In an earlier post, I affirmed my love of country. I think honorable men should love God, family and country.
Today I love America also because of this.
Last night at the parish we had a BBQ with a large group of men in part for one of the guys – in the Air Force – who is being deployed again (5th time?) to Jihadistan. Yes, wife and little kids. He’s stoic.
One of the bonus of getting together with men only is that the FFLF* doesn’t figure. Therefore, we can have food that goes straight to the Left Anterior Descending.
Behold: Bacon Pie.
Cheese is not excluded.
The evening also included cigars and pipes and pints. This cigar was given to me by one of the Swiss Guard on the evening of my 25th Jubilee supper in Rome. Thanks!
Meanwhile, on Friday my market has fishy things on sale. I got some mussels at $3.95/lbs and made them with white wine, garlic, green onions, herbes de provence, tomatoes.
This is easy, if you have never prepared them. I keep them in the fridge until I need to work with them. Then I fill a large pot with water and put them in: they tend to open and let go of sand and some seaweed. Meanwhile, in a pot or pan that that you can cover with a lid that seals well, put a little white wine, and some veg like I mentioned, perhaps a dash of Pernod. Turn the heat up so that you have a boil and then put the mussels in and cover it. They will open fast. Don’t overcook them. You can sprinkle some parsley for flaver and personality. Turn the whole batch into a large bowl and have a bowl for discarded shells. Don’t try to eat the mussels that don’t open. You can use connected shell halves like tweezers to eat the others. Having some good bread to soak up the broth is not a bad idea.
I roasted another bronzino and used as a garnish some of the veg and broth from the mussels. Yum.
See? Bacon pie and cigars and healthy fish. Right?
*FFLF – Female Fun Limitation Factor, defined as that effect produced on one or more males having fun when a female of any age asks in that special tone of voice, “Do you really think you should be doing that?”, and in all its variations, especially through The Look and other non-verbal signals.