Monday, October 26, 2009
Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica - where do they go? Wonder no more!!
It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.
The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.
If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried.
The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and
"Freeeeze a jolly good fellow."
Then they kick him in the ice hole.
You know, I've loved the phrase "ice hole" ever since I first heard in the old Michael Keaton comedy "Johnny Dangerously". "Ice hole" ... it's even funnier when preceded by the old Swedish word ... "farging".
Sunday, October 18, 2009
First is Walt on rhythm guitar.
Justin on lead guitar and occaisionally vocals.
Me drumming by necessity, guitarist by choice. Yes, we are looking for a REAL drummer.
Marissa who sings and looks great all of the time, even if it's posing with the drum kit. She is my hero because she likes to sing "yelly" songs AND she screams very well. There was some speculation about how she learned to scream so well, but everyone was afraid to just come out and ask.
and Katie who took a turn at vocals.
Life is good.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Up close, it's a thing of beauty.
It's a relative of the hybiscus and the part that you eat are the pointy looking seed pods that are picked while the pod is green and supple.
Wash 'em, slice 'em, slather them with cornmeal breading, fry 'em and then eat 'em. Does life get any better?
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Then after dinner time, I was ready to make Crepes Suzette, or as Julia Child calls them in Mastering the Art of French Cooking, "Crepes with Orange Butter, Flambees".
First things first, gathering all the fixins ...
Then it's time to make the crepes. The trick is to make sure the batter covers the entire working surface of the pan, then relax and let the heating elements do their work, and finally the "flip". I saw Julia do this on the television, but more recently I saw Alton Brown do it on Today on a segment called "How To Make A Perfect Crepe". His technique is flawless, but just about anyone can get the hang of it in just a few tries.
The next step is to make the orange butter or syrup. You need, butter, oranges, sugar and some patience.
Then take the crepes for a spin in the orange butter, give them a dose of Cointreau and a little Courvoisier cognac for good measure, and set them on FIRE!!!
When the flame dies down, have a fork handy coz it's time to dine!
Monday, October 05, 2009
while the big kids went to the Wyldewood Cellars winery ...
They have some very good wines. Their specialty is elderberry and it is really tasty. Joe recommended the Prairie Sunshine. It is really, really good.
Then it was back to the house to eat that brisket, watch our beloved Sooners lose another game ... and have some ice cold Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery.
Avalanche Ale is a a friendly amber ale that is always tasty and isn't overpowering. For a real treat, visit the brewery in Breckenridge, Colorado, and have some food and an Avalanche. It's just good! If you visit Breckenridge in winter, be sure to bring your skis. The mountain is fun. Way back in the 70's, I learned to ski on that hill, and have always had fun there.
Early the next morning, I loaded the scooter for the trip home. Yes, there really is a case of wine in that tailbag ...
Yep, it was rainy and cold, but I have lots of winter gear to keep me toasty rolling through the Kansas prairie ...
Finally, back home safe and sound ...
Eventually crossed the border into Kansas. It's almost harvest time for sorghum. Around here it's called milo until you take the grain to the elevator for sale or storage though. Can you see that "Kansas Skyscraper" in background on the horizon?
Arrived at my brother Sean's just in time to fill the cooler and get a brisket started.
Connor came out to supervise.
While the brisket smoked ...
And Joe made the trimmings ...
Connor went swinging ...
... more about the trip tomorrow ...
Friday, October 02, 2009
The lucky Groom-to-be went home with a truckload of gifts, food, and the obligatory toaster. They'll be off to a great start. For me, it was off to the gym. Why? Do you like cake and punch as much as I do?