Thursday, June 01, 2006

Chef Pablo's Friday Goulash

A Weekly Cleaning Of The 'Fridge
This hopes to be the first among a long line of successive Friday posts, cleaning out the week's 'fridge, so to speak. As I went to culinary school and raised my family, we tried lots of food all week long in the name of educational exploration, and at the end of the week, whatever was left was creatively stirred into one brilliant and diverse dish for the weekend, welcome to Goulash!
Not to be confused with random acts of foodness, there should always be a structure for Goulash. A minimum of one "Meat", "Vegetables" the more the merrier, a single "Starch" (never overload your guests with double starch, it just isn't right!), and an optional dessert or two depending on just how good the kids were that week! Bon apetit!, and expect a few slings in Spanish as well, although I promise not to sing the anthem or any other songs as I cook, not sing, that's me.

"nuff said, let's go!

Meat 1; World powers agree on incentives for Iran in bid to resolve nuclear dispute

This ambiguous claim poses all five Security Council members in alignment with Germany to reach a compromise with Iran on its "Nukleeer proliberationisn", The main scenario in this latest effort by Bushco puts the weight squarely on Russia's most benevolent shoulders, as the keeper of the gate so to speak, whereby Russia would be in charge of the refinement process of uranium. Hmmm, fox watching the henhouse, well at least it ain't war!

Meat 2, well at least a bacon additive I guess...N.Y. Steamed Over Terror Fund Cutbacks

At first glance, I'm not sure if I'm more tickled at the riotous claims that New York has no landmarks left, or downright appalled at the New York state of mind that "We are, therefore we should!" Is our new terror color coded level system nothing more than a new system of entitlements? Or is our present government really so ridiculously stupid as to believe that New York City is in the clear in regards to terrorism? This is one that I think will fester for a few weeks folks, stay tuned. (NOTE: it is normally best to throw leftover meat out after one reheating, unfortunately our lawmaking sous chefs are probably going to ignore this rule of thumb, so look out for tomorrow's soup!!!)

Veggie 1, Arnold caves to the "Caveman"...Schwarzenegger to Order Troops to Border By AARON C. DAVIS
Arnie held out for a while, quite admirably I might note, but succumbed in the end to Bush pressure on the border deployment. I do like his included withdrawal deadline of 12/ 08 though, it's a start to the end at least.

Veggie 2, an exotic variety at that...Bush Admin. Wants to Cut Meth Use 15 Pct.
From Associated Press

See now, I am not even sure how to weight in on this one. Less than 2/10's of one percent of the population in America uses this according to administration figures, yet we are making this a national interest case of international grave importance? We can't spend this money on Hurricane recovery or combat veteran compensation or something?

Since we've all been good kiddies this week, a couple of desserts are in order! First on the Pastry cart is this one...Bush to Back Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

The Boy King is really high stepping on this one, you can hear the goose stepped boots stomping the avenue from here. He actually plans to cater a Monday Senate vote on the cause that is dear to his conservative backers. Tell me again how this plays into the possible resurrection of the flamed and famed Republican Party to fizzle and burn so desperately, can you spell R.E.P.E.A.L ?

And my favorite sorbet of all for the week, Dessert 2...Duck X-Ray Reveals 'Alien Head', sounds like an old Bush Family recipe.

CORDELIA, Calif. - The International Bird Rescue Research Center in Cordelia plans to raise funds with an unusual duck X-ray. The bird came in with a broken wing, but when Marie Travers, assistant manager of the center, radiographed the duck, she was stunned to see a very clear image of what appeared to be the face, or head, of an extraterrestrial alien in the bird's stomach...the center has come up with a way to turn its alien encounter into a fundraiser for the center. It will auction off the X-ray on eBay.

Which brings me to a thought, when dealing with dishes in a culinary environment that receive less than a favorable fanfare, it is often considered best to make a soup of them for a second life, but in light of this duck's fame and fate, what say we just put Poor George II up for auction on eBay as an oddity? Surely he could keep the alien bowel company?

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