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I made pot roast for the first time last week and it was, if I do say so myself, extremely delicious: but I think that it may have been even more delicious today, in a sandwich with cheddar cheese, toasted in my toaster oven. Holy shit.

I recently decided to make Gilmore Girls my New Show. Although I am crazy about it, this is turning out to be a questionable decision because Tuesday has become a night of weeping, introspection, and longing for a boyfriend (!). I thought I was going to get away with dry eyes tonight until the very last instant. I exploded. I want a Luke.

Oh my God, Henry is eating the pot roast! He snuck up on it and ate it! He has never eaten people food before in his entire little cat life (except for licking the tuna cans clean, but that doesn't count). I have finally satisfied my housecat! I am an amazing cook!

I must have failed to hide my totally embarrassing Star Trek book in my purse at the grocery store today, because the extremely dorky high school-aged cashier gave me the GODDAMNED VULCAN SALUTE when I left! Jesus, thank God he said "have a good night," if he had thrown me a "live long and prosper" I -- I don't know what I would have done. It made me crack up every time I thought about it on the way home, though, so I guess it was okay. Man, though. Man!


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Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:01 am (UTC)
I am so, so pissed that Stars Hollow isn't real. There isn't a single TV show with people that I actually wish were real so I could chill with? BUT STARS HOLLOW IS THAT. Man. How lame, but it is TRUE.

Also I would like to apply for a Luke as well. Is there a form we have to fill out, or what?
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
I want to be a brunette
But if Stars Hollow were real, I'd have to be friends with Lorelai . . . I don't want to friends with her, I want to BE her!

Good lord that's so pathetic when I write it out.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
brunettes do have more fun
wait, that's not how it goes.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:13 am (UTC)
Please share your recipe, as I am a sucker for a good pot roast.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh man, it was so simple!

Basic Pot Roast

1 clove garlic
1 (3- to 4- pound) piece chuck or rump roast, tied if necessary
1 bay leaf
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive or peanut oil
2 cups chopped onions
1 cup peeled and chopped carrot
1 celery stalk, chopped
1/2 cup red wine or water
1 cup chicken, beef, or vegetable stock, or water

  1. Peel the garlic clove and cut it into tiny slivers; insert the slivers into several spots around the roast, poking holes with a thin-bladed knife. Crumble the bay leaf as finely as you can and mix it with the salt and pepper. Rub the meat all over with this mixture.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a Dutch oven or other heavy pot that can later be covered; brown the roast on all sides, taking your time. Adjust the heat so the meat browns but the fat does not burn. Remove the meat to a platter and add the vegetables to the Dutch oven. Cook them over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until softened and somewhat browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the red wine, and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, until the wine has just about evaporated. Add about half the stock or water, return the roast to the pot, and turn the heat down to very low.
  4. Turn the meat every 15 minutes and cook until it is tender -- a fork will pierce the meat without pushing too hard and the juices will run clear -- about 1.5 to 2.5 hours, but possibly longer if your roast is higher than it is long (very thick roasts may require as long as 4 hours if you keep the heat extremely low). Add a little more stock if the roast appears to be drying out, and unlikely possibility (and a sign that your heat is too high). Do not overcook; when the meat is tender, it is done.
  5. Remove the meat from the pot and keep it warm. Skim the fat from the surface of the remaining juice. Turn the heat to high and cook, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the liquid is thick and almost evaporated. Check for seasoning. Slice the meat and serve it with the pan fries.

    from How to Cook Everything

    Okay, I just copied the recipe word-for-word, but they don't mention covering the stupid pot, which I assume happens when you start cooking the actual roast in step 3. And I didn't prepare the pan juices because a) I and my guests were hungry and b) all of the juices had cooked away anyway! And I didn't have stock and hated to add WATER, ew.

    Good luck! It's such an easy, simple recipe, I was delighted that it came out so well.

    Oh and also I didn't use celery because I don't like celery.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
ARGH! I do not have a dutch oven! I guess I'll have to see if I can find a similar crock pot recipe/modification.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)
Dude, you totally do not need a Dutch oven. I just used my sautee pans (you don't want the pot to be too much bigger than the roast). As long as it has a thick bottom, you're golden.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)
It sounds really yummy. I'll have to try it soon.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:32 am (UTC)
Luke and Lorelai made me "AWWWWW" tonight! TV people just don't DO that to me!!
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Didn't you burst into tears? Why am I the only one who bursts into tears?? There is something wrong with me.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
I wept all over mordicai and pravda myself.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 11:38 pm (UTC)
I hate to break it to you, but there is something wrong with you.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
i want my luke to get out of her sulk already! it is only supposed to last a few episodes!
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
I -- I am not sure if you are speaking literally, or speaking in code!
Mar. 2nd, 2005 01:55 pm (UTC)
no, not either! i was speaking in metaphors! where jenny = luke & her recent depression = luke's sulk! but hers has already lasted more weeks than the real luke's!
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:14 am (UTC)
Live long and smoke one....
...errr not.

Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
Damn. I have been craving pot roast for almost a month now. I may need to go get me a Dutch oven.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 06:02 am (UTC)
You totally don't need a Dutch oven! Just a pot.
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Mar. 2nd, 2005 06:38 am (UTC)
I just don't see people talking to each other like that

That's why I like it! It is, as my friend mordicai likes to say, "chatterlicious". I'd rather watch people be witty and verbose, than speak as real people do.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Do you also like the Aaron Sorkin shows (Sports Night, West Wing)? I love that kind of crazyfast smart banter.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
Oh you got it!!

I liked Dawson's Creek, too. People complained that high school kids don't really talk like that, but good lord, why would I want to listen to realistic high school kids? Ugh!
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
MAN I LOVED THE CREEK! I used to have friends over to watch it every week.

Do you mean The Naked Truth? The one about the tabloid? We watched that, too, but mostly because Tea Leoni is so everlovin hot that it's beyond reason.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
No! Not that one. It was Flying Blind (actually '92, not late 90s) which I have just discovered was only on the air for ONE season. Man, I thought it was at least two . . .
Mar. 2nd, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
PHEW! I didn't actually think the Naked Truth was all that snappy so I'm glad that's not the one you meant. We did watch it, though, because, you know, TEA. I've never seen Flying Blind.

Now I'm really in the mood to watch Sports Night.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
I LOVED that show! Especially the one episode where her Dad shows up and takes the guy out on his plane.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Also that Tea Leoni show that was on in the late nineties.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 01:56 pm (UTC)
that is the whole premise of the show!
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Mar. 2nd, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC)
...gilmore girls has nothing much in common with dawson or oc or 90210 or one tree hill or whatever besides its awful marketing. its really much more like buffy or something; least in terms of dialouge. but gilmore girls definately isn't some teen melodrama- those are violently not my cup of tea. despite its prime-time soap slot, its really quite genreless.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
joss wedon & aaron sorkin- thats the flavour.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Also, I want my own Paris Gellar, event though I haven't seen her since season 2.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not afraid to say I'm a big Gilmore Girls fan ... and so is Tami. That was the show we bonded over in our apartment.

Mar. 2nd, 2005 08:35 pm (UTC)
We accept you, we accept you
one of us, one of us

At least he didn't try to engage you in some Star Trek conversation. Really, slipping in the Vulcan salute was fairly innocuous, especially for a geeky high-school kid talking to a cute girl.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
damn, looks like i'll have to get a dutch oven.
Mar. 2nd, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
I'll kill you one of these days, Fjellanger, I swear I will.
Mar. 3rd, 2005 06:14 am (UTC)
<-- dumbass
Man, I just could not stop laughing when I wrote that.
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