Thursday, May 24, 2007

A Late Lunch

This is a bit off topic from what I usually write about (soccer and bread), but it's in the food category. Plus, it's sensationalist.

My lunch today, which I'm going to prepare as soon as I'm done writing this, is about as unlikely a meal for this weather as anything. I'm hearkening back to my time in England, actually Ireland more, with a classic plate of:

-Heinz baked beans
-Fried eggs
-Toast with Marmite
-Black pudding

Oh, yes, I got some black pudding and I can hardly wait to eat some. Although it's taken me nearly two weeks to get around to it. Go figure.


Monday, May 7, 2007

Eight a.m. phonecall - Yes!

I bought some cheddar the other day and, not having any pickle in this country, I've decided to try apple butter as a replacement. You may have guessed, if you are wonderful and righteous and an anglophile and I love you forever if you did, that I am in the mood for the perfect late spring meal: the ploughman's sandwich (or just the ploughman's to those in the know).

Mmmmmm, I am reminded of a large pub on a hot day in York, my cheddar to Dan's Cornish yarg, and I've been regretting not ordering the chef's daily choice cheese ever since. Pickled onion there was, and an apple. If only...

But, I was left with my cheese and apple butter (as well as some Spartan apples) without any bread and way too much flour. Thus, I decided to remedy the situation. This afternoon, I made some baps, or are they butties? No, wait, they're cobs. Dang nabbit, they're rolls. What? Not rolls? Sarny, stotty, what are those words you're speaking? The blasted thing is a roll. A ROLL! Do you hear me? Do you understand me? It is a roll, you English tomfoolers with the language of my ancestors. A roll.

Yes, I made rolls, using the last of my whole wheat flour, and they smell delicious, soon to be adorned with thick slices of cheddar cheese, slathered with apple butter, and devoured by one hungry and somewhat anglophilic American.

By the way, I rolled some cumin seeds into one of the rolls (hence why a roll is called a roll, Mr. Braithwaite). I don't know what it'll taste like, since I didn't use any ground cumin and all the seeds seemed to clump together, but it was an idea. Really, it was an ideal, because I'm trying to recapture a fleeting taste of a cumin gouda I had in Notts last spring that made me want to die from ecstasy. I don't think a roll will ever be as amazingly death-inducing and awe-inspiring as a slice of cheese, but it can at least be delicious. I'll let you know how my experiments with flavored breads go, just as soon as la Maquina Roja win the Club World Cup.*


*You don't think I'd actually let an entire post go by during soccer season without mentioning the game I'm currently madly obsessed with?


Although the Fire have yet to win the world, I ate one of the rolls and my, oh, my is it good! Not as sweet as my previous breads, I reduced the sugar because I didn't think it would go well with the cheese and apple butter (and I didn't want the sweetness of the bread overpowering the flavor of the filling). However, I increased the salt and it has made an exciting flavor. I guess you don't need to have sugar in bread for it to be delicious (which I already knew, else explain the French baguette). And with the nice little crust I put on these bad boys, they're practically pub quality (although even the heavy-food-eating English would be find the wholly whole wheat a bit daunting, i.m.h.h.h.h.h.h.o.).

Thursday, May 3, 2007

AC Milan Are Kaka (too easy, too easy)

What about those Rossoneri? Man, alive, I was watching the tie in the caf and there were only a few other people there. After the Seedorf goal, some new guy walked up and he wanted to know who had scored. This guy was talking about Kaka's brilliant one-touch finish and then he said, "And Clarence Seedorf scored. I don't even know how he did it. He was falling over a guy and he just kind of hit it on the bounce... I can't explain it; you have to see it." It really is one of those goals that cannot be explained.

Liverpool are in serious trouble.

Now, to MLS and my previews. I'm going to blow through these because this week still doesn't interest me, as the only match I'll catch is tonight's. I just can't get that excited about teams that I've never seen play and that I won't be able to see play for another two weeks.

The Revs v. DC - 1-2, goals by Twellman and Luciano Emilio, should be good, nationally-televised, I cannot wait to see DC win their first match of the season.

Crew v. KC - 0-2, goals by some new guy and EJ. I like KC, they're my backup team, as in baseball, and EJ should be every child's hero. Besides, KC will be BBQ-powered for this match. (And Onalfo, how good has he been so far?)

Energy Drink v. Fake SL - 3-0, goals by who knows, but with Ellinger finally gone, it's going to be a long road this year and Checketts should be glad the league doesn't have relegation yet (but your day is coming, mediocrity).

Las Naranjas v. Crapids - 0-0, with goals by

The Goats v. DC - 1-2, goals by Razov and Emilio and maybe someone else (Moreno?). Once DC gets the bug, they're going to win a lot, and the bad luck will fall to a Chivas side still reeling from the "SuperClasico," which is about the most ridiculous name MLS has come up with for anything so far.

The Reds v. the Revs - 3-0, this is a very hard one to call, and I'm just falling back on my standby score, but with Mapp questionable and the history (even this season), it's going to be hard for us to get even a point in New England. Expect lots of "graft" and even more fouls than the usual NE game. Is Franchino back yet? (see below)

The game to watch is tonight's ESPN2 match, 'twixt the Revs and DC. I think this match could also decide Sunday's against the Fire: if the Revs are solidly defeated by DC, we'll have an easier time. So, I guess I want DC to win.

Player to watch: Mapp, because his wincing expressions as he sees his team lose with him on the bench should be very entertaining. Here's to his fast recovery. Also: Emilio, Twellman, Dasan Robinson, Joseph and DeRo (to break their slumps).

That's all for now.