Talking to Steve, an old buddy from the days when I was a married guy. Back when my wife had friends she referred to as our “couple friends.”
We’re talking about Lindsey, his beautiful wife. Distracted by the idea of having a wife, on his way out the door, I hand Steve the wrong to-go order. Hey, I can’t walk and chew gum just like I can’t fill to-go orders and reminisce.
On cue, in walks the guy looking for his to-go order. I realize the mistake. I apologize, which is my full-time job and something I’ve been working on since my divorce.
The Deli Guys rush around, trying to make me look good, by throwing a platter together. But the customer is pissed-off, making damn sure I know we always mess-up on to-go orders, saying it deliberately loud, for the benefit of surrounding customers.
He leaves. I call Steve, apologize, jump in my car and personally deliver the correct order. Problem fixed, averting a “White Folks Tragedy.”
The other guy calls to say we forgot the cole slaw and he has a dying wife. Seriously. Believe me. I don’t have Greg or Grandma Heather’s DNA, which means I’m not exaggerating for dramatic effect.
I apologize, jump in my car and personally make the delivery. I arrive bearing gifts: Matzo Ball Soup, Everything Bagels and homemade cookies shaped like Hello Kitty.
But when I get to the door, he simply lets me know me we gave him 2 scoops of Tuna Salad and 1 scoop of Chopped Liver, but he ordered 2 Chopped Liver and 1 Tuna Salad.
I hand him the bag and get in my car. Defeated, I drive away. But restaurant defeat is just an over-hyped version of “White Folks Tragedy.”
Off to the gym, where I shoot 100 shots from the top of the key. I’m not exaggerating when I say Greg doesn’t stand a chance next time I get him on the court.
#1 raw lamb shank, season shank with cracked black pepper and kosher salt
#2 cook shank, roast until brown and set aside
#3 drop pasta in boiling water salty like the ocean, toss in virgin olive oil and fresh grated parmesan cheese
#4 saute onions and garlic, add white wine, chicken stock, dry oregano, dry parsley, chili flakes, canned roma tomatoes (diced) and simmer 10-minutes
#5 blend with a wand/burr mixer and add shanks, put pot in oven at 350 and braise 4-hours until lamb is completely tender
#6 pour over pasta and top with roasted crimini mushrooms