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Warning: If you stay here long enough you will gain weight! Grazing here strongly suggests that you are either omnivorous, or a glutton. And you might like cheese-doodles.
BTW: I'm presently searching for another person who likes cheese-doodles.
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Thursday, June 05, 2014


Sometimes you want convenience food. Meaning food that is convenient, not stuff sold by the fast-food industry. Whatever comes out of chain restaurant kitchens is not what rational people would under normal circumstances consider edible, or, given the stuff that goes in to the offerings, compostable.

I can still remember the last time I ate at a well-known chain restaurant with a garish colour scheme. Shan't mention the name, as I don't want to get sued, but good lord that bacon cheese burger was pathetic. And, as it turns out, indigestible. It stayed with me for several hours, and was still a very active horrid memory the next morning.

I had not had a chance to eat before the meeting of the pipe-club.

Sorry guys; the meeting wasn't that remarkable, but that nasty dinner just down the frontage road from the venue was.

Y'all kinda gibbered a bit about pipes and tobacco, plus a book. But that burger spoke to me, boy howdy.

[Cue theme music from "Supersize me" now.]

Convenience food is whatever is available on Stockton Street that takes less time to prepare than the rice.


Two pounds of fresh clams.
One TBS dried shrimp, soaked.
Six cloves of garlic, chopped.
One small onion, chopped.
One TBS curry powder.
One TBS oyster sauce.
A generous splash of sherry.
a little soy sauce.
A few fresh green jalapenos.

Saute the garlic, onion, and rehumidified shrimp till fragrant. Put the clams in the pan and stir-fry for a minute or two, then splash in the sherry to flame, stir in the curry powder, and add the oyster sauce and soy sauce. Stir, dump in the whole jalapenos, and cover for a few minutes till the clams open.
Garnish with a little chopped scallion.

Serve with fresh peasant bread or a plate of rice.

Plus some salad or ketoprak

You might want to put a newspaper on the dinner table, underneath the food. It, too, is convenient. As well as stylish and decorative.
You're going to end up with clam shells scattered around, plus dribbles and splashes. Absolutely nothing says good times and good company quite like a soggy newspaper filled with empty clam shells.
You'll want to buy a newspaper, just in case.
It's a neat-o-keen design idea.
Trust me.

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  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger Myles Kusaba said…

    Pipe Club? In San Francisco? I have yet to find one. Just moved back here from NYC to find the city even LESS pipe-friendly than before. Where does one go? Grants was my last bastion of hope, and now they're gone as well.

  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Hi Miles,

    The Golden Gate Pipe Club meets every first Thursday evening at Telfords Pipe & Cigar in Marin: 664 Redwood Highway (Seminary Drive exit, or the Seminary bus stop for lines 10, 70, and 80).

    Third Sunday of the month is pipe night at the Occidental Cigar Club in the city: 471 Pine Street, just down from Kearny, facing the B of A building's handsome backside.

  • At 9:39 PM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Correction as of the beginning of 2015: every SECOND Thursday of the month.


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