13 Feb 2012

karohemd: (Chef)
While browsing the meat shelves at the supermarket for ideas I randomly found some diced rabbit (from Gressingham, the farm with the lovely ducks) on offer so I bought two packs.
One pack I turned into a simple stew with leeks, carrots, cabbage and potatoes (dusted the meat in seasoned flour, browned it off, sweated off the leeks, filled up with chicken stock, let simmer for an hour and a half, added the potatoes and carrots, cooked for another 20 minutes and then the cabbage to cook for the last 10 minutes. The result was a lovely, thick stew with tender meat. Simple phone photo of a rustic dish in a rustic plate (click for big):

From the other pack I made an Italian style ragu (meat browned off in olive oil, tomato paste, can of chopped tomatoes, Italian herbs, smoked paprika, salt and pepper, simmered for two hours until the meat fell apart), served with penne and freshly grated parmesan. No photo, you can imagine what a plate of pasta looks like. ;)

After quite a few barren weeks I seem to have my cooking mojo back and produce things that are worth blogging about. More towards the end of the week, hopefully.
karohemd: (Chef)
150g tub of soft goats' cheese
drizzle of good extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp of finely chopped red onion
2 finely chopped cornichons
1/2 tsp of hot pimenton (smoked Spanish paprika)
grind of pepper
salt according to saltiness of the cheese, you might not need any

In a bowl, first stir the oil into the cheese to loosen it and then add all the other ingredients, seasoning to taste (taste it first, you might not need salt if the cheese is quite salty already).

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (TV)
Various (US) friends have been mentioning this animated series but for some reason it's passed me by (I'm not even sure it was shown in the UK but Seasons 1 and 2 are available here as import).
I've now acquired the first two seasons (the third is currently running in the US) and it's hilarious. The title character, Sterling Archer, is a James Bond-esque secret agent who is an excellent shot and fighter but not exactly subtle whether it's in the approach of his missions or in interacting with his fellow agents and other people. The series shares both production and cast credits with Sealab 2021 but it's original material, not previous footage with a new dub.
The episodes are crammed full of the appropriate OTT tropes, stereotypes and cultural references but the main attraction are the dialogues and Archer's ineptness to understand or care for his fellow human beings. It's also quite raunchy but in a suggestive way and not graphic. Sadly, any swearing is bleeped out in the broadcast version which might or might not be intentional.
To get an idea of what it's like have a look at Best of Archer (youtube) but carefully, as it contains a few minor spoilers.
I highly recommend it and it gets better with every episode. There have been few things that had me in actual stitches recently but this series is one of them.

In other US TV news:
- The Walking Dead has restarted and after the rather good last episode it's a bit meh. Let's see if it gets better.
- Alcatraz has an interesting concept and has moved reasonably quickly moved from the bad man of the week to metaplot (this is going to be shown on Watch in early March). Oh, it has Jorge Garcia (Hurley from Lost) as a geekhistorical expert.
- Grimm has just started this evening on Watch and is a bit monster of the week (fairytale/folklore creatures still exist and the protagonist can see them and is destined to fight them, in a sort of Buffy way). There was finally a hint of metaplot in the 10th episode.

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