Dinner with Plato: Scotch Salmon Recipe

Plato hosted the monday night dinner at his studio in the University District. He cooked scotch salmon. Scotch salmon is salmon with a scotch-based sauce on top of it. The sauce contained Drambuie (a scotch liquer), Johnny Walker Black Label scotch, creme fraiche, heavy cream, orange juice, and lots of other goodies. We also had a salad with kumquats and almonds and a balsamic vinagreitte dressing. The crowd was smaller than usual, since Lucas had class and Plato didn’t have much room in his apartment, but we had a great time. Ian, Diane, Fletcher and I played a few games of darts and relaxed and talked. Good times. Next week looks to be a much larger affair, as Lucas is going to be hosting the dinner at his house on Tuesday night. Lucas has me excited with his stories of his three beautiful female roommates and the hot tub they have. Anyways, if you want to try to make scotch salmon yourself, the recipe is below.

Scotch salmon recipe:

Ingredients: 7 ounces of salmon fillets, 2 tablespoons of clarified butter, 1/2 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of minced shallots, 1/4 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of raspberry vinegar, 1/4 cup of Scotch, 1/4 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of heavy cream, 3 tablespoons of Drambuie, Creme fraiche, candied orange zest.

Directions: Put a small amount of flour on the salmon. In a pan heat two tablespoons of clarified butter lightly. Add some salt and white pepper and flip fillet. Add the minced garlic, the minced shallot, the Dijon mustard and brown sugar. Allow to cook for a few seconds and then add the raspberry vinegar. Leave the fillet in the pan and deglaze the salmon fillet with the Scotch and add the orange juice on top. Shake pan to mix ingredients. Reduce sauce till it thickens and finish the scotch salmon sauce with heavy cream and the Drambuie. Garnish with creme fraiche and the candied orange zest.

Should I Hire A Maid?

I have been debating recently about hiring a maid. I looked on Craigslist and a maid could be had for $20 twice a week, which sounds like a pretty good deal to me. I hate folding clothes and ironing and am not a big fan of cleaning, so it would make a lot of sense I think for me to get someone to take care of these ornery chores for me. On the other hand, it’s not too difficult for me just to do these things myself and I should probably be wiser with my money. Am I just being lazy or should I make my life a little better by getting a maid?

Homer Simpson’s Greatest Quotes:

I found these on http://funny2.com/homer.htm

Homer Simpson is a classic figure in modern America. Think about it.

Ah, beer. The cause of and the solution to all of life’s problems.

Save me, Jeebus!

I’m not impressed easily. Wow! A blue car!

Well, crying isn’t gonna bring him back, unless your tears smell like dog food.

I don’t hate your mother, I just won’t be sad when she dies.

Who are you? Why am I here? I want answers now or I want them eventually!

Maybe, just once, someone will call me ‘Sir’ without adding, ‘You/re making a scene’.

Trying is the first step toward failure.

Because they’re stupid, that’s why. That’s why everybody does everything!

That’s it! You people have stood in my way long enough. I’m going to clown college!

You know those balls that they put on car antennas so you can find them in the parking lot? Those should be on every car!

Marge, I’m going to miss you so much. And it’s not just the sex! It’s also the food preparation.

When I look at the smiles on all the children’s faces, I just know they’re about to jab me with something.

America’s health care system is second only to Japan, Canada, Sweden, Great Britain, well…all of Europe. But you can thank your lucky stars we don’t live in Paraguay!

It’s like something out of that “twilighty” show about that zone.

Whenever Marge turns on one of her “non-violent” programs, I take a walk. I go to a bar, I pound a few, then I stumble home in the mood for love…

It’s not easy to juggle a pregnant wife and a troubled child, but somehow I managed to fit in eight hours of TV a day.

English? Who needs that? I’m never going to England!

Oh no! What have I done? I smashed open my little boy’s piggy bank, and for what? A few measly cents, not even enough to buy one beer. Wait a minute, lemme count and make sure…not even close!

Or what? You’ll release the dogs? Or the bees? Or the dogs with bees in their mouth and when they bark they shoot bees at you?

You’re saying butt-kisser like it’s a bad thing!

Well, let’s just call them, uh, Mr. X and Mrs. Y. So anyway, Mr. X would say, ‘Marge, if this doesn’t get your motor running, my name isn’t Homer J. Simpson.’

I know what you’re saying, Bart. When I was young, I wanted an electric football machine more than anything else in the world, and my parents bought it for me, and it was the happiest day of my life. Well, goodnight!

Apu, you got any Skittle Brau? Never mind, just give me some Duff and a pack of Skittles.

You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel.

Mmmmmm – 52 slices of American cheese.

Hey, I asked for ketchup – I’m eatin’ salad here!

When I first heard that Marge was joining the police academy, I thought it would be fun and zany, you know like that movie… “Spaceballs”. But instead it was dark and disturbing, like that movie “Police Academy”.

I think Mr. Smithers picked me for my motivational skills. Everyone always says they have to work twice as hard when I’m around!

Marge, it takes two to lie. One to lie, and one to listen.

Just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand!

I’m trying to fix your mother’s camera. Easy, easy – Hmmm. I think I need a bigger drill.

You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is ‘never try’.

Oh, everything’s too damned expensive these days. Like this Bible. It cost 15 bucks! And talk about a preachy book! Everybody’s a sinner! Except this guy.

Here’s to alcohol – the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.

God bless those pagans.

Don’t let Krusty’s death get you down, boy. People die all the time, just like that. Why, you could wake up dead tomorrow! Well, good night!

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now, quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers!

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.

Go ahead and play the blues if it’ll make you happy.

I’m a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are.

All right, let’s not panic. I’ll make the money by selling one of my livers. I can get by with one.

Woo hoo! 350 dollars! Now I can buy 70 transcripts of Nightline!

Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that.

You know boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like women. You just have to read the manual and press the right button.

I hope I didn’t brain my damage!

We’ll die together, like a father and son should.

Let us celebrate this agreement with the adding of chocolate to milk.

We’re gonna get a new TV. Twenty-one inch screen, realistic flesh tones, and a little cart so we can wheel it into the dining room on holidays!

First you don’t want me to get the pony, then you want me to take it back. Make up your mind!

Son, a woman is a lot like a… a refrigerator! They’re about six feet tall, 300 pounds. They make ice, and… um… Oh, wait a minute. Actually, a woman is more like a beer.

Now what is a wedding? Well, Webster’s dictionary describes a wedding as the process of removing weeds from one’s garden.

Now, Marge, don’t discourage the boy. Weaseling out of things is what separates us from the animals. Except the weasel.

You can’t go wrong with cocktail weenies. They look as good as they taste. And they come in this delicious red sauce. It looks like ketchup, it tastes like ketchup, but brother, it ain’t ketchup!

I saw this movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called “The Bus That Couldn’t Slow Down.”

I don’t have to be careful, I’ve got a gun!

I’m normally not a praying man, but if you’re up there, please save me, Superman!

Oh, they have Internet on computers now.

Marge I swear, I never thought that you would find out.

Shut up, brain, or I’ll stab you with a Q-Tip!

I am so smart, I am so smart, S M R T, I mean S M A R T.

I’m not gonna lie to you, Marge. See ya soon!

Most Successful Box Office Movies Worldwide

What are the most profitable movies in history? What can we learn about humanity by viewing these results? Let’s see…

1. Titanic. Released in 1997, Titanic has been the highest grossing movie in history by far, earning 60% more money than the next movie on the list. Standing in at $1,835,300,000 Titanic is the richest movie in history. Our lucky friend, Leonardo DiCaprio, must have a hot tub that doesn’t run water but molten gold. My guess is that he has beautiful women over and then “accidentally” pushes them in. That’s what I would do.

2. Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. With a title that long, how can you possibly go wrong? This flick stands in at a healthy and wealthy $1,129,219,252. Exactly. I guess this tale of Frodo and Sam’s homosexual love affair caught the human imagination. I wonder if Brokeback Mountain will be a couple more notches down?

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. $1,060,332,628. No wonder Johnny Depp owns an island in the Caribbean. If it wasn’t for him, this movie would have never even gotten on television.

4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. $968,657,891. What’s up with all these trilogies and ridiculously long names? And how in the hell have so many people watched a Harry Potter movie? I am starting to sense that there is something severely wrong with the world.

5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. $958,404,152. Ugh. Another sequel. Johnny Depp is a very sexy man, but why isn’t one of his better movies here? Blow, Edward Scissorhands or Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas all far outclass this mass produced trash.

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Arcadia is going to hate me for saying this, but what the hell! I am sick of seeing the same movie genres here. Where are the all-time greats? Dirty Harry, Braveheart, Requiem for a Dream, Full Metal Jacket?

7. Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace. $922,379,000. This makes sense, the first movie of the trilogy appears to have made the most money because it SUCKED and no one went to see the next couple. The original three Star Wars movies were magical, but Jar Jar Binks and friends managed to ruin all of the magic that the first ones had. George Lucas should retired when he was on top, but I guess he had to support his cocaine habit somehow.

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. $921,600,000. Another decent movie, but nothing special. It seems that giant marketing budgets and special effects carry the load in winning people’s hearts and minds. Makes me doubt all of these claims I’ve always heard about the human spirit; it appears to be easily purchased and wooed with sparkly pictures rather than great and noble concepts.

9. Jurassic Park. $919,700,000. Best movie on the list so far. Jurassic Park is a fun action movie and broke some new ground in a lot of areas in that genre. Lizard Land even had some interesting and thought-provoking themes. Still not a “great”.

10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. $892, 194,397. I quit, humanity is hopeless.

What can we learn from this list? It appears that Joel is a movie snob beginning to approach the ridiculous levels of Plato himself. Either that or most people have the same quality of taste to feed their souls as they do their guts: McDonalds. Semi-decent, self-indulgent, thoughtless fare. I think that the Matrix had it wrong when it claimed that humans couldn’t survive without challenges.. it appears that that is all that we want.

Snowing Outside In Seattle (Pioneer Square)

I’m sitting at work right now looking out my window and the snow is coming down pretty hard. I work down in Pioneer Square and my office faces north and usually I can see the Hospital right up on the hill, but it looks pretty hazy right now. I love snow. I hope tons come down all night. I do live on a steep hill near Pioneer Square though and it could be sketchy when I try to walk home. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll be able to use a homeless person as a sled. I’ll invent a new sport: bumboarding.