so does steve

a harsh punishment


we know China is under pressure over the many scandals regarding food and drug safety that are coming to light.  but this is a harsh punishment indeed:

The disgraced head of China's food and drug agency [Zheng Xiaoyu]
was sentenced to death today amid a wave of consumer safety
scandals that have rippled across the world.

can anyone say "scapegoat" ?    read entire article at The Guardian Unlimited

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fart fart fart fart

it started innocently enough, a beans'n'sausage recipe

which inspired jay to cite a classic.  and raise the bar

however, George Carlin gets the last word on the farting arts:
NOTE: please lower the volume, or use headphones, or listen at home:while not NSFW per se, some may be offended

I don't know why the sound clip is paired with scenes from Thomas the Tank Engine; perhaps to confuse the bots.


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n’awlins red beans and sausage – vegetarian

a couple of months back we went to New Orleans.  my first trip there. it was fun and depressing at once.  I still have hundreds of pictures to sort through: several posts worth.
is true what they say:  NOLA is an eater's paradise.  just not a vegetarian's paradise.  most of my time there I took my nourishment in liquid form.  walking the Quarter with a beer in each hand is a good way to get the spirit of the place.  and our hotel had a nice bar and cool barkeep. 

*ahem* back to the food issue:  the one thing that drove me crazy was the omnipresence of red beans and sausage everywhere. with andouille sausage, natch.  I didn't ask for a vegetarian version as I suspect that may be a fast way to get run out of town.  ;P

I wanted to recreate red beans and sausage at home. so armed with a package of mam papaul's red beans seasoning, I set out to desecrate a cajun classic.

first you get your beans        and                                                                                                         soak'em

the next day the beans look like this.                                                                                     drain'em

let steve inspect'em       

                                               and taste'em      

cover the beans with
water, about 2 inches over the beans

and bring to a boil.  cook at a low boil until beans are soft. ~ 2 hours

now, get onions and sausage

as these are vegetarian, I used boca italian sausages           tasty.

chop the onion

                                                                    and the sausage

add the sausage and onions

to the beans

then, get the seasoning mix 

    and add it to the pot

cook for another 15 minutes or so and serve

don't look like much, but was this ever good!   vegan as prepared.   I suppose rice would be nice, but it was great as is

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