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August 25, 2008

Aebleskivers!

I was suggesting to friends that we have a potluck brunch at my house soon so I could give away some books to a good home (it is time for me to admit no one needs as many knitting, cooking, and home improvement books as I have). And my Mom gave me an aebleskiver pan. This thing is cool! I can't wait to make them. Here is a cooking lesson that not only does a great job illustrating how to use my pan but completely rocks in its home-madeness (love when you hear the "actor" say cut).

I'll take pictures this weekend when I try it out. If I can wait until the weekend that is. I'm seeing aebleskivers for dinner on the horizon...

August 19, 2008

It is all about food...literally

A meme lifted from Dr. Steph. This is the Omnivore's Hundred list of foods the gastronomic Andrew Wheeler thinks everyone should try at least once in their lives.

The rules of the meme: bold those you have tried, strikethrough those you wouldn't eat on a bet.
I'm pretty adventurous but, apparantly, when I don't like something (which isn't often) I really don't like it and won't touch it (see bugs, spicy, hard likker, and coffee)

Venison (the grandparents used to hunt for their winter meat. I've never had it prepared as well as my Grandmother and I mourn her corn meal mush made with venison drippings)
Nettle tea
Huevos rancheros
Steak tartare
Crocodile
Black pudding
Cheese fondue

Carp
Borscht
Baba ghanoush
Calamari
Pho
PB&J sandwich
Aloo gobi (didn't even realize that I had had this until I looked it up)
Hot dog from a street cart

Epoisses
Black truffle
Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
Steamed pork buns (I don't even really understand what this is. I may have had it because I do love my pork, but the bun part throws me)
Pistachio ice cream
Heirloom tomatoes
Fresh wild berries (yum, the advantage of living in the Pacific NW, I have been able to walk outside my door and eat strawberries, blackberries or blueberries off the bush. Not to mention cherries, apples and pears right off the tree)
Foie gras
Rice and beans
Brawn, or head cheese
Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper (I have a very sensitive palette, I can't take these hot peppers).
Dulce de leche
Oysters
Baklava
Bagna cauda (although when I looked it up it sounds wonderful!)
Wasabi peas
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl

Salted lassi (I haven't had Bhang Lassi either)
Sauerkraut
Root beer float

Cognac with a fat cigar

Clotted cream tea
Vodka jelly
Gumbo
Oxtail
Curried goat
Whole insects (No way, no how)
Phaal (sensitive palette, remember?)
Goat’s milk
Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
Fugu
Chicken tikka masala
Eel
Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut (but I don't know what the fuss is. Now a VooDoo donut, THAT is worth some fuss)
Sea urchin
Prickly pear
Umeboshi
Abalone
Paneer
McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
Spaetzle
Dirty gin martini (just smelling a martini makes me gag)
Beer above 8% ABV
Poutine (but I must have some!)
Carob chips
S’mores
Sweetbreads
Kaolin (I couldn't figure out what this was. When I looked it up I could only find reference to a mineral and a treatment for toxicity)
Currywurst
Durian
(I have always wanted to try this!)
Frogs’ legs
Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake (yummmm, fair food...)
Haggis

Fried plantain (loved it but when I tried to make it it tasted terrible!)
Chitterlings, or andouillette
Gazpacho
Caviar and blini
Louche absinthe
Gjetost, or brunost
Roadkill

Baijiu
Hostess Fruit Pie
Snail
Lapsang souchong
Bellini
Tom yum
Eggs Benedict
Pocky (or something similar).
Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
Kobe beef
Hare
Goulash
Flowers (pansies and nasturtiums)
Horse
Criollo chocolate
Spam
Soft shell crab (too much like insects)
Rose harissa
Catfish
Mole poblano
Bagel and lox
Lobster Thermidor
Polenta
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee (I hate the taste of coffee)
Snake

August 08, 2008

It always comes back to poo

Just making sure everyone has seen this story. Fear and intimidation. And we think we are so superior to other countries but the same shenanigans go on here. I can't believe influencing an election like this isn't against some law somewhere.

On a different note...

It always feels great when I solve a little home decorating challenge. There are many in this house so brace yourself for details when I finally figure them out.

This one is the kitchen window. I have a nice, big kitchen window but there is a bit of a privacy issue with the neighbors. Their yard is higher than mine so from some angles they can see right into the house. I don't think they can see right into the house easily so I thought there was probably a solution other than blinds. I really wanted to keep the light and visibility I have of hoodlum greyhound pups playing out in the backyard.

Last weekend at the wonderful Astoria Sunday Market I picked these up:

Difficult to photograph, this doesn't do them justice. I have a few sprigs of lavender and Queen Anne's lace in each of them. They provide some barrier to the view in but I get to see out and enjoy the pretty glass. Some of what I like best about the glass is what they say.

Rawleigh's. Looks like it was for salves and ointments and it looks like you can still buy some! It has nice square, beveled corners. The vendor who I bought these from made fabulous designs with the wire around the neck of the bottle. The childish loopy wire you see with beads is what I made so they would hang lower. But it works.

A slightly darker bottle to hang in the center of the window. I thought a darker bottle wouldn't have to compete with the metal from the windows. This one is also square (I like the squared glass) and says "Paine's Celery Compound." It apparently cured rheumatism.

My favorite. The Milk of Magnesia bottle. It goes with the poo theme we have going on here at Casa de Galgos Locos.

So I wasn't able to go a post without mentioning poo. Here, I'll try to leave you with a better visual. Summer roses.

August 04, 2008

ew

I just watched Frankie catch and eat a big 'ole fly. He is earning his keep, but I don't think he will get kisses from me later.