The time has arrived for the imp stash to be culled, so I've put up a thread on the BPAL forum offering imps for rehoming. If anyone on the f-list is interested in them, let me know!
As the weather gets colder, the yearning for the taste of home grows. I've been cooking comfort foods for dinner, which the SO is quite happy with (he gets his steak/roasts once a week when we visit his parents, so he's happy). Tonight is no different. I found some white radishes at the market and since we had some pork bones in the freezer, I made a hot soup to warm the tummy and numb fingers.
2 handfuls of dried soybeans 1 kg of pork bones 500gms of pork chunks (cheap cuts are fine since you'll be slow cooking/boiling over a long time) 1 large white radish, peeled and cut into chunks 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks A splash of light soysauce Enough water to cover it all
I recommend using a slow cooker for this, but a regular pot will do. It just must be large enough to have the water cover everything. Boil the soybeans and pork bones in water until the soybeans are soft. Skim the bits (usually cooked blood from the bones) that float to the surface of the stock.
Add the pork, radish and carrots and bring the heat down on low. Depending on how large you've cut the chunks, the cooking time may take anywhere from an hour to 3 (that's why I recommend a slow cooker - turn it on and forget about it). Serve hot with rice.
Another family favorite:
It's not really chawanmushi, having a firmer texture. This is my second time making it and I've gotten fewer bubbles in the mix, but still not as soft as I'd like it to be. Anyone with any suggestions? To save time and energy, I chucked this in the rice cooker at the same time as cooking rice for dinner.
We were watching the Melbourne Comedy Festival's Great Debate. The topic was 'Reality is always better on TV' and while it wasn't what I expected, it was funny. We've recorded it, so we can replay the nonsense that is Paul McDermott (host of Good News Week) and Hamish Blake.
Here's Paul McDermott performance on last year's Great Debate - 'Cock On Legs'. You don't wanna be drinking water/coffee/tea, while playing this.