic goulash in certain respects.  In certain other respects it wasn’t really goulash at all.  I’m now making something somewhere in between.

The Hungarians would make a sort of soup called goulash and serve that with or over cubed boiled potatoes.  The Germans like a thicker version and serve that over spaetzle.  My mom used elbow macaroni.  I have a spaetzle maker but usually just reach for a nice orzo lately.

My mom used a combination of tomato juice and tomatoes.  I skip the juice.  Feel free to include some to make a thinner version.  You could also add chicken stock to take it more into the soup dimension.  My mom used stewed tomatoes but I use just diced.  She also added “a little sugar”.  I’ve dropped this as well.

My mom used ground beef, but I’ve gone more traditional here and cube nice beef and brown that.

Finally, my mom didn’t use paprika (I know!) and I use a lot.  If I can brown the beef and sauté the onions over fire I use Hungarian sweet, but if I can’t I use Spanish smoked paprika instead.  Or maybe a combination.  I’m not too picky about this detail.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb beef (browned)
  • 2 large onions (sautéed but not browned)
  • 1 T garlic (optional, I usually skip but sweat these after the onions)
  • tomatoes (2 x 28 oz cans of Muir Glen diced is typical for me)
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ C paprika (yes, a lot)

Directions:

  • brown beef and set aside
  • sauté onions in whatever fat remains, scrap up the bits, and let them go translucent (take your time)
  • add everything into the pot (except the pasta) and let that simmer for a long while, relax
  • cook the pasta you chose (or potatoes or make spaetzle) (1 box of orzo is a good portion for the above)
  • you can combine the starch and sauce together and server or serve portions (I usually combine in the pasta just prior to serving time so it’s a one pot stop)

That’s it.  Basic.  Easy.  Fucking delicious.

JamesIsIn

i fell into a field of flowers

   i fell into a field of flowers
and lingered here for ten long hours
because on every petaled face
caressly lips  i could retrace;

my swiftly simple soul was spilt
as i watched  one flower wilt:
as each petal    soft as felt
fell to the Earth where i was knelt,

     i realized how cruel time
  steams up the ridge of pantomime
 whereby the tracks,  upon the lip
 of the hill, we toil and somewhen slip

   and fall off the trecherous tracks
into the languid flowers. on our backs,
  yawning  exhaustly  from the fall,
 too timidly tired to utter a call,

 we stare  into the freckled blue
sky high above this flowered view-
ing bed; we listen to the distant   whistles
with ourselves amidst the stamen and the pistils

   as now here i nestle,  sitting
with the empty stem of love spitting
      hard, dry petals  at my hand,
   holding my body  to the land

   again   i will not rise un-
     til the face of the luminous sun
   crests the western rise of pine
    and oak, until her eyes shine

    on my precarious body
     against this sod.  me,
   with what memory whispers
¡ah, crescendo! in lead-lined slippers,

   i left my work, my hammer
   i left the cracked tracks clamor
   to sift memory  from the day
   to knead the bread of heart; i say,

   i fell into a field of flowers
and lingered here for ten long hours
because on every petaled face
caressly lips i could retrace.

JamesIsIn

Mom’s Chocolate Zucchini Bread

My mom makes chocolate zucchini bread.  Well, she did when we were kids.  I don’t think they eat so much dessert foods now that we’re grown.  Regardless, I asked her to send me the old recipe.  The poor card has seen better days!

Ingredients
Ingredients
Directions
Directions

I’ll do my best to get those interpreted correctly here.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ C flour (unsifted)
  • 2 C sugar
  • ½ C cocoa [presumably Dutch processed but certainly powder]
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 ½ t baking powder
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1 ½ t [baking] soda
  • 2 t orange peel (grated) [zest]
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 2 C zucchini (shredded)
  • ¾ C butter or margarine [seriously, butter though]
  • ½ C milk
  • [ewe] 1 C pecans or walnuts (chopped) [No nuts!  obviously optional]

Directions:

  • Pour [something] greased and floured [something] [maybe cake] pan or Bundt pan
  • [over]
  • Bake 350° for 1 hr
  • Cool in pan for 15 min
  • Turn out on wire rack
  • Cool thoroughly
  • Glaze

Glaze:

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 3 T milk
  • 1 t vanilla

I have no specific memory have actually eating it, but I know we greatly enjoyed doing so.

Enjoy!

JamesIsIn

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