Lemon - Lime - Kiwi - Coconut - Pineapple Banana - Orange - Raspberry - Cherry - Peach Watermelon - Grape - Strawberry - Passion Fruit Mango -Blueberry - Blackberry - IcyChocolate Cantaloupe - Grapefruit - and more "
NPR : British Sit-Coms' Winning Formula: "Robert Siegel talks with Dr. Helen Pilcher, a molecular neurobiologist and stand-up comedian who specializes in scientific jokes, about her formula for writing hit British TV shows."
- r = recognizability of main char.
- d = main char. delusions of grandeur
- v = verbal wittiness
- f = amount someone falls over
- α = success of any plot or scheme
- ΔS = difference social status highest and lowest char.
Everyone who's had a well-marinated jerk chicken grilled over natural lump charcoal has raved about its complex, slightly spicy, flavor that complements chicken marvelously (especially dark meat — we all know thighs are the best pieces).
Of course, when we made it at Steve & Shane's barbecue and there were a couple middle-aged gay men there, they had to make those uncomfortable sexually-tinged remarks their kind are given to, such as "I want to know which of these young chickens jerked the meat! hee hee hee." I raised my eyebrow witheringly. I think I was also holding a big knife. Anyway, on to the recipes:
- This from GlobalGourmet is probably the closest to what we make. Fresh thyme, either from your garden or from an herb purveyor at the local farmer's market is essential. We also got these marvelous green onions from Nichols Farm that they called "Egyptian Multipliers." They had a powerful onion taste tinged with sweetness and an almost gingery quality.
- Naturally, we consulted several other recipes such as these and more to figure out just what was essential, or not, and to discern what are sort of bastard ingredients like white onions or jalapeños.
"Jerk", it turns out, actually refers to tenderizing the meat and encouraging absorption of the marinade, specifically by poking it all over with a fork. So get yourself a fresh chicken from the market, cut it into pieces, and jerk away. I use about ¼ cup of the rub for a whole chicken. Then, I splash about that same amount or more of adark rum over it and let it marinate at least 4 hours if not up to 48. Although a gas grill is acceptable, nothing tastes quite as good as wood or real wood charcoal. Briquettes, of course, are unacceptable.
- 1kg starchy potatoes such as russets (2.5 pounds)
- 8oz dry spanish chorizo (spicy is extra-tasty)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 teaspoons pimentón (smoked paprika): hungarian would do, but it's not the same thing
- sea salt, to taste
Remove the casing from the chorizo, and dice the onion. Peel and dcut the potatoes into one-inch pieces, preferably by cutting part-way and then angling the knife so as to break the potato.
Sauté the onion in the olive oil for about five minutes, until it is somewhat translucent. Add the chorizo and cook another minute or so.
Add the potatoes, paprika, and salt. Stir all around for a bit and then cover with water about an inch above the potatoes. Simmer until the potatoes are soft. I like to crush a few against the side of the pot to thicken the soup. Serve with good crusty bread and Spanish red wine.
Because we didn't have any interest in actually going inside the Hilton Hotel and convention center where the new International Mister Leather was crowned (belted? chained?), and we didn't see that many of them out on the streets, but I think the official event photos kind of speak for themselves. Enjoy. I think it's interesting – though I don't understand the whole 'leather' thing – that the second runner-up in the pageant is an M.D. from Louisiana. Don't miss the moving speech[.doc] by the winner, which I've posted here because on the official site it's only available in the proprietary Word format.
Mr. Ramrod 2004
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Distinguished judges, leather family and friends:
Tonight, I’d like to share with you what it means to me to be a Leatherman. I dedicate these thoughts to the memory of Robert Davolt, and to all those whom we have loved and lost.
Rope, shackles, dungeon, sling.
Crack the whip or feel the sting,
Safe, consensual, sane and fun,
One for all, or all on one.
Slave’s heart, Master’s will,
Bound in service, forged in steel.
Mentor’s guidance, lover’s care,
Warmth, compassion, always there.
Tom of Finland, Gold Coast Bar,
Old Guard, Harleys, lit cigar.
Soaked in history, drenched in sweat,
Leather Archives won’t forget.
Leather souls, no longer here,
Feel their presence, always near.
Black and blue, white and red,
Leads our battles, drapes our dead.
Tailored hides—my second skin,
But my leather lives within.
Now, as our year comes to a start,
Remember, it’s about the heart!
Cover, gauntlet, harness, glove,
Headspace, heartspace, heartbeat, love.