Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ah Crap

Well I just realized something...
I haven't brewed beer in about 5 weeks, and so that is going to damage the supply chain... and given that I haven't, I probably should relatively soon!

I was sitting here thinking to myself, "self, you should brew on Saturday!" or sometime this weekend. After said conversation, I began to think what might stand in the way of that... and I remembered the following:
Well that is where a stove should be... The new stove will be here a week from Saturday. Sorry, the sweet aroma of boiling hops shall not fill this home till after next Saturday. Man, I hope it doesn't cause a supply and demand issue. Sometimes I have a hard time remembering how forgetful I am.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


To quote my friend Dan, roughly, "cooking with friends should happen a lot more often than it does".
Last night Dan, his lovely wife Elaine and I decided to make dinner rather than going out for dinner.

We, as the process goes, must identify a starch: The Solution, Dan's amazing baked potato fries.
So basically they are baked potatoes, cut into wedges, liberally coated with pepper and salt. Baked a few more minutes and then they get sprinkled with cheese. (Well half of them)
On to course two, Dan and Elaine are constantly broadening my food horizons, so we had a salad; now normally a salad isn't something that broadens ones horizons but Elaine purchased Radishes. This was my first experience with radishes. And they're awesome! So here is Elaine's brilliantly simple salad.
And finally the Protein. I would argue that I am not the greatest at BBQ'ing, but for the most part the New York steaks were cooked really well. Elaine's was a little crispy, but all three were edible.
The whole meal was awesome, the wine was great as well, and the company surpassed the food.
I think that Dan is absolutely correct; food cooked with friends is so much better than food cooked for yourself. Food takes time, just as relationships do, but both are well worth the time and effort.

So, if you haven't recently, call some friends, and cook a freaking meal with them because there is nothing better.

Monday, January 4, 2010

The pot roast sandwich

Food. It's great. Beer. It's Great as well.

In this space I hope to explore ideas about brewing and ideas that I come up with in hopes to broaden my food horizons.

So in honor of the fact that I am a bachelor and leftovers pretty much feed me pretty frequently, I figured the first post should be based on leftovers.

Friday night I decide to make my mothers infamous pot roast for dinner. It turned out great, it was a lot of fun to make and everyone enjoyed it.

Tonight after a long day at work, I didn't want to cook something new, and pulled out the leftover pot roast for a sandwich. I had been thinking about it on the drive home and decided the pot roast would make an amazing BBQ Beef sandwich. I had two bottles of Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce open (sweet and chipolte) dumped it into a bowl full of shredded pot roast and microwaved for about 3 minutes. While the meat was being microwaved, I toasted a French Roll in the broiler with a little butter.
The resulting sandwich was really good. The BBQ sauce was perfect with the flavors of the pot roast and was just enough food for dinner.
Total prep time was about 15 minutes.

Well hope you enjoy my blog, brewing will be coming up soon, received a new ingredient kit tonight, hoping to brew this weekend.