Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Lammas post 1 and music-related things

I have a fun dinner party tonight that is Lammastide themed
and will put up a recipe and photo tomorrow.
I have an oddball chanting/folk"singing" and experimental
act I have been doing for years.
I do skits, poems,costumes and whatnot for it and this concept I
call "Newstalgia" where I make some of the songs seem of
indeterminate age and origin and put them out there.
Here are some actually about Lammas for the dinner especially,
with a couple of extras thrown in there... usually I don't exactly
carry the tune all that well, so there's that...
https://sanctuaryofsound.bandcamp.com/album/ye-olde-newstalgic-songes-of-lammastide-and-other-affaires

and here's the general group- includes some funky folk songs,
Sumerian ritual (lol) and re-imagined yowling hymns and spells...
https://sanctuaryofsound.bandcamp.com/

free to stream
songs are pay what you want for actual download
albums are $1 or whatever you want
gotta spread this stuff around,
a lot of it makes for good campfire entertainment!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Several Upcoming Events

Hey There!
I have several events coming up on the annual trip across the North.
I will put the menus if I know them after the dates and links, a lot to
process...
They are:
* well first, July 26 my band Select Sex is playing at the Redwood in
downtown Los Angeles with Kaz Mirblouk and Rats in the Louvre
at 9pm...
http://www.laweekly.com/event/select-sex-rats-in-the-louvre-kaz-mirblouk-8442195
* July 30, Lakewood, WA- 3pm late lunch, get in touch with me
directly if you wish to attend.
* August 1, Olympia, WA- a Lammastide-themed dinner party at
6:30 pm, with fun songs about the dishes and the season by yours
truly plus storytelling with Elizabeth Lord. Get in touch with me
directly if you wish to attend.
* August 9, Billings, MT- an informal gathering we will play games,
eat, drink, talk, tell stories. Get in touch with me directly if you want
to get together.
* August 11-13, Minot, ND... Why Not Minot Fest #8!- I'll be
cooking all weekend, peddling some snacks, doing the buffet on
Sunday and also performing as Joshua Plague's Sanctuary of Sound
at the evening show on Sunday the 13th... info and schedule here:
http://whynotfest.tumblr.com/
* August 16th, Minneapolis, MN- Through the Ether: A Very
Strange Evening of Food, Esoterica, Performance and Weirdness
at The Future get tickets here:
https://thefuturempls.com/collections/events/products/august-16-josh-ploeg-dinner
there are two seatings (both with full performance and dinner) for
this,the 9pm still has seats, the 6:30 is close to sold out!
* And a little later on, I will be tabling cookbooks, zines and art at
Les Femmes Underground Film Festival Sept. 2nd in San Diego,
will be a lot of other tablers, films of course and art, should be fun!
https://www.lesfemmesinternational.org/
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Menus...
Lakewood:
* Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
* Flatbread Roulade w/ Roasted Carrot Puree, Kreemed Garlic 

Spinach Dip, Garbanzo Pate
* Cantaloupe, Basil, Vegan Prosciutto & Roasted Red Pepper 

Bites
* Unfish Taco Bar
* Cannelini Hummous w/ Crudites and Chips
* Big Old Salad
* Pistacho & Almond Baklava
* Strawberry Pies & Coconut Kreem
* Iced Tea, Agua Fresca & other beverages

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Olympia, including performance programme:
 • Wine, an amusing themed cocktail and non-alcoholic version 
thereof, agua frescas, herbal tea punch with seasonal fruit to drink

• Sun Pies of Corn & Sunflower, rich and wonderful, a variety
of seared and lightly dressed tomatoes, herbs, arugula.
"Even As He Wanes"

• Sorghum Bread wrapped in Zucchini Bacon and Stuffed with Leek 

Pesto, Sweet & Spicy Bothe Sauces of Roasted Chilies and Peppers.
"Bringing In the Corn"

• Grape Leaf with Roasted Mashed Hominy & Legumes, Lightly 

Breaded and Browned As it Please the Cook, Grilled Truffle Eggplant, 
Seasonal Fruit & Wine Chutney, Dill-Garlic Sauce.
Served with an amusing Wine Cocktail (or pious alternative).
"Press, Bladder & Witches Ladder"

• Turnip Scallops as the Sea Lord Commands, Baked Apples, Kreemy 

Colcannon with Roasted Cauliflower, Turmeric Sauce.
"Sand Candle Song"

• Strawberry Shortcakes & Coconut Kreem, Strawberry & Blackberry 

Compotes, Strawberry-Blackberry Ice Kreem, Mint.
"Straw Dolly"
with Storytelling by the talented Elizabeth Lord

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Minneapolis, with performance programme:
 * A wonderful salad of various greens, special tomatoes,
roasted seasoned chickpeas, "chevre" balls, pickled peppers,
carrots & radicchio with a chokecherry vinaigrette will be
at table to enjoy throughout the evening.

* A Raising of the Spirits- call to the other worlds of the
nine planes with an invitation to dinner.

* An amusement of seasoned olives, tomatillo
on crispy potato crostini, roasted cauliflower dolmathes
with lemon dill sauce, savory & spicy cacao truffles.

* The Fog of Knowledge- imbibe the vapor of intelligence
as the oracles of old.

* Soup is Served- a delightful melon gazpacho with fresh corn relish,

mint, spices and juice of the tangerine.

* The Plasmic Form- imbibe the essence of all matter and anti-matter.

* Seasoned Rice & Plantain Cakes, Roasted Red Pepper & Cashew 

Sauce, Turmeric Seared Summer Squash & Taro Root-Sweet Potato 
Tempura with Asparagus a la Martien.

* The Wisdom of Mars.

* Delightful Strawberry-Blackberry Shortcakes of Sorghum with
Fresh Berries, Compotes of Both & Creams of Both.

* The Duality is Manifested.

* Benediction & Cocktail.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Cookbook Throwback!

Ah, remember In Search of the Lost Taste, my first cookbook (unless
you count Fire & Ice, although it was later that it came out in nicer
form) published by someone that wasn't me! It came out in like, what,
2008 or 2009... wow that seems like a long time ago now.
Order here: https://microcosmpublishing.com/catalog/books/2724/
Or here: https://www.amazon.com/Search-Lost-Taste-Adventure-Cookbooks/dp/1934620017
Or order it from your local book store.



It told the story of an adventurer going about to outer space, inner
space and various weird locations in search of the perfect recipe.
Rather a sendup of food tourism and adventure stories, with cover
art by Aaron Renier, author of the Unsinkable Walker Bean and so
much more...
http://aaronrenier.com/books/ 
Nate Beaty did the inside art, telling the story, super cute... his other
work can be found here:
https://natebeaty.com/
And lastly, Ian Lynam was the design person, super cool and
interesting fonts and layout...in some places people bought this book
just for his work!!
 http://ianlynam.com/
It was a fun project to work on, and I've even read the story, which
starts each chapter, to various groups (mostly children). They
seemed suitably entertained.
I get an A for creativity on this one!

 Here's a recipe, since plums are around...

Sugared Plum Tarts
Pie crust, made into 12 little balls, rolled out into rounds,
place in lightly greased muffin tins or ramekins.
Prick them with a fork and sprinkle with sugar.

2 C. chopped Plums
 1 C. Sugar
½ tsp. ground
Cloves
½ tsp. ground Allspice
1 tsp. grated Nutmeg
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
Sprinkle of Sweet wine
Sprinkle of Lemon juice
½ C. Flour
Sprinkle of Plum Brandy
A few dabs of margarine

Mix together all of these ingredients and place in your little pie shells.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes then lower to 375 degrees and
bake for another 10. Decorate with little fanned plum slices with a bit
of sugar and lime juice on them.

* That was a lot of sugar! I would cut it back nowadays, maybe use
more plums. Might take a little more thickener but with smaller pies
that isn't as much of an issueas with a big one. I've probably got a pie
crust recipe on this blog somewhere, you should search for it.