Archive for October 19th, 2007


Nanner Puddin’

Leave it to the Homesick Texan to cause me to have an uncontrollable craving for real banana pudding. Not the crap you get from a box of Jello. They say that moderation is the key. My ass… I’m eating the whole batch!

Banana Pudding
2 cups of milk
1/3 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of corn starch
1 egg
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
4 bananas, 3 of them cut into thin slices crosswise
24 chocolate cookies (HT’s chocolate cookie recipe is here. Or you can use any other cookie you like.)

1. Place 1 of the bananas on a parchment-paper lined sheet, and roast in the oven at 400 degrees for fifteen minutes or until skin blackens.
3. Remove roasted banana from skin and lightly mash with a fork. Set aside.
2. Place the milk, sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan, mix well with a whisk, and heat on medium, continuously stirring.
3. When liquid comes to a boil, let it boil for 30 seconds, add the mashed banana, and then turn down the heat to low and continue to stir until mixture is thick.
4. Beat the egg in a separate dish with a couple of tablespoons of pudding, and then incorporate egg mixture into pudding.
5. Mix in the vanilla and butter.
6. Remove pudding from heat.
7. You can either make individual pudding cups or one big pudding dish, but here’s the general procedure for assembly: layer some of the sliced bananas and cookies in a dish, and then pour some pudding over bananas and cookies until dish is half full. Repeat layers and then stick some of the cookies on top in a decorative flourish. (Note: a fresh can of aersolized whip cream is a good add, too. But try to restrain yourself from squirting it right into your mouth…)


How Much Coffee Love?

Via Luxist

Got $20,000 to drop on the finest of espresso machines? There were only 100 of these stainless steel Dalek impersonators made by Victoria Arduino (the first one was presented to the Pope dude). A bolier capacity of 12 liters and a power rating of 2600 watts. It weighs in at 86 kilos. No setting for Frappucino…


Strange Booze

Used as a cure all in rural parts of Korea, it’s made by stuffing a hoard of two to three day old mice into a bottle of rice wine and leaving it to stew for, ooh, a good year or so. Rodent sake. How genteel…


Cat Update

As some of you may know from a previous entry, there is now a second cat in my house. There are a whole lot of issues involved with this cat, some of which I am only now discovering. Let’s get this stuff out of the way, first. She’s small and cute and her form of affection, which is often, involves licking. Weird, but cute. Now let’s recount. This around_one_year_old cat belonged to my oldest daughter’s best friend (I could be hip and type ‘BFF’). Best friend is moving back to California and best friend’s mom said no to the cat coming along. I got sucker punched and became the adoption agency for the cat. I said that I wanted to think about it and the next thing I knew, the cat was already in my house with all of my wimmin folk cooing over kitty. Great. I get to be the bad guy and make all of them pissed? Hell no! Did I tell you that the cat’s name is “Kidney”? Stupidist name for a cat, ever… although my neighbor had a cat named “Feces” and that name is right up there.

Kidney gets introduced to the litter pan and both cats seem to share it with no problems and no “mistakes”. So far so good. I ask daughter’s best friend which vet gave her shots and fixed her. Not done. So I now AM the bad guy because I have to stuff the cat into a carrier, put her in a car, take her to the vet, and have her girlie bits cut out, along with the vaccinations. My cats *never* go outside, but you never know. Kidney was significantly less than thrilled with this whole process. Later that evening, I’m actually reading the lab report on Kidney and mutter “Oh crap!” Wifey comes over and I point to the line that states “IN HEAT”. That explains some of the yowling. Once they are in heat, you pretty much have to deal with it, even if the girlie bits are gone.

It’s been about a week since surgery and best I can tell, Kidney is still in heat. How do I know this? Because she keeps on trying to mount our other cat. Yes, even though the girlie bits are gone, Kidney is trying to get a little sumthin’ sumthin’… From Daffodil, our other cat. Daffodil, the female cat, less her own girlie bits. Daffodil, who is less than thrilled about a lesbian feline encounter. Kidney is cute, but not too bright right now, her mind all clouded with kitty hormones. Oh, and Kidney is defective. As affectionate as she is, her purr motor is broken. And this cat did not come with warranty.

I’m still the only male in the house…