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How stuffed up is that?

Being Easter week, I thought it would be nice to post about Easter food.

So I googled ‘Easter food’

Yup, I got chocolate Easter eggs!

This is how stupid Google is, chocolate Easter eggs are NOT food.

Now this looks like food, Ukranian Easter Food…


Sunday Art Fare


Still life – Georg Flegel

Germany, Baroque (1566 – 1638)



Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?

From the Harviestoun Brewery…

Old Engine Oil – Engineer’s Reserve


and the more refined Porter


You can find more of their unique beers here.

Here’s a suggestion from their page:

Ice Cream Float

Ice Cream Float

Wednesday Whine

I missed last week…

Peeking in my wine rack


This week a wine that is still in my rack.

Alentejo is a region in the south of Portugal famous for it’s red and white regional wines.

The bottle I have is a Loios dry red, 2009


Grape types: Aragonez, Trincadeira and Castelão

The historic name Loios comes from a sect of monks who dominated the area in the 14th and 15th centuries.

For me this will go with a very rare beef.



Drink it or save it?

The wine collector’s dilemma


Royal Wedding This magnum of 1961 Dom Perignon was disgorged in 1981 for the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. (Christie’s Images Ltd)

It’s a drip, drip process. It starts somewhere between buying a bottle or two for dinner and having a couple more bottles of a favourite vintage on hand for unexpected guests. Before you know it you’re stashing cases to be savoured over a few years and suddenly, wine enthusiasts become avid collectors.

Their passion is so strong they will reach across time zones, interrupt business meetings and call from airports while rushing to catch a connecting flight just to discuss their collections.

“I remember it was in 1980, I tasted a bottle of ’71 Musigny by Roumier. It was a great Burgundy and the shop where I bought it had slashed the price from $45 to $15 a bottle,” recalled Joseph Rescigno, the principal conductor of the Florentine Opera Company in Wisconsin. After he first tasted it, he ran back to the store. “I bought 11 bottles. It was as much as I could afford. And to this day, my favorite wine is a red Burgundy.”


The Parrot Sketch


Sunday Art Fare


Van Gogh’s Still Life with Quinces and Lemons

Satireday on Fizz

Grapes of LOL

Grapes of LOL

What beer be this?

Germania 55

lata-germania-55-988x1024A recent addition to the lines of Brazilian beers.

Brewed by the Germania 55 brewery  in upstate São Paulo.

Tried one can, bought three more the same week.

The cans are 710ml, 110ml more than the normal Brazilian bottles, so there is value for the R$4.99 price (on special), that’s about $2.oo.

Great beer, more flavour than the usual Brazilian offerings which tend to be bland. Styled on draught beer from the barrel. One review said it had ‘an odour of soap and sulphur, but tasted okay’. I don’t agree, but then I’m a drinker, not a sniffer. Classed as a Standard American Lager…

More info: etí In Portuguese

Going Hog Wild, With Whole Hog

Originally posted on Texana's Kitchen:

WARNING, WARNING, WARNING: members of PETA and those who do not eat meat, you should prolly keep right on scrolling past this post. I’m from Texas, and we love meat up in here.  

Fresh on the heels of my post about big (pork) butts, I thought now would be a good time to share with you what it means in my house to go Whole Hog.

First of all, pigs are really cute, right?


You know what these are?

That’s right…Bacon seeds!!

 And bacon is yummy. In fact, the whole darn pig is yummy—from the cute pink nose to the curly little pig tail. When I see a cute little pink piglet, I think: “aweeeee, that’s the cutest little pre-bacon EVER!”

Many cultures around the world have a traditional feast built on this premise.

First of all a very brief language lesson…

The Spanish word for milk is Leche…

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April Fool 2012

The Hennessy Olympic Editon



Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?


Betty IPA


From: Hanger 24 Craft Brewery


Wednesday Whine

Welcome to the second installment of Wednesday Whine.

Another part of my wine rack, very rustic; complete with dusty bottles and a spider’s web.

I use anything that will store bottles horizontally

I use anything that will store bottles horizontally

Even resorting to fruit boxes where necessary.

It’s a sad story, today’s wine is like last weeks, no longer in the wine rack. I drank it yesterday with a fish casserole for lunch.

Based on a part post from yesterday on Life is but a Labyrinth. It is a mere coincidence that this is also an Argentine wine; I do drink others.

Candela Legend Sauvignon Blanc/Semillion 2003

CandelaLegendExtThe wine that found its way into the freezer before lunch.

The legend – “The legend speaks of a shadow of light, dancing through the vineyards in the heart of the night. Everyone knew her name and many were captivated by her splendor. Candela, a magical enigma, igniting passion and inspiration with the light of her dance”.

There is very little on the net about Candela Legend wines from Argentina, some info about reds, but no whites.

Produced by Bodegas Escrihuela Gasgcón, which returns no results, although I have managed to track the bodega to the Cuyo area of Mendoza.

I was again confronted with a black zit, that black rubber ‘cork’. Which despite the hype on the bottle dampened my ardour somewhat.

The wine itself was a reddy-brown which took me by surprise; I was expecting a white; and as per the blurb with greeny tinges. This looked more like iced tea.

The taste, musky, palatable, but definitely musky. It’s not a tip-it-down-the-sink wine by any means. I will persevere and over the course of the afternoon the bottle will empty.

I wouldn’t rush to buy it again.

To sum up my experience in one word, disappointing; although I will say their reds get good write ups.

Bourbon Barrel Meat Smoker

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Originally posted on A Ph.D. in Beer :

barrel This isn’t EXACTLY a post related directly to beer but I consider it beer-adjacent in my interests. I love beer, bourbon, bourbon barrel aged beers, I also love BBQ. For a long time I’ve had a fantasy of converting a used bourbon barrel into a meat smoker. An opportunity presented itself in the form of a cheap 2005 Buffalo Trace bourbon barrel used by Heavy Seas Brewery outside of Baltimore.

photo(4)I was able to scurry up to the brewery one morning and pick up the barrel for a mere $60….the modifications to the barrel itself ended up costing that much but in the end I have a hand made, custom smoker that accents my interests. It is a great conversation piece. This post is going to be a little photo heavy so bear with me. First thing, this barrel is heavy. I was able to pick it up and carry…

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Sunday Art Fare


Tomatoes – Sarah Lynch


Satireday on Fizz


What beer be this?

Stone Old Guardian


“Barley wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness.”Stone Brewing page, where you can also find Tasting Notes and Food Pairings.


Between 1996 and 2000 I had a love affair with Bolivia, as well as several love affairs in Bolivia.

I have traveled over much of the country, not liking La Paz nor Cochabamba, but I adored Uyuni, Potosí and Sucre. I lived twice in Santa Cruz de la Sierra which is half way to Brazil. I rode the tren de la muerte (death train) more than 30 times between Santa Cruz and Puerto Quijarro.

But food…

I found this old photo while sorting some old recovered files.


Patty’s cabaña

It’s a terrible photo (quality) but throughout my South American meanderings the negatives went with me, through deserts, in jungles and over the Andes several times. You can’t expect negatives to come through that abuse in top condition.

But, the food….

Ah yes, in the front you can see displayed several of the local delicacies. I cant remember them all now, but there were rice cakes, tamales and, my favourite, sonso; the ones standing up on a stick. Sonso is boiled yuca (mandioca root), mashed then lumps of cheese added, formed on to a stick and grilled over leña (firewood) to melt the cheese and get a crispy finish.

I used to help Patty (one of the aforementioned love affairs) make them on the weekend.

The Cabañas are an area near Santa Cruz de la Sierra, about 8kms, by the Rio Piray. They were classed as turistic (tourism), but domestic. A place for the Cruzeños to play in the weekend.

Where there is water, there are kids

Where there is water, there are kids

The river itself was a wide expanse of sand with river channels and deep pools where sand had been removed. The river wasn’t deep, you could walk across it.

There were 4WD motorikes, horses and many other activities.

But the FOOD!

Ah, yes. Here’s a better photo of the sonsos…

This photo not mine

This photo not mine, found on flickr


Wednesday Whine

Welcome to the first Wednesday Whine.

My wine rack is indeed modest.


But it is, nevertheless, a rack complete with dusty bottles.

While my rack is limited to twelve bottles, it is supplemented by a bookcase and several artfully redesigned fruit boxes.

Today’s wine is, actually, no longer in the rack… I drank it.

Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon (Andean Culture), Mendoza, Argentina, 2010

maipe andean cabernet sauvignon mendoza

There’s a good review on Spirit of Wine I agree with everything they say.

I must add that it was a heady wine… I mean it went straight to the head tasting wonderful all the way.

There was one detracting feature, upon opening the bottle I was confronted with a black rubber ‘cork’ which looked more like a giant zit. Seeing this black thing, instead of a pristine cork initially made me wonder if the wine was off.

I enjoyed half the bottle with lunch, a homemade Shepherd’s Pie.

After my after-lunch-nap I experimented with an iced wine-fizzy, half ‘n half with sparkling mineral water, very good.

Yes, I know, I hear you all clamouring… “OMG, he put ice and water with it!”  I’m a peasant, I know. Try it, you just may discover something new.


Between Coffee and Wine


Sunday Art Fare

Art can also include photography.

Here is a Chocolate Flan, artfully photographed.

chocolate flan

Source: The Yum List

Wednesday Whine

Just a quick note.

I am adding a new feature on a Wednesday.


A glimpse at what I drink at home and other unsavoury places.

sauvplonkI am not a wine snob, nor can I be considered a connoisseur, but I have a fair idea of what’s ‘plonk’ and what’s not. In other words, I know what I like to drink.

My general criteria for buying wine is the price; I don’t have stacks of money being an impoverished English teacher.

A bottle may take my fancy, it may be the colour of the bottle or the label, I’m a label buff. Being an artist, both in oils and graphic, I have a sense of design.

These need to be sent back from whence they came

These need to be sent back from whence they came

Wines will inevitably be dry, or demi-sec, but not restricted to, they may be either white or red; but one thing is certain, they won’t have a screw-on-top. A screw-on-top is a ticket straight back to the shelf without further consideration.

I live in Brazil, a country that, sadly can produce neither an acceptable beer nor a great wine. But Brazil is fortunate in that it has good neighbours like Argentina and Chile. Then there are also European and South African wines readily available.

So, come and check out Wednesday Whine with me… on Wednesday.


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