One of the many things that apartment-dwelling cooks have to live with is that we often can’t grill whenever we’d like. Some of us may have access to communal grills–as I currently do now. However, ours isn’t always well-maintained so that when I am in the mood to grill, I have to factor in additional time to make sure the grill is as clean as I want before getting started. Or I’m sharing space with someone else and our food is crowding up the grates jockeying for space. Thankfully the trusty grill pan satisfies nearly all needs. There won’t be flames licking at the surface of the food, but it’s a good compromise for achieving the look and cooking method… and you get to do it in air-conditioned comfort!
About the only thing I keep having trouble with is getting that nice cross-hatch grill mark pattern on the food. For some reason, I never turn at quite the right angle, or flip in the right direction and often just settle for the single diagonal stripe approach rather than mess up the look. Sure, the food still tastes great, but sometimes you do want to show off just a little. And last weekend while catching an episode of Essential Pépindevoted to beef, Jacques briefly went through the steps of getting the perfect pattern… in a grill pan!
I’ve seen tricks for quickly peeling a clove at a time, but never for peeling an entire head of garlic at once. When I’ve made Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic, I follow Ina Garten’s suggestion of quickly placing the cloves into boiling water to loosen up the skins, which works, but unless you have asbestos hands, you’re still dealing with a lot of work. I may have to try this method next time… after I find two appropriate bowls, that is.
Adventures in Shaw noted the following story on her twitter account. Apparently the NBC4 anchor said about it, “If you’re a drunk, we have some sad news.” — Hey news anchor… don’t you judge me!
A forklift driver in a Russian vodka factory plows into a shelf that causes a horrible chain reaction:
People viewing the debacle since it was posted on a Russian video-sharing site estimated $175,000 of vodka was trashed. The driver walked away with only a minor leg injury.
I’m not going to lie, I shed a little tear. I have no idea when this actually happened as most “news” sites carrying it only talk about it being on the video site with no more detail beyond that. Still, talk about having your worst day ever.