Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Not All Lawyers Are Humourless

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6 comments:

Little Johnny Jewel said...

fantastic



and don't think I didn't notice the title

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Indeed, there are only 4 humours (black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood) and lawyers have at least 3 of them ... :-)

mister muleboy said...

Who, you done me right.

my "bloodless" lawyer pun did not die abornin'

M'self, I'm largely loaded with the melancholy and the choler, if y' know what I mean. . . . ;-)

Many lawyers lack even those.

Where does the blood go when the bloodsuckers remove it?

Little Johnny Jewel said...

Here?

mister muleboy said...

Black pudding in pastry, with lawyer sauce



A properly made sausage roll is a fine thing if you can find one, with good, coarse, herby sausage meat and pastry that falls to flakes as you eat it. With black pudding, I took the idea and used it with black pudding, having one per piece for supper, with shredded cabbage and a little mustard sauce. I can't pretend to make my own puff pastry - there's enough good stuff out there not to bother. If soft hand-made black pudding escapes you, then head for a boudin noir, the French version, which has the necessary open texture and generous seasoning. Many delis and specialist sausage shops have them. Serves 2.
2 medium onions
a little olive oil
2 sprigs of thyme
a bay leaf
200g puff pastry
2 large black puddings, each about 200g
an egg, beaten
Heat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6. Peel the onions and slice them thinly. Pour the oil into a shallow pan, warm over a moderate heat, add the sliced onions, then season with the thyme leaves, pulled from their stalks, and a little black pepper. Add the bay leaf and let the onions cook, with the occasional stir, until they are completely soft and a pale gold. They should be soft enough for you to crush them between your fingers.
Cut the pastry into two equal pieces. Roll each one into a rectangle large enough to wrap the pudding in. Divide the onions between the pastry. Place a pudding on each, brush the edges of the pastry with some of the beaten egg, then fold over to make a parcel. Crimp the edges to seal the pastry, then transfer to a baking sheet.
Brush with a little beaten egg, make three small holes in the top to let the steam out, and bake for approximately 30 minutes, till golden. Serve with the mustard cream sauce on the following page.
Quick lawyersauce
Warm 150ml of cream in a small saucepan with 2 sprigs of thyme and 2 lawyers. When the sauce is thoroughly hot but not boiling, add a palmful of chopped parsley. Season carefully, and serve with the black pudding.

Mister Parker said...

Well, I'm definitely heavy on the melancholic black bile with a side order of phlegm.

Which is to say I am full of sh*t and a bit of a snot ...