Month: November 2010

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There was no question I was ever going to cook a turkey for Christmas after I’d visited Judy Goodman’s Walsgrove farm in Worcester. Goose is Britain’s only seasonally reared bird, and Judy and her family produce the finest geese in the country. You know how keen I am on seasonal food, and it seems mad not to jump at the chance to eat goose while you can.

When my daughters Ellie and Lydia and I arrived at the farm after a long trek all the way across the country from Dorset, Judy, as promised, had a fantastic lunch waiting on the kitchen table. There was cold sliced goose, apple sauce and local organic greens.

That was it. My mind was made up that goose would be my bird for the 25th. Judy’s free range flock must be some of the most pampered birds in the land. They roam around feeding on wheat, barley, maize and grass.wholesale jerseys You order your bird and it arrives by post in a box, dressed, with the liver, giblets and neck in separate boxes, along with some extra fat for roasting your potatoes.

Don’t be put off by the fat. Duck and geese have a layer of it, but properly cooked, a good quality bird won’t be greasy when it’s cooked as the fat will run off, simply leaving crisp delicious skin behind. The fat also makes the best, crispy roast potatoes you’ll ever eat, so save it for future roastings.

For the Christmas Day starter, I may well go for some wild artisan smoked salmon from Ireland with soda bread and pickled rock samphire. I foraged the samphire from the beach on a visit to Ireland in the summer. Frank Hederman smokes eels and mussels as well as wild salmon over beechwood at his Belvelly smokehouse. f Then to keep the visiting pescatorian happy while we tuck into the goose, I’ll do a whole baked sea bass. To make it special I’ll give it a luxurious lift with some lobster or prawns in the stuffing, or maybe an oyster or two chopped up with a milder version of the goose stuffing.

Pudding is also a refreshing alternative: a sort of exotic fruit salad with Christmassy spices, true to the spirit of the season but not too tied to tradition.

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If they’ll fit in your oven I would suggest getting a couple of birds for more than 8 10 people. The secret of rendering down the fat is to begin the cooking process with the breasts facing down in the pan so that the skin fries in the hot fat released from under the skin. The mistake people make is to just bung the goose in the oven for hours on end hoping for the best. That’s how you end up with a dry fatty bird.

Judy Goodman recommends removing and seasoning the legs, smearing a bit of goose fat over them, covering them in foil and roasting them ahead of the carcass. Then roast the bird on its back for an hour; turn it over on to the breast to finish the crisping process for another 45 minutes or so. Then put it breast up again for the final 15 20 minutes.

I’ve tried lots of different ways of roasting a goose over the years and found that unlike a duck, the legs need more time to cook. By roasting the bird this way, the breasts get cooked to medium while the legs are slow cooked and crispy, almost like confit legs. This process will also render enough fat from the goose to get your roast spuds going.

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2 onions, peeled and finely chopped

To make the stuffing, gently cook the onions and sage in the butter for 2 3 minutes without colouring, then remove from the heat and stir in the breadcrumbs. Meanwhile season and fry the goose livers in a hot frying pan for a couple of minutes on each side, remove from the heat and leave to cool a little. Chop the livers into rough smallish pieces and mix into the breadcrumbs with the parsley and season to taste.

The legs can be cooked hours before you’re eating and reheated nearer the time. Pre heat the oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Remove the legs from the goose by pulling them away from the bone and cutting at the joint. Remove any fat and skin from underneath the goose on the backbone and put it in a tight fitting oven tray either on top of or to the side of the legs. The fat will render down. Season the legs and cook for 21/2 hours, basting every so often. Drain off the fat and use for roasting the potatoes. Put the legs aside ready to heat up 15 minutes before you serve the goose.

For the goose itself turn the oven up to 200C/gas mark 6. Spoon the stuffing into the cavity of the bird and season the breast, spoon over a little of the fat that the legs have been cooking in and put the bird breast down in a roasting tray. Cook for 45 minutes, draining any excess fat from the tray during cooking (add this to the fat from the legs for your potatoes) then turn the bird back up on to its back and cook for a further 20 minutes.

In a separate tray, roast the potatoes, topping up with goose fat as needed. You can give them a final blast when you’ve taken the goose out of the oven and it’s resting for 15 minutes. Put the legs back in the oven to heat up now, too. Then remove the breasts from the bone with a sharp knife and slice thinly across the breasts with the skin down on the board. The leg meat can just be carved off the bone, or cut into chunks.

Meanwhile (or even the day before), put the apples into a pan with the sugar and butter, cover with lid and cook gently, stirring every so often for 15 20 minutes until the apples start to disintegrate. You can keep the sauce chunky and natural, or blend it in a food processor. Check the sweetness and add more sugar if necessary, although it shouldn’t be too sweet to accompany goose.

It’s always a good idea to get ahead by having gravy, or at least the basis for it, already made. Beats scrabbling around after the meat’s cooked and leaving it to wait for the liquid in the roasting tin to take on some flavour. Try to keep a good supply of gravy in the freezer for roasts and quick sauces.

With goose, or any poultry come to that, you’ll never have enough giblets and neck to flavour your gravy, so bring in reinforcements. I’d strongly recommend getting in some extra chicken wings, necks and bones to make the gravy up a couple days before. This recipe should make enough for Christmas Day, so scale up the quantities accordingly for large batches to store in the freezer.

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Also known as the fish of the damned, it appears the only reason we don’t hear their curse filled lamentations is because they’re underwater. Fill your aquarium with these fuckers and you’ll fall asleep every night watching them silently proclaim your impending damnation.

They only grow to be about four and a half inches long, but their bite sized terror is potent they hide in the deep during the day, then rise up at night, returning once more to the abyss as day breaks. Or possibly the final level of a Gradius game.

That is Promachoteuthis sulcus, an extremely rare, deep sea squid known only from a single specimen. Researchers have a science boner over the fact that these things have weird tentacle proportions, but the rest of us are just freaked out by the teeth, which we’re told is an illusion: What appear to be teeth are actually lips that cover the more normal squid beak.canada goose bird This is the equivalent of buying novelty hillbilly teeth and wearing them all the time for no reason.

Still, we’re not sticking our fucking finger in there.

Hey, what could be creepier than a weird human mouth stuck on a sea creature? How about a whole fucking face?

That is a Matsuba Koi. If that name sounds familiar, that is because they’re those big gold fish found in Japanese ponds. Apparently, every so often, some types wind up with a human looking face, and one that looks slightly pissed off.

Can you imagine being out fishing and catching that bastard? With that face looking up at you? And it calls you “daddy”?What’s Worse Than a Fish with a Human Face? This.

Bullshit. That cannot be real. Evolution did not spawn a creature with a fucking yellow smiley face on its back. Science is lying to us. a sick joke somebody is playing on the world’s spider experts. Some think the terrifying cartoon face somehow evolved to ward off predators, presumably by convincing them that instead of seeing a spider, they’re merely having a bad acid trip. Best to abandon dinner and go lie down for a bit.

The Deep Sea Holothurian, better known as an abyssal sea cucumber, sounds like a boss from Final Fantasy and looks like something Khan would attach to the brain of a Starfleet officer. Somehow, the abyssal sea cucumber is one of the most successful ocean dwelling species, presumably because any predator would take one look at this thing and run home to sleep with the lights on in their parents’ room.

“That’s fine, I’ll kill your parents too.”A Spider with Arms. and Claws

OK, so it’s not a spider. Amblypygi, or the tailless whip scorpion, looks like nature decided to take everything that creeps us the fuck out about bugs and roll them together in one sleeping bag lurking masterpiece.

If somebody told us that a bite from this thing would explode the heads of 17 elephants, we would believe them based on this picture alone. Amazingly, the amblypygi has no venom at all and lives mostly in tropical forests and caves, doing its best to mind its own business. Well, as much as creature that looks like that can mind its own business while shoveling prey into its mouth using its fucking hands.

Holy shit, whose idea was this? What you’d suspect was a regular turtle after a series of grotesque radiation experiments is actually mata mata, a South American turtle that looks like a cross between Bowser and Ian McShane.

Supposedly its hideous exterior camouflages it from its prey, but really the thing is just so fucking ugly that fish would rather get eaten than have to look at it. Fortunately, people aren’t on the menu, but with a shell that measures 18 inches long and a body that weighs 33 pounds, we wouldn’t tease them with our fingers.

All right, we need to get something cute and furry on this list, ASAP.

Fuck! That’s actually worse! This strung out looking thing is the aye aye lemur, which appears to have crawled its way out of the rancid vagina of a Victorian prostitute and went straight to work hiding in children’s bedrooms to steal their dreams.

Actually, it lives in trees in Madagascar and uses its freakishly over sized fingers to find grubs (the exact purpose of its goblin hair has yet to be determined). It’s basically the terrifying version of a woodpecker. Unsurprisingly, Madagascan natives regard the aye aye as an unholy terror. Consequently, the damn thing is endangered and we’re legally required to give a shit about it. But fuck it, the Rancor was probably endangered too.

12 Refreshing Parka Options for This Winter

The geese are about to invade.

Now that the temperature has dropped and coats are beginning to come out of the back of the hall closet, if you live in a city, get ready to see armies of black clad, parka wearing office drones marching down the sidewalks. And while everyone from the Swedish royal family to Kate Upton has adopted the brand’s thigh length parka, I think it’s time to break from the trend. Sure, the coats are warm, but so are plenty of other parkas and just because an item of clothing is functional doesn’t mean it can’t be interesting to look at, too. Branch out.

After all, winter coats are an investment which is why, when you buy one, it needs to be something you’ll want to wear nearly every day for the next five months (or better yet, three years).

So to that end, here are six other technical outwear specialists that, like Canada Goose, are worthy of the splurge and also like the Toronto based luxury brand, have likely been around longer than you’d expect.’s Northerner utility jacket (left) and Polar Trench (right). Bonus: All its outerwear and activewear are backed by a lifetime warranty.

What to Buy: The brand is known for its insulated jackets and shells. 16 (right).

What to Buy: Everything they make is stylish yet practical. Take the reversible Down Jacket No. (Hey, it works for our Nordic kinsman.)

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Stone Island’s David TC jacket (left) and quilted shell down coat (right).

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Woolrich John Rich Bros. Mackinaw Parka (left) and Arctic Parka DF (right). is the contemporary offshoot of the 185 year old heritage brand Woolrich, which is the oldest American outdoor clothing company still doing business today. It combines the brand’s historical identity rooted in a utilitarian outdoor style with a refreshing twist on Americana.

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With a brawl on tap against Minnesota Wisconsin’s equally physical twin brother the Northwestern players are looking ahead.

The rest of us can’t get over how the Wildcats transformed from a listless 0 2 to a powerful 3 2 team that has as good a chance as any to win the Big Ten West.

Linebacker Collin Ellis revealed Monday that the players gathered days after the loss to NIU and “we hashed it out. Guys who have never spoken before stood up.”

The result, he said, was a new beginning: “It’s Week 1 of camp. We have to take this approach all spots are open. That’s how we have operated since then. We’re out there hitting every day in practice, even on Thursday. We’re getting great looks from the (scout team). Our mentality is: If you’re practicing the way you play, you’ll play great. Watch our practice. It’s like a game out there.”Cheap Jerseys china

Said receiver Kyle Prater: “When you have guys who never speak up, speak up, it’s big. From that meeting to right now, we’ve had a great turnaround. Everything has changed and intensified in practice. Guys understand and know what the goal is 1 0 every week.”

Later in an interview, Ellis downplayed the meeting, saying it was “not life changing. But that was a start (of a new season), from a players’ perspective. We were fed up with losing and said, ‘What do we have to do?’ Practices are different now, and we love it.”

Chalkboard: After intercepting three passes against Wisconsin, Godwin Igwebuike became the first NU player to be namedBig Ten Defensive Player of the Week since Ellis after last season’s Cal game.

Northwestern’s ‘gothic’ uniforms set for homecoming Teddy Greenstein

Northwestern has unveiled new uniforms for its Oct. 18 homecoming game against Nebraska.

Northwestern has unveiled new uniforms for its Oct. 18 homecoming game against Nebraska.

“He’s learning from one of the best Ibraheim,” Fitzgerald said. “Ibs prepares as well as or better than anybody we’ve ever had, and he’s done that his entire career. I believe he was playing at All Big Ten level when he got dinged up.”

Fasten your seat belts: Fitzgerald said he wants to give NU students “more reasons to party” but wishes they had not rushed the field after the Wisconsin victory, saying, “I don’t think that’s safe for anybody. Let us come to you and sing the fight song.”

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Thirty two years ago, Peggy and Charlie Haynes learned their new baby Daniel was born with Down syndrome, a condition that occurs when a person has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. The additional genetic material causes the physical characteristics of low muscle tone, small stature and the upward slant to the eyes. Cheap Jerseys china Most individuals with Down syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive or intellectual disability, but each has unique abilities and strengths as well.

“Once we got past the shock of Dan’s diagnosis, we’ve haven’t had any difficulties in our family because of his condition. He’s been a pleasure,” Peggy Haynes says. She acknowledges, however, he was a typical child with behaviors that can wear on any parent.

When he was in grade school, Daniel started playing organized ice hockey with the Gateway Locomotives, a team of other children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The physical activity, discipline and camaraderie of the hockey team helped him in his everyday life. Today, he also plays golf and basketball, but hockey was his first team experience.

“When he was younger, he was stubborn, always wanting to do things his way. He was 10 when he met Gramps, his first coach at Gateway Locomotives, and that man? He worked one on one to teach him to skate, to play the game and to become part of a team,” Peggy Haynes says.

“He picked up the skating part within the first several months,” Charlie Haynes says, “but the discipline didn’t come until later. Sometimes, he’d disappear into the stands during practice. Today, he and the other older players watch out for the youngest players. cheapnfljerseysonliney He likes that everyone plays on the team; each player gets the same amount of ice time.”

The team practices or plays two and a half hours every Sunday at the Ice Zone in Hazelwood.

“When the team comes off the ice, they’re sweaty and tired. The physical coordination needed to play hockey, working your legs and watching the puck, two separate things going on at the same time, was good physical and mental training for him,” Peggy Haynes says, “and after a bit, he matured out of his stubborn ways.”

In addition to the skills needed to play the game, the Gateway Locomotives work with team members to develop good personal skills. They coach players to become more dependable and self reliant. The game teaches concentration and emphasizes personal accountability and a willingness to share.

Dan enjoys his time with the team. “What I like best is the friends, and we get to move around and skate,” he says. He shifts his arms side to side in his seat, demonstrating some moves. “And I like going on the trips.”

The trips include visits to peer teams for tournaments in Madison, Wis., and in Chicago. They even travel to Special Hockey International Tournaments. According to Jim Hermann, executive director of the Gateway Locomotives, 76 peer teams participated in the 2012 Special Hockey International Tournament the Locomotives attended.

“The players have a range of intellectual disabilities including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Down (syndrome) and other conditions that affect cognition,” Hermann says. Hermann, who works as an NHL off ice official at the St. Louis Blues games, has been active in hockey for more than 50 years. “Playing, all levels of coaching, working with the Locomotives I love it all,” he says.

“We coach these players as we would any other,” he says. “We have a lot more coaches than most teams, all volunteers, who can work individually with kids. Most volunteers don’t have kids or relatives who are invested in the club. They like working with the team.”

Peggy and Charlie Haynes value the support and friendships they receive as part of the team family. “We’ve met other parents and made lifelong friends,” Peggy Haynes says. “In the beginning, we couldn’t take Dan to practices, which were during the week. Gene Ringling, whose son Donald went to Dan’s school, took them both to practice. The family moved to Clarksville, Mo., but every week, Gene and Donald drive to Hazelwood to play.”

Dan Haynes and Donald Ringling will play with the rest of the team at a fundraiser game Jan. 23 at the St. Peters Rec Plex South. While the team receives grants and donations from foundations and individuals, it relies on fundraising efforts to raise visibility for the organization and to keep the team on the ice.

In addition to funds raised from the $5 admission, the team will hold raffles for tickets to sports events and for two signed jerseys from St. Louis Blues players David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko.

Occupation Dishwasher at Glenridge Elementary School in the Clayton School District

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What he did Nearly every week for 20 years Daniel Haynes has put on his skates, practiced and played with the Gateway Locomotives, a club that welcomes children and young adults with intellectual disabilities into the world of team sports and ice hockey.