Well, I am writing this letter three days before Christmas day. I’ve spent the whole afternoon cooking Kapustnica (A traditional sourkraut soup with lots of smoked meat, dried wild mushrooms, dried plums and tons of different sausages). Shopping took three hours (You have to taste and select the right homemade stuff on the local markets), cooking another three hours and “post-production” and cleaning another two. So I am exhausted.
Todd Rosset helped with the shopping, Manuel and Alex with the cooking and Luke, who returned late from School, with the rest of it. So we have now huge container for all the employees and models for our 16th Christmas Lunch. Mostly the same team as in 1993. New models, of course… Bit of Miracle!
I plan to lose at least 50 pounds.
It was a good year for the Bel Ami team. (And, I hope for customers and fans as well). Business grew significantly and we completed the transition to becoming a primarily online operation. (Well, we are still going to release about 20 films next year but they are now based mainly on our internet programming). In 2010 we plan to finalize improvements on the existing site and to release a new complementary one to test a completely new approach to shooting porn. And of course we plan to gradually introduce globalization in the company and start working with more international talent…. Well, and I plan to lose at least 50 pounds. And now I am going to taste the Kapustnica to make sure it is up to my usual (high) standards.
- Pork ribs
- Smoked joint of Pork
- 1 smoked sausage
- 100g of dried mushrooms
- Sour cabbage
- Potatoes (4-5)
- Oxo cubes (x2)
- Onions (x2)
Begin by cooking the pork ribs and the joint of smoked pork, together with the sausage, in a pot with 4 liters of water. After 10 minutes, when the water is boiling, add the dry mushrooms and let it cook until the meat is halftender.Then add the sour cabbage and its juices to the pot and cook it again for about an hour. Half way through the hour, add 2 whole onions, a meat and a vegetable oxo cube and 1dcl of white wine.
Make some ‘zaprazka’, which is prepared from oil, pepper, paprika and water, and then thickened with flour. When the hour is up, add the whole, peeled potatoes and ‘zaprazka’, and stir. Then, let it cook for a further five minutes, adding more spices according to taste.
When the cooking is finished serve it together with thick noodles, in a soup bowl.
Happy new year !