Tuesday, October 6, 2020



Everything was going well. Chicken? Marinading in the fridge. Weber? All fired up, deploying smoke and ready to go. Then, just as we were about to launch over the start line LL called from the mountain fastness of the Wolf's Lair in Arizona's infamous highlands.

"Hey LSP, thanks a lot for inviting me. I like kebabs too."

"Look, you know it's an open invite."

"Do you have swords?"

"Of course."

"I thought you would."

"And don't get me wrong, I scorn the Sultan. That's why I made Tzatziki. You know, Greek. We need the Bosphorus back, and Hagia Sophia with it."

"Yeah, I know. And you need to expand from Fleet Padre to that guy who gives the thumbs up or down in the arena."





Remove Kebab aside, we waxed large on Mozambique's pirate problem and the upcoming buccaneer LCS fleet. OK, the ships are pathetically underarmored and undergunned, only having one lightweight canon ("pop gun" - LL). We'll have to sort that out, perhaps with batteries of surplus Bofors. Nice touch, and they can go on the landing deck. Bad luck, Jihad. 

But what had happened to the deliciously grilling chunks of chicken in the meanwhile? Well, they were doing their thing but the fire had burned down low, throwing off timing. The Compound's version of naan got in the way too, roll out that dough, LSP. Bread's a production.

All this and more stood in the way of what was supposed to be a Cooking With LSP super kebab post. The chicken was OK but not the kind of perfection we expect. Naan? Alright, but not awesome. And you say Naan, but it was more like a regular flatbread than anything else. No rule? On the contrary, it should be fluffy, delicious and melt in your mouth. Tzatziki was right on the money though. Nice.

So stay tuned for a kebab special, in which we grill the Turk, free Levantine Christendom and take back Justinian's remarkable cathedral. And end up with good scoff to boot. As it is, the leftover chicken's simmering in a pot and curry beckons.

Your Culinary friend,



Anonymous said...


My bread making expertise is limited to beer-bread (usually Castle) in the bush and bannocks (with whatever the local brew is) in the boreal. Look, beer (and bacon) makes ‘everything’ taste better … even my cooking. (In a dutch oven when vehicular, or a Zebra can when on shanks mare).

I was just wondering if LL had considered a few fougasse (the weapon not the bread – see my mind does have ‘some’ vaguely logical linkages method to its often apparently random meanderings) mounted on the gunnels?

[I did once make a ‘proof of concept’ very small spar torpedo for use in the regular dinghy ‘competitions’ in Poole but was banned from deploying it … and the miniature greek-fire trebuchet too. Apparently something to do with health and safety and conduct unbecoming or some such].

RHT447 said...

Wife and I are hooked on this stuff--


Cut boneless skinless chicken breast(s) in one inch thick strips. Cooks faster and more surface area for marinade. When I turn them on the grill, I drag each strip through the marinade again.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Grrr. Wonderful food but I'm stuck on the eating plan that has taken 60 lbs off my knees.

Jim said...

I was starting to wonder if this was a weapons free grilling when I found the pistol partially hidden in a photo. I'm relieved.

Kid said...

No pictures of the belly dancing girls ?

Old NFO said...

Can't win 'em all, but if it was edible, that in itself is a win! I've had to order pizza a time or three... sigh

drjim said...

Looks delicious, Parson!

With the weather cooling off, I took stock of our bread making supplies.

We are GO! for bread, possibly this weekend.

LSP said...

Anon, beer and bacon is KEY. Especially bacon. Speaking of food, do you remember the old compo rations? I do, all these cans of something being opened up somewhere in Wales or the Lake District. Tasted delicious to me in the snow. Heavy, though.

Like the fougasse suggestion a lot and will put it to the Admiral. He's very concerned about the wretched LCS fleet being pathetically undergunned and drily says things like "they'd do very well against unarmed boats," and "pop gun."

Greek fire trebuchet, on a dinghy?!? ROCK ON.

LSP said...

Delicious, RHT.

LSP said...

Jim, I'm a creature of tradition and hey, don't want those ingredients getting any dam ideas.

LSP said...

WSF, 60 Ibs? Wow. Genuinely impressed.

LSP said...

Dammit, Kid. Next time. They perversely moved outta the frame. Huh.

LSP said...

It was OK, NFO, just not the perfection I was after. Also, tbh, I'm not sure if I like these super long marinade times -- the chicken just gets too tenderized. Ma LSP thinks it's because of all the processing done to the meat.

In Turkey etc? Different story. So adapt accordingly. Hmmm.

LSP said...

drjim, I do like a good home baked loaf, I have to say. Delicious and the aroma itself is worth the production.