Friday, January 4, 2013

Happiness is a warm (Smoking) Gun.

My Christmas toy this year was the PolyScience Smoking Gun, a small, portable device used to add smoked flavor to foods and liquids.

The concept of the Smoking Gun is really simple - it's essentially a pipe with a fan on one end and a hose on the other. Where tobacco would go, wood chips go instead, and, once lit, the fan propels the resulting smoke through the hose directed towards or into your target.

Two kinds of wood chips are included in the box - hickory, which imparts the heaviest smoke flavor, and apple wood, which has a milder, sweeter quality. I also received a box of additional wood chips, including more hickory and apple wood, as well as mesquite and cherry wood.

Mr. Awesome requested that our first smoked experiment involve cheese, so we got a chunk of sharp white cheddar from Costco and set out to see what the Smoking Gun could do.

First, we cut some chunks of cheese and put them into a zip-top bag. Mr. Awesome put some apple wood in the Gun, and we inserted the hose into an unzipped corner of the bag with the cheese.

Then we lit the wood chips and flipped on the Gun. Just as promised, lots of smoke poured from the hose into the bag. Some smoke ended up in our kitchen, too, but not enough to be alarming. Enough, though, that a campfire aroma hung in the air for the rest of the evening.

We let the Gun generate smoke for about 30 seconds, then turned it off and quickly sealed the bag with smoke trapped inside.

We left the smoke in the bag with the cheese until we could wait no longer - about 30 minutes. We then cut our slices into bite-sized pieces and tucked in.

The first bite was definitely smoky. Both of us were a little nervous that it turned out differently than we hoped, but then, as the flavor settled in, we both decided that we needed another bite. And another. And another. This cheese was absolutely delicious.

In more pedestrian matters...

  • We watched a movie called Bachelorette the other night. A great cast made up of Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, James Marsden and Rebel Wilson couldn't overcome the bad casting of Kirsten Dunst in the lead role. It was watchable, and even amusing in some parts, but overall, really forgettable.

  • Spent an hour on the treadmill last night, but not much running. Lots of walking at a steep incline. My legs are so sore today! Tonight, I'm going back to the elliptical, and will alternate treadmill and elliptical every other day to spare my poor muscles.

  • Started working on core muscles the last few nights. Hard, hard stuff, but rewarding. It's a well-earned hurt.

  • I'm working on a new cowl in the most luscious red orange merino wool. It's taking forever to finish - I want to wear it right now! If I could only teach Grizz to knit so he could work on my projects when I'm not around...
Happy weekend!

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