Archive for October, 2009

General update & movie miscellania

Posted in rants on October 26, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

I’m sitting here sorely typing on Charles’ laptop after spending yesterday afternoon shooting more of the film, so now my freshly shaved pate is covered with a fresh batch of bruises.  Only one scene left to go.

Still sadly unemployed & the accompanying crushing depression, I officially spent my first night awake worrying about bills.  I’m still looking but we all know how bad things are right now.

Even typing this out takes herculean effort.   I wish I could take advantage of the time for creative ventures but I’m just not feeling it.  It’s the usual catch 22; when you have to work a full time job you have all the ideas to do stuff & no time, when you have the time you’re too busy being depressed.

Well back to the want ads, wish me luck.

Oh, and Shu found a cool leather desk chair someone was throwing out so we added it to our sitatorum.  Place your bet on how long it lasts between the cats & kids since my home is one of the 1000 Chinese hells for furniture.

That’s right it’s a “Big Trouble in Little China” reference.  For some reason we saw it on VHS in school several times for some reason; I have a very clear memory of this for some reason…

Shu’s delicious curried chicken salad casserole

Posted in Food on October 21, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

I’m starting to feel that I might just be the interweb’s formost athority on what to do with leftover chicken salad (though it’d be a great vehicle if there’s a sale on canned chicken or whatnot), but this dish that shu threw together was ridiculously good.  For the rice you can use just about anything, it’s a great way to use up leftover fried rice frome take out or even “Rice a Roni” type things.  Hey we’re on a budget and have 3 kids so it’s no holds barred when it comes to feeding them.

Ingredients:

Roughly 2 pints of seasoned rice (Dirty Rice mix works great, yellow rice I think would be ideal, check your fridge & see what’s there)

1 smallish onion diced

4 cloves of diced (or pressed) garlic

a few teaspoons of olive oil

hot sauce & chilis to taste

sympathy for me because I cut off my fingertip the other day and it stings to type (optional)

3 or 4 diced carrots

a cup of water

3 tablespoons of curry powder

1 tablespoon cumin

2 tablespoons ground ginger

1 can coconut mild

a pound or so of prepared chicken salad (any old recipie will do; Shu works at a Mom & Pop diner so there is a ton left on fridays so use your favorite recipie)

a few coarsely crumbled matzohs or other crackers (check your pantry and be determined not to leave the house you’ll be fine)

You start by grabbing a pot that is equally comfortable in the oven or on range ( this will make the last step easier) then sweating the onions garlic & carrot then add a cup or so of water and the “seasoned rice” and simmer for a few minutes, then mix in the coconut milk, chicken salad and seasonings  while continuing to simmer for a few more minutes.  When the mix looks about right top with the coarsely crumbled crackers and bake at 350 degrees Faherenheight for a half hour.  There you go another simple & inexpensive dish that really tastes great.  I hope you enjoy it.

dom’s Shortcut cornmeal crepes with sardines, hummos & tomatoes

Posted in Food on October 21, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

This dish came from one of my crepe brunches first explored here:  https://kingbiscuitpants.wordpress.com/2009/02/27/doms-shortcut-crepes-crepes-with-ham-swiss-sweet-potato-hash/   and my family’s fondness for sardines.  It’s essentially a riff on Sicilian polenta with tonatto sauce, the hummus isn’t traditional but adds a wonderful depth of flavor.  Like any of my crepe dishes it’s really quite easy and if you dress it up you could charge $20 bucks a plate.   This would be a perfect addition to any tapas party.

For shortcut  corn crepes,

Ingredients,

10 in this case CORN  tortillas (yes tortillas I swear this works great if you’ve more questions hit the link above)

1 cup of half & half

3 eggs

3 tablespoons or so grape seed or soy oil

This is simple as anything, briefly soak the tortillas in the throughly whisked mixture of eggs & half & half, then throw on a hot skillet throughly greased with any high smoke point oil (i prefer grape seed oil) on both sides. That’s it perfect crepes every time.   Now that we have the Crepes finished lets get to the filling.

3 cans of sardines (you can use the sardines in tomato if you are feeling a touch lazy)

8 ounces of tomato sauce (https://kingbiscuitpants.wordpress.com/2009/02/22/marinara-manifesto/)

or a can of stewed diced tomatos

1 container of prepared hummos or make your own from scratch, this time I admit that I used store bought hummus but Shu makes a great one I just haven’t gotten the recipie written down yet.

For the filling it’s very simple: first spread hummus liberally on the inside of cooked cornmeal tortilla crepes, breifly sautee the sardines (liquid in can as well) with the tomato sauce or diced tomato and spoon an equally liberal amount of the sardine mixture into the crepe and fold.  That’s it but it will pass for haute cuisine if you dress up the plate.  We all enjoyed the dish and we hope you all out there in interweb land enjoy it as well.   Now back to my online job hunt.

dom’s creamy carrot ragut with chicken & ginger

Posted in Food on October 17, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

This was yet another of my exploitations of leftover & giveaway ingredients.  This week Shu & I were given around 3 pounds of diced carrots as well as about 2 pounds of chicken breast so this is what I came up with and it was a delicious success and a plesant change.  Please forgive any typos & my brevity since i accidentally sliced off one of my fingertips while making this…The lesson is never yell at your children while using a mandoline.

Ingredients:

3 pounds diced carrots

a few hefty shakes of worstishire

6 tablespoons of olive oil

2 large onions

4 entire scallions diced (if you don’t have scallions toss in another onion)

3 tablespoons of dried basil

4 bay leaves

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cumin

12 oz lager beer

8 ounces regular ginger ale soda

3 tablespoons of pepper

1 teaspoon mustard powder or a squirt of mustard

3 tablespoons of paprika

4 stalks of celery diced

4 cloves of diced garlic

2 pounds diced chicken (raw or cooked)

salt to taste

1 pint heavy cream

To make is fairly easy first take a large stock pot and add the olive oil and get to medium high heat, toss in the carrots, ginger ale and lager and simmer for about 7 minutes, then add the onions and all the ingredients other than the chicken & the cream & allow to simmer on medium until the carrots begin to get soft stirring frequently.

Once the carrots have softened add the chicken & cream (or half & half) and simmer until chicken chunks are beginning to fall apart, then serve over pasta of your choice, I personally reccomend egg noodles.

wish me luck on the job hunt.

dom

Unemployed, TV broken , just accidentally cut off top of fingertip

Posted in failure, rants on October 17, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

That is my life at the moment, the latest shithole I worked at just went under, yadda yadda you read the headline.  So I sit here awkwardly typing with my right index finger essentially held togther with Crazy Glue (bandaids are useless real men glue their deep lacerations and then pour salt in their eyes wile singing pirate shantys) kowing with dubious comfort that losing this job was not my fault whatsoever.

On the upside I created a fantastic dish today: a creamy carrot ragut with chicken & ginger that I’ll be typing out relatuvely soon of course my computer is still defunct so I’m still using my son’s laptop (thanks charles) whenever I can.  As for employment I’ll do what I did last time, make a job out of finding a job which entails filling out applications & sending out resumes at least 6 hours a day.

Wish me luck  lummoxcateers or better yet send me cash.

a crisis of imagingation

Posted in rants on October 14, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

That seems to be the case right now.  Even my dreams as of late are either here at work or at restaurant depot or home. 

My daily routine starts at 5:30 am when I drive Charles to school, hustle back to get the kids to scdhool, If I’m lucky take a half hour to myself (assuming I have no special projects at work) then work till 7pmish and home, dinner and almost immediately after….exhausted sleep.

It’s the same sort of dead, exhausting routine that killed my dad.\Nothing to look forward to, no time to enjoy what I make (as if there is surplus over bills), just work, strained familial relations & unconciousness….  there has to be something more than this.

Even work has no satisfaction as the owner now demands dramatic success & income after I’ve been there less than a month during a season that has dropped better restaurants than us by far like like flies

It’s a crisis of imagination since I can’t seem to imagine other than this…. 

I’m probably just way overworked, even my few days off are pestered by calls & now we are about to stay open till 3am on friday & saturday…  More grief, I hope it’s worth it.   At least Shu & the kids are bieng taken care of.

the Ides of March

Posted in rants on October 8, 2009 by kingbiscuitpants

Had two telling moments in the past 2 days that have me more than a bit nervous about my job security.

Yesterday the fire inspector stopped by, as is his duty every 3 months in this county, & with a chuckle he handed me the paperwork that showed that we passed.  I asked him what was so funny & he told me he’d been doing the inspetions since the place opened and he had never seeen the same manager twice.

So apparently they have a tendency to go through managers (and all accompanying staff) every 3 months…  Interesting.

The second moment was when I was begging a nearby restaurant to make change (since like an ass I forgot to go to the bank this morning) and as they were obliging me I noticed their $5.99 lunch special (same price as ours) and foundmyself honestly thinking  “Oh man, that looks good.  I can’t wait till I can save up & try it.”

Jesus Harold Christ!  A 6 frickkin’ dollar lunch is something I have to FUCKING SAVE UP FOR!???!?!  What the fuck has happened to the economy?  I clearly remember in my early 20’s the 3 martini and an entree lunches at Brassiere Max (a much missed restaurant that was in a mall I worked in many years ago) that I had after ACTUALLY BUYING 3 OR 4 CD’S at the record store that I didn’t think twice about; but now a reasonably priced lunch special is something that I actually have to plan and save for.  

 Shit, I’m sick of this.