Welcome...

Welcome...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014!
Don't Let the Door Hit Ya Where the Good Lord Split Ya!

2015...
The Year of the Sammich.
No More Resolutions, Only Menus...
Namaste

Happy New Year

Monday, December 29, 2014

Get In My Belly: This Lil Piggy Had Roast Beef

Hey There!
Welcome to "Get in my Belly".
I'm the King of Takeout & Delivery.  My Doctor's so concerned, she's told me my blood is Type BBQ.
::ba-dum-dum, cymbal crash::
Yet Sometimes I am a Man Possessed!!!
As when my brudda Doctor Hooey told me how everyone at home is down with a bug.
The first thing I thought of since he was cooking lunch was...
Chicken Soup!  And while at the Butcher, I picked up a 5 lb chicken


I also spied a post-Holiday "gift".  Beef at $4.99 a pound and I was eyeballing a beautiful 4lb top round roast for under $25.  So while oven was on to roast chicken quarters and while the stock pot needed about 3 hours to make with Chicken Stock, I could make Roast Beef.
I came out with a nigh-perfect roast this time around.  I seasoned the roast, fired a 300deg oven, placed on a rack then foil covered.  I let that ride for 75 minutes.  I checked it & the internal temp was over 90deg.  I crank the oven to 325deg, uncover the roast and check every ten minutes until I achieved an internal temp of 120deg in the deeepest center.  I let rest on a wooden carving board.  There is some magic involved with resting roasted meats & birds on wood & I cannot question it.
I let the roast rest for 10 minutes before checking the internal temp again.  Over ten minutes the juices redistribute everywhere and it "carries over", meaning resting the roast will keep cooking until it equalizes at room temperature, at it's most succulent to boot.
All awhile it was to make Chicken Soup in the hopes of getting it to Peter's family.  I got a under gallon of chix stock with the carcass, mirepoix & three hours.  I cooked off a pound of Ditalini separately and shocked in cold water.  I roasted the skinless chicken quarters until internal temp of 170deg, rested on wood & let cool to later dice.  Brunoise mirepoix, raw added to boiling stock until tender, I then added the pasta & cooked chicken to the end.  Oh yeah, finish with a little slurry.  Slurry is equal parts Cold Water & Cornstarch to thicken soups & gravies.  I used only 2oz of cornstarch therefore we need how much water?  Make sure you get the corners too & your slurry should look & pour like Heavy Cream.  Add slurry to the simmering soup and you'll never forget I told you Granny's Secret Recipe ;)
Homemade Chicken Soup Made with Love!

I then cut into my Roast.  I was beheld to marvel.  I felt a poem coming over me...

So this Little Piggy will be eating roast beef!  Soup & Sammiches!
Anybody want some before it's gone?

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Station Ident

Hello and Welcome to CHANNEL OCHO!
My Contribution to Helping Write the Internet.
Image above: The "SuperOm" aka The Supermantra, a stylized Om within the iconic Superman diamond & a variation on the classic color combo.  
I drew it...then I put it on a Cafe Press tee-shirt but iDigress...

What do I do here? I blog.  Along with the help of my friends who occasionally chime in.
Why?  I'm into writing, sharing stories & experiences and also want to turn you on to something cool or delicious whether it be Music, Fiction, Hockey, Spirituality or a Well-Made Dinner.
Channel OCHO is the Magazine on the Coffeetable of my Life.  The Coffeetable was where my friends & I would gather, share stories, good meals & company.  Time & Geography have split a lot of the corps up, yet we hold it together with the glue of our love & interest in all things cool & fun.

Come check out the Archive of Articles:
And much much more!
Joie De Vivre!  And write it down.  You'll never know who you could inspire next!
Namaste & Good Luck.

Eric O'Sullivan
Boston, MA USA
@revsully on Twitter

Friday, December 26, 2014

I finally have Nothing To Say.

Happy Holidays!  Cheers!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

xkcd

"Small Moon"
xkcd
click link to embiggen and to read the HoverText!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Comics Gnome POOTS!...

A Nest Full of Robin Easter Eggs!

Check this Out!  I got the link from CBR and wanted to Share it.  Thanks Brian & John!!  

So Can you ID each Robin?  I think I can...but iDigress...
Click the article above to embiggen.
Some of the best stories are ones never told...the "imaginary ones", right?

Namaste...

Kriya Shakti,
Rev Sully