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Dinner tonight was So Full Of Wrong and yet ultimately so good. The killer main dish consisted of "costolette a scottadito," lambchops (DEFRA's autumnal gift to the bargain hunting English carnivore) prepared in a simple fashion (only three ingredients besides the meat), as below:

Brush the lamb chops with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Let stand 15 minutes.
Heat up broiler to high.
Broil lamb one minute on each side.

Yum. PERFECT! It was rarer than I would normally eat my meat but so tender I didn't mind. (The recipe was from the Silver Spoon, which I was inspired to get after seeing a copy show up as a birthday present for butterbee two years back. It's pure yum, all 1250 pages.)

The bad came in with the other things. I decided to make tortellini in broth as a side dish, using the cute tiny things I picked up from Borough Market, but the broth I used turned out to be leftover watery gravy from making chicken and dumplings some time back (left in the freezer all this time, don't you know). It was delicious. The vegetables, well, I was doing well with the organic yellow pepper and zucchini, fried in olive oil with a little garlic for flavoring (okay, maybe it was a whole head and a large one at that), and saying goodbye to my basil plant was a natural. But my EVIL GENIUS took hold and I pulled some frozen potato and ham croquettes out of their icy lair, baked them up (while the lamb was marinating and the lower oven was heating up and the broth was thawing), and tossed them in with the other healthy stuff. DEEE-LISH.

Anyway, I'm pretty full now. And yes, this was the highlight of my day. I make myself happy.

Uh, let's see. At Tango Foxtrot today, I went to the corporate overlord (Romeo Alpha)'s big New Employee Orientation event today. I have to say, hearing them say in front of a room full of attention, "We want to call attention to RBI's commitment to training and development" was music to my ears. What a contrast this formed with my previous employer, especially since I was, what, two minutes late to the start because I had to nip out to the loo before it started. This time there was no Rorie Devine, CTO and head monkey, chewing me out in front of a room full of my peers, because I am now working for PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEIR A** from a hole in the ground, as my dear departed mother would have said. Yay for that.

Highlight of orientation: going to charity sale onsite and picking up a pretty cotton dress with a rose print on it for a quid. (Sorry, that's just the part that I liked. Getting rained on on the way there didn't get things off to a good start and it was a long ride down south.)

I'm getting my schedule together for next month but since the two people who use it the most are on Google, I'm not going to post it here. Suffice it to say Phillip Glass/Leonard Cohen is too expensive for me, the Peter Brook Brecht plays are sold out, and nobody here is willing to go to Butoh with me besides shadowdaddy, but that kind of explains why we're married, doesn't it? And despite all of these obstacles, I've still got six things scheduled for next month, not including several parties and a day in the Cotswolds. No wonder I'm home doing nothing tonight; I need to catch my breath!

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hieroglyphe
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
God, I eat absolute shit compared to you. Then again, that may have something to do with the fact that my cookery skills are pretty much non existent.
webcowgirl
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
*laughs her head off*
You should read this article, it can really pick up what you cook: 101 Simple Meals Ready in 10 Minutes or Less. It's so much better than this book of English quick cookery - give it a try!

I should mention having more than one person to cook for has really made a difference. I also had two or people gang together and teach me how to cook some new things about 15 years ago and my cooking has improved a lot since them. Try this recipe on - it's not too hard and very tasty, just add rice and naan.

Note I still can't make pizza or pad thai, so I'm at the restaurants' mercy for many of my favorites!
poh
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC)
Silver Spoon. Power. Owns.
webcowgirl
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Silver spoon in your mouth, indeed
It's the shit.

Sure wish you were coming over for Thanksgiving this year. I mean, it's one thing to have turkey day in my house and another to have it together, knamean?
poh
Sep. 24th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Silver spoon in your mouth, indeed
Indeed! I'm totally rocking out Cyra's copy of that book.

Awwwwwwwww! I'm not messin' with bunny dishes this year though. Those little turds are more trouble than it's worth.
souldier_blue
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Leonard Cohen??? Where, when??
webcowgirl
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
The Barbican. I choked at the ticket price and now it's sold out.
souldier_blue
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
Arse and feck. I would definitely have wanted to go to that. Hum.
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