Monday, January 17, 2011

Barbecue Stuck Pot Rice and Potato Burritos Crispied with The Goddamn Rattlesnake and Chetreo

Danny Briere, a diminutive man by NHL standards, didn't score a goal last night for the first time in six games. I tried to think of a streak that I was on that could match his goal scoring prowess. It didn't take me long to realize that I had eaten tortillas at five straight meals. There was that burrito on Friday night, then these burritos on Saturday afternoon and evening and again on Sunday afternoon, which was followed by this on Sunday night. Thank god he got held scoreless against the Rangers because I am out of tortillas and not wanting to shop today.

Barbecue Stuck Pot Rice and Potato Burritos (adapted from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman)

-2 cups brown rice
-2 Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced crosswise
-black pepper and salt (to taste)
-1 onion, diced
-1/4 cup olive oil plus 1 Tbs.
-1/4 cup water
-barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Vidalia Onion)

1. Bring a pot of water with salt in it to a boil. Add the brown rice and return to a boil. Reduce the heat and cook the rice for fifteen minutes, untouched. Drain, sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.

2. Using the same pot add the olive oil and onion and cook for two minutes.

3. Place the remaining olive oil in a dutch oven. Layer the sliced potatoes across the bottom. Top with half of the rice, the onions and then the rest of the rice. Dump in the water, cover with the lid and heat on medium heat until you hear the water spattering (five minutes). Lower the heat and cook for 45 minutes.

4. Dump the contents of the Dutch oven onto a big plate. Scrap the potatoes off of the bottom. Add more salt and pepper (if necessary). Warm the tortillas and divide the potato and rice mixture evenly amongst the tortillas. Top with barbecue sauce, stir to combine and roll the burrito. Devour it.

*I also added pickles to the concoction and really enjoyed it.

Most of my long runs take place on a road that heavily shrouded in forest. I often times have visions of gators, wild pigs, coral snakes or rattlers jumping into my path and making me decide do I get gored/poisoned or jump in front of a car. I hope that is a decision I never have to make. The Goddamn Rattlesnake is a country sounding band from New York led by J. Rattlesnake (of Acid Tiger fame). Perhaps The Goddamn Rattlesnake is his version of a power ballad. "Slow Down Romeo" comes from the bands Stay Sweet album. You can hear it/buy it at soundcloud. Thanks for BrooklynVegan for the heads up with these guys.

For years Hot Topic has made a living off of video game attire and the connection some people felt towards early Nintendo, Atari and Sega gaming systems. Edgar Wright's movie Scott Pilgrim vs the World comes along and takes the video game influence to a whole new level. I guess it only makes sense that someone should pick up on making music about their love of video games. That is where Chetreo comes in. Chetreo, aka Niklas Dahlstrand, is a Swedish musician whose lyrics evoke video game worlds of the past. "The Boy Without a Fairy" deals with Zelda; name dropping things such as Epona, Hyrule, Ocarina and Ganondorf. You can download Chetreo's entire debut, A Year of Change, for free here.