Video Friday

Yeah yeah I know; it’s Saturday already. Gloriously. But last night I watched a few things.

First is this interview with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. What I find fascinating about Landrieu is that he served as Louisiana Lt. Gov. and then went back to being mayor of New Orleans.

First of all if he isn’t running for President I’m in the camp that says he probably should. He seams to be able to articulate arguments pretty well. And the Presidency is nothing but a huge bully pulpit.

One fact that Landrieu mentions, since 1980 (Which btw is pretty much when we can reliably track) there have been 630,000 deaths by gun in U.S. streets and homes. That to my reckoning is obscene. Because if you do the math it comes to an average of 16,579 deaths per year. Divide it further by 50 states and you get 331 per state per year. That’s fucking scary. And I realize I’m just being simplistic with the math – that these deaths, every one of them is a good case for real gun legislation.

With regard to the 2nd Amendment Landrieu makes some really good points. That the NRA has gone from agreeable to batshit insane to banning weapons of war. I hate to split hairs but an automatic weapon is in fact a weapon of war.

The other thing I watched was the movie Coco. Our protagonist is a little boy named Miguel. Now Mexicans do Halloween so much better  – the color in this film is gorgeous. You see what we call Halloween and do a very half ass job  of it, the Mexicans call it Dia Del Muerto. The setup for the movie has poor Miguel in a family of shoe makers – he wants to be a musician. But his family is dead set against music for some reason. So on the Day of the Dead (It’s more like Night of the Dead – which btw was sort of a series of movies in it’s own right.) Miguel is in need of a guitar. But his first effort ends with his abuela smashing the guitar to bits. And so the odyssey begins. He enters the world of the dead. You gotta watch to find out how it happens.

What I found interesting is the parallels I saw in that movie –  the color number one is gorgeous, and it damned well should be as it’s a Disney/Pixar film. Number two elements of Dia Del Meurto lend itself to colorful displays. But the whole premise is, photos of the ancestors are put up in a little shrine. That’s how they can cross the bridge between living and dead. That right there is an interesting concept.

Oh go and find it and watch it. Take along kids, nieces, nephews. They’ll get a nice little jolt out the movie Coco.



A good series on Netflix

It’s on Netflix and called Tabula Rasa. If you’re not familiar with the term it translates as Blank Slate aka to wipe the slate clean.

So it was shot in Belgium – and the language used is Dutch but the cool thing is, English is an offshoot of Dutch so some of it you don’t even need to read to understand it.

But I will say the following, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. But justice is indeed served at the end of the series. I hollered – it was great. Definite mind fuck though. You see Thomas De Geest didn’t actually cause the accident, it was the woman scorned that did it. You’ll have to watch to see what I mean there.


On Salad Dressing

So I’ve come to the conclusion that if you buy your dressing in an grocery store you’re pretty much doing it wrong.

For example I do a dressing for Greek Salad – it’s a good balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper and oil. Blend it and it’s delicious. No sugar needed.

So someone likes Russian dressing. And the thought struck, the only difference between Russian and Thousand Island is the former uses horseradish, while the latter uses onion and garlic. Otherwise same ingredients.

But when I looked at the ingredients of this so called store bought Russian isn’t any such thing. It could charitably be called Thousand Island. Real Russian has Tomato, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, sweet pickle relish etc. This abortions from the supermarket didn’t even come close. So we will be making our own.

How cooking has advanced

So this video on YouTube sparked this post.

Now we have induction cook appliances, sous vide and pressure cookers are super expensive. Plus since those two dumbass mother fuckers who bombed the Bostob Marathon have made it nigh impossible to find one locally.

But using sous vide I’ve done turkey, beef, chicken, fish and egg in there. I’ve done poached egg, creme brule (Learned to carmelize the sugar when the Brule is hot!)


Happy Spring – when there’s a snow storm warning

My weather app has been dinging me all day saying there’s another Nor’easter coming tomorrow. It’s supposed to affect all of northern Rhode Island, MA and CT. Now

I don’t consider us to live in northern Rhode Island even though we’re just 8 miles from the Massachusetts border.

But enough with this cold weather and snow already. Happy Spring!

Reading a series on Netflix

The Ministry of Time. It’s all in Spanish, my favorite Castillian variety too.

Jumping about in time is a favorite of mine. Just think of the changes you could make say if you jumped back 2018 years. Well you get it.

I should expand, I was studying Spanish on DuoLingo but the speaker – the dialect she is speaking is, how shall I put this one I cannot comprehend easily. But in this series the actual title of the show is El Ministerio del Tiempo.

I’d love to do immersion training in Spain.

Double Chocolate Brownies

Yum is all I can say, not those greasy boxed deals. Home made from a recipe on Epicurious that I printed out.

It so happened I had ALL the ingredients. What can I say these are seriously rich brownies. I cut them a little small – maybe 1.25×1.25″ Delicious. This recipe is a keeper.


Make them – they only take about an hour and a half but one is rich enough. You will need:

  • 1 cup (150g) plain (all-purpose) flour
  • 3/4 cup (75g) cocoa
  • 3/4 cup (130g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (290g) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 175g unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g dark chocolate, chopped

A kitchen scale that can do grams is good to have too. Weight is much better than volume. And it uses the better part of a stick of unsalted butter.