Monday, March 3, 2014

Sausage balls

So, sausage balls (sounds like an expletive, I know but, literally: sausage balls)

Another easy thing to do - as I found out last night. If you look up a recipe for this, basically what you find is mix ground sausage with Bisquick and cheese, ball, and bake. Nice, simple, and easy. Then you look up a second recipe and the ratios are different. Here's what we used:

1 pound (a tube) of breakfast sausage (minus two patty's worth that got consumed for breakfast earlier the same day)
2-1/2 cups of Bisquick
1 cup of sharp cheddar shredded
Onion powder, because it was there
Cajun blackened seasoning, because... hey, why not?

In recipe-speak, the next step is "Combine ingredients", but really that's an understatement. Mix the Bisquick, the cheese, and all in one bowl and dump the sausage in to another bowl. Add a handful of dry mix into the sausage about an handful at a time and work it into the sausage, like you were kneeding dough. I don't know if a mixer with dough hooks could be used - I don't have one - but be prepared to put some work into mixing the stuff. Use your hands.

After all is said and done, you come out with a ball of mix that kind of resembles pie crust dough both in texture and in feel - the fat in the sausage mix isn't any greasier than the shortening in pie dough - to me, anyway. Next thing is turn on the oven to 375, spray a baking sheet with Pam, and then ball the mess a chunk at a time until you have row after row of English walnut-sized balls.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.

What comes out of the oven is like a hybrid between a cheese biscuit and a bite of sausage. They are unbelievably good right off of the baking sheet. Not a bit oily - which is kind of surprising, since they have so much sausage and cheese in them. I haven't tried them with any kind of sauce. The Paula Deen recipe on comes with a suggestion of mixing a cup of mayo with a tablespoon of mustard, but as I don't like mayonnaise that much, that kinda sounds gross to me. I'd just go with mustard - if I had to pick - just the same as I would use on any sausage roll that I'd get for breakfast.

I wonder what they'd taste like with syrup...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Shut up, Iggy

By no stretch of the imagination - mine or anybody else's - do I have a lust for life right now.

Thursday, August 22, 2013


Just switched the kitchen light off and my YouTube stopped. Therefore, that switch must control the Internet.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

World Battleground, 1000 years of war in 5 minutes

In it's About:
Uploaded on Oct 22, 2008For the new project, please visit animation shows all important battles that took place over the last ten centuries. The sizes of the explosions and labels are proportional to the number of casualties. The music is "Ride Of The Valkyries" by Richard Wagner. The data comes from the wikipedia article, List of Battles.
Most of the activity seems to happen in Europe, this is because the english wikipedia was used. In a future release of this video I will merge wikipedias in different languages to solve this bias.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Operation "Get Your Life Sorted, Mate" apparently On Hold while I rewatch Torchwood. At least through "Children of Earth" - the American hybrid was a bit rubbish.

Also. I stepped backwards onto a sheet of big bubble wrap and I nearly scared the crap out of myself a few minutes ago. (I just thought I'd share.)

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Not really "interesting", per se, but "odd". I just finished reading From Hell by Moore and Campbell. Well - actually I finished it several days ago and only now finished the included notes. Then tonight I picked up The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a collection of slightly fantastic short stories about the detective. Tonight's short was "The Adventure of the Other Detective" by Bradley H. Sinor, in which Watson slips into a alternate London (or 'ficton', if you're Spider Robinson) and runs across Jack (who, in this story is PAV, if you're interested). So - From Hell (the graphic novel) to From Hell (the movie - I had to rewatch) to this little gem - bam bam bam.

Like I said, not interesting, but a bit of a coincidence, surely...