Monday, January 21, 2013

Weekend Weather, Aging, Ribs Dinner.

snowmanWhat a delightful weekend, weather wise. Its been blowing a gale the whole time which we really know because our apartment block is on a hill so it whistles round the building like a banshee sometime. Sunday morning we woke up to snow, the last lot having virtually gone again. The UK seems to be getting more snow than we are this year. A lot of them seem to be enjoying it and one friend posted a picture of his son and a snowman. Somewhat smaller than we are used to seeing here. Although I don’t think there will be many this big at the moment, not enough snow although did see a few in the last snow fall.

Reading Strange Pegs by Andrew Leon I commented about aging and he replied that Science keeps saying his generation will be the last to die and that by the time his children are adults scientists will have found out how to turn off the aging gene. I wonder if that will really happen, science fiction has been writing about prolonging life for years. If it does happen, they really will have to pull their fingers out and make colonies on the moon and so forth as earth will get over overcrowded pretty quickly. We are doing a pretty good job of overcrowding now, what on earth it will be like in 100 years I dread to think. If I had one wish fulfilled, I would love to come back and see what’s happening in 200 years time, then maybe again in another 200 years. Think I read a story like that once.

Had a fun evening at the Rolled Rib dinner last night. It was, actually, rolled ribsa much nicer event that the pig tails one that we go to every year. The tables were laid with cloths and napkins and we were served everything until the main course. With the rolled ribs they had mashed taties, corn, carrots and squash and, of course, gravy. It was all very good and very filling. There were desserts but we didn’t bother. We did hit a bit of a snow storm on the way over and I think Matt was actually a bit worried about what it would be like driving home. We did have to scrape snow off the car, but the driving wasn’t bad at all. Thank Goodness. They are uncooked in the picture. I can never find out just how you prepare and cook these. They are very good.

Needless to say, we got home in plenty of time for Downton Abbey so I won’t have to pay iTunes to see the current episode.

I used to drink Black or White Russians once upon a time, haven’t had one in years. This is a twist on an old theme. This just reminded me how much I used to like Irish Coffee too.


Contributed by Richard Boccato

  • SERVINGS:Makes 1 DrinkDominicana

    Sasha Petraske taught Richard Boccato this White Russian variation when Boccato worked for him at Milk & Honey. Boccato makes it with Caffé Lolita coffee liqueur.

    1 ounce heavy cream

    1. 1/4 ounce Simple Syrup
    2. Ice
    3. 1 1/2 ounces añejo rum
    4. 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
    1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the cream, Simple Syrup and 1 ice cube. Shake well to aerate the cream and melt the ice.
    2. Fill a pint glass with ice. Add the rum and liqueur; stir well. Strain into a chilled coupe. Spoon the whipped cream on top.

    Have a great day



    1. Ribs and a White Russian variant! What a wonderful evening.

      And this is the third reference to Downton Alley I've seen in the past 24 hours. I haven't seen the show but it looks like something wifey would want to watch together.

      1. Well I didn't drink white russians last night, just wine.

        Trouble is, Downton Abbey is in its 3rd season. However, you can buy/rent from iTunes. Its worth it, great show. Hubby doesn't watch, but sure your wife would enjoy it.

    2. I'd like to be healthy until I die, but I don't want to live forever.

      1. So would I Alex. Not sure about wanting to live forever, would have to be a lot fitter than I presently am.

    3. Maybe we'll see snow at some point this year.

      The heavy cream takes that item right off my list.

      1. Nothing you can substitute?

      2. Are you in the mountains Diane? Not sure exactly where you live. Think Raleigh got a good pasting of snow recently.