I am sure everyone is a little worn out from bad news. So, no posts about the administration that couldn't organize an orgy at an Ibiza rave. I don't really have anything to say to those people for whom ideology trumps evidence. Instead, food! When I am stressed out, I cook. Yesterday I made cornbread pancakes, chicken and sausage jambalaya, and Key lime pie. (And now you see why I work out like a sonofabitch.) The pancakes used a Jiffy cornbread mix, so no recipe. The jambalaya was sort of like Belle Waring's Red Rice recipe, except I only had one strip of bacon, so I fried that and put in two tablespoons of butter in the grease. Then I sauteed about 400 grams of chicken thigh meat before putting the vegetables in. I chopped four stalks of celery instead of just one, and instead of a carrot, a seeded and diced green bell pepper. I also threw in a few cloves of chopped garlic and some chopped parsley. Some olive oil too.
I sauteed until the onions were clear, and added about 400 grams of sliced kielbasa and about one and a half cups of long-grain rice, and stirred it until all the grains of rice were coated with oil and were looking clearish. Some salt. Screw hypertension! I poured the mixture into a pot and added maybe 3 cups of tomato juice. Some squirts of Lea & Perrin's (Worchestershire sauce). Stirred it up -- you want a larger pot for this, I'd underestimated the size, and it was nearly to the brim -- brought it to a boil, covered it and let it simmer. I haven't tried Belle's magic Carolina Rice Cooker, but I stirred this every few minutes to prevent it from sticking and burning; and I added some extra tomato juice and hot water twice when it was getting dry. It's done when the rice is cooked and the fluid absorbed. If you want it spicy hot, Tabasco sauce &/or a sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Feeds one hungry bachelor trencherman two meals; makes great leftovers. And the pie! This is so easy. The juice of three limes, three eggs, and a can (400 g) of condensed milk. Mix well. If you're squeamish about curdling, add the eggs to the lime juice first. Pour that into a pie crust -- and now that I have the space, I can make them from scratch, yeah! although I didn't here -- and bake at 350 F / 175 C for about 20 minutes, until the custard sets and the crust turns brown. Let it cool. Put on the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and give some more cash to the American Red Cross. Live.