It’s time for another round of Into It/Over It, the High Altitude Edition. The point of this type of post is to point out a negative and replace it with a positive (and sometimes just point out positives). What does a picture of this awesome-yet-undisclosed location have to do with Gothic anything? If you have ever read any Gothic literature (Frankenstein, The Castle of Otranto, Carmilla, Dracula, et cetera), they can be read as travel journals, with significant chunks of text devoted to describing landscapes and characters’ travels. I re-read Carmilla on a weekend’s camping trip, and the descriptions of Styria (region in modern-day Austria and Slovenia) reminded me of the critical angle of Gothic literature as travel journals.
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When life gives you potatoes and failed curry, make curried mashed potatoes. (Yes, you can mess up making curry, even when you make it all the time.)
Faux Pho: a TC special instead of going out to eat
Yes, I know that “pho,” the Vietnamese noodle soup, does not rhyme with “faux.” This recipe is also hardly authentic. Sue me.
Part II of Cooking with Gas, a series on recipes featuring hard liquor.
If there’s half a cup of water to replace 2 eggs, and the recipe is supposed to have alcohol, then that half cup of water is going to be alcohol. ‘Nuff said. Had I been pulled over while driving to an appointment with The Local Massage Therapist in Arlington, I probably would’ve registered above acceptable blood alcohol content after having a maple bourbon donut this morning. Not that I was driving recklessly–these donuts are just particularly alcoholic. The glaze contains a teaspoon of whiskey and the donuts taste like alcohol, most definitely. They’re good that way. The people who know these things keep telling me the GF alcohol I find is milder than the conventional types. I guess that’s good for me since extremes (salt, sweet, etc.) do a number on me. It was too late last night to figure out an alternate glaze that didn’t involve sugar, but I have ideas and 2/3 of a bottle of Queen Jennie sorghum whiskey with which to experiment. Queen Jennie is named after a bootlegger, and a distillery called Old Sugar makes it in Wisconsin. I had to special order it, after visitng and calling several liquor stores in the DMV region, and a bottle ran me $50. The list of distributors on the Old Sugar website is not accurate.