I have had a few inquiries recently about Fr. Z’s Kitchen.
Frankly, I haven’t been doing much cooking. The most extravagant thing I have made for myself recently is a grilled cheese (cheddar) on rye. Yum… but not exactly thrilling.
On the other hand, over the weekend a couple priests and I got together for supper (at a restaurant) to celebrate an accomplishment. We returned to the Steam Pipe Distribution Venue for dessert (call it a “movable feast”): one of my Christmas Puddings. I made more than one pudding back when.
I started the pudding a’steaming after noon and whipped up some brandy sauce. All this time I kept alive some holly which one of you readers sent me (from the sad state of New York). Here is the pudding, aflame.
With the pudding I provided the same barleywine which I used in the recipe. The flavors were, as expected, rich and, in some ways, foreign to our modern palates. I can only eat a small amount of this pudding at a time, but I don’t have much of a sweet-tooth: più salato che dolce.
Speaking of which, a friend sent some great Italian sausages, including a hot soppressata, finocchiona, and one called “winter”. I scrounged up some olives and little balls of mozzarella and absorbed it over a few days with a bottle of Carménère.
Shifting gears, I concocted something else a couple days ago. For the first time I did a complete strip down and thorough cleaning of my Glock 19. I also “pimped it out” with some stainless steel parts, including an extended mag release and an extended slide release. The original trigger connector has now been replaced with a 3.5 lbs connector.
I am not convinced I like the look of this, but I do like the extended slide release. The jury is out on the mag release. I may file the corners down a bit to smooth it out. If I get enough done today, perhaps I’ll betake myself to the range and see about this new trigger pull.
In the meantime I continue to have problems with my Springfield XDS .45ACP. It was a good idea at the time, I suppose.
In other news, I am working the next book in the Kydd series Caribbee: A Kydd Sea Adventure. As I have noted before, they are not as good as the Aubrey/Maturin series (what is?), but they are amusing.
And I need also to get at What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide by J. Budziszewski. The author sent it and it is in the stack.
Also, I was recently sent a copy of Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s new book. I have yet to look at it, but in a spirit of solidarity (his involvement with the Patheos crowd notwithstanding) I want to point you to it. He is, as you may know, a convert and married former Protestant minster. Thus, he is one of our rare married priests. With him and his family in mind, I hope you will give his books some consideration. (Less subtly: Buy his books!)
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Someone sent this. Fun.
I am not sure about that “sunny side” editorial bit, but… hey, I’m flexible.