Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Lots more Pork and some Lamb for good luck
Yes, that is a Peep in my glass of wine. We spent the day processing meat that we needed to preserve. We were clear headed and on a mission. That is until our friend Denis stopped by and brought a bottle of wine with him. While rendering fat (I really think I have to make soap out of it) we may have drank a couple of bottles. I got bored and dropped a peep in my glass of wine to see if it would soak up the wine like a sponge. It didn't. I think it might have been the sugar that acted like a barrier.
We had wine with some pretty good "snacks" I might add. Denis was a good sport and tasted the headcheese. I think he liked it but really was taken with the Filet Sec.
So, this leads me to a rant. Me rant you say? Here it goes... Lately on Twitter I have been seeing snarky comments about people who cook from RECIPES and blog about it. IMAGINE that? Not inventing things like Quail Eggs with Peanut Butter and Nutella. Or not inventing a NEW Whoopie Pie. I say that all of this snarf is just a bit more self promotion which also has me baffled. I hear about people being "Nervous" that they haven't posted on their blog. Is everyone getting paid except me and I just don't get it? For 99% of us isn't this just for FUN? I have to say that I cook from recipes that I tweek to my liking. The fact of the matter is that most things are not new and if they haven't been out there it is probably for a good reason. When did food become a popularity contest. If it has I vote for Eggs. Eggs are good with everything and easy to make.
We hung up my prized Guanciale after a week of it in salt. I didn't invent this recipe by the way. I think a caveman did. (Hey Dr. Food you got your big ole finger in my shot).
Another picture of the Filet Sec because it was so pretty (it is all gone now).
Then there was the lard. Good old lard that took 2 days to deal with.
This was after we just made it. It is white as new snow. (See, I have lived in MA long enough to know that not all snow is white. Once it gets old it is dirty and ugly).
Smoking happened this weekend. That is a whole other post though. MMMM...Tasso!
Back to our regularly made dinner. This is from a RECIPE that I have posted before. It is Mark Bittman's (yes, he invented lamb and chickpeas I am sure) Crisp and Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with Lamb