Thursday, December 29, 2005

tryptophan redux

When you're all sitting around the table staring at that Thanksgiving/Xmas/insert holiday here turkey you're going to hear about it. "Turkey has a compound that makes you sleepy". But did you know that, according to Wikipedia the wise [sic], tryptophan can make you crazy. Or sane.

"Tryptophan has been implicated as a possible cause of schizophrenia in people who cannot metabolize it properly. When improperly metabolized it creates a waste product in the brain which is toxic and causes hallucinations and delusions. Tryptophan has also been indicated as an aid for schizophrenic patients."

Yeah OK guy.

Last weekend, we were involved (implicated?) in the consumption of four turkeys and two hams, the better portions of which were, for some reason, sent home with us. First, my parents had a good ol' reliable Costco honey-baked ham (yes I love them) for Xmas; my cousins had the same make and model the next day (only they threw it in the oven and dried it out). For dinner at the cousins' place, we employed what I should probably call the turkey turnkey solution; I deep-fried the sucker as I did at Thanksgiving time.

Not the best photo I've ever taken, but some of the b(r)est meat I've ever had. Deep-frying a turkey makes it so damn juicy it's unbelievable. Plus it doesn't get greasy at all, not like fried chicken. Be sure to wear your protective gear when you're performing this particular culinary trick.
The best part of all this food is what happend later. Yeah, yeah, I know the jokes. But for serious; I of course took the ham bones and turkey bones (along with most of their meat) and made some excellent stock. This stock I used to make Tom Yam Goong last night; two days ago E used it to make turkey pot pies that were awesome; and I have enough left in the freezer to last for a long while.

Monday, December 19, 2005

we pinch you with our feet

No, I'm not posting much lately. There hasnt' been a lot to report.

However this last weekend was somewhat interesting. I went crabbing wtih my dad and brother-in-law and came back with six large dungeness, enough for E and I to each have a whole one for dinner that night, prepare loads of crab-laden appetizers for our weekend guests, give enough to my grandparents for their Saturday dinner, and make two heaping crab sandwiches on Sunday! Well, well worth the 35 bucks I paid to go out on the boat ( I didn't even have to pay gas since bro-in-juris was driving ), if you ask me.

Also of note are the truffle and pork crepinettes I got from the fatted calf this weekend. Had them for breakfast, accompanied by poached eggs from our new combo toaster and egg poacher. Indescribably rich and tasty.

More soon.