Saturday, June 12, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: 'Old-Fashioned' tacos

Old-Fashioned tacos

Cocktails and tacos!

Pop-up kitchen Mascogo Tacos 1 was cooking up their fare on 4 June 2021, outdoors on the 'whiskey patio,' at small Independent Distilling Company, in Decatur, Georgia, USA.

We were there; we ate; we drank. Pictured clockwise from top:
  • Old Fashioned cocktail 2
    Independent Distilling Hellbender Bourbon, demerara syrup, aromatic bitters, Regan's Orange Bitters, twists of lemon and orange.

  • Barbacoa taco
    Braised brisket cooked in smoked chilis, with spices, onions, cilantro.

  • Pollo con Chili Verde taco
    Hatch-chili-verde-stewed chicken breast, onions, cilantro, Cotija. 3

  • Los Cactus taco (partially obscured)
    marinated grilled cactus, onions, cilantro, charred tomato salsa, with/without Cotija.
"What's the cactus in the taco?" I asked Mascogo Tacos' chef, Craig L. Headspeth, "It's tasty." "There's only one edible cactus," he replied. "Prickly pear." 4 "Ah!"

I thanked him; the other half complimented him on the two meatier tacos. Thanks were also proffered to Independent's 'mixologist' Corey for the cocktail and to Michael Anderson, Independent's owner/distiller, for the Hellbender Bourbon, the first bourbon distilled in the Atlanta area since before Prohibition. That's one hundred-one years ago, in 1920(!), in case you're counting.

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Saturday, June 05, 2021

Pic(k) of the Week: Rapeseed stalk

Rapeseed stalk

A stalk of rapeseed (Brassica napus) blooms in Decatur’s Kitchen Garden —an immigrant-operated community garden— in Decatur, Georgia, USA. 16 April 2021.

In the cabbage family, rapeseed is the plant from which the vegetable cooking-oil, canola (an adman's portmanteau of 'Canada' and 'ola', the latter itself meaning 'oil, low acid'), is extracted. * The re-name may have seemed more, err, palatable.

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