Thursday, May 30, 2013

Potted Hare

From Inn at the Crossroads food blog:

Elizabethan Potted Hare

A Hare Hashed.
Cut it out in quarters, chine it, and lay it in Clarret, mixed with three parts of water, and parboyl it, then slice the flesh in thin pieces, and lay it on your stew pan, let this be off the Body, but the legs wings, and head whole, almost cover it with some of the liquor it was boyled in, add some Butter, sliced Nutmeg, the juce of Lemon, and a little beaten Ginger, serve it upon sippets, Garnish it with Lemon, and sliced Onion.
-The Whole Duty of a Woman: Or a Guide to the Female Sex, 1696
Our changes: *NOTE* This dish is best prepared a day in advance. Potted meats are basically stewed meat and herb that are ground after stewing and packed into a terrine. So we’ve used the basic recipe for hashed hare and finished it as you would a potted recipe. Also, can we please just take a moment to appreciate the title of the original source? Hilarious.
  • 1 rabbit, cleaned
  • 1 part red wine
  • 3 parts water
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • stick butter, clarified
Cut the rabbit into manageable pieces and place into a large pot. Add one part red wine to three parts water until the meat is covered and simmer until flesh is falling off the bone (several hours).
Strain off liquid and pull all meat from the bone, discarding the bones (what broth is left can be made into a soup — waste not!). Grind down by hand or in a food processor, adding spices, and lemon juice. Pack loosely into a terrine, add a bit of the broth, then pour over with clarified butter to completely seal and coat. Cover with clingfilm and refrigerate for at least one day before eating.

Modern Potted Hare

  • 1 rabbit, cleaned
  • 1/3 lb. smoked slab bacon, cut into lardons
  • 1 pigs trotter, washed
  • 1 onion, peeled and quatered
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 5 thyme sprigs, 1 Tablespoon thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cut rabbit into manageable pieces. Warm a glug of olive oil in a large sauce pan on medium-high heat, and brown rabbit pieces on all sides. Remove rabbit and brown the bacon. Put meat in a casserole dish with the trotter, veg, thyme, bay leaves, wine, and enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer and cover, transfer to the oven and cook for about two hours.
Place sieve over a saucepan, and strain off the liquid. Boil and reduce to a little over one cup. While boiling, pull rabbit meat off the bones and shred into a bowl. Finely chop the bacon, add it to the rabbit as well as the mustard and tablespoon of fresh thyme. Season with salt and pepper and and loosely pack into a terrine.
Pour over the reduced cooking liquid, cool, cover and refrigerate until solid.
Remove from fridge 20 minutes before serving.

And here, hare pie

Burn in hell, Rowan Williams!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

You want to create this perception

The city of D.C. has taken $28 million off people by use of traffic cameras in one three-mile stretch of road.
“You want to create this perception that, at any time in any place, you can be apprehended for running a red light or speeding,” McCartt said.
Actually in this and other contexts, I don't want cultivation of a feeling like that to be the goal of government, and I don't want law enforcement power to be used as a revenue generator.

You will need 2 acres.

How many acres will you need in order to go off the grid?  About 2, according to the Huffington Post.

2 acres is about 44,000 feet, which in a perfect square would be about 210 feet long on each side, in my opinion.  Why am I rounding these numbers rather than being precise in my calculations?  Because math is not a precise science when it comes to acres and square feet and that.  What, not satisfied with my explanation?  Take it up with Obama's Czar for Square Footage Math Inaccuracy Explanations or whatever, and get off my back!  Does everything have to be right all the time? 

Illya Kuryaki: Ula Ula

Monday, May 13, 2013


Derbyshire on Anthony Weiner.  Weiner is a typical professional politician (not unlike Obama):
Weiner had never had any working life outside politics, a thing that always raises my suspicions of a candidate’s character. If you have no other way to support yourself than by chasing votes, who knows what you won’t say or do to stay in the arena? Weiner had never shoveled concrete for a living, or stocked warehouse shelves, or sold haberdashery over a counter, or taught a roomful of fidgeting kids, or proofed newspaper copy, or programmed computers. Having done all those things, and being inclined to self-righteous smugness about my breadwinning versatility, I looked down on the guy as a loser.

It turns out Weiner has brought in close to half a million dollars since Weinergate, for "consulting" "work".

Conservatives behave as though we have a country, America, which is full of citizens, Americans, who share a common heritage and values, and who care about the welfare and future of the country.  Conservatives see themselves, individually, as part of a stream: ancestors are downstream, and descendants are upstream.  This is true whether you're talking about an individual family or, a church, or one's city, or the country as a whole.  Conservatives act on the assumption that all other Americans share their understanding that the proper and natural attitude towards the world, therefore, should be, and is "how do I seek my own advantage in such a way that I, my family, and my country may succeed now and in the future, how do I make my way in this world without making the world a worse place?"

We are ruled by a permanent governing caste including people like Anthony Weiner, Obama, Hillary Clinton, Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, and the countless miniature versions of the same at local levels. 

The media and the government are one and the same.  Rush Limbaugh today detailed the incestuous relationship between Obama and the major MSM outlets:
CBS News president David Rhodes has a brother named Ben who is Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, especially concerning the Middle East. Ben Rhodes wrote Obama's infamous Cairo speech. His brother is the CBS News president. It speaks for itself. Now we know that Ben Rhodes was a key player in revising the Benghazi talking points last September. So does it make perfect sense that his brother would carry the agenda of his brother? His brother at CBS News? 
No brother wants to harm another brother. If your brother's writing Obama's speeches, if your brother is moderating, monitoring and altering the talking points, and you're at CBS News, what you are gonna do, you gonna expose the talking points as fraudulent? No way. Journalism has many more problems than getting it wrong. Because, as I say, honest mistakes can be corrected, like that, I mean, instantly, you can fix it instantly. That's not the problem.  
Try this. The president of ABC News's sister also works for Obama. Ben Sherwood, ABC News president, sister Elizabeth Sherwood Randall, special assistant to Barack Obama. She's also a specialist on the Middle East. CNN's deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, is married to Hillary Clinton's former deputy Tom Nides. Tom Nides was Hillary's deputy secretary of state for management and resources. So it's no wonder that Benghazi, along with every other Obama scandal has been soft peddled by CBS, ABC, and CNN. And of course Obama's close relationship with NBC goes without saying.
The MSM and government are one big interrelated tyrannical entity, working remorselessly against our rights.

If you are favored by the rulers life can be made pretty sweet, and our rulers have shown a willingness and ability to make life miserable for those who oppose the whole corrupt, evil racket.

Look to Sarah Palin to see what happens when a real human being tries to get involved.  (To be sure, Republican handlers get their share of blame for not grasping that her appeal lay precisely in the fact that she was a real person, an advantage they promptly cancelled out by politicianizing her.  And she gets her own share of blame for not being saavy enough to see this was happening and put her foot down to stop it -- indeed, Palin was probably drunk on the same fame and power that Weiner and all the rest live for, so she willingly submitted to the extreme makeover).

What makes the monster tick?  For most, like Weiner, it's purely power.  Gone are the days where being a government employee means you earn a humble paycheck and live modestly, where your attitude is one of gratitude to your employer, the people of the country.  And that's just the millions-strong legion of government employee support staff and professional-level drones who shuffle into their Bureau of Whatever at 10 am, do meetings, have lunch, email memos, plan the holiday party, attend seminars, and shuffle home at 5 pm, and produce nothing.  This vast patronage army depends on Weiner and company, and keeps them in power.

Government dependents -- not just traditional welfare cases, but all those who draw government checks for their livelihood -- passed the tipping point.  We are beyond the point of course correction, because these people will continue voting for checks for themselves.  Weiner and company will continue their end of the bargain, and will live out their lifetimes like viceroys in British India.

Obama, unlike Weiner, is a notable exception, not in it just for personal gain -- although to be sure, Obama's coming to power will give him and his children and grandchildren unlimited access to vast kingly wealth.  Obama is a genuine leftist, who would probably give his life for what he believes in, which is the undoing of the United States as founded and its transformation into something else, in accordance with the marxist and socialist vision that Obama has lived and breathed his whole life.

For the large majority of the rest, it's pure power.  The best way to a good life these days is through government.  Be an employee at even a low level, and it's very hard to get fired, and you make in the high 5 figures or even 6 figures for shuffling in and out of your Bureau of Whatever.  It's even sweeter for the higher ups with the ability to dole out government jobs and distribute to your allies the money stolen at the point of a gun from the productive sector of the country.

That is what conservatives don't get.  "How do I seek my own advantage in such a way that I, my family, and my country may succeed now and in the future, how do I make my way in this world without making the world a worse place?" is from Leave it to Beaver days.  The worldview Mitt Romney grew up living and breathing is an anachronism.

When Democrats and most Republicans mouth words which seem to reflect they believe in the Romney ethos, it's bullshit.  The ruling class does not believe in it, nor do those among the government dependent class who are unable to lie to themselves about the worth of their own "work."

What does a government employee do when they come face to face with the truth that they produce nothing, and in fact are a parasite whose livelihood depends on the blood sucked from the country they authentically care about?  They maybe develop a leftist ideology so they can continue happily raking in the spoils:
Ideology is a process accomplished by the so-called thinker. Consciously, it is true, but with a false consciousness. The real motive forces impelling him remain unknown to him; otherwise it simply would not be an ideological process. Hence he imagines false or apparent motives

Or, he maybe quits his job and says "fuck it, I'll rise or fall on my own merits doing something that actually doesn't contribute, in its own small way, to the downfall of civilization, and bear the consequences."  More likely, the realization never takes place.

Do conservatives not see that our rulers, along with a wide swath of their fellow Americans, have no concern whatsoever for the future of the country, but rather are simply engaged in scrambling to devour what they can of it's carcasse?

Why is there something, rather than nothing? Are moral values relative?  What sets Man apart from the animal kingdom?  What is the purpose of life?  What is beauty? What makes life meaningful?  Is there a God?  In the absence of God is there a moral order?