"Someone once told me that time was a predator that stalked us all our lives. I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey and reminds us to cherish every moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we've lived."
-Jean Luc Picard

Monday, January 19, 2009


spots on recipe

Can you tell this has been in the kitchen with me?


Look at the first picture to see what is in the filling.


I should have started this earlier. Since I was in a time crunch, I just added some red wine, black pepper, salt, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder to a can of tomato puree and let it simmer about 10 minutes before putting it in the baking dish.

ready to sear

Should have seen me trying to tie this up. It was humorous!
The glass cup on the left has my pepper mill in it. We dropped it on the floor years ago and a piece of the bottom broke off. It still works but, it can't stand up by itself so we just keep it in that cup. Obviously that's my salt mill on the right with some sea salt in it. I was supposed to put salt and pepper on the inside of the roll but, I forgot so I put some on the outside.


Sizzle! Pop! Ow!


Here's a shot where you see the filling coming out of the gap.
I don't have any tongs so I just used a wooden spoon to hold it up.

sauce on stove

Heh, I was doing laundry at the same time as I was making this. When I came back from checking the laundry, there was splotches of tomato sauce on the wall and stove.

almost ready for the oven

Just needs some sauce on top. The color is weird here. It didn't look that black on top in real life.

ready for oven

Ready for the lid and into the oven.

dirty dishes

*Sigh* I need some minions to clean up my messes.

just out of oven

Whoot! Looks pretty good.

spilled sauce on stove

Did this while clipping off the twine. Glad it didn't land on me!

Mr. Hairball's caesar salad

Caesar salad for Mr. Hairball.

frozen veggie/pasta mix

Pulled some veggie/pasta mix out of the freezer for me. I boiled some penne as well so I had two kinds of pasta for dinner. I only had enough Caesar dressing already made up for one salad. I gave it to Mr. Hairball since I knew there was no way he would eat any of the veggie/pasta mix I made.

Mr. Hairball's plate

Mr. Hairball's plate minus his salad. I forgot to take a picture of mine. Just imagine everything moved over and some veggie/pasta mix on the plate for mine.

close-up showing error

Here you can see that I didn't pound it flat enough and as the meat cooked, it wasn't long enough to reach all the way around. Oh well, My arm was getting tired and I was afraid I was disturbing my neighbors. Next time I'll take my time and do the pounding in the afternoon so I don't disturb anyone.

It was very good even if it wasn't picture perfect.


Public Artist said...

Wow, that looks amazing! I always get a little nervous about pounding too. I wonder if the tiredness factor would be lessened if it was done on a lower counter like bread dough kneading? Not that I've got a lower counter.

Hairball said...


I really don't know if having a lower counter top would help or not.

50sgal said...

That all looks so amazing. I should try this. You need a "Gussie" to help out. Believe you me, when I have her I am soo tempted to somehow try to get a real Gussie, wouldn't that be wonderful!

Hairball said...

Thank you!

If you decide to make this, you might want to try it on one of the days that "Gussie" is with you. I don't use kitchen twine that often so it took me a few tries to get it straight while trying to keep the braciole from unrolling on me. Another pair of hands would have helped a lot.

Having a "Gussie" does sound nice. I can understand you wanting to keep her. :)