Saturday, June 10, 2006

request: your recommendations in six areas

I've grown tired of my "free" blog statistics package. If any of you fine people can recommend one that you use and like, please, chime in. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

And while you're at it, I'm looking for recommendations around any of the following:

1. A good SciFi/Fantasy novel/author - beach time is around the corner, and I need my fix.
2. A good new anime series. .hack//Roots? Mobile Suit Gundam IGLOO? There have to be a few fansub fans here...
3. A good reliable drink recipe. There are only so many mojitos I can consume before I go permanently blind.
4. An easy-to-make vegetarian Indian recipe.
5. A decent bottle of red wine under $15.


Ron said...

Yo, let your blood help as much as possible -- which aint much.

1. Don't read SciFi or Fantasy. Can't help you here!
2. Don't like anime. not a tic.
4. Like Indian, don't know any good recipes!
5. Barely drink anymore, still have some of your old Vin du France here. You're welcome to it if y'all come back to treetown.

3. Try a couple of these:

1 1/2oz light rum
1 dash tabasco
1 teaspoon lemon juice
liquified beef bouillon cube
salt and pepper
Mix in old fashioned glass

Charleston Cocktail
1/2 oz dry gin
1/2 oz kirsch
1/2 oz Marachino liqueur
1/2 oz Curacao
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet vermouth

Monte Carlo Imperial
1 oz dry gin
1 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz creme de menthe
Chilled champaigne
put in medium sized glass, fill with the champaigne

Spencer Cocktail
1 dash bitters
1 dash orange juice
1 oz apricot brandy
2 oz dry gin

More as I think of them.

D'Arcy Salzmann said...

If you haven't already read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick, the novel behind the film Blade Runner, enjoy that this summer. It's a good read. I rather liked William Gibson's Pattern Recognition too, and you should be able to find it at the library or in paperback.

I am enjoying Penfold's 2001 GSM. It might be a shade over 15 USD, but it's easily a wine that's under-priced by 10$ or more.

As for drinks, my current summer favourite is the Negroni. It's a bitter, so if you like the sweetness of the mojito, this won't slack your thirst

- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1 oz Campari
- Garnish: Lemon Twist

Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with Lemon Twist.

Alternative: Original Negroni Recipe
- 1 oz Gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Combine all ingredients in an ice filled shaker. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a burnt orange. To make a burnt orange, cut about a 1 1/2 inch by 1 inch peel off a ripe navel orange. Be sure to get just the skin and as little of the pitch as possible. Holding the orange peel between thumb and index fingers with skin facing out, hold a lit match over the glass and with the orange peel about an inch away from the fame squeeze the peel quickly and firmly between your fingers. When done correctly, a burst of flame will come from the oils being released from the peel leaving an aroma and adding a note of orange to the cocktail. Simply drop the twist in the drink.

This Italian concoction was invented in the early 1900s. Mixed with gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, it was named after Camillo Negroni in Florance who always ordered the same cocktail. Today Negroni is often consumed as a pre-dinner cocktail to stimulate the appetite for dinner. Aperitif is a European invention and it came to America in the early 1900s. Campari is also an Italian product, invented by Gaspare Campari in the early 1800s.