829 Southdrive

829 Southdrive

A New Jersey state of mind

Monday, May 23, 2011

Glass Onion

A Martini is simply Gin and Vermouth, at a ratio of between 4:1
and 6:1, shaken or stirred with ice, and strained into a glass,
hopefully frosted, containing an olive or squeezed lemon peel.
My favorite is a Gibson.  Vermouth is optional, and I take that
option.  Cocktail onions finish the garnish.  Some folks say,
 "fill the shaker with ice and Gin, and wave it in the direction of
Italy". I say, hold the shaker still and pour some Vermouth in. Then
shake the f&$% out of it.  It's funny.  Usually the Martini
tastes great after the first sip.  If it doesn't, wait a couple more sips
and then you can't tell any more.

Here we go with Jersey Seafood.  A sauteed Softshell Crab sits
upon a Potato cake with Bacon and Scallions in it.  To its
starboard, a stir-fry of Baby Bok Choy and Snow Peas with Ginger,
and to port, seared Atlantic City Sea Scallops.  A smear of Oyster
sauce and Sriracha lead the way, with Thyme flowers and Thai Basil
chiffonade to cover.   P.S.- Zoom in on this image. 
Your stomach will be growling.  Promise.


  1. How did you make that delicious smell that I detected when I zoomed in?

  2. Just some meaningless trivia:

    There is no definitive story on the creation of the martini, but folklore suggests the drink was first mixed during the California Gold Rush.
    "In 1849, a miner struck it rich and was returning to San Francisco. The miner, arriving in Martinez, the first large town he hit, wanted to celebrate. He walked into our leading bar and asked for champagne," according to the City of Martinez website. Champagne was not available. "However, the bartender told him (the miner) that he had something much better than champagne and served a drink which the bartender said was a 'Martinez Special'. The miner liked the drink and ordered for the house. Over a period of years the name Martinez became martini."

    Good looking dish! Soft Crabs are one of my favorites.

  3. Just some meaningless trivia...

    The song "Glass Onion" refers to several earlier Beatles' songs, including "Strawberry Fields Forever," "I Am the Walrus," "Lady Madonna," "The Fool on the Hill," and "Fixing a Hole." There are also subtle, passing references to "There's a Place," "I'm Looking Through You," and "Within You Without You."

    The song also refers to the "Cast Iron Shore," a coastal area of south Liverpool, known to local people as "The Cazzy."

    The song's "The Walrus was Paul" lyric is both a reference to "I Am the Walrus" and Lennon saying "something nice to Paul" in response to changes in their relationship at that time. Later, the line was interpreted as a "clue" in the "Paul is dead" urban legend that alleged McCartney died in 1966 during the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and was replaced by a look-alike and sound-alike. The line is preceded with "Well, here's another clue for you all."

    Lennon himself dismissed any deep meaning to the mysterious lyrics: "I threw the line in—'the Walrus was Paul'—just to confuse everybody a bit more. It could have been 'The fox terrier is Paul.' I mean, it's just a bit of poetry. I was having a laugh because there'd been so much gobbledygook about Pepper—play it backwards and you stand on your head and all that."

  4. Just some meaningless trivia...

    There's a direct connection between glass onions and sailing.

    "...Glass onions were large hand blown glass bottles used aboard sailing ships to hold wine or brandy. For increased stability on rough seas, the bottles were fashioned with a wide-bottom shape to prevent toppling, thus making the bottles look somewhat onion-shaped..."

  5. How do I get the saliva out of my keyboard?

  6. Given that O Docker is such an astute pupil/observer of irony, his observation regarding the onboard "glass onion" adult beverage glass would seem to make the point that the martini could not have been devised by a sailor.

    It's hard enough to walk across a stationary floor with a martini poured to the rim in a traditional glass without spilling a precious drop--and believe me, I've had lots of practice--not to mention on the deck of a ship rolling on the seas.

    Olives, though, for me.

  7. Oh hell yeah! Dog, more drink and food recipes, please.

  8. Oh my gosh, that looks really yummy!!! :)

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  9. Your food always looks amazing!!