Looks and sounds rather delicieuse. But how on la Terre can le garlic be considered optionell? It's foreign - garlic is mandatory!
As winter tightens its frosty grip across the land, and a chill wind bites hard to the quick, the moment has arrived to contemplate a hearty post-pub dish designed to fill bellies on a budget and warm the cockles of the heart. So hereforth, mes amis, we present for your dining pleasure our very own Special Projects Bureau …
Hmmm, don't get me wrong, it sounds délicieux, but spicy sag aloo and chickpeas après bière?
For the morning after, I'm thinking at least 7 on the Richter scale, divorce, and I hesitate to guess at the radius of the exclusion zone. And what about the risk of the Curiosity rover on Mars getting a good whiff of the ensuing methane and buggering up the search for life...
Very loosely based on so just as well the name has been frenchified because no half decent Spaniard would want to put their name to that in the same sentence as cocido. About the only similarity is the chickpeas. Panceta? Oregano? No bone, no jamon serrano, no gallina, no tocino... I understand all these modifictaions have been made to reduce the scum but the recipe has been butchered. As for the scum, I always thought my wife removed it because she didn't like the look of it, after all if you throw in a pigs ear for flavour you can't be too worried about a bit of scum souring the stew.
Not to mention cocido requiring "mollycoddling"... Eh? It's a piece of piss to cook, even if you do decide to start skimming off the scum - it's something you do every half hour or so, hardly an effort.
And I always add salt to the water used to soak the chickpeas, and they turn out fine.
""remove rind and feed to dogs""
Oh. You don't know how to make pancetta. Thank you for the clarification. When done right, it's all human food.
But BOILING preserved pork? Would you boil jamón ibérico or jamón serrano? And which part of either of these would you feed to the dawgs?
I'd feed all of them to the dogs - or the cats - (well actually I'd just not buy them in the first place) but then I've always been a bit strange like that - not even tempt-able by a bacon sandwich. More bizarrely, it isn't even for religious or moral reasons.
I know, I know - getting my coat already - but if you stop and think about it for a second - it just means there's more bacon for the rest of you!
"Every cocido I've had made by kosher Spaniards has had a proper lump of serrano in it"
Well, that might depend on just how kosher, they are!
According to some of the internets cocido does have its origins in the Jewish community but presumably without the porkiness.
"few people in Sonoma are an authority on Spanish spelling"
Uh ... OK. If you say so. Might want to look up and understand the meaning of "Alta California". And then come visit my foreman, whose family has been here for at least seven generations.