Thursday, July 25, 2019

Vegage du Jour - 22 July 2019

Ratatouille.
No, not the movie, the dish.

Sure, people make this nice blend of tomatoes, eggplant (or aubergine if you prefer), onions, squash, and all that all the time, so why bother posting about it here?

Ah - simply because it was all done on the grill!

Over varying amounts of direct heat I cooked a whole Japanese eggplant (from the garden), a zucchini (likewise), a yellow squash (ditto), two halves of an onion, and a passle of grape tomatoes (both of these last were store-bought, more's the pity). All had been coated with a bit of canola oil and a dusting of lemon zest before they hit the grill, and as with the tenderloin of a week or so prior, there was a tray with some hickory chips to add a subtle smokiness.

Once each had cooked and been removed from the grill (each at its own time, of course), the eggplant, zucchini, squash, and onion were sliced fairly thinly and uniformly, mixed with the tomatoes (which had collapsed into a near-sauce under the relentless heat) along with a bit of garlic salt and a dash of white balsamic vinegar.

The results were beyond adequate - this was a delicious dish, and one that will be repeated as the garden provides her bounty through these coming weeks and months.

Highly recommended.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Carnage du Jour - 14 July 2019

Pork Tenderloin.
Yes, pork tenderloin again.

As you know, I think it the most versatile of meats, and I've found yet another preparation that was proclaimed to be "probably the best pork I've ever eaten" by Heidi. I think it was right up there with any I've made or had as well.

What did I do that was so different and so successful?
I marinaded the pork in a tub of apricot Greek yogurt with a very healthy dose (perhaps 1t) of ground ginger.
Then it was on the grill with indirect heat and a small tray of hickory chips to add some smoke to the whole process.

The meat was flavourful, juicy, tender, everything one could want from a piece of pork.

I think next time I do this, I'll make a batch of rice with some compatible seasoning (garam masala, perhaps?) and add some caramelized onions, some sultanas (that's golden grapes on this side of the pond), and some pistachios to it. That just seems like the best way to accompany it.

At any rate, this was a delicious new preparation, and it is highly recommended.

Enjoy!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

R.I.P. Leon Redbone

What sad news we've all received!
Leon Redbone has shuffled off this mortal coil at the age of 127 ... or 69 ... or who know what.
Not that it matters how old he might have been - Leon was a man who lived outside of the flow of time, excepting the flow of time in his singing and playing.

I would go on, but he did ask that we not talk about him when he was gone.

He will be well and truly missed.



Friday, January 18, 2019

New Book Alert! - January 2019

Here's a bit of shameless self-promotion.

I've just published a new Bible Study: The 3:16 Journal.
It's available at Lulu, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and probably almost anywhere else you can order a book.

Here's a bit of the Introduction:


The idea for this Journal came to me one day when I realized that 1 John 3:16 (“By this we know love, because he laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”) is a great verse, just like John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”). Let me say right up front that I don’t go in for numerology, nor for “finding” hidden codes in the text or the chapter or verse numbers of the Bible – not at all. In fact, the chapter and verse divisions we use are not a part of the original text. They’ve been put there for the convenience of the reader – the student of the Word – not because the authors set out to have those divisions. Still, I wondered how many other 3:16s might jump out at me, so the idea here, as in any Bible study, is to explore what God is saying to us in His Word, but this time through that perhaps odd lens of 3:16.


The basic format is a quotation of 3:16 from each book in order (from Genesis to Revelation) with a series of questions to guide your journaling.

I hope you'll take a look, and I hope you'll find it a blessing.

Grace & Peace,
Charlie