Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Biscuits and Gravy

Mmm...doesn't that sound good in that 100-degree weather we're having? Piping hot, fresh-from-the-oven buttermilk biscuits slathered in creamy country gravy, flecked with cracked black pepper and spicy little bites of sausage. Mmm...refreshing.

Okay, so I'm working through a bit of my backlog. We really did have weather cool enough for baking merely two days ago, and I had those fluffy biscuits leftover from the chowder. They were great breakfast on Sunday morning, all stickin' to my lumber-jacking ribs. The tomato slices provided the hit of much-needed acid (and vitamins) to the plate, slicing right through that rich gravy with surgeon-like precision.

Now, however, I can scarcely be arsed to sit in front of this computer for the moment it takes me to type this, let alone stand in front of a hot gas stove. It is fucking hot. It's not a good look on me. Oh, sure, I can turn the aircon on. Except that my cat has been spraying the external unit all year long, and the delightful aroma of litterbox comes wafting in through the vents when I kick on that cool, cool air.

Also, I don't get how people are all into grilling in hot weather. "Hey everyone, let's all sit outside in Lucifer's dank loins, gathered around a giant metal box full of fire!" And by the time it even starts to cool off a bit, the mosquitoes come out. Fuck that noise. I'm having a cocktail and salad from a bag.

Note: Since Judy asked for it, here's the recipe for my biscuits.

38 comments:

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

LOL re Lucifer's dank loins. You crack me up.

If it's hot, I don't want to grill. If it's raining, I don't want to grill. Maybe I just don't want to grill, although I love grilled foods. *sigh* It's a hard life being lazy. . .

April in CT said...

Holy sexy sausage n gravy biscuits sister. I'm originally from GA and you would THINK I could make biscuits and gravy in my sleep, but no. I've never made them in my life and that's gonna change soon.

Needless to say those are inspiring pictures.

Manggy said...

Omigosh, that is *breakfast?!* I'm so there! :) I actually find it more surprising that people stop baking/grilling when the heat comes in-- of course, here we don't have a choice-- it ain't gettin' any colder any time soon :P

Brittany said...

It's like 90-ish right now and i'd still be all over that shit.

Peter G said...

Cat litter air con?...no thanks...but I'll def gulp down your "bikkies" (Aussie slang for biscuits)...hot weather or not!

MrOrph said...

One of my favotite dishes! You know I can get eleventy different versions of it here in the ATL.

I like barbecuing more so than grilling. But, I sit inside watching the smoker do all the work. Standing over a grill, no thanks. It is just easier due to the longer days.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

See, what you call cookies, we call biscuits. So this post throws me a little.

But I understand the part about cocktails.

canarygirl said...

HAHAHA I love the way you write, girl. And for the record? I don't give a shit how hot it is, I'd eat biscuits and gravy *next to* that box o fire. I love them that much. Excellent recipe. And hell, I'll join you in that cocktail, k? :)

kittie said...

I feel your pain... The temperature here in England has been unbearable. We haven't had even a whiff of rain in weeks. I can barely bring myself to type, so languid am I.

Yes, I'm lying, it's been pissing with rain all weekend, and I'm starting consider anything above 18c to be a bit of a heat wave!

So cocktails and salad sound fab, cat-litter whiffs and all.

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

You're a southern girl! Those biscuits and gravy look so good. One of my favorite food!!! Have you posted your biscuit recipe? Yours look way fluffier than mine ever do!

As for the heat...it's 95 here every single day with 80%-95% humidity. The thermometer went below 75 one night last week and we thought it was cool out??? WTF!!!

PS Don't let the cat piss on you AC!!!

Brittany said...

It's never to hot for gravy. Ever.

Syd said...

I made the same thing over the weekend but it wasn't the same without tomato. I didn't think ahead when making salad the night before.

Amen on the too fucking hot to grill.

Heather said...

JS - Grilled foods do taste so much better!I need to get a little hibachi to use on the covered patio in cooler weather/rain.

April - Biscuits are way too easy to eat from a can!

Mark - I usually go for the Kashi GoLean Crunch with soy milk and fruit (I'm actually not joking), but on weekends I go for the gold.

Brittany - Fuck this hot weather. I'm not cut out for it. Biscuits do always sound good, though.

Petah - I'm totally stealing "bikkies", which is the cutest fucking thing I've ever heard.

Donald - Yes, of course! I only know a couple restaurants that serve 'em here, so I just make 'em at home.

Sketti - Then what do you call little buttery leavened quickbreads?

Nikki - Cin cin! :)

Kittie - If it could be sunny and hot during the day and rain every night I'd be in paradise.

Judy - Just for you, I linked my biscuit recipe (from a previous post) on the front page. :)

Brittany - Is that what's in your fingers in that picture? Naughty girl.

Syd - Gah, finally someone who agrees! Grilling in the heat is for assholes and for Bobby Flay (apologies to any assholes out there!).

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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Elly said...

I lost it at Lucifer's dank loins. Hilarious and so true. These biscuits and gravy look ridiculously tasty. Pair this with your pork sausage sandwich thing from way back and I'm good for a few days.

Ben said...

LOL I don't like being outside when it is 100 degrees, only if I am swimming, so why would I go play with fire when it's so hot? Hehe. Good thing summer is almost over. I so hate it so much :-p

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

LOL - you are funny! We would die in FL without AC - just going for a walk is enough energy expended to require a 2 hour nap. That's why we go to the beach and sleep there (at least it looks like we are going somewhere) and have been eating out so much. Ugh. But let's have that cocktail!

cookiecrumb said...

You're saying Bobby Flay's *not* an asshole?
(Apologies to Bobby if he isn't.)
;)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I think a cocktail and a gelato is the perfect summer supper.

Or a tomato. With salt.

Hope it cools off soon!

toni said...

Cocktails and salad out of a bag? Sistah! I am NOT mad at you! Keep it coming!

glamah16 said...

Thats true about grilling.Those bisquits with cracked black pepper. I have been eating salads all week.

Zen Chef said...

Holy biscuits! So you have a 'flavored' AC unit! You should trademark that idea and start working on nice food aromas (instead of cat litter, haha) That's a billion dollar idea!

ntsc said...

You don't eat the grilled food outside, you eat it inside where the stove hasn't heated up the house. This way only the designated grill husband gets near Lucifer's dank loins.

And a quick bourbon on ice takes care of that problem.

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

"Lucifer's dank loins" Hehehe! Very creative and accurate description. It was already 80 degrees here at 6:30 this morning! People think that we Floridians spend all our time at the beach or grilling out on the patio. Are they nuts? It's too effing hot to do that!

Great looking biscuits and gravy! I love that stuff, but it doesn't love me! ;)

Heather said...

Judy - You are welcome, my dear!

Elly - Mmm..I forgot about pork sammich.

Ben - Swimming is about the only way I like being out in that shit, but I have to work out in it all the time. :(

Jenn - Salud! When it gets reeeally hot out we go to the beach too, where it's always at least 20 degrees cooler.

Cookie - I'd say he falls more in the "Douchebag" category, if I had to taxonomically sort him.

Jen - As soon as my tomatoes get ripe (and I can stop spending $5/lb on the good ones) I am so there.

Toni - Hollaaa. I didn't even make my own dressing.

Court, hunny - Not cooking cuz' CS is outta town? I'll drink to that.

M. Zen - I'm gonna be rich! Actually, I'm going to transplant my pineapple sage around the unit so it'll smell nice. I hope hummingbirds don't get sucked into the fans. :( Maybe I should use rosemary instead.

NTSC - How well you know me! Except my husband has even less tolerance for the heat than I have. We'll stick to the sweaty glass of bourbon.

Susan - Yeah, this is "once in awhile" brekkie, fer sher. That reminds me, I haven't had chicken 'n waffles in a really long time...

Lo said...

Oh, Honey -- that is a FINE use for your leftover biscuits.

I'm a sucker for the biscuits and gravy thing. Heat or no heat!

I'm also a sucker for lying around, half naked with a cocktail in my hand, when it gets excrutiating outside. So, knock yourself out with that bagged salad, girl!

cook eat FRET said...

i live in tennessee
this stuff is everywhere
and do you know why?
of course you do...
because it is fucking GREAT
southern bechamel sauce

i make it with thick sliced bacon instead of sausage. you gotta go there...

Emiline said...

No kidding. I definitely don't want to be sitting in anyone's loins right now.

Hey, whatever happened to that spice cake you made? With buttermilk and bananas.

Leif erik Sundstrom said...

I can't help but want to think of something witty to say right now, related to the wonderful song I'm listening to at the moment: 2 Live Crew's "it's your birthday". God my head is bopping along so strong. I am so glad to, because if I was sitting in Lucifer's crotch right now, like I was two nights ago, I would not be able to fully enjoy the thrilling inspiration of Uncle Luke: "Go Virgo's - it's your birthday, go Leo's - it's your birthday."

Lovin it....you coming to the Interactive Tasting:: www.TasteVin.typepad.com ???

Foodycat said...

Tell me more about country gravy with bits of sausage please - it's not something I've tried before!

And are you sure the a/c is your cat's fault? Our car aircon smells of litter tray if it hasn't been used for a while and we don't have a cat!

Nikki Miller-Ka said...

Yeah, girl! Bring it! Biscuits and gravy! Yeah! It puts meat on your bones. And padding on your ass, LOVE IT! LOL

Norm Schoen said...

Biscuits and Gravy....MMmmm....Gravy.
My only problem with eating this dish is that I feel like I need to go buck hay, dig post holes by hand, shingle a barn or something massively strenuous to burn off the 10,000 calories I had for breakfast

Lori Lynn said...

Oh you are too funny!
I 'm glad I found your blog. The cocktail part is sounding good to me...What are you drinkin'?

Heather said...

Lo - We always make extra biscuits to have with some gravy. :)

Claudia - Oooh hunny I like your style. Thick, streaky bacon works.

Emiline - I will bust out the fugly spice cake this week. I tolf Foodbuzz I'd post 5 days a week. :(

Leif - I might come to the tasting...

Foodycat - Oh! You English folks don't know what this is! You make a bechamel with bacon or sausage grease for the roux (instead of the butter), add some browned sausage and lots of pepper, and then let it get good and thick.

Nikki - My ass doesn't get the padding, my belly does. :P

Norm - Oh, don't be so dramatic. It's only like 8,000 calories. (*^=^*)

Lori Lynn - Bourbon & Diet Coke, cuz I'm a lady.

Kevin said...

That biscuits and gravy looks so good! I like the idea of having something savoury like this for breakfast.

Bellini Valli said...

You always have me spitting (let me say salivating) and laughing out loud. But I would still have my BBQ tongs in hand with a pot of corn cooking away on the side burner:D Hey....you can even bake biscuits in the BBQ:D

peter said...

Maybe I'm just getting old, but my tolerance for entitled, prissy animals who piss on things that I care about is pretty much at an end.

Conversely, my tolerance for gravy knows no limits.