A Cold Friday Night Meal…

…in freakin’ May.

Thanks Al. Tons.

Like many folks on the East Coast my plans of summeresque grilling evaporated, strike that, were washed out by this cold drizzly rain were under. May 24th and it’s in the low 40s. Global Warming my left shoe.

Anyhoo, so I needed to dig into the Warm Me Up Scottie bin:

Firstly, of course, was red wine


I picked this up the other night whilst the Bingleys were enjoyng some burgers with kcruella. It’s about $13 and is a very smooth velvety wine with soft tannins. A few glasses put me in the mood to brown about 1lb of italian sausage and 2 Pamelas (cut into bite-sized strips) in large straight-sided pan


I must herewith confess that I used turkey sausage; with the addition of a couple of teaspoons of fennel seed it worked perfectly fine, plus there’s no grease to drain off.

Once it’s reasonably browned add 3/4 cup each of wild rice and brown rice and a healthy amount of red pepper flakes


and 2 cups chicken stock, 1 1/2 cups white wine and 1/2 cup of water


and 3 cloves of chopped garlic


bring it to a boil then reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 45 minutes or so until the rice is mostly done (remember this is brown rice which takes a lot longer than white rice) during which time you will be studiously ignored by someone who in fact DID get a lot of chicken


a fact which he conveniently forgets

Once the rice is mostly done toss in a pound or so of fresh chopped asparagus


and cover and cook for 10 minutes or so until the asparagus is done but still crisp and eat


with more wine as appropriate, of course.

6 Responses to “A Cold Friday Night Meal…”

  1. David Crawford says:

    What, pray tell, is a “Pamela”? I guess I could try and look it up but I’m taking a break for the holiday.

  2. Julie says:

    Yes, I am very familiar with Claude’s “This is me ignoring you” look… I get it all the time, usually just after my varmints have eaten.

  3. Mr. Bingley says:

    Oh, sorry David! Pamela’s are the rather large over-endowed chicken breasts one gets in stores these days, named after, er, a certain Baywatch actress…

  4. Fausta says:

    There you go, Claude!

  5. David Crawford says:

    Mr. Bingley, glad I didn’t look it up on Google, who knows what pictures would’ve popped up.

  6. Mr. Bingley says:

    Don’t google! Just search here!

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