Ring My Taco Bell -- Funny? Moi?

E@L went to dinner at Mercer Machine's place the other day and was granted a peek into REAL TexMex cuisine, and um, cooking.

MM cooked up a treat with lots of tacos and if you're, like, not really a big fan of tacos (say you're Mrs MM) you can just eat the taco anyway cause honey, that's all there is.

Now E@L happens to like tacos, so he had three of the biggest servings ever witnessed at the MM establishment... And we got the lecture on why those cripsy thin-shelled Old El-Paso Brand store bought taco shellls aren't really tacos at all (I forget the main points of the argument - they just ain't!). And we got to see the taco press. This guy REALLY misses his mom's cooking!

So in retaliation for honour of the invitation, E@L will have to host a return dinner. He owes quite a few people a feast actually, but without his maid (The Mouse) to manage the culinary supervision, his cooking skills have been disastrous.

Time to lift your game, E@L!

Obviously, it will have to something to be something "Australian"!

OK what counts as "Australian cuisine"? He can't *just* offer toast, which according to Dave Byrne and Talking Heads (see inside cover of "Stop Making Sense"), is the national dish of Australia, an observation E@L personally has no issue with, so long as Vegemite is involved.

So, last night was new recipe testing time. The first step was to find another Truly Australian Dish, and to do that you need a Truly Australian Cookbook.

And we all know what that means, don't we, possums?

The Australian Women's Weekly Cookbook series. AnythingE@L finds in one of these HAS to be Australian, right?

This one in the "Cooking For Crowds - Special Gluttons Edition" (I kid you not, OK a little bit) looks promising - BBQ Lamb (how Greek Lebanese Aussie can you get?) with butter beans. Yummy! Beans! Any TexMex person would have to love that! An Aussie might push them to the side, but OK we've gotta show some mulitculturalism, right?

Because if multiculturalism DOESN'T mean an different ethnic restaurant on every corner, then what the fuck good is it?


OK, so after E@L cooked it, it didn't look anything like the photo in the recipe-book but what the fuck. Maybe because he had to use red kidney beans as there were no cans of butter beans in the Cold Storage. Maybe, like Poppy Seeds, butter beans are a restricted item in Singapore because you could like, make illegal butter from them or something.

Result: Ignore the photo-equivalence rating, check the taste. Oooooohhh. It was delicious. Well matched with a delicious Yarra Valley Pinot Noir. So nice in fact that this morning when E@L went to find the relevant recipe again, the pages were stuck together! With some lamb juices E@L dripped accidentally last night! Oh, you people!

So that's Main Course done. Thinking: Vegemite on toast for the starter?

Oh and a kick arse desert: really good vanilla ice-cream (one with little specks of vanilla in it) with Drambuie drizzled all over. Ice-cream optional for dieters. Followed by more Drambuie. And then a Drambuie chaser.

Then, when American Idol is finished, we all fall asleep on the couch. It's a TexMex tradition.


[In case you were wondering, the "Special Gluttons Edition" is identical to the Standard Edition, but it has the number of people each dish is designed to feed reduced by 80%. Therefore a meal for 10 in the SE becomes a meal for 2 people in the SGE. Extra EXTRA large servings. The SGE of "Cooking For Crowds" gets shipped to the USA as the SE of "Cooking For Couples".]


Greetings to everybody who's coming over from SeeLai.com ths morning. Wow, my stats have hit triple figures already and I ain't even had breakfast (vegemite on toast) yet!

But, sorry no nekkid lady photo's here. Just me whingeing. Welcome anyway.



Posted by: expat@large on Mar 05, 06 | 10:40 am | Profile


heh. heheh. machineboy woke me up at 5:45. in the am. plus my medication gives me something one step up from narcolepsy. Next time you can fall asleep. :)

Posted by: MercerMachine on Mar 05, 06 | 8:20 pm


Posted by: expat@large on Mar 05, 06 | 10:33 pm

I don't know what it looked like in the cookbook, but it looked fantastic in the photo.

Butterbeans are prohibited under Singapore law as they can explode in the microwave if overheated, especially if you have filled them with nitroglycerin. We just can't take that risk.

Posted by: Smootie on Mar 08, 06 | 4:57 pm

Nitroglycerin of course you make my rendering human liposuction waste and cooling it in the fridge: the glycerin floats ot the top, which you then mix with nictric acid. Then add frozen orange juice concentrate to make napalm.

Posted by: expat@large on Mar 08, 06 | 5:02 pm


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