This is my soon to be weekly Friends Of Australia Friday posting. Don’t know how long I’ll keep this up, but it may depend on just how Pissy and Stupid the CCP in China can be.
I’d suggested #FriendsOfAustraliaFriday or even F… China Friday #FCFriday, but whatever. I’m not a hash tag person nor a Twitter Twat, so no idea what is catchy, really.
As I type this it’s about 10-something in Australia on Friday, so even though it is just after dinner Thursday in California, I’m making this an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Dinner tonight was some Knorr Alfredo noodles. These come in a metalized pouch like freeze dried expensive food but cost about $1 / package at Walmart instead of the $6+ for “camping food”. One of the easy ways to make a prepper pack. Add coconut oil instead of butter and a can of condensed milk and you are good to go.
With that I had a bit of fried potatoes. Then, the main meat dish:
Essentially a Saaaaaaalsssbury steak made with ground lamb. The lamb in question is Thomas Farms Free Range, product of Australia. Cost was $6-something for a pound and made two 1/2 pound steaks (one each and quite enough). Onion and garlic added with a sprinkle of salt and pepper over, then pan fried in Olive Oil for about 3 to 4 minutes a side on medium. Ooooh Yum!
This was accompanied by a Yellow Tail brand Chardonnay with starters ( i.e. poured in a large glass ;-) and then shifting to their Merlot with the main course. Now back on the Chardonnay. Also an Australian wine maker.
Oddly, while I got the lamb at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, they had NO Australian wine! Now this, believe it or not, is a good thing. This particular store sells a lot of ‘remaindered’ products. When the maker has too much for their regular channel and needs to clear out the excess inventory, these folks get it at a discount. I’ve gotten nice $20 wines for about $5 there. So, there being no Australian wines, despite having a category of Australia / New Zealand marked, means it’s not on the remainders market.
So, OK, off to another store to get the wine… I stopped at BevMo but they said “phone orders only” no wandering around the store looking at a half acre of beer and wine. OK, the local regular grocer then…. On some future day I’ll hit up BevMo for a better selection of wines and checking out Australian Whisky.
So, with that, it turns out I have 2 bottles of Australian wine open for the next 24 hours… Just sayin’… I’d hate for it to spoil and all ;-)
What that means is that in at least this one little corner of California there’s a “Party Of One” even if not quite an “Army of One” with a glass held high for Australia (Middle Finger extended for China). #FCFriday and all…
On a side note, both Target and Walmart were looking a bit picked over and thin on things like soft goods (cloth goods) and housewares from China. There were other outages too. And I’m very OK with that.
For now, let the good times roll on…