4 Nov 2000 matman   » (Observer)

My friend, Mike, until recently a vegetarian, is a carnavore.

This is the meat consumption weekend. My girlfriend, who is a vegitarian, has left to visit her family. It's his chance to eat some meat, without her bugging him - not that she really would, but it's more fun to bug her.

Our plan is to make a roast chicken. We were going to make a roast chicken stuffed with a roast beef - which we may still, however we fear that the beef and the chicken won't jive flavor wise, and thus we may cook them seperatly. I think that I've come up with a rather innovative approach to chicken cooking. It results in a chicken with crispier skin, and tastier 'close to skin' meat. How, you ask? Well, I'm going to slit the skin of the chicken open along the spine, and seperate the skin from the body; this results in an envelope sort of. Then, a maranade/sauce is drizzled into the cavity.

The sauce was made by mixing sage, rosmary, paprica, curry powder, chilli powder, olive oil, salt, water, soya sauce, and black pepper and blended up into a paste. Then, seperating the liquid from solid herb. I end up with a semi-dry rub, and a sauce. But, I digress.

Then you stuff a bunch of stuffing (your standard onion, celery, sage, rosemary, butter and bread mixture) into the skin-flesh envelope. The herb rub is rubbed onto the outside of the chicken.

Tonite, we made a prototype out of a quarter chicken. It worked quite well actually.

Mike ate most of it... including the tendons, grizzle, and bone marrow.

Earlier meat consumption of the night included roast beef in a caribbean style tomato sauce, a stir fry with some beef in it, and 2 litres of jello (which contains gelatin). This reminds me of the time that we made a 4.5lb hamburger - the prophecy burger.

More on the topic of software development - hehe. I added some date parsing stuff to the course schedule program for the school today. It was pretty straight forward. Last night I rewrote a big method in my drivers training testing engine. It's the one that does the scoring of exams... I think that it's easier to read and maintain now; hopefully more stable too. I want to learn some proper techniques for enumerating possibilities when designing software - especially error handling stuff. Also, I'd be interested in learning how to handle errors in the most graceful manner. I imagine that it depends somewhat on the type of software you're writing.

It doesn't seem as if advogato provides a mechanism for responce/threaded discussion, especially within diary entries. Too bad.

My email is johnston@DONTSPAMMEPLEASEmegaepic.com (obviously remove the DONTSPAMMEPLEASE)

Well, thats it for this entry. Goodnight :)

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