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A little less than a happy high
For I have tasted the Kölsch, and it is good
... and since it's good, it's been racked a second time and will now go in "cold storage" (aka my air-conditioned room) for about a week before bottling.

I've just finished cleaning up after the latest round of the P Amigos Monday barbecue - a tradition that Pete claims is a big "fuck you" to the work week since we insist on extending the weekend for just that one extra day. For the interested, the menu was a quick and dirty North Carolina style 'cue: pork sirloin with a Carolina dry rub, hushpuppies with Carolina vinegar, and cole slaw from Whole Foods (ok, I know what you're thinking, but I can't do everything...) The downstairs neighbor offered the use of his spiffy gas greel, but I'm growing really fond of cooking on Sputnik despite the extra work involved. I jumped the gun a little on the sirloins, but when we finally got them cooked up, man was it good.

Pablo even shook my hand when he left. That's hard core. ^_^

Carolina BBQ Rub by Chuck Ozburn
* 2 tablespoons salt
* 2 tablespoons sugar
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 2 tablespoons ground cumin
* 2 tablespoons chili powder
* 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
* 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
* 1/4 cup paprika

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well; use as a dry rub on beef, chicken, lamb or pork.

North Carolina Hush Puppies by Judy Garnett
* 1 cup cornmeal (ed. I think coarser is better)
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 tablespoon flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon sugar
* 1/2 cup buttermilk
* 1/4 cup water
* 1 beaten egg
* 1/4 onion, finely chopped (optional)

Mix all dry ingredients together. Then add egg, buttermilk, and water. Drop by spoonful into hot oil. Fry to a golden brown. Makes 12-15.

North Carolina Vinegar Sauce
* 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
* 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
* 4 teaspoons black pepper

Place all ingredients in a jar and shake for all you're worth.
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clayrobeson From: clayrobeson Date: July 26th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC) (Link)
Now I have the hungry...
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
So make with the delicious!
From: pipibluestockin Date: July 26th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
hushpuppies with Carolina vinegar

And they complain about what Australians do to the english language...

komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC) (Link)
I've certainly never made that complaint. ^_^

Still, I will concede that talk about regional cuisine can lead to a fair amount of head-scrathing. Hushpuppies are a kind of fried cornmeal dumpling that are fried to a rich golden brown. Basically, they're about as close as you can come to the concept of "batter-fried batter" without crossing the line into ridiculousness.

They're often served with a barbecue "sauce" that consists of nothing more than cider vinegar blended with cayenne and black pepper. It's deceptively simple, and the flavor it brings forward is amazing.

From: pipibluestockin Date: July 26th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, considering the only hushpuppies I have ever enountered are shoes for the feet...

I don't let rip with the rhyming slang too often - it leads to all sorts of confusion:

"do a harold holt" = bolt or run away
(Only makes sense if you know Australia had a prime minister who vanished while swimming one morning. There is actually a Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool - which says it all about our views on politicians.)

"hit the frog and toad" = road

It is all very simple when you know the story or the rhyming sequence, but I have a mate who is so dry and laid back that:

"I am gonna do a harold holt and hit the frog and toad" becomes "I am gonna do a harold and hit the frogger."

Which just makes me ask for a translation of my own language.
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know that "do a harold and hit the frogger" has to become part of my personal lexicon now, right? It's the law (...or something.)
starflow From: starflow Date: July 26th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Agreed. That's brilliant!
From: pipibluestockin Date: July 26th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Or hit the frogger and do a harold.

I know I am, come 6pm this evening :)
komos From: komos Date: July 27th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
You've played Frogger, right?
From: pipibluestockin Date: July 28th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Nope. Still appropriate as Harry the frog is going to end up as crook as rookwood (cemetary).
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Recipes are up now.
hieeee From: hieeee Date: July 26th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC) (Link)


some day, peter . . . i will be graced by your presence. *sigh*
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: *hug*

Really, I'm a part of all of you. ^_^

More seriously, there's very little that's outside of the realm of possibility. I really like discovering places and meeting people.

And aside from that... how've you been?
bushidokelt From: bushidokelt Date: July 26th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
i was impressed by pablo's gesture
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, definite "wow" moment for me. I also enjoyed, "You guys better take those or I'm gonna eat them all..."
starflow From: starflow Date: July 26th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm looking to make corn fritters they way they do at Boss Oyster in Apalach. Love love love!!!
komos From: komos Date: July 26th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Do you have an idea of how they're made? Do they get served with real maple syrup?
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