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But I thought it would be funny to have one for Zombie... er, Easter. Stupid Christian relatives. I mean... LOVE YOU! [ETA] because I just remembered this: Last year's bout of evilness. Folks, I can't help being wrong.

Nicer things! I came up with Sunday's menu, and remembered how much I love cooking.

deviled eggs (both traditional and Mexican: diced tomatoes, garlic, sliver of avocado on top for presentation)
cherry tomatoes with blue cheese filling

Beef Wellington (yes, we had this at Christmas, but ham? Bor-ring. And the kids don't care much for ham, anyway) with good grainy mustard and horseradish on the table
fresh peas with mint
Brie and blueberry salad over fresh greens (and probably raspberries, because YUM) - raspberry vinaigrette dressing (can you tell I like raspberries?)
Roasted new potatoes tossed in olive oil, S&P, and fresh rosemary from the garden
homemade Parker House rolls with buttermilk glaze

lemon curd tartlets
ladyfingers, fresh berries, and creme fraiche

I wanted to spend yesterday learning how to make molten cakes, but too many things to do. Plus, making those, plus the Wellington, plus the rolls all at the same time in the oven? Too much. And BERRIES. Mmmmmmmmmmm.

So what are you having? Or for my Jewish friends that just finished Passover, any fun matzoh this year? Special desserts? Fill my inbox with spam: I want your favorites, your traditionals, the things you've only made once because it was complicated but OH so good. Mmm, give me FOOD PORN. Give me RECIPES!!



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Apr. 14th, 2006 06:55 am (UTC)
Mmmm, I love Beef Wellington! I shall come over!!

I am having lamb and asparagus and possibly rice or possibly roasted potatoes, I am not sure yet. I bought the lamb and asparagus last night *hop*
Apr. 14th, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
MMMMM!! Lamb is delish - but the kids won't eat it, so...

oooh! I should add asparagus to the menu - YUMtastic. Your din sounds fantastic. How do you cook your lamb? *moistens pencil tip*
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
Well, I cook it different ways! But this one is a roast - so it's getting roasted, with seasonings outside. I havne't decided completely, but I'm thinking something like:


I don't have a rack (err, of LAMB - I typed that and thought "worst thing ever to say in stoney's LJ"), it's a shoulder but the actual sauce looks yummy.
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
NU-HUH-HUH-UM! Mr. S likes lamb with mint. Only. Your sauce/rub looks FANTASTIC. Ooooh, you are going to have an excellent meal! You and the BFF and BFFH? Or fam coming? Am I intruding?

(hee! "I don't have a rack." WAIT: why is that the worst thing to say over here? Do I come off as a breast worshipper? I mean, moderately, but I'm more lapsed than orthodox.)
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
Heee, well, not so much YOUR LJ specifically, except for the mocking and the fact that everybody I know who would see it would ALSO mock and it would just be bad bad bad! *facepalm*

Mmm. I am not a huge lamb with mint fan. But rosemary? Dude, I would sell my SOUL for rosemary. My favorite way to cook pork is a salt/rosemary/garlic rub that is just divine.

It'll be just me! I was going to go home for Easter but gas is so pricey and it's not like I could *stay* - I'd have to leave Saturday for there and come back Sunday and be home less than 24 hours. So no mombo cooking for me :( So I will just make it for me and then go home Memorial Day weekend, when I have more time.

Apr. 14th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
HA! Got it.

And YUM and YES to rosemary. I have.... fourteen plants? I LOVE it. My favorite way to roast a chicken is to cut off the spine, flatten the bird over a bed of rosemary springs and sliced lemons, drizzle the whole thing with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast it until tasterific.

I LOVE FOOD. (Aww. Will Swmkit eat any lamb, I wonder? And any kind of dessert?) Gas is becoming ridiculous again. I want solar powered roller skates.
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
Swmkit is silly. He doesn't eat shrimp. He turns his nose up at shrimp! What kind of cat does that?! And only sometimes will touch chicken. But he adores pork to pieces (so in my head, he wants to go on a boar hunt) and fish - at least tuna, tilapia and shark, which is what I've eaten since I got him - but he's not a big chicken fan.

MMm, rosemary is LOVE. Man. And now I want to eat right now. WHY is food so fabulous?!
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:31 am (UTC)
I have to remind myself to eat before going for groceries or I come back with waaaaaaay too many things.

My old kitty, George, would roll about in agony waiting for me to give him the livers from chicken or little pieces of venison. Our littlest kitty, Hope, she's only interested in milk and bugs. She's a little... strange.
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:05 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, my lovely holiday post where I linked to last years wickedness on my part (because I stepped out for my paper this morning and found a headless... hippity hop. DARTHANNE STRIKES AGAIN.)

Dude, my MIL informed us that dinner would be such and such time, and I had Mr. S call and say we're having it at my place. I cannot have the same friggin' holiday meal for ALL OF THE HOLIDAYS. Especially when it's Better Homes and Gardens circa 1963. FUCK. EXPLORE.

And the smell of stale urine takes me back... Bwah! Okay, if YOU were cooking, what would you make? (And why don't you two ever have THEM come to YOU?)
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:24 am (UTC)
<-- ahahahahahaha!!!

(there cannot be enough lemon dessert in my life.)

I LOVE FOOD. Sue? I love food. Did you know?
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Isn't that hilarious? I found it on an icon search, so it ain't my personal propitty.

LEMONS. I love the almighty lemon. Every time I have lemonade, I think about the first time Laura had some with Pa, and he let her go back later and have a SECOND sip.
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:47 am (UTC)

I like that there's not a lot of sugar in the filling. (Is the pudding mix sugary?) I'm losing my taste for overly sweet things. Now it's alllll about the dark chocolate, sour lemons, and as always, raspberries.

Unless we're talking banana pudding, because then all bets are off.
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
*pulls out Blueberries For Sal and gets nostalgic*

You know, I used to do that with the kids: you go to the farms (not quite time yet. May's berry pickin' time for us. May - June) and pay two bucks and fill your basket. Not too shabby.

I have the urge to hit the fabric stores and make new pillows. WHY AM I NESTING??
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Apr. 14th, 2006 07:21 am (UTC)
*whimpers* Can I come to your house for dinner? Or better yet, I'll trade you in-laws...lol...

We're having the usual--ham, noodles, salad, rolls...BO-RING!
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:22 am (UTC)
See, that's what the in-laws would be making, but rice or sweet potatoes with nuts (th eboy can't have nuts, she puts them in on rote) instead of noodles.

Which is why I AM COOKING. HEH. *control freak*
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:35 am (UTC)
Going to my parents' house. God only knows what we're having. It's kind of like, Who asked whom first gets to serve the dinner. I just hope it's okay and I don't have to hear too much griping from my beautiful wife.
Apr. 14th, 2006 07:45 am (UTC)

Um... maybe don't read her comments up there, then. ;)
Apr. 14th, 2006 08:22 am (UTC)
Mmmm, that sounds like a WONDERFUL dinner. ::applauds::
Apr. 14th, 2006 08:28 am (UTC)
Mmmmmm, food. How I love thee...

*squishes Sam* Have a great weekend yourself!
Apr. 14th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
I think Mason County Ewe's last lamb is in the freezer at my sister's, and then there's always pig, so probably bbq leg of lamb marinated au greque (garlic, rosemary, lemon, and white wine) and roast ham, both. I'm bringing some sort of salad and rosemary focaccia, maybe, or else some homemade rolls, and something asparagus-ish, possibly steamed with soy and lime and sesame oil.

Easter's not so much about dessert at the family egg hunt, as there's the whole "candy candy everywhere" factor for the kids (including my BIL) and diabetes for about half the adults.

I'm seriously thinking of curried lentils and yoghurt salad for dinner tonight, to appease my husband's impulse to fast on Good Friday and to get the Naan I was nagged into buying at Trader Joe's out of the freezer.

Julia, looking forward to Monday
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
I wish I could convince Mr. S that lamb is better with rosemary, and smoked over coals. Mmmmm. With a crushed pepper rub? YUM.

I'm pretty bad about "Easter baskets" and treats. Mostly because I don't worship or celebrate, and ... I have this thing about monster consumerism on religious holidays, I know, I know.

Naan. Curried lentils or chickpeas. GUH. 'Bout what I had last night, only toss in some jasmati rice.
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
Well, rice, of course, although not for me because it's glycogemic to the max. The only thing about this meal is the stealth fat, as in the four T of butter one fatigues the onion and turmeric in before adding to the cooked lentils.

The summer before I went back for my second BA I lived on curried lentils and home-made chapatis, because it was the cheapest food I could buy and I needed to save as much money as I could for living expenses in Pullman. I'd spent the summer before on cook crew at a dig with four people whose parents had been medical missionaries in Nepal and Northern India, and got a short course in the cuisine.

Julia, avoiding work, because it's 48F and raining out there and I'm so very disinclined
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:41 am (UTC)
Nnnnnguh. I think I know what I'm having for lunch today.

WAIT! Crap. I just realized an avocado I bought is at "make or break" time, so avocado and tomato slices it is. But tomorrow...

Can't you use something aside from cow butter? We bought our house from a Pakistani family, and they left all of their pantry so as to not pack and move it (yay!!) and they used ghee - which, this type was goat? I need to remember better... I do remember it having less fats. (Aw, hell. I'm not a reduced cal person at all. I just make myself exercise harder. I'm no help here.)

And 48F???? Oh, Julia. It's... a bit more than that here. And I got my first yellow rose, and it's surrounded by bluebonnets at its feet. Pics coming when the light is better.
Apr. 14th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
Ghee is clarified butter, is all- sometimes clarified and fermented (which is Nepalese/Tibetan style).

I just have to remember it's there and balance it out with something else. The worst thing about being a diabetic is all the damned math.

Julia, two more layers of clothes to go and I'll be ready to face the day ;(
Apr. 14th, 2006 09:28 am (UTC)
I have no time but I stopped by to tell you I'd eat your brain in a heartbeat. Because the heart continues to beat after to you rip it outta someone's chest.

I'd eat that next.

Looks like meat's back on the menu, boys!
Apr. 14th, 2006 10:28 am (UTC)
Mmm! My brain is seasoned with chipotle, too!

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Apr. 14th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC)
Okay, she BETTER NOT BE COMING. I can't imagine him being that friggin' stupid. I'll be pissed, to say the least. hi, uncomfortable!

(I'm still shaking my head over his last email. Why is our dad so stupid???)

Oh, and should I throw in one more veggie for you? I forgot about the no red meat thing. ...fish? TELL ME.
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Apr. 14th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
HA! I wanted to check out Mars 2112 also! Can't wait to hear about it from you. And you're SUPPOSED to do the touristy things when you go on a trip with kids! That is, until they become jaded and too cool for school and don't want anything to do with their folks/educational stuff anymore.

I'm so excited to hear about your trip when you get back! *fast forwards to next Thursday*
Apr. 14th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC)
I did not cook for the holidays but this is what my sister made:

Chicken soup with matzoh balls
sweet and sour brisket
matzoh stuffing
baked potato souffle
green beans

and for desert

flourless chocolate cake with fresh raspberry sauce
homemade chocolate macaroons
chocolate meringue cookies
vanilla almond meringue cookies
Apr. 14th, 2006 12:18 pm (UTC)
The flourless cake was what I was supposed to attempt yesterday, to see if I could make it happen on Sunday, but alas...

That is one of my most favorite things EVER.

Now. on to the important things. As I hail from the land of the deep pit BBQ, I am completely unaware of this "sweet and sour brisket" of which you speak, and I think I hear Kinky Friedman huffing at me for not knowing... What is this? Got a recipe?

(and yum to the matzoh balls. I miss having those with my neighbor Lisa, who moved back to Brooklyn.)
Apr. 14th, 2006 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'll have to remeber to ask artist!sis. It has raisins in it, that's all I know.
Apr. 14th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)

Brisket? With raisins?

Do you like it? Man, that is so foreign to me. But as I've said: I'll try anything twice (just to make sure.)
Apr. 14th, 2006 03:00 pm (UTC)
It's delish. We also make stuffed cabbage with raisins. It's likely Polish.
Apr. 14th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I bet the cabbage is GOOOD. I like a cabbage dish I've gotten down here with dried cranberries.

(Didn't mean any offense - understand that as a Texan, we're a little fussy with our beef. :D And... my step-mother, while a lovely person, is a horrid cook. She's known to use raisins in place of WINE when cooking. Yes, you read that properly. The mind, she staggers. So I get a bit giggly about raisins in food, is all.)

If you ever get your hands on the recipe and feel like sharing, I would LOVE it. Sweet and sour are two of my fave tastes.
Apr. 14th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Yumm. Now I'm hungry.

We won't have Easter until next weekend, because SO's family is Russian Orthodox. But we'll have pierogi, ham, kielbasa, pashka (this special homemade soft cheese they make), and kulich (Easter bread), and who knows what for dessert. It's always the same except for dessert. Maybe I'll be lucky and they'll have a birthday cake for me. *g*
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
Ooooh! I know NOTHING about Russian Orthodox. Greek Orth., a little as one of my close g-friend's family was, but fascinating!

I know pashka! GLUH. So good. Say "soft cheese" and I'm there with a bib. They had that in Prague and Hungary (almost wrote Hungry.)

Birthday! I'll save your spankings for the appropriate time, then. (pierogis are NUM. Oh, I love food!!)
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
I actually like having Easter dinner with them even though SO's youngest brother has openly called me a heathen at the dinner table. (He's lucky I didn't get up and punch him in the face.) And even though the menu is always the same, it's cool because it's the only time I get to have some of those foods. I actually made pierogi a few weeks ago and it was like pre-Easter without all the crap of the crazy insane religious freak inlaws. (They're not just Orthodox, my MIL is a convert so she's a bit of a zealot. And youngest child is more into it than she is. *sigh*) But the food is worth it once a year. :)
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
Whoa. Heathen? Did you slaughter a second-born goat with a blemish on the dining room table? Or was it that you wore your shoes inside? (Dude, I would have been filled with a furious and righteous Samuel L. Jackson anger, too. My MIL sniffs a lot at me.)

Oh, man. Converts. Or born-agains, if they're in the US Christian faiths. Save me from their zealotry. My background is Mormon - hard core, pioneers that came across the US in 1842 Mormons. I am prayed over often. And my inlaws are... Methodist, now. They shop for churches, but see, the point is they are GOING, Laura. (me)

And the best thing to come out of religion is the food and the music. :D
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:18 pm (UTC)
I grew up with Southern Baptists on my dad's side and 'nothings' on my mom's side. My mom's family are Crow indian/Irish mix and my grandparents had to deal with the whole forced conversion thing so my mom and her siblings are nothing. I'm Wiccan, but the inlaws don't know that which makes the whole heathen thing pretty interesting.

Basically B considers me a heathen because I'm not baptised and I don't believe in his god and Jesus. What I find interesting though is that he's never once asked me what I do believe. I think he just assumes I'm an atheist because I'm not a Christian. I'm not sure he'd consider Wiccan better, but it's just annoying that he doesn't ask. I don't tend to talk about my beliefs with them because they're deeply personal and I don't share such personal things with people who can't respect me.

Apparently a few years ago (when the family was in distress over whether my niece would be baptised Orthodox or get to wait and decide later since her mother is Baptist) the MIL declared that I believe the Bible to be fiction. I wasn't there. My SIL (niece's mom) asked what made MIL think that and she basically said that she was sure I'd said I didn't believe in the Bible. SIL was quick to point out that not believing in it, didn't mean I think it's 'fiction'. And then she asked if MIL believes everything in the Bible to be FACT or if she acknowledges that it's made up of stories for us to learn from. MIL said the Bible is fact. When SIL told me about this, I was just shocked. MIL is well-educated in the sciences and does NOT believe in Creation, so I haven't figured out how she can believe in evolution but consider the Bible to be fact.

Some people just can't be figured out. And that's enough rambling from me today. :)
Apr. 14th, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, ramble away. Onoe of my fave topics of discussion is religion, have spent years studying, learning, etc. all that I could get my hands on about as many different faiths as possible. And... I have a background in Genetics and Biology, so... I believe in chaos firmly and without reservation and in the almighty double helix. :)

Fascinating to me is how so many people who purport to be followers of Christ completely missed out on his message. While I have no belief in any sort of diety, I will say that the Beattitudes are some of the loveliest sentiments put down on paper. Sad that more Christians don't follow the mantra of "do unto others" and "as I have loved you, love one another." There's the addition that apparently got lost of "love one another unless they are _fill in the blank_.

I wonder if they have made decisions about your belief, or lack of, based on your NOT constantly going on and on about the bible, or what have you when you're there with them. I know some about the Wiccan faith, but ultimately, I've found that I like the people who practice it. Mellow, thoughtful, giving people, generally. I support that. :)

(And really? Bible is a fact, huh? Pillar of salt? Man in a giant carp's belly - not harmed by the stomach acids? Whole world covered in water, only 8 people made it out, huh? I'm always astounded by that. But then, I'm down in Dallas, Tx, the buckle of the Bible Belt, so I hear it A LOT.)

last spazz out from me, my mother's fam is Choctaw and Cajun. Shorter and stockier than Crow. Thank goodness I took after my dad's side for height, and mom's for coloring. :D
Apr. 14th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
Matzoh? Never fun :P And gah, several more days of it ahead.

Good dessert for Passover is a challenge(outside of fruit). Replacing flour is usually potato flour or matzoh meal which makes the actual cake rather... Okay, gross is the word. But we discovered making chocolate mousse is rather good and easy and I found the link of the original recipe, so here's a link :)
Apr. 15th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Somehow I missed that bout of evilness post last year. Dude! That's like mega-evil!
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