Adventures in the kitchen

A Delicious Dish With a Ridiculous Name

We are dining in tonight.  The human female is making something with the truly regrettable name of “Baa-Squeal.”  Why?  Why indeed!

The humans call it “Baa-Squeal” because it has lamb in it.

Think about that.

Still, the finished dish, which has its inspiration the spicy dishes of Morocco, is quite tasty, so Sigyn and I are taking notes, in case we ever want to make it ourselves.

First, we make a little bouillon, since we don’t have any chicken stock on hand.

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(That is definitely the human female’s mug.)

Next, one large yellow onion needs to be made into small bits.

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I volunteer.  I like chopping things up!

We want to get a bit of caramelization on these.

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Mmm!  Not many things smell better than onions frying.

Here’s the lamb.  The human female cooked it up earlier, so Sigyn wouldn’t have to see it raw.  Occasionally that mortal uses her brain cell!

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We should start the couscous now.  It’s like itty-bitty pasta grains and is pretty much instant.  But we’re going to add some parsley to it, so it will take on some flavor as it sits.

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By Odin’s monocular vision!  Look at that sell-by date!  Luckily, it does keep well in the cold box.

Here’s a fun part.  We need little pieces of dried apricot. The easiest way to make them is with the scissors.

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I wanted to use the human female’s good sewing shears, but Sigyn said no.

Now we need some veggies.  Tomato, and there’s a yellow pepper in the cold box.

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How are those onions  doing?

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Starting to see some color.

Time for peezncarrots!

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The human female is using frozen.  I’m a Frost Giant, and I approve!

Add the bouillon, cover, and let it cook for a while.

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Now for the spices.  The human female throws about half the cupboard in here, but I think these will all play nicely together.

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I wanted to sneak in some oregano or rum extract or wasabi, just to make it interesting, but Sigyn said no.

More fruit is required!  Raisins are good.

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Let’s be extra-fancy tonight and put some toasted almonds on top.

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Toasting almonds are one of the few things that smell better than frying onions…

The lamb has gone in.

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The couscous is ready.  It just needs fluffing.

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Steamy!

Here’s the finished Baa-Squeal.

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The humans are saying it’s a good batch; very tasty.  Ehehehehe!  They haven’t noticed my mischief yet…

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