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Fried chicken on a summer’s evening

When I’m speaking of fried chicken, I’m referring to chicken that is coated in a batter and deep fried in oil to produce a crisp exterior coating. This form of frying is differentiated from other methodologies in that forms of chicken is that generally the chicken is cut at the joints and the bones and skin are left intact. Crisp, well-seasoned skin, rendered of excess fat, is a hallmark of well-made fried chicken.

  • The combination of fried chicken and fried potatoes is an excellent one, especially when paired with a chilled soda on a sunny summer evening. Like everything else, such as anime, it is enjoyed best in moderation.

Fried chicken has existed since the Middle Ages in Europe, and became popular in America in the 18th and 19th century, where combination of flour, lard, a chicken and a heavy pan placed over a relatively controllable flame became the beginning of today’s fried chicken, being a good means of consuming excess lard and other fats. Cantonese cuisine also includes a form of fried chicken: it is fried in such a way that the skin is extremely crunchy, but the white meat remains relatively soft. This dish is common at dinners and major events, and is more frequently referred to as crispy fried chicken to differentiate it from friend chicken.

Summer storms and grilled ribs

Soon, Master Elf, you will enjoy the fabled hospitality of the Dwarves. Roaring fires, malt beer, ripe meat off the bone. -Gimli

Today turned out to be a rather curious day, hence the unexpected sharing of its events here: for the past few months, I’ve been occupied with coursework, but now that said course has ended, an opening of sorts has opened up in my schedule. I will use the time to do practise passages, but today, I decided to try and get some work done for my research. That proved to be reasonably successful, as I was able gather the citations required for a publication and fix a compiler error in a graphing utility for one of my models. A dinner of ribs and a thunderstorm rounded off the evening.

  • The term ribs usually refers to the less meaty part of the chops, often cooked as a slab (not cut into separate ribs). In North American cuisine, ribs typically refer to barbecue pork ribs served with barbecue sauce. The primary advantage of cooking meat on the bone is that it adds flavour and texture. The bone also conducts heat within the meat so that it cooks more evenly and prevents meat drying out and shrinking during cooking.

  • Today, at around 1800 local time, a major thunderstorm rolled into the region and dumped walnut-sized hail on the area. I was studying for verbal reasoning when the storm struck and was mostly complete the third passage when a lightning bolt struck not more than 100 metres from my position. The resulting  thunderclap shook the room, and I abandoned all attempts to continue onwards.

  • Ribs are awesome in general, even more so with a special BBQ sauce. Ribs can be roasted, grilled, baked, braised, or smoked. When served in a set of five or more, the platter is collectively referred to as a rack of ribs.

The last time such a massive thunderstorm occurred, I attended a LAN party after a long day’s of research. This was nearly a year ago, and I recall it as if it were yesterday: after the storm subsided, an evening of grilled burgers and Halo Reach ensued. The quote at the top of the page is (for those unfamiliar) from Lord of the Rings and describes today rather nicely.

Sirloin and Broiled Lobster Tail

Sirloin steak and a broiled lobster tail seem to complement each other quite nicely. I was on a family outing a few days ago and ended the day at a local steakhouse, where I went with the sirloin and lobster entrée. The steak was well-seasoned, contrasting the lobster’s distinct texture. I was particularly impressed by the fact that the butter dish for the lobster was warmed by a tea light, and more impressed by the quality of the food in general.

  • The sirloin steak is a steak cut from the rear back portion of cattle and the name is Middle English surloine, which itself was derived from the Old French word surlonge, meaning sur la longe or above the loin.

  • Lobster goes well with a combination of lemon juice and seasoned butter. In fish and lobsters, lemon juice is used as a marinades, given that its acidic properties neutralizes amines in fish by converting them into non-volatile ammonium salts, tenderising the meat.

  • The restaurant was located in the inner city, a region of town I rarely visit. The inner city is well known for its “party street”, so-named for its dense concentration of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops. The restuarant is located here, and the district itself is home to several unique establishments that merit another visit.

The last time I had lobster with a steak, I was on a cruise with Celebrity to Alaska. We had travelled from Vancouver, through the inside passage and visited three major cities along the Alaska coastline, including Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan. Along the way, I saw much about salmon fishing and gold mining, making it one of the most memorable vacations I’ve enjoyed.

  • Ketchikan is a city in Alaska with an estimated population of 14,070 and is named after Ketchikan Creek, which flows through the town. The city’s economy is based upon tourism and fishing; Ketchikan  is known as the “Salmon Capital of the World.”