Someone said to me the other day, she goes, “You should make joining Twitter your 2015 New Years resolution.
I was like, “What the fuck kind of resolution is that?”
And she goes, “Because, that’s where everyone is! If you’re trying to grow your blog in 2015, you need to be on Twitter.”
And then I was like, oh shit.
Maybe I do need to be on Twitter.
But then it’s like, wait a minute.
Do I really have to have a Twitter presence to grow my blog?
‘Should I be on Twitter?’ I guess is the question here.
Like I don’t wanna get on there and tweet about some cheeseburger I just ate, like 40 million of these idiots.
Seriously, if I get on there I would only tweet about, maybe…I don’t know, when a new post comes out or something.
I already do that on Instagram though..
This is ridiculous, I can’t..
I can’t be on Twitter.
I don’t know.
What do you think?
Is Twitter as stupid as I think it is?
Are you guys on Twitter?
If you are, I would love to know the following:
– What do you like about it? Specifically.
– How often do you tweet?
– How much time a day is enough time on Twitter?
– What does Twitter do for you? Specifically.
– If you were somehow banned from Twitter, would that affect you?
Basically, what are the positives about Twitter?
Let me know, ok?
Alright let’s get to this ragout.
One-pot meals are just the epitome of winter, aren’t they?
They’re just crammed with all sorts of good shit and somehow it all comes together in the most awesome way possible.
There isn’t anything really unique about this dish or the ingredients used, although I find the pancetta bits ensure even kids lick the bowl clean.
We’re getting ready to have a week of what they call, a polar vortex.
Yeah, it’s as bad as it fucking sounds and I am so glad I’ve got this to get me through that.
Shellfish Ragout with a Variety of Beans.
What I Used.
2lb Scrubbed Mussels. 2 Dozen Littleneck Clams. 2 cups White Beans (soaked overnight in water). 2 cups Black Beans (soaked overnight in water). 1 can Kidney Beans (rinsed well). 1 can Grabanzo Beans (rinsed well). 10 cups Chicken Stock. 3 cups Clam Juice. 4, 6in Links Dry Chorizo Sausage. 5 Garlic Cloves. 2 cups Diced Pancetta. 1 Large Onion (cut into 4s). 1 Thyme Sprig. Bread (optional).
What I Did.
The black & white beans should have already been soaked overnight.
Drain the beans and set aside.
Cut the chorizo in to ½ in thick slices.
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot, except the canned beans, mussels & clams.
Cover with a lid set slightly ajar until the beans come to a simmer.
Let them remain cooking at a steady simmer, don’t boil them.
Cook until the beans are tender, about 2 hours.
Season with salt & pepper about an hour into the cooking.
Meanwhile, the shellfish.
Add the clam juice and the thyme sprig to a large pot and bring to a boil.
Clean the mussels & clams.
I like to clean them by mixing 1 tbsp of flour in a large bowl of cold water and then adding the mussels & clams to it.
Let them sit in the floured water for about 5 mins before rinsing them completely with clean, cold water and draining them.
The shellfish breathe under water and the flour in the water congests them which causes them to spit.
And when they spit, all the grime and dirt comes out.
Sort of a self-cleaning technique I learned a while ago.
When the shellfish is cleaned, however you do it, add them to the boiling clam juice.
Cover and let cook until the both the mussels & clams open.
About 10 mins.
Drain them from the broth.
Set aside to cool for a few mins.
Back to the pot of beans..
When the beans are almost tender, add in the rinsed garbanzo & kidney beans.
When the shellfish are warm enough to touch, de-shell half of them.
Add the un-shelled pieces to the bean broth.
Adjust seasoning if needed.
Then add in the remaining shelled pieces.
Is de-shell a word? It is right?
Give things another good mix.
Serve with bread (if you must).