Sunday, June 17, 2007

Food News

Simon got all nostalgic for the Quebec sugar shack experience, and made maple syrup taffy in the snow:



Damn yummy. We've also figured out how to make beef stew from beef jerky, and decent scrambled eggs from dehydrated egg powder (the trick is to add enough veggies and cheese that the eggs themselves are only about 50% of the resulting mix). Last night: cheese fondue. Next up: a turkey feast for our halfway point. Mashed potatoes and gravy are no problem, stuffing and pumpkin pie should be fine, but the turkey itself... molded canned turkey? Turkey loaf? Any ideas??

34 comments:

Tim said...

Simply mix the canned turkey with some canned duck and canned chicken and voila! Canned Turducken.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turducken

For a Southern approach, the canned turducken could be deep fried, using canned duck fat of course. The resulting food coma should last until December....

Kim Binsted said...

Hmm. Might try that. Have you seen the Onion article on the subject?

Tim said...

Mmmmmmmmmm... brain food! All you need are fava beans and a nice chianti. The velvety journalist will suffice nicely for the head, but the chianti will have to come from a can. I think Gallo might have some of that. Happy cooking!

Sarah said...

DATING UPDATE

The grandmother of this guy (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/fashion/22indiana.html?ex=1334980800&en=f95899c1458645d6&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink)
called me today to set us up on a blind date. (read to the end of the article to see why)

And speaking of blind dates, I'm also being set up with a blind marathoner.

I won't be sorry when Ben and I live happily ever after and this dating thing ends, but in the meantime it's entertaining the hell out of me.

Sarah said...

Uh oh. That didn't scan. You have to google Josh Bernstein and New York Times to get the scoop. He's the "Digging for the Truth" hottie on the History Channel. Yay grandma.

Jen said...

Hit that, Sarah!

Kim Binsted said...

Nice. You'll have to wear heels, though.

Sarah said...

Unlike some, I actually own heels.

Kristin Van Bodegraven said...

What happened to Saul?

Kim Binsted said...

Hey, I have heels. They're wide and stubby and could kill a muskox, but they're heels.

Jen said...

Kim, could I borrow those heels? We are cleaning out the basement and I stumbled upon a muskox.

P.S. I am planning a party in your honor. Sadly, I'm planning it in August, so you won't be able to attend, but Mr. Eccles is working on a webcam so you can access the fun. Are you allowed to watch video, or is it against the rules?

Kim Binsted said...

Jen, you are a cruel, cruel woman. But yes, you can borrow my heels.

Lora said...

Holy smokes, Sarah! I googled good old Mr. Bernstein. How soon is your date? Does it ever have to end? If he brings a toiletry kit to the table DO NOT BALK!

That's without even finding the NY Times article. Ok, I'll go look for that.

Lora said...

Ok. Got the NY Times article. Now I'm even more convinced you should go on this date (like there'd be any doubt whatsoever). Is it considered improper these days to take a camera with you on your date?
Do report back, ok?

Sarah said...

Alas, Mr. Bernstein doesn't seem to be listening to grandma -- no call yet. I might not be blond enough for him.

Kristin, Saul is gone. He said the magic words "when we have kids, you won't travel anymore."

Guess we won't have kids then.

Sarah said...

Kim, when do you get home from Mars? Not August?

Kristin Van Bodegraven said...

Sarah, could you be more blond? You must need more time in the sun...

Oh, Saul, what part of Sarah did you not meet? Perhaps Mr. Bernstein is simply busy digging and can't get to the phone.

Kim Binsted said...

Sarah, we leave Devon Island around Aug 24 (depending on weather), fly down to Ottawa on the 28th, go to LA on the 29th, and fly home to Hawaii on Sept 3rd. So, sadly, I'll miss Jen's party. I have a sneaky feeling there'll be another one.

Lora said...

Kim looks like she's having a meeting on what is Hawaii's Thursday morning, sitting at her computer, gesturing with her right hand, while three fellow habbers appear deep in thought...

Just over 2 months till you're home, Kim, and it's not a question of IF there will be a party when you're here, but HOW MANY!

Jen said...

We'll be hosting a "My Favorite Martian" party in honor of Kim on August 11th. Bocce tournament starts at 5 p.m. - you can enter as a team of 4, or join the general pool for drafting. Dinner at 6:30 - all the food/drinks will be red: Shrimp boil, tomato salad, hurricanes and sangria. Chrissy imported the hurricane mix from New Orleans, and is bringing her fancy punchbowl! Good times.

Come one, come all! (Except Kim.)

Kim Binsted said...

Jen, you are so mean.

Jen said...

Oh please. Am I supposed to sit around and sulk? I would think that you would be HAPPY that I am having fun.

Speaking of, Guylaine and Pascal are having a Montreal Day party Saturday at the Makani Kai clubhouse! I'll let you know how the "Poutine" goes down.

Kim Binsted said...

At Makani Kai?? What's with that?

Kim Binsted said...

Oh, and I've decided I want to try a pisheeoat in the pig box.

Kim Binsted said...

Oh, and I totally won a poker game, and got out of a week of chores. Mind you, poker is much more fun when you're too drunk to play well.

Jen said...

1. Maybe we forgot to mention Guylaine/Pascal moved into Makani Kai.

2. What the hell is pisheeoat? If it involves a penguin/puffin, I'm not in. AT ALL.

3. You are a terrible poker player! Your competition must have been sloppy drunk.

4. The duck carnage continues, horribly. We lost a teenager (the sassy Veruca) the day after her vaccination, and almost lost Augustus. Still might, but he seems to be rallying. Lenny the prolific mother died today, with all but two of the ducklings. You will note that we are now raising three sets of ducks - Camille and Claude in a plastic tub in the house, Augustus on his sick/deathbed, and Violet and the toddlers in the pen.

5. No word from the lawyers. If I have to reschedule these inspections again, I'm going to go postal.

Sarah said...

Jen, in case Kim hasn't said it recently - you are a VERY good friend. Perhaps she should be throwing you a party when she returns.

Lora said...

I'm with Sarah's last comment.

Kim Binsted said...

Jen is a goddess, not to mention a fantastic friend, and I'll throw her as many parties as she can stand. And if she decides that going postal on lawyers is the right thing to do, I'll help her hide the bodies.

A pisheeoat, I've decided, is a pig stuffed with a sheep stuffed with a goat. No puffins involved whatsoever (except in the side dishes).

I'm deeply jealous of the "My Favorite Martian" party. We celebrated summer solstice last night by leaving the window-shades open (so the bright midnight sun could shine in) and doing a puzzle. Sigh.

Kim Binsted said...

Hey, did Tammy's mom's place sell, or did she just take it off the market?

Jen said...

1. No clue about the Tammy Mom House. I'll ask Tammy when I hit her up for more free promotional pens from Ambien. Linus likes to destroy them.

2. I will not be going postal on the lawyer. I kind of feel sorry for her on this deal.

3. Excellent day so far. We get to catsit Shenehneh (we haven't found her yet, but when we do, we'll catsit the hell out of her) and both Augustus and Claude made it through the night! Our advanced skills in duck disease indicates that if they make it through 2 days, they'll survive, so it looks good for them both.

4. You wouldn't believe Camille. She is a piece of work. When she doesn't like how Claude is behaving she SITS on him until he quiets down. My kind of duck.

5. Please note that the summer solstice is our wedding anniversary. Four years in! We celebrated by praising Linus Paul for being so good looking.

Stephen said...

Here's a challenge: cornish pasties..

Sarah said...

I think one comment went past unnoticed -- you're checking MLS from Mars! That can't be sim sound.

Kim Binsted said...

I can if I wait 20 minutes between clicks.

Another comment that went unnoticed (by me, anyway): Happy Anniversary, Jen & Red!!