Archive for November, 2010


Tonight, we played Innovation, Betrayal at House on the Hill and Vegas Showdown.

Players: Tony, CT7, Mike Y., Chris H. and Dr. ZRFQ.

  • Mike Y. won Innovation with 28, followed by Tony (27), and CT7 (18).
  • Dr. ZRFQ betrayed us in Betrayal at House on the Hill, but lost when CT7, Chris H. and Mike Y. successfully got Tony onto the Throne with the right stuff in his grasping little hands.
  • Mike Y. won Vegas Showdown with 53, followed by Dr. ZRFQ (52), Tony (42), CT7 (41), and Chris H. (32).

Today, we played a few games at Darkover.

Players: Tony, Angel, and a bunch of people at Darkover.

We played:

  • Ascension
  • Are you the Traitor?

Today, we played a bunch of games at Darkover, but we never did keep scores.

Players: Tony, Angel, and a bunch of people at Darkover.

We played:

So, tonight I decided we’re having chicken. Chicky tits are generally pretty flavorless (thank you, Catherynne Valente), but if you subject them to curry, or batter and a deep-fryer, they’re pretty palatable. Tonight, however, I didn’t want to go to all that effort to render what usually amounts to a “kindergarden eraser” edible, so I bought and roasted a whole chicken.

First, I spatchcocked the bird. Well, actually, first I set the oven to preheat to 375. Then I spatchcocked the bird. This involved a few minutes of wrestling with the bird’s spine and a pair of scissors, before I finally just grabbed the backbone and (rather messily) ripped it out. After that, I promptly flipped it on its back, splayed, and pressed my (not inconsiderable) weight down on the sternum until that snapped in twain and the bird lay flat on the cutting board. I splashed some olive oil in my larger cast iron pan (since I don’t have a mister), and spread it around a bit. Once the pan was coated, I plopped the chicken, breast up, in the pan, then tucked the backbone under the legs.

I ground up some rosemary and a ‘Garlic & Herb’ mix that Angel has in my little stone mortar. After dribbling and spreading olive oil all over the bird, I spread the herb mixture on the bird and rubbed it in. Apparently, I didn’t rub it in well enough, ’cause when I splashed a healthy couple of glugs of white wine over the bird, it carried off a fair bit of the herbs.

After covering the pan with aluminum foil, I popped it in the oven. Since I was referencing this recipe, I figured 9 minutes per pound would work out okay, and promptly set the oven for just shy of an hour for the ~6.5-pound chicken. When the timer when off, I removed the foil, took a good, healthy whiff of a wonderful scent, and then set the timer for another 15 minutes. I let the bird rest on the cutting board for about ten minutes before I had at it with my cutlery. (I really, really need to get a proper carving knife; perhaps that will be my Bir-Hanu-Mas present to myself.)

It was most yum – needed a pinch of salt and some more pepper ground on it, but it came out rather well. I needed to cook the legs and thighs a little longer; I think 20 minutes after uncovering will work well enough, or perhaps 10 minutes per pound  instead of 9, but a brief stint in the nuke fixed up the legs enough that I could enjoy them. Tomorrow morning, I’m dumping the pan drippings, the backbone, the wingtips and the remainder of the carcass into the stockpot with a bunch of water and some veg – perhaps I’ll be able to turn out a decent stock from this, too!

And, pix or it didn’t happen:

Not bland and tasteless!

Tonight, we played Innovation.

Players: Tony, CT7, Chris H. and Dr. ZRFQ.

  • CT7 won Innovation with 4, followed by Dr. ZRFQ, Tony and Chris H. (0).
  • Dr. ZRFQ won Innovation with 4, followed by Chris H. (1), and CT7 and Tony (0).
  • Tony won Innovation with 4, followed by CT7 (1), and Dr. ZRFQ and Chris H. (0).
  • Chris H. win Innovation with 4, followed by CT7 (2), and Dr. ZRFQ and Tony (0).
  • Dr. ZRFQ won Innovation with (4), followed by Tony, CT7 and Chris H. (0).

Tonight, we played Race for the Galaxy.

Players: Tony and Angel.

Tonight, we attended Ludus and played Innovation.

Players: Tony, CT7, Byron, and Chris.

  • Byron won Innovation with 5, followed by Tony (1), and CT7 (0).
  • Tony won Innovation with 4, followed by Byron (3), Chris (1), and CT7 (0).
    • “Worked so well the first time, I’m gonna do it again!”
      “What does that mean?”
      “Means we’re gonna have a war… in your country this time!”
  • Tony won Innovation with 4, followed by CT7 and Chris (2), and Byron (1).

Today, we played Thunderstone and Carcassonne.

Tonight, we played Cosmic Cows, Carcassonne, Chrononauts, and Race for the Galaxy.

Players: Tony and Angel.

Tonight, we played Carcassonne.

Players: Tony and Angel.

  • Angel won Carcassonne with 192, followed by Tony (131).
  • Tony won Carcassonne with 190, followed by Angel (150).

Also, Angel learned the combat portion of Dungeon Lords tonight.