Thursday, September 13, 2007

A pint o' Guinness for what ails ye...

Hey kids,

So I was watching Glutton For Punishment on the Food Network the other night and host Bob Blumer (aka "The Surreal Gourmet") and he accepted the challenge of the "Guinness Diet". The challenge was to consume NOTHING but Guinness and water for 5 days. No foods whatsoever, no other beverages. Even making it more difficult was the fact that he was actually in Dublin among some wonderful food. Making it even more challenging was the fact that one of the members of the Hothouse Flowers that he knew from the music scene (Bob used to manage Jane Siberry) was taunting him with food the entire time. The amazing thing is that Bob did it. Bob Blumer survived on a diet of nothing but Guinness for 5 days! Very cool! Well done, Bob. You are a scholar and a gentleman...

I've noticed this for some time and brought it up to friends a couple weeks ago and they couldn't seem to come up with a logical answer...why do they show pro-wrestling on the SciFi Channel? I was flipping channels again last night and they were showing pro-wrestling. What's the deal? I understand that pro-wrestling is fiction, but science fiction? And what's the deal with pro-poker on the Travel Channel? I understand that that's where it got its TV start and that they travel the world, but why still?

I watched Hot Fuzz (pretty funny, but no Shaun of the Dead) and The Illusionist (okay). Nothing very exciting, but that's kinda cool on a week off. Tonight is Giovanni's. Woo hoo!

My Top 14 Comfort Foods
Mashed Potatoes (any style will do, but I'm a big fan of skin-on)
Macaroni and Cheese (NOT the crap out of a box!)
Potato and Leek Soup (perhaps the ultimate comfort food)
Braised Beef Short Ribs
Ramke (I don't know the spelling. It's a potato and bacon dish that my mom makes.)
Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies (Is there anything better?)
Thanksgiving Stuffing/Dressing
Chili (Bring it on!)
Green Bean Casserole (with mushroom soup and fried onions of course)
Pancakes (Stack them high and watch them fly!)
Split Pea Soup
Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Deluxe though. Definitely sourdough bread and a good cheese like Gruyere or Emmentaler.)
Guinness (It's not technically a food...sue me!)
Schinkenbrot (Thinly sliced good quality ham like Schinkenspeck, Proscuitto di Parma, or a good Black Forest style ham on a hard Swiss roll with butter and nothing else. Heaven!)

The perfect comfort meal may be potato and leek soup as a starter, braised short ribs, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole as an entree, and warm chocolate chip cookies for dessert...

Random Poll-
What are your favorite comfort foods?




Blogger Glen said...

My comfort foods....

Mashed Potatoes
Warm Breads
Peanut Butter and Jelly with 3 pieces of bread
Scrambled eggs with cheese
Oatmeal cookies
Cheese pizza
Mac & cheese- thicker = better
Really good peaches, not the pulpy ones

5:10 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I'm right there with you on mashed potatoes. Skin on, garlic boiled with the potatoes and mashed up with. I had been wanting mashed potatoes for months, and finally got to the store a couple of weeks ago, so I've been ODing on mashed potatoes.

My mom's potato salad, also her mac & cheese like she made it back when I was a kid. She makes it with too much cheese now.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous joanne said...

Happy Bday dude!

12:48 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

"Fresh mashed potatoes for all my men!"

Joanne- Happy birthday too dudette!

1:02 PM  
Blogger j.elliot said...

one starving musician came by to say: -grilled cheese/tomato soup
-bread and some good ricotta cheese
-carrots and peanut butter
-a big bold glass of cabernet.

in a pinch, i'll take the last one over all the rest.


2:15 PM  

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