You see, I just couldn’t put it to rest. By now you know my compulsive side, right? Yep, I see you all nodding and rolling your eyes. Well, if you tuned into Justopia Cooks last night for the Mediterranean feast you had the unique privilege of watching me melt down as I tried in vain to whip up — literally — a batch of Garlic Aioli for Papas Bravas.
I tried. And I tried. And I tried some more. I was even offered help by MissouriMatt54 who has culinary training, yet to no avail. Other viewers were supporting me and trying to keep my spirits in check as I blew through about 8 eggs, countless cups of oil, teaspoon after teaspoon of lemon juice and vinegar and nothing. Just bowls of soupy sloshy yellow-ish, albeit tasty oil, vinegar and eggs that would not stand up to the fried potatoes that it was meant for.
Well, fret no longer citizens of Justopia and all that visit! As of 10:45 this morning WE HAVE MAYONNAISE!
First I want to remind you of yesterday’s Mayonnaise Mania and the greenish-yellow tint of expensive, incredibly olivy (made the word up) oil that wasn’t fit for the king’s food testers. Warning, it’s not a pleasant sight!!
DON’T say I didn’t warn you!!!!
And this morning, with the help of Alton Brown and a few omissions and additions to his recipe — ok, we call that adaptation in food blogger world — I finally achieved the DEElicious, creamy, smooth, thick to the right consistency mayonnaise.
And YES! I am going to add it to tonight’s menu. Joe has requested Carne Asada, and Carne Asada he shall get, but not before starting with some Tapas, the focus of which will be Papas Bravas! Hey now. It’s Spanish in origin and we are having food with Spanish names, so it’s going to be A-OK! Nothing to worry about.
The real question is — what the hell am I going to do with all this mayo for the rest of the week? Any and all suggestions, as long as they are food related people — are welcome. Send them to Justopia@justopia.com please.
And again, FOOD related only! This IS a PG rated show — for God’s sakes, 1/2 of my viewers now are Jonas Brother’s fans, so that puts the demographic in the pre – adolescent range along with the rest of you more “mature” Justopia followers, to whom I’m very grateful.
Now, get your friends, your family, your worst enemies to tune in and to read the blog — please! I’m trying to get some visibility here ya know!
We’ve been doing this for how long now? Let’s take a look at the calendar. I’ve been writing away at the blog since May 2, 2007 which means I’ve been doing this for 14 and 1/2 months. I’ve been broadcasting since September 14, 2007 which means I’ve been at the live video thing for 10 months and 2 days. It’s all pretty hard to believe and what’s more difficult to believe is that I’ve kept this all a secret from my family, well, from my parents and my sister and her family. That is, until tonight! I am not quite sure what prompted me to make the big reveal tonight, but about 30 minutes before Joe rang the bell I was on the phone with my mom and something in my head told me tonight was the night.
Perhaps it was the fact that I was planning a special show tonight. Maybe it was because we were having a serious discussion about exactly what it is I want to do with my life. Or maybe it was just plain time to share.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
So, on to the guest appearance of JoeInIraq at Justopia.com World Headquarters. Tonight Joe showed up right on time. A little early actually, but punctuality is a thing with me, so it was perfect. He’d timed things so that he wouldn’t get stuck in traffic driving in from Baltimore and he ended up here just a few minutes early. I’d just gotten off the phone with my folks, so my immediate reaction was, “You’re here already?!” How rude of me — I just wasn’t thinking clearly.
Anyway, we chatted for a bit, set up our broadcasting gear and got into the kitchen to get dinner going. It was a wild night. I had family to bring up to speed, a guest host, Week 2 of the Name That Exotic Food Contest and a feast to prepare.
I think Joe enjoyed the meal, although he was a bit preoccupied with the Orioles game, but he did manage to finish up the carne which I was very happy about. I always have so darn much left over and tonight I was just left with what’s going to be a DEElicious lunch to bring to work tomorrow. It was also great fun to be able to share a meal with a fellow broadcaster.
You’ve watched me put these meals together each night, but can only take my word for how good it tastes. Tonight Joe gave the thumbs up and cleaned his plate. It seemed to be a success.
I would imagine the next guest appearance will be my sister, which will be a great thing because she’s a great cook. Maybe I’ll get up to my parent’s house and we will all broadcast a feast because mom is a wonderful cook as well. I am conjuring up visions of Thanksgiving at my Sister’s this year if I can get off from work which is not likely at all. 😦 Maybe we’ll have to do it here this year.