T-Bone Steak As Captured By My First Generation iPhone

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Lunch today, T-bone steak with brussels sprouts and sweet pots.  Every camera in the house was out of batteries, so I jumped back to old faithful, my iPhone 1.  Still in great condition.  Were it not for the battery life, I’d use this beauty baby as a phone today.

This T-bone was to go to a customer, but it wasn’t as good looking as the rest of the steaks, so we kept it.  Then, I ate it.  I was to share some with my husband, but then, I ate it.  Take one for the team, as they say.

After a brief pat and air dry, into the bubbling duck fat it went.

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The sweet potatoes, also cooked in duck fat, went in while the steak was warming and drying.  iPhone 1 was dropped after this capture.  Duck fat fingers.  As my faithful buddy descended on cold, hard French tile I shrieked these words, ” OH SHIT!! NOOOOOO!!!!!”

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She was fine.  iPhone 1 ( home name iPhonee ) was recovered without shatter ( unlike evil iPhone 4 ).  A slow butter bubbled, thick cut onion awaited the brussels sprout.  I’m sure duck fat was used in this dish as well.  Out loud, I say “brussel sprouts” because “brussels sprouts” doesn’t flow for me.  Why isn’t it Brussels’ Sprouts?  I could probably roll with Brussels’ Sprouts.

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I rested the big boy on the veg and took a few photeez.  I was so hungry, I didn’t wait out the proper steak resting time.

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oh but it was just fine.

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I had a few fans pitching ideas on what to do with that bone.

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Gascon Stir Fry

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This is the first time I’ve added last night’s rice to today’s duck hearts.

  • duck hearts
  • duck fat
  • butter
  • small onion,diced
  • Cassis
  • cinnamon
  • red wine
  • sugar
  • salt
  • last night’s rice

Duck Hearts:

slice into rounds

brown in duck fat in batches ( all at once and you boil the damn things.  yuk )

add salt with each batch

remove from pan and set aside

Then the rest:

add big butter nub and diced onion

move around the pan until softy melty

add a splash of Cassis and a dash of your red wine

add a dash of cinnamon

add a dash of sugar

add the duck hearts back and move around the pan

add last night’s rice ( about a cup leftover so it seems )

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For It Is Time

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Time to make your vanilla extract. The baking season approaches. Also, a great Christmas gift that beats the heck out of a mug loaded with jellybeans.

Here’s how:
– Chuck two vanilla beans into some alcohol
– Place into a dark cupboard you rarely open, like your potential
– Once a week give it a whirl
– After three months, voila

Above is vanilla beans with Armagnac

… you had me at Armagnac.

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Tijuana Sombrero

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What’s a Tijuana Sombrero?  OoOOoh, don’t ask, let me show you.

Stick a fried egg on a Croque Monsieur and you get a Croque Madame.  It is said that the fried egg looks like a woman’s hat.  This is my little Mexican take on a Croque Madame.

Stick a fried egg that you formed into a Sombrero on a burger with cheese, fresh salsa, some creme fraiche and a bit of lettuce and you get an Amiga Mexicana.  Fun for a girl or a boy.  Though, I think Tijuana Sombrero will win on the naming of this dish.

Minty did Carrot Henge.

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Z ate ham rolls and yelled at Minty for taking her photo.  “NO PHOTO!  grrrrr! ”

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I Take A Lot Of Burger Shots

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Burger day today.  We don’t always bun the burger, but on special occasions, like when resident teen is around or the end of summer is near, we bring on the bun.  Everyone has their own style.  Above is Otto’s burger.

  • ketchup
  • cheese
  • burger
  • lettuce
  • tomato

” And bun … heh heh. ”

These babies brown.  They brown!

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Zélie’s burger

  • No ketchup!
  • No pick-ohs
  • NO LETTUCE
  • No onions
  • No special sauce
  • No onions

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Minty’s burger

  • ketchup
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • frites
  • tomato
  • pickles
  • cheese

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Minty has other versions.  She doesn’t always frite her burger.  Lucy is still working on her style with the burgers.

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Extra points for looking like a gummy burger.

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You can keep it simple or make the burger complicated.  What I love is that there is no need to mix stuff into the patties.  They can hold strong while you mess with the fixin’s.

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We often eat them without the…

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S’mores, The Taste of American Camping

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The kids wanted to make S’mores.  We bought all the ingredients a few days ago and promptly ate them ’round the hob.  You typically do this sort of food around a campfire.  Lucy insisted that we do this properly.  So back to the shops to buy some more ingredients.  Everything is easy to find except the Graham Crackers.  The closest I could get was ” petite beurre ” cookies.

Z demonstrates the final product.

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For those who aren’t familiar with The S’more here’s a quick how-to.  The ” S’more ” is short for ” that is so fantastic! I want some more! ”  or Brent’s version, ” what a complete waste of chocolate and marshmallows. ”

Build a small campfire.

Toast your marshmallow over the campfire.  Everyone has their own style.  Kids usually flame their marshmallow just because they can.  I’m more of a crusty on the outside, gooey on…

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The Taste Of Orange

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There isn’t a specific food I miss from America.  We eat meat and veg.  You can get or grow meat and veg here.  It’s nice.  But when our friend from America said, ” I’m coming over, do you want anything? ”  I thought of the children.  Our children have no idea what Kraft macaroni & CHEESE tastes like.  Kraft macaroni & CHEESE has a specific flavor that no other macaroni & cheese product has to offer.  Kraft macaroni & CHEESE is the flavor orange.

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I haven’t eaten mac’n’cheese for soooo long, but I retained a kinestetic memory of how to make it.  It fell out of me like those days of having a quick bite before getting back for dress rehearsal.

Get the water boiling.

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Bubbly bubbly, pasta in.

 

 

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It’s so quick from here.  Kraft noodles boil faster than other noodles.  They are super noodles.

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The orange shower with butter nub.

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Powder more addictive than addictive illegal powder itself.

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The squidge and sound of orange mixing.  You begin to salivate and panic, where’s my bowl?!  Where’s my fork?!  No wait, I’ll eat it out of the pan!

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Minty samples.  ( in her Judo outfit.  Friends don’t let friends let your kids eat orange in their Judo outfit.  bad idea )

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“Weird.”

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I want more.  Yes, Minty, you and the rest of children across America.  It’s is amazing stuff.  Thankfully, I can’t find it here in France.  No … don’t … zip it … ” They don’t sell it in France … “