I had a nice new chinese beef shank recipe planned to go up this week. But wordpress decided to be a giant wang and somehow the draft ended up in my trash bucket instead of my scheduled bucket. So I'll have to write a new post. With blackjack. And hookers. In fact, forget the post.
Instead, you guys get a long overdue update to an old post, the Mille Crepe post dating back to 2010. Let's face it, that first photo was terrible, and this one is not only orders of magnitude better, but also makes people want to lick the screen. I also changed the wording in one of the notes to fit the new photo (the old one referenced pineapples and bananas in the picture), but otherwise the recipe remains unchanged. Enjoy. I swear I'll have some vaguely original content up next week.
I fully realize I haven't posted in almost 2 months now. I actually have a sizeable backlog of posts and post ideas that I just didn't have time to pound out. Luckily enough (for those who missed any previous obnoxious announcements I may have made elsewhere), I formally accepted a great job offer at an awesome software company yesterday and the semester is finally winding down, so I will have more time to post more later, assuming my coursework doesn't come crashing down around me and I end up having to stay in school for another few months. In the latter case I will probably just end it all and hang myself.
But the whole gainful employment thing deserves a celebration, so yesterday I did something I almost never do--I made a sandwich. What kind of sandwich, you ask? It was prosciutto, tomato, basil topped with provolone cheese, on slices of Real Bread, toasted in the oven. Didn't really have time to make bread, so I got it from a newly opened local market called Wegman's; more on them later, but suffice to say they're pretty much the best western market in the state by a longshot.
That's all I had to say, really. Oh right, the soup. It's pea soup. The bottle of green is Jones Soda, green apple flavor, the celebration drink of choice.
Coming up in the future: a few restaurant reviews I've never gotten around to doing, some recipes, and an article I don't even remember wanting to write. Ta.
I was at shaws, grocery-shopping and when checking out I saw this. I looked at it several minutes then I actually had to pick it up and read to figure out what the picture was showing. I took a picture of the magazine cover and obfuscated anything that could give you a hint.
Can anyone guess what this is? post your answers in comments or email them to us. Don't forget to include your name.
- Lemon mousse with slices of fruit on top
- Parmesan and bacon on top of a failed quiche
- A really ugly cheesecake
- White chocolate cake with pieces chocolate on top
My first reaction to "health nut"s in general is one of ridicule. Much of the vegan/vegetarian movement is complete bunk, and the crusade against fat in food is founded on a basis of flawed data interpretation and self-righteous asshattery. While I could write, and have written, reams on the misinterpretation of Ancel Keys' China Study data, this isn't really a health science blog, so those interested in more rantage in that direction can contact me in private.
The reason I mention this is that recently, a show called Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution became available again on hulu. While I have some qualms with Jamie Oliver and the approach to his show, I feel like it's at least worth a mention on the blog, as it addresses the sad state of food in America. And what a sad state it is--so sad, in fact, that some of my European friends have told me that a good portion of Europe thinks the state of food in America is an urban legend due to how ridiculous it sounds. Personally, I agree--just the descriptions of public school food in America evoke a very Orwell (or at least Vonnegut)-esque feeling, and I would be skeptic about them as well, if I hadn't lived here and experienced first-hand what "food" is fed to kids in public schools.
For me, the shots on Oliver's show brought back a lot of childhood memories. I remember rectangular "pizzas", most likely cooked by microwave, in bags of thin crinkly plastic film. Sometimes the cheese wouldn't even detach itself from the plastic, leaving a sloppy mess resembling more an item from Ted Bundy's basement than actual food, as my adolescent fingers fumbled with the packaging. Flat-looking hamburgers, luke-warm and tasting of bland gunk and muck with melty cheese and a soggy bun, with a side of french fries or potato puffs, depending on the day. "Breakfasts" of sugary cereals and diabetic danishes. The choice of beverage between the regular milk, and the more-sugar-per-volume-than-coca-cola chocolate milk--whatever the hell happened to water?--or strawberry milk, on rare days. I'm glad my parents threatened to beat me (alright, maybe it wasn't so extreme, but you get the message) if I ever took the flavored milk.
... Actually, looking back now, I don't think any of the "cheese" I mentioned above was actually cheese, as opposed to aerated hydrogenated soy oil. Ditto for the "beef."
I'm not saying the show is perfect, or that I necessarily like Jamie as a whole. The health problem in America is by no means one of just food, but one of lifestyle in general. And personally, I think he takes it a bit too far with the health food evangelism--for example, when he tries to overhaul the menu at a fast food restaurant in L.A., I found myself agreeing with some of the points the owner made about the integrity of the food; fucking around with the ingredients doesn't necessarily make it a "healthier" version of the same food, and his overreliance on yogurt and salads makes me cringe a little on the inside. Jamie also tends to overplay the "peasant" card, with the fake Cockney accent and the over-use of chicken chow mein in the first season (come on, Chinese food is screwed up enough already without your adding to it).
But at the end of the day, is he doing good work? I'd have to say yes. Jamie points out some major stupidity, such as the decision of one school board that it is a bad idea to remove flavored milk from school menus because, in a study funded by a milk processing group, it correlated with a 35% decrease in overall milk consumption--the exact kind of stark raving bureaucratic idiocy that I abhor. He does have a tendency to lean towards the dramatic, but none of the stuff on his show is outright bull, and he hits on all the important points (the overabundance of sugar and chemical processing, especially), so I do rather think it's worth a watch to anyone who cares. Hell, the dramatic flair is probably a good thing; if I had more activist in me, this show would probably have stirred me into a fiery ball of lobbyist energy, whose fury like hell hath no. As it stands, I just nod knowingly (having gone through the same school food bullshit myself) and hate people a little more on the inside.