I find myself at peace this Christmas. It has been a good year. I am married to a great person. Friends are coming for Christmas dinner. I am as healthy as an old fat guy can be.
It makes me think of many who don’t have shelter, fine food or even hope. May we reach out a hand to those who need it.
To all of you, I wish a Christmas of good food, much love and great joy.
To my friends who do not celebrate Christmas, I wish you peace and contentment now and for the New Year.
I thank everyone for being part of my wonderful world.
The Old Fat Guy
She Who Must Be Obeyed loves me. That is a good thing, mostly. The first problem is she wanted grilled burgers. What the heck. It is only minus 10 and she is nice to me. I am willing to don my toque and brave the elements for the woman I love.
Next, in an attempt to keep me healthy, she buys extra lean ground beef. The problem is, burgers need some fat or they are dry and not very appetizing. This is exacerbated by the need to cook burgers thoroughly to prevent Ecoli poisoning. Sigh, what to do? Continue reading Moist Burgers
Mincemeat tarts are a tradition around here. There is no buying of ready made tart shells or canned mincemeat. The are made with pastry from the recipe on the back of the Tenderflake Lard box. It is the best pastry I know of and is worth the effort. Continue reading Mincemeat Tarts
I am always looking for new ways to use my sourdough starter. I wanted to do a sweet muffin so I converted a recipe from the Kelloggs www.allbran.ca site, Harvest Apple Muffins. I reduced the flour and milk and added a cup of sourdough starter. Continue reading Sourdough Harvest Apple Muffins
Sometimes you just have to go back to the basics. Steak and potatoes are about as basic as you can get. I did kick it up a bit by marinating the steak, adding some onions and bacon to the baked potatoes and cooking it on my pellet smoker but it was still just my old favourite. Continue reading Steak and Potatoes
I really like baking with sourdough. However, it has the downside of needing to be fed once a week. That means taking starter out and refilling the starter with more flour and water. What do you do with the extra starter? I really like cheese muffins so I decided to try and make a sourdough version with the sourdough starter I removed. Continue reading Sourdough Cheese Muffins
Christmas is coming and many people cook a turkey. If your house is anything like mine, that means having to deal with leftover turkey. This recipe uses left over chicken or turkey in a different way. It is so good it is worth cooking chicken just to make it. Also, it is very quick and easy. Continue reading Cacciatore Casserole
My picture of Baked Spaghetti was published in the Vancouver Sun and Province today. See http://vancouver.gastropost.com/newspaper.
There are some things you should have around just in case you need them. Marinara Sauce is one of those things. You can freeze it and then bring it out to make pasta in hurry or as a base for so many recipes. Continue reading Marinara Sauce
I am a Canadian. I drink tea. It is Christmas. It is time to bring the Christmas Teapot out. She Who Must Be Obeyed doesn’t care for it but I like it. You can’t trust her tastes. She married me.
Old Fat Guy