Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Irish Lamb Stew

To be honest, I don't know what makes this an Irish Lamb Stew. The ingredients are almost the same as I would find in an ordinary stew.  But I'm using the left over meat from our Moroccan Spiced Lamb we had for Christmas.  So, there are a number of flavers all coming together in this case.

I think it tastes good.

Also, since the meat was already cooked I skipped the part where you coat the meat in fluor and fry on the stove.

In addition to thi,s I used a slow cooker.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Deep Frying

In the past I bought a Fry Daddy for frying fries.  But now I decided to up the game and make fried chicken.  I think what brought this about was all the wonderful fried chicken we had in Seoul.  It was great!
So I bought a Faberware 4L unit.  I'll probably never use the little baskets.

Here's a photo of the unit:
Honestly, it's good to eat freshly fried french fries again. I've used it to make fried chicken and also chicken tenders.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas dinner

Well, we had a very nice Christmas Dinner, however short, since I'm working nights for a while.  I bought a leg of lamb (why don't we say "I bought a lamb's leg?") and found a nice recipe online.  Here it is: "Moroccan-Spiced Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter"

The recipe calls for the grill to be used, but I just cooked it in the oven and it tasted great. However, I think the grill would have beenout of this world.

Also, I didn't cook it rare.  I cooked it medium well.  Other than that, I followed the recipe pretty closely. Very, very good.

So, the full menu for Christmas dinner was:
- Moroccan-Spiced Leg of Lamb with Herb Butter
- French's recipe for green bean casserole
- roasted and salted small red potatoes
- Pepperidge Farm Dressing

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pappy's Hickory Smoked BBQ - Gas Station Phenom.

Yeah, it looks like if you want good go to....the gas station. As bizarre as that sounds, it's sort of true.

Pappy's BBQ is a good example of that. Prices are reasonable and the taste is great. Even Yelp reviewers like it!

I'll have to try the chicken on a stick.  Sounds yummy!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


When I first saw this I thought it was "pastries".  But no.  It's pasties with a short "a".  I haven't bought one, but they look like dessert or meat pies.  Sort of like an empanada.

This small shop is located at the Cambridge train station.

London Liverpool Street Station

The station isn't huge, but it was just big enough to keep us occupied as we waited for our train.  Luckily, they had a "Left Luggage" office where we could dump our stuff until the train arrived.

There was even a Krispy Kreme Donut shop there. I am constantly amazed at this.  As a boy back in the 1960s we would buy them, since they were the only donut shops in the poor town of Columbia, SC.  But now they are international.   How crazy is that?

There are several small shops to buy pastries and coffee, but only a couple where you could sit down and eat or drink at.  The Merchant was a very nice restaurant there.  We ordered lunch there.

Trip to the UK and Germany

We're still on our first leg of the trip.  We're at my daughter's place in Lakenheath.  The weather is dreary and cold.  The sun disappears at around 4pm.  Just like in Germany.

I have a colleague from work looking after the pets while we're gone.  As usual, my wife sort of overdid things in setting things up for my co-worker.  She left all the food and other things on a table with yellow post-its on everything:

I'm not sure what the potato chips have to do with anything.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

How To Make Gimbap: Korean Seaweed and Rice Rolls

Since my daughter is taking Korean Language lessons we were assigned a Saturday to bring the snack for the class.  Turns out everyone would bring kim bap.  I've made it in the past, but I had never followed any recipe.

Anyway, I decided to find a good recipe and chose this one.  And it turned out pretty nice.  The good news is, if you can't find the ingredients, such as the pickled radish or the roll mat, you can order them over the internet.

I had a little trouble rolling the kim bap.  But it all worked out in the end.

Pumpkin Pot Success!!

The Pumpkin Pot recipe was a success!  I decided to cut the top farther down on the pumpkin so that the opening wouldn't be so narrow.  The fallout from that was the pumpkin wouldn't quite fit in the pan anymore.

So, here're the results:

Liverpool Street Station

We waited here for the train to Cambridge.

British Newspapers at convenience stores

Well, I thought this was really sad.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

McSwap Southwestern Salad Dressing

I hated it when McDonalds discontinued the Southwest Salad.  The chicken was deliscious, the dressing very, very good. Luckily, there are a number of people, who almost certainly have a better tongue for what's in these various McDs sauces and such, than I do.

I picked up some preseasoned/cooked chicken and heated it up.  This last time I also picked up some canned corn and canned black beans.  Winn Dixie carries an assortmant of totilla chip garnishes for salads.  So, altogether it all came together with the salad dressing binding it all together.  WOrked great!

Friday, July 10, 2015

No, that's not an oven

When searching for an apartment you have to decide what is important to you.  Is an oven important?  For most Americans and Europeans, the answer is yes.  For Koreans, not so much.  It's very common not to find ovens in apartments. When this happens you have to go buy a toaster oven.

At first glance what appears to be an oven, turned out not to be so.

It's a dishwasher...

Bread in Seoul

Well, I don't really like to criticize a city I lived in.  Especially a city like Seoul.  It is a GREAT city.  But the people's tastes are still pretty basic.  That is changing and will not be static.  So, whatever I say here most likely will change within the next few years.

But I was surprised and maybe a little dismayed with I saw Roman Meal Bread being sold at the huge Lotte Mart.

Maybe a better word for the change in tastes is "evolution".  But there are bumps along the road that I was not fortunate to have to witness. For instance, there is a coffee shop in Seoul called Coffine Garunaru.  They sell a....dessert (?) or thing you eat with coffee.  It's a large slice, or slices of square bread with toppings of various sorts.  It is large.  I could barely eat all of one.

To be honest, I wasn't impressed - it was ok. I mean, come on.  Bread?  What's up with that?

Here is a copy of a photo from the linked website of what one looks like:

The good news is, tastes in Seoul are changing for the better.  I'll dig up some photos to show this.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I had to take a short leave of absence from blogging, but now I'm more or less back.  I'm in Meridian, MS working at what people here call the Coal Plant.  But, oddly, we don't mine coal here.  That's next door. We burn it and make power, among other things.  So, correctly, we are the Coal Power Plant.

There are a few good places to find good food.  And the good food can be in odd places, I'll grant you that.  Seafood Express is found in a gas station.  I'll profile it, along with other.

This is the second time I've eaten at Dobi's, which is a Cajun food sort of place.  The food is good, but the service can be a tad slow, but that's ok.  They also have a bar, but I haven't checked it out.

I've eaten a couple of dishes.  They have a nice assortment of sandwiches such as Shrimp Poboys and the like along with red beans and rice and etouffee.  Worth checking out.