Thursday, March 24

Lunacy Fecundity (A Science Mythology)

This week, I find myself less inspired, wanting to sleep in during the start of this Spring season. I am inclined to believe that this lack of lucidity is due to the fact that this Spring has begun with what have should of been a Harvest Moon wrought with a cornucopia of crops, providing provisions that would last throughout the entire Winter. However, with this Perigean Moon, there is a turn in the tide that is having a ripple effect across the land. I wonder how should I consider, spend my daylight savings.

Perigean Moon Soup
  • Chicken (steamed, mangled)
  • Pigeon Peas
  • Poultry and Bean Stock (sieved)
  • Corn Niblets
  • Filini (Fedelini Tagliati)
  • Parsley
  • Cocoanut (shaved)
  • Mustard Seed (pestled)

Perigean Moon Soup

Suppression is the new oppression: hopefully not as a harbinger for this Summer--a chilling effect, a prospect too close for comfort. Lethargic, I have got the jitters and I am feeling kind of queasy. The weekend grocery shopping was a "blah." Whatever is in the freezer, in the refrigerator and pantry will get me through the week. As Winter recedes, I attempt to endure this idyll, and withdrawal into my parenthetical successes and failures.

Faulty Tummy Pastry
  • Porgy (boiled, deboned)
  • Fish Stock
  • Sea Salt
  • Peanuts (pestled)
  • Great Northern Beans (squashed by hand)
  • Rosemary (ground manually)
  • Butter (melted)

  • Filo Flakes (bottom layer toasted; top layer crisped with shaved Parmesan)
  • Non-stick Spray

Faulty Tummy Pastry

Wednesday, March 16

This (Last) Week(end)

Last weekend, I spent most of Saturday (March 12, 2011) running errands, looking for sales on food, finding ideas for recipes that I would then combine to make meals for the week. On Sunday (beginning at midnight), I began my combine-cooking adventure. Here is the documentation of my findings.

Taste-Test Soup

Porgie (scaled and gutted [Swai fillet in pieces recommended])
Shrimp (frozen)
Crab Mushroom
Soup Vegetables (frozen)
Filtered Water
Crisp Bread (multigrain)

Taste-Test Soup

A Sumptuous and Astounding Pursuit

Chicken Escalope
Olive Oil with Crushed Garlic (bathed)
Blood Orange (thin wheels [at room temperature])
Broccoli Rabe (sauteed)
Filtered Water

Gravy (groovy)
  -- BR Stock
  -- Cardamon Seed (toasted, mortared)
  -- Chrysanthemum Bud (pestled)
  -- Flour
  -- Filtered Water
  -- Butter

Soy Sauce (dashes)

A Sumptuous and Astounding Pursuit

Parmigiana: Finger Nuggets

Chicken Breast (slices)
  -- Bread Crumbs (plain)
  -- Oregano (dried)
  -- Pine Nut (pestled)
  -- Lemon Juice
  -- Olive Oil
[Chill in fridge, then fry crispy, but not crunchy]

Campanelle Pasta (al dente)
Tomato Paste [olive oil, balsamic vinegar, filtered water]
Parmesan (grated)
Mozzarella (shaved)
Finger Nuggets
Mozzarella (shaved)

Parmigiana: Finger Nuggets

Offal Fine Soup

Lamb Tripe (diced sloppily, boiled, fried)
Beef Sirloin (cubed, braised)
Brown Rice
Snow Peas
Filtered Water

Offal Fine Soup

Sunday, March 6

Terrible Result, But Something Had to be Done

Weeks before being admitted to the hospital, I had purchased two bricks of firm tofu. The expiration date was well into the future. I felt confident that I would use the tofu in a dish before the time-stamp indication. Into the refrigerator, the tofu went until called upon by inspiration.

When I returned from the hospital, I was greeted by a refrigerator full of "Best Used By..." products at or past their prime: milk, sour cream, pork chops, ground beef, steamed chicken, mushrooms, croissant dough, clementines--all in need (Indeed!) of some form of esculent solution. These wasting foodstuffs required some special effort; however, the milk was most simple: cereal, pancakes. I wanted something different to ingest since I had been "blanded" by six days of stringent, yet highly nutritive, delectables.

A menu change was what I desired. Anticipating a hectic week, adjusting to my revised schedule by adding the task of dressing my leg (wounded by the surgery), by altering my sleep pattern (due to a change in my medicine regimen), I was able to compose and prepare lunch and dinner menu items for the week. The results, while organized, were not as I would have liked, yet abundantly satisfactory. "Cleaning out" the refrigerator with recipe after recipe, I noticed the tofu (and the clementines). The date of expiration was nigh; the future was now! Something had to be done. What I wrought was a fiasco.

Charred Fiasco Stew

Tofu (firm, coated, marinated, fried)
  -- mustard oil
  -- sweet soy
  -- curry powder
Almonds (fried)
Dried Hot Chili
Shrimp (medium)
Rice Cake Ovals (boiled in Sea Salt)
Marinate (remaining for stew)
Soy Sauce
Charred Fiasco Stew

Slump Sump Fiasco

Clementines (boiled, peeled, pulped [liquified])
Wings (fried drumsticks [flour, salt and pepper, cayenne sauce])
Enoki and Crab Mushrooms
Slump Sump Fiasco

Having eaten my mistakes of progression, I decided to try making something less messy.

Early Easter Ham with a Mardi Gras Glaze

Potato (soaked in Sea Salt)
  -- bake, cut in half, scoop out
  -- toast shell, mash middle
  -- Boiled Carrot [bits] and Shallot [slivers]
  -- Lemon (juice)
  -- Mozzarella (cubes melted)
Ham (hunks)
  -- pressure cooked, divvy cut, baked, then broiled
  -- Marinate and Glaze: dark brown sugar, filtered water, butter, arrow root, molasses
Cabbage (pressure cooked in ham stock, chopped)

Early Easter Ham with a Mardi Gras Glaze

This dinner was not a fiasco. A triumph. Unfortunately this meal will not last in refrigeration until Easter.