First Foodie Friday of 2016

Alright then, youse people, since the topic seems to have turned (once again) to food, please feel free to put up your fave pics of your fave eats and we will have a virtual progressive feast.

I have just finished cooking this, but as a sauté rather than as a daube (and definitely without carrots), to be served very soon with noodles and asparagus:

Bleu Ribbon Kitchen

The bar is open: help yourselves!

Cescaphe Event Group

144 thoughts on “First Foodie Friday of 2016

  1. Kirsdarke,

    I wonder how many nepotists managed to outrank you in selection processes.

    On second thoughts, that is total speculation and should be dismissed …

  2. “Poor Mum is pretty deaf ”

    We had no trouble chatting. For which I’m very thankful.

  3. Ducky, gave Mum your kind regards.

    I intend to make some red wine icecream once the weather changes to red wine drinking weather.

  4. Kirsdarke

    If that’s done, then the zircon particles can be analyzed to find out the age of the rock (it’s like Carbon dating, but it can be used to estimate the date over a much longer period).

    You must be very excited about some of the uber old zircons that turn up in Sandgropia. Have you done any field trips up that way ?

  5. @Kaffee

    Sadly no trips that far yet. But I have heard of how zircon dating was used to find out the age of rocks in WA (namely the Jack Hills region, at 4.4 billion years). That’s what made me interested to take this on as an honours project in the first place.

  6. PA, The Dutch in Australia – a story.

    My father and his younger brother had a friend Dudley (known as ‘Dud’). Dud was born in the NEI and his family came to Australia in 1938. He had a very thick accent and many considered him as dim.

    One Friday evening in early 1940 they all decided they were going to join the 2nd AIF. So the next day they went off to the Melbourne Town Hall to volunteer. My father and his brother were quickly processed.

    They waited for an hour or so before Dud came out.

    He’d encountered a recruiting Sergeant who was not sure about him because he was a ‘foreigner’ so an Officer was called.

    After some discussion on how he came to be in Australia the Officer suggested that he should go to Victoria Barracks and talk to the Dutch people there about joining the Dutch army.

    Duds response to this was WTTE ‘I don’t want to join the @#$%!* Dutch Army I want to join the AIF’.

    The Officers answer to Dud was that neither he nor the sergeant would be at the recruiting centre on Monday so he should come back and tell a ‘better story’ which he did.

    After the war Dud became a very sucessful importer/exporter.

  7. Yeah, a few NEI came here. Not all good folks either. Two of my uncles served in Indo after WWII ended.

  8. The Dutch influence in New Zealand. Presenting Kees Meeuws . The ultimate cross . Dutch dad Maori mum. 121 kg of awesome.

  9. Kaffeeklatscher,

    New Zealand also has, unfortunately, not a similar blend (had it been so, he might have been a better human):

  10. Fiona

    Yes but like Russell Crowe we exported him to a better suited nation at the first opportunity. 🙂 That said it is TLBD who “has questions to answer” . What with young Joh being a product of Dannevirke and all 🙂

  11. PA – Dud was a good guy. With 2nd AIF discharge papers, a RAS badge in his lapel and Australian campaign bars for ANZAC Day display he had no problems just becoming part of the local ‘mix’.

  12. Kaffeeklatscher,

    I understand NZ’s wish to be rid of two such shockers (especially Joh).

    However, I couldn’t possibly ask such questions of Ducky.

    Ultimately, Lutheranism is as Lutheranism does – and in my more recent years I have met many Lutherans for whom I have utter respect.

    Rotters, wherever they are, bring rottenness to the institutions they particularly espouse. So I think Joh was bad news for Lutheranism, and even more so for parliamentary democracy. Which really states the bleeding obvious, doesn’t it?

  13. CTar,

    ” . . . he had no problems just becoming part of the local ‘mix’.”

    You’ve got me wondering. How did those non-Caucasian citizens of Australia who served in either of the WWs get treated afterwards?

    We all know what happened to the indigenous combatants – not just ignored; also not paid.

  14. Fiona

    The Maori Battalion return to NZ post WWII. Originally formed in WWI by Maori as sign of loyalty it became muy famous. Great chuckle to learn from a German ex POW that he chose to go to NZ post war as he got on so well with them and that he and his comrades were terrified of the Maori as they were told they be cannibals.

    As Rommel supposedly said
    ““If I had to take hell, I would use the Australians to take it and the New Zealanders to hold it.” .

  15. WA conference to go ahead. As it is an Agricultural event we head east rather than south west from Perth before ending up in Denmark and Albany by the end of the week. Don’t envy the organisers.

  16. Ctar1, I think he’s trying to put the sexism thing into a racial context that Gayle et al might relate to but Knox vastly overestimates the capacity of the readers to get the drift of the piece so it was a dangerous tactic in my view especially as the twitterverse is reacting like this……

  17. I think meher baba across the road puts it well, and it is the likes of TBA that will really ‘run with this’ if it goes viral:

    meher baba
    Posted Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 6:49 am | PERMALINK
    Good morning. I agree with William and TBA (sounds a bit bit weird, but there it is) about the Malcolm Knox article in the SMH.

    Knox has been around the traps for a long time, and – along with Richard Glover – has always struck me as just about the archetypal lightweight, relatively harmless, pretentious Fairfax type. (Gideon Haigh is also pretentious, but with more substance).

    It’s pretty clear what he was trying to do in this article. He was trying to say “Hey Chris Gayle, you behaved like a sexist pig, then laughed it off as a joke. OK, then, here’s a tirade of childish racist abuse. Try laughing that off!”

    But it’s all horribly off-key. It’s unbelievsbly offensive: no matter what Gayle allegedly did, this is not remotely appropriate. All it needs is the addition of the term “uppity nigger” and a few watermelon jokes and it would not be out of place in a League of Rights newsletter.

    If Knox and Fairfax are really, really lucky, it’s not going to go viral and become the subject of worldwide outrage. We’ll see in the next day or so.

    What were they thinking in publishing it?

  18. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    I somehow think Chris Gayle’s bluster about suing Fairfax will come to anything.
    Malcolm Knox seems to agree and serves Gayle up some of his own medicine.–it-all-comes-down-to-respect-20160108-gm1tiy.html
    Ian Chappell wants to go the whole way in dealing with Gayle.
    It’s not good in Nauru. Immigration’s response was in keeping with Morrison’s and Dutton’s form.
    Such charming children from Vaucluse!
    An emergency services worker’s worst nightmare.
    It is possible that the Paris bomb “factory” has been found in an apartment in Brussels.
    An Op-Ed from Barrack Obama on gun control.
    Labor’s really going after the Jamie Briggs issue.
    Potato Head had some witches visit his office yesterday.

  19. Section 2 . . .

    Peter Martin looks at the proposal to reform private health insurance.
    Gillian Triggs writes on sexual harassment in the workplace.
    Sean Nichols says that Mike Baird must appoint an independent parliamentary investigator.
    What does the rise of Netflix and the like mean to the local media?
    Sussan Ley on a collision course.
    The anatomy of the Dick Smith failure.
    Why Dick Smith shareholders lost.
    The aged care gravy train needs some regulatory attention.
    Swimwear is the greatest social leveller says Wendy Squires.
    John Birmingham has had enough!

  20. From Free the Children NAURU – conditions at Nauru hospital, the place Dutton says is just as good as any Australian country hospital.

  21. Government MPs and federal Liberal director Tony Nutt are arguing about the merits of an early DD election. And – not a surprise – a lot of MPs have no idea of the consequences of a DD.


    But a double-dissolution election held before July 1 would force voters back to the polls two years after that, according to advice from the clerk of the Senate, Rosemary Laing. The advice was given to Nationals senator John Williams this week and passed on to Nationals leaders and the Prime Minister’s Office amid debate about the risk of an­tagonising voters by cutting short parliament’s three-year terms.

    Dr Laing, the authority on the workings of the upper house, confirmed to Senator Williams the Senate would have to go to another election in early 2018 if a double dissolution was held in the next few months. While experts have always known of this scenario, given it is part of Section 13 of the Constitution, it appears to have taken some within the government by surprise.

    Only half the 76 members of the upper house face the voters in most elections, given most senators have six-year terms. The terms of the new senators commence on July 1 following the election date. In a double dissolution, however, all senators face the voters and their terms are backdated to commence on July 1 preceding the election date.

    A double dissolution held before July 1 this year would see all elected senators have their terms starting on July 1 last year, which would require an election for half the Senate before July 1, 2018.

    While the government could hold a separate Senate election without sending the House of Representatives to the polls, this would increase the number of elections held in a “staggered” sequence not seen since the 1970s

  22. Update on Labor’s push to get the Briggs photo business investigated.

    Leaked public servant photo: Labor claims possible criminality in Jamie Briggs affair

    Labor says the leaking of a photo of the woman at the centre of the Jamie Briggs affair may have constituted a crime and is threatening to refer it to police unless the Turnbull government investigates.
    Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull demanding the government hold its own investigation, including into whether any law has been broken

  23. leaonetwo

    “…the place Dutton says is just as good as any Australian country hospital.”
    It will be after a few more years of the LNP mob working on our health system .

  24. Dutton should visit a hospital one day. I mean here, a hospital bed, a bedpan, blood taken, dreadful food, some invasive testing to stimulate his heart perhaps.

  25. Trump or Hillary, a choice I would rather not make and thankfully will not have to. What the World can look forward to is Hillary get’s up.

    he New Year’s Eve release of over 3,000 new Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department has CNN abuzz over gossipy text messages, the “who gets to ride with Hillary” selection process set up by her staff, and how a “cute” Hillary photo fared on Facebook.

    But historians of the 2011 NATO war in Libya will be sure to notice a few of the truly explosive confirmations contained in the new emails: admissions of rebel war crimes, special ops trainers inside Libya from nearly the start of protests, Al Qaeda embedded in the U.S. backed opposition, Western nations jockeying for access to Libyan oil, the nefarious origins of the absurd Viagra mass rape claim, and concern over Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves threatening European currency.

  26. Where did all the Gold and Silver disappear to?

    On April 2, 2011 sources with access to advisors to Salt al-Islam Qaddafi stated in strictest confidence that while the freezing of Libya’s foreign bank accounts presents Muammar Qaddafi with serious challenges, his ability to equip and maintain his armed forces and intelligence services remains intact. According to sensitive information available to this these individuals, Qaddafi’s government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver. During late March, 2011 these stocks were moved to SABHA (south west in the direction of the Libyan border with Niger and Chad); taken from the vaults of the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli.

    This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. This plan was designed to provide the rancophone African Countries with an alternative to the French.franc (CFA)

  27. Ah Jaycee! I’ve only just read your post to me.

    “I have only two words to say to you : Thorsten Veblen”

    I’ll match you and raise you one:

    William Shakespeare 300 years earlier : ‘Kill all the lawyers.’
    Of course he was referring to the usury (tax collectors) of the indebted King/State who fought wars for vanity and possession and which the people had to pay for.

    • Then you leave me with no recourse but to play my trump hand..: ” Joe Stalin was too soft”.

  28. But seriously, ejames..your being affronted by my accusation shows a need for many to discern between ; ‘Business as in ;Corporation, Productive, Service or entrepreneurial speculative.’ I was a “small businessman” in the fact that I was a contract tradie..a one-man band…but I did register as a business once, to make and sell craft products …I registered as : “Geppetto’s Workshop” I too was a “very small business”

    The difference being those who are “Producers” or “Non-producers”..I don’t know the line of work you do, but you must see the difference in the comparisons.

  29. Jaycee,

    Is your distinction between ‘producers’ and ‘non-producers’ on the basis of the production (or otherwise) of tangibles?

    • A teacher can be seen as a “producer”; They take raw material and turn it into a “product”…likewise any person or company that does or is allied to the ACTUAL production of socially useful materials…and that DOESN”T include banking! there is always barter!

      Now before anyone starts..I’m not going to break down the notion into infinites!!…bugger orf!

  30. Gawd Jaycee, never any displeasure from any of your posts, I’ve said in the past that I enjoy reading your posts. which do have maverick qualities.

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