February 27th, 2010

pot roast

I think if I don't do tuna noodle next, I'll be contemplating a pot roasted chicken.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/party-food/luxury/chicken-pot-roast.html

I found this because I was reading the comments on a HABO thread over at SBTB. The book being searched for had been completely forgotten, except that the hero got all atwitter over the heroine's pot roast and realized he was in love with her. The comments are _insane_. There are posters claiming to be from Britain who seem to think that pot roast is an American term for something, when it's not.

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/cuisine/european/english/pot-roasted-beef-in-red-wine-with-red-onion-marmalade.html

It's not like Delia Smith is someone unknown in British cookery, anyway.

There are also commenters making fun of people for cooking pot roast on the stove. Which is asinine, because I know of at least two different ways to cook a pot roast on the stove (one involving a dutch oven, and the whole process on stove top; the other involving searing the roast on the stove, and then cooking it in the oven or a slow cooker) -- and I loathe pot roast.

I've been wanting to buy a cookbook and not been excited about anything in particular. After the last few minutes, I'm thinking I might just read wikipedia articles for a while. I just found out what a jugged hare was! :-)

Okay, maybe I shouldn't be excited about that.

Today's activities include: roomba!

T. and I went to Target today, more for something to do than anything in particular, altho I was looking for (and found) kitchen towels and hanging file folders. As we were wandering around buying toys (http://www.finditgames.com/default.asp, we got the kids one; Hank from the Thomas the Train branded wooden toys) and puzzles, picture frames and whatever else caught our eye, I spied a roomba. Mmmm. I handed it over to R. when we got home, because I didn't want to have to figure out how to program it and where to turn it loose. It's charging right now.

T. and I did the 100 piece dinosaur puzzle today. He stuck it out, mostly, but by the time we were through he _really_ was not interested in more puzzles, which is just fine because when we do the 2-3 dozen piece puzzles, he often wants to do a half dozen or more in a row.

T. wanted to be outside after we came back from a waffle run to Julie's post-Target, so I took him for a walk around the "block", which is almost exactly a mile. It was snowing pretty hard, but at least it wasn't raining.

This morning, I made peach coffee cake for breakfast.

the wonder that is the blogosphere

As I commented earlier, R. requested shepherd's pie. He kept talking about corn, which I sort of blew through since I'm not a big fan of corn. He also seemed to think that it was important to have distinct layers of meat-corn-potatos in shepherd's pie, which I thought was possible, but by no means typical of the genre.

I talked to mum-in-law C. today, and told her I'd made shepherd's pie at his request, and asked her a little about the version she made when he was a kid. She said her ex-husband G. called it China something or other, and she had no idea why, but affirmed that the meat-and-veg was really meat-and-corn, and those layers were distinct (obviously, the potato on top needs to be distinct). She said she made sure to drain all liquids (from the meat, from the canned corn) because otherwise the potatos sank. So that was interesting.

I decided to pursue this whole China angle, and found this almost instantly:

http://wanderingchopsticks.blogspot.com/2009/12/pate-chinois-canadian-chinese-shepherds.html

Which referenced this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A2t%C3%A9_chinois

The wikipedia entry mentions ketchup when eating this thing, which R. also mentioned. Clearly, I have stumbled across One Of Those Things, like candied sweet potatos with marshmallows on top, which even _after_ it is explained, makes very little sense. I guess you just have to grow up with it. G. grew up in Berlin, NH, of French-Canadian heritage.

Who knew?

I'm _not_ participating in that, however. I might make it if lobbied, but I'm not eating that. I loathe creamed corn.