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But since various people asked how to get one's oven door off, apart, and clean and various other people expressed an interest in other stages of stove cleaning, I figured I might as well put it all in one place. So here is: How To Take Your Stove Completely Apart I Mean To Little Tiny Stove-Bits And Get (almost) All The Grunge, Grease, Crap, Corruption, Dust, Decay and General Grossness Out Of, Off Of And Out From Under It In A Full Day Of Hard Labour Give Or Take, or, Seriously People, Stop Making Food That Stuff Gets Everywhere, A Really Quite Lavishly Illustrated Essay )

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What I did a little over a week ago:

Roasted two chickens, one covered in Herbs de Provence and one covered in a red chipotle-flavoured spice rub. Stashed the veggie scraps from the side dishes and the raw chicken necks in a bag in the freezer. Boiled the liver and lights for the corgi. Put the leftover chicken in two ziploc bags in the fridge. Put the unused drippings in a container in the fridge.

What I did tonight, after double checking that everything still felt, smelt, and tasted right and wholesome:

1) Stripped both carcasses.

2) Separated the carcasses, the meat, and the skin.

a) Put the carcasses on to boil with the freezer bag of scraps.

b) Put the skin scraps on to boil in plain water.

c) Cut the meat up and put it aside in the freezer until I was ready for it.

d) Skimmed the top of the stock and the top of the boiling skin for as much fat as I could get, three times each.

e) Put the skimmings in the freezer.

f) Strained the stock, discarded the solids.

g) Strained the water the skin was in, discarded the solids.

h) Took the drippings from the original roasting out of the fridge.

i) Combined the fat from the top of the drippings container with the fat from tonight's skimmings and set it all to melt in a saucepan.

j) Combined the water the skin was cooked in, the dark meat jelly from the drippings jar, and the strained stock to make a strong broth.

k) Thawed one boneless skinless breast and two boneless skinless thighs and chopped them up.

l) Added the raw meat to the broth.

m) Added the previously reserved cooked meat to the broth.

n) Strained the fats through a sieve, then through a double layer of paper towel.

And now I am going to:

3) Put the mostly clean fat in the fridge to fry potatoes, etc in.

4) Put the chicken in broth into single-meal servings in the freezer, so that they can be taken out and used for nearly instant chicken soup/stew/etc, each with whatever spicing, vegetables, and starch the mood of the moment dictates.

5) Do the last of the dishes, then sit back and have a well-earned Wee Dram.

This sounds like a ton of work, I realise, but it's really not. The most onerous parts are stripping the carcasses and working with the fullish stock pot; the rest is more just sort of Lounging Around Reading with regular but short bursts of gentle activity.

And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you really truly did use everything but the cackle.

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Oddities

Nov. 8th, 2011 11:17 am
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Because I've never registered an age with LJ and I don't plan to now, I get a lot of "warning cuts".

And because I have a lot of poly/queer/kinky/slasher/just plain slightly unusual friends who

a) are quite reasonably cautious about running afoul of Ther Man, and so have flagged their ljs
b) lead Decadent Glamorous Orgy-Strewn Civilisation-Destroying Alternative Lifestyles much like my own,

I see a lot of

Subject: Teething, again, plus an excellent cookie recipe, an update on the roof repair, and two pictures of my dog being ridiculously cute.

(You are about to view content that may not be appropriate for minors).[1]

It's sort of a pain in the neck, but it does make me laugh.

[1] This, unlike the links to another journal that people in fic communities used for some reason to label "fake cuts"? Actually IS A Fake Cut. It's not broken. There is no cut. It's all font style settings.

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1) Your life contains:

a) a corgi.

b) a sofa.

c) a wool blanket.

d) a half pound of butter.

e) some cotton underpants.

2) Via a brief and apparently largely harmless stay in the front half of the corgi, the bulk of the butter has been transferred from a plate on the table to the above.

3) You would like to remove the second-hand butter from the above items. Hot water and detergent have made no impression, nor has trying to scrape it off manually, as it just sinks into the fabric.

4) So. Now what?

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Have just observed to [personal profile] kd5mdk that I really have to make "something decent" for supper tomorrow as tonight I'm tired and my hip hurts and Mom and her newly-returned-from-Ottawa housemate are "just getting sausage and beans".

... Yes, that's right, Ladies, Gentlemen and Others:

I am forcing them to struggle through the night with nothing better to eat than free-range-lamb-and-organic-chickpea cassoulet and fresh soda bread. Made from scratch, if you don't mind really good quality canned chickpeas.

I FAIL AT GOOD DAUGHTER FOREVER. THEY WILL HAVE TO DRINK TO DULL THEIR PAIN.

*headdesks into the cutting board*

ETA: OTOH I just cut the soda bread with one of those oddly-shaped medium sized unexplained serrated knives that every kitchen seems to have three or four of, on account of the bread knife being in the dishwasher due to having been used earlier to slice a bun in half or something. Sadly, I got caught doing this.

MOTHER'S KNIFE BLOCK HELL:
Daughter, 41, slices bread with wrong knife AGAIN.


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How to "adopt" the stew shown in the last post:

Toast as many cumin seeds as can be cupped in your palm by tossing them into the bottom of the dry pot and shaking them about until they are a nice deep even brown and smell toasted.

Then add:

One can of diced tomatoes.
One can of chick peas.
One can of black beans.
One zucchini, rough-chopped.

Season with:

As much of Rancho Gordo's Oregano Indio as can be cupped in your palm.
Same of Epazote
A solid dash of Cholula hot sauce.
Dash of pepper.
Salt to taste, being careful to check whether or not the beans are salted - many/most are.
One Chile de Arbole and two bay leaves, all of which you will fish out before serving.

Simmer the stew until people get home and serve it to them with rice, tortillas, cornchips, cornbread, biscuits ...

No cats were roasted in the making of this supper. Not for lack of trying on their part, mind you.

To adopt Squidget-the-cat, or one of his adorable siblings, contact Ther Fabulous Snail.

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How to "adopt" the stew shown in the last post:

Toast as many cumin seeds as can be cupped in your palm by tossing them into the bottom of the dry pot and shaking them about until they are a nice deep even brown and smell toasted.

Then add:

One can of diced tomatoes.
One can of chick peas.
One can of black beans.
One zucchini, rough-chopped.

Season with:

As much of Rancho Gordo's Oregano Indio as can be cupped in your palm.
Same of Epazote
A solid dash of Cholula hot sauce.
Dash of pepper.
Salt to taste, being careful to check whether or not the beans are salted - many/most are.
One Chile de Arbole and two bay leaves, all of which you will fish out before serving.

Simmer the stew until people get home and serve it to them with rice, tortillas, cornchips, cornbread, biscuits ...

No cats were roasted in the making of this supper. Not for lack of trying on their part, mind you.

To adopt Squidget-the-cat, or one of his adorable siblings, contact Ther Fabulous Snail.

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One of these things is for supper tonight. The other is up for adoption. :-)

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Like [personal profile] tenacious_snail:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: you learn something new every day. I don't care what anyone says, this is not always good.
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 14:20:06 -0800
From: [personal profile] commodorified
To: [personal profile] tenacious_snail, [personal profile] pecunium

So. Turmeric stains fiestaware. Research is ongoing wrt safe removal of
same.

International Housewife of FLAIL.

From: [personal profile] tenacious_snail
To: [personal profile] commodorified, [personal profile] pecunium

Make more curry. With an adequate supply of curry, no one will care.

From: [personal profile] commodorified
To: [personal profile] tenacious_snail, [personal profile] pecunium

I love you so much. I wasn't exactly hitting the nonexistent vodka in fear, but yanno. the FIESTAWARE. Ack, Tremble, etc.

Barkeeper's is okay on it?

Also, do you seriously want curry again tonight, or do you just mean in general?

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Under the stove:

Six earplugs, five six, now I come to actually move the stove, glitterballs, two winecorks, one bottlecap, and a dustbunny the size of Iowa. And a small brass nut.

The cats are very pleased. With the dustbunny, obviously :-)

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