Sunday, December 21, 2008

It's the New Blyak



Martha called. (Explain, please, why a billionaire is always wearing my Sears' denim shirt?) Anyway, she's charming enough, but only calls when she wants something.

"Deah," she said, "I have a spinach leaf and scallion wreath with your name on it, but please reveal your Christmas menu. I need new copy."

I won't tell her, but I will tell you. The secret, as you can see from the sign on my front door, is built around the durable and succulent Bos grunniens . Soon to be known as the other, other white meat. They're the greenest animal on earth -- beasts of burden, healthy source of milk, and edible.

Still working on the name of my recipe, but something along the line of Pack, Whack, and Snack. Or maybe allude to it's soothing qualities: yakety yak, it won't talk back.

No, you won't find yak meat at Trader Joe's (yet! Tho a pizza and trail mix are in the works), so a little restaurant in Pasadena is my only source.

Recipes coming soon: Yak 'n cheese, Monterey yak, Baby yak ribs, Yak of lamb. And save the renderings if you want to wash it all down with some apple yak. (I'm on my third cup already!)

51 comments:

  1. How's about a receipe for Yak Pate?

    MH, I saw your friend Dianne 2day.

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  2. Hit the road yaks, I was still working on it. Oh well, screw it, I'll just have another yaknog.

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  3. I was just reading this blog to Dinah in Kansas City, and she suggested that one of these days, we all get together and have a Yak Off.

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  4. Oh, you started it. I'm havin' a Big Yak attack! I want Cracker Yak for dessert.

    I recommend yak jerky for Mr. Earl.

    C.O., you're on a blog roll.

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  5. Ahem, amen, on a blog roll? Thanks You, P, it's an honor to finally make your Pasadena Blog Roll. (I don't assume nothin!)

    Put Madame Gramaphone on your list while you're at it, after she earns it of course. Then, take down Miss Havisham off your list, please. Hohoho!!

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  6. I'll look after you. As we say in Tibet, "got your yak."

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  7. Yakety Yak! Don't talk back! What fun all you yakey people are! It's nice to know that I'm not the only yak job in these parts. Yak jerky indeed, Petrea, but I'm quite sure that Dinah was thinking of a Yak Off more like a Chili Cookoff... Yeah I'm quite sure...Hmmm... yeah...uh huh...

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  8. I'm headed to YacDonalds for a .......BIG YAK of course. Two all yak patties, special sauce.....! Oh wait, just read Petrea's. DAMNATION, she stole it right out from under me.
    Sorry, you started and I had to finish it. You crack me up.
    V

    PS We have probably been eating it all along in uppity French restaurants with some wildly divine sauce over it.

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  9. Ok. You know I can be a little slow. Are you really eating yak for Christmas?

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  10. Isn't it true this is really horse meat, despite what is said in intellectual circles.
    And, so this would make sense comin from you!

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  11. CO, sit! lay down!
    Mr E, a Yak off has possibilities.
    Petrea -- you poet! I missed that one completely. But Virg didn't.
    Margaret, two words: Yak crispy squares. (I can't count.)

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  12. Yak spelled backwards is Kay. Thats all I got.

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  13. Well this crowd has made my day. I want so badly to do something with yak sushi but I can't make it work. Anyone? anyone?

    My word ver. is poutti. Well isn't that the damn truth!
    I swear this is my last one.
    Yak takeout: Yak in a sack
    Over and out.
    V

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  14. I can't Virg, I can't come up with anything. No matter. Have some cheese and yackers. Kay made them.

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  15. YOU YACK ME UP!!! I am laughing so hard I'm crying.
    V

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  16. Geez, YAK me up. I am now officially out of this!!!!

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  17. Regarding your question on my blog about photos of the grand old Pasadena hotels of yesteryear:

    I only have city-owned buildings. Pasadena Historical Museum has an incredible research library and archives. Check with them: (626) 577-1660, ext. 13

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  18. You see Ken Yak, a few of the west coast bloggers met for lunch, and we had several glasses of champagne. Well, some of us did. Ok, I did. And we saw this sign...(another here at www.mllegramophone.wordpress.com)

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  19. This is enough to make one become an ovo-yacto vegetarian.

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  20. I guess that should be "ovo-yakto" vegetarian.

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  21. I'm really sorry I missed out! But you guys have cleared up whether or not it's red or white with yak. Guess sparkling is the way to go.

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  22. Don't forget the freshly yakked pepper.

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  23. Freshly yakked. Isn't that what mother birds feed their young?

    My word verification is "dement." Says it all.

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  24. LA & PB: we xxxpect you gals at the next table next month!
    In fact, Mr Earl requires your appearance. (And don't ask us for any appearance fees.)

    Or else we'll put you bloggers on our blyak list!!

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  25. Don't know much about history
    Don't know much trigonometry
    Don't know what "yak scooped" is
    Don't know what "yakked pepper" be

    But I know that one and one is two
    And I know that $19.99 is too
    Much for Hanukah candles at Bristol Farms zoo
    Oh what's a South Pas Jew to do?

    Happy Christmas, Hanukah, Soltice, Kwaanza, and Yak Day everyone!

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  26. I just had to stop by to get all yakked up for wrapping presents. I see the frivolity continues. I didn't know about the champagne or I would have been here sooner.

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  27. Some people have been running amok on my site. Mr E, may the Knyack can set that to music.

    Ok, I'm all yakked out.

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  28. Let's take a kayak to Quincy or Nyack,
    Let's get away from it all.

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  29. Anyone wandering in here unprepared could be forgiven for thinking they'd walked in to an asylum.

    I haven't had yak meat but I've had yak butter tea and somewhere in my old photos is at least one shot of a yak being butchered in the snow on the streets of Lhasa. That wasn't the day I became a vegetarian but it may have been a contributing factor.

    Yak on!

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  30. Wayne also can eat no yak.

    My word verification is SUCKLA.

    I'm not sure I appreciate that.

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  31. Gee Wayne, thanks, I think. And Laurie, I was just about to email you but my plumber was here working on the sink and I got distracted because he flashed -- yes -- his butt yak.

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  33. I meant to say... Karin, you didn't have to email me, you could have just texted me from your Yakberry.

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  34. Pax-Yaks. I'm getting one-upped every time. When you're good, you're good -- and you're good.

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  35. But when you're bad you're even better. Skoal!

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  36. Laurie: Your friend Yak Pate's ears must be on fire from all this Yak Flak

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  37. Yer yust yonesing fer a yule yak
    freddie mac
    railroad track
    broke her back
    hiding under a galyak

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  38. Oh man, just got byak from another Christmas party tonite, in Monrovia. Let me see what these humans have been putting their noses into here while I've been away from this zoo...

    Oh No.
    Ok now! - Yaks enuf of this silly behaviour u homos sapiens!
    Well, actually it will be enuf when KB reaches 50 (comments, i.e.).

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  39. poor Wintertime yak
    designated as dinner
    above Rudolph flies

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  40. I have never felt so flush with pleasure in my entire life!!! 47 comments about my tender white flesh! I have dreamed of fame my entire life, and now, at last, I'm in my glory thanks to Altadena Hiker!

    Here's the recipe for Yak Pate:
    Equal parts yak flesh and almonds pached in champagne, a good one of course. Drain, salt & pepper, grate a half nutmeg nut into the mix, and blend or process until smooth. Mix with apricot preserves and remaining champagne until a nice, workable consistency. Mould into a loaf and chill. Serve with ice-cold vodka and a cracker assortment.

    I'm SOOOO proud!!!!!

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  41. You sound tasty. I must say, Yakpate, you're being an awfully good sport about all this.

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  42. YP: and I thought you only knew about radical politics!
    You apparently can also cook up radical "Yak."

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  43. Thank you, Yakpate. Cafe Observer requested this recipe at the start of these shenanigans and I'm happy to see he's been obliged. I'm going to skip it, though. I think it would make me yak.

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