Good recipes to share with friends.
It’s nice to have a hearty recipe that doesn’t require too many ingredients. This one here meets that requirement. If you cut out the onion and extra spices, you could totally get it down to four ingredients, but where’s the flavour and fun in that? Lost, I dare say.
So, something’s been worrying me lately. Will I run out of puns? I’m not a great punner and I’m getting really worried that these things aren’t going to last forever. Do I have an punny readers out there? Are there a finite amount of puns? How many puns are there? Help me.
I do know some very good punners whose jokes seem to flow like the Niagara Falls. One of these people (whom I know of but don’t know personally) is stand-up comedian Ryan Stout. Man, his jokes involve some seriously witty word-smithing along with the usual weird takes on things in society. Even though very little of his material actually involves puns, the ones he does throw down result in a great uproar of laughter.
Apparently there’s a world championship for puns and it’s happening this very weekend! Yes, punners of the world, gather up your words and head on down to Austin, Texas for the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships 2013. For 35 years they’ve been holding these pun-offs and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So, maybe there’s hope for my delightfully punny recipe names yet.
There are a lot of band names with wordplay in them, too: Riot Gosling, Lipps Inc, Atom and His Package, Dandy Warhols, Cerebral Ballzy, Joy Orbison, Mannequin Depressives, et cetera. I decided to pick a track by the humourously-named band from British Columbia, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. They’re a great and lively group, making some really fun gypsy folk music. Their live shows are phenomenal, with all six members taking the stage with accordian, upright bass, cajun and fiddle. This video was shot in my hometown by a group of local film-makers who go by the name Welcome to the West. They film really cool bands in exciting locations around the city. The theatre where they shot this video closed down a year or two back, sadly. It was the city’s best independent theatre for decades.
Barley Of Fun Risotto
Makes about 12 side servings