It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Due to a dental issue, the spouse is on soft foods “for a while”, meaning that for the next who knows how many weeks, the lamb dish will be minced lamb in some way or another. Today we’ll be doing a Salisbury Lamb Steak. Minced lamb, minced onions & garlic, all made into a 1/2 pound steak shape. Fried about 3 or 4 minutes a side (depending on how thick it ends up) on medium, then allowed to stand a couple of minutes to finish the middle properly.
Side salad and asparagus with butter most likely sides. Desert of canned freestone peaches.
The wine is a Little Penguin Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignion blend, 2016. Near inky black in the wine glass (even looking at the daytime sky out the window doesn’t penetrate it fully). Hints of reds and purples on the cork and at the meniscus. Somehow both smooth and teasing a bit of aggressive on the tongue. Rich Shiraz flavors, Cabernet mellows. The nose is mildly fragrant. The flavor has clear Cabernet notes to it, but with that “something extra” of Shiraz.
I really like this wine. I think it was about $5 at my local Bargain Market Grocery Outlet. Last bottle on the shelf. They often have wines much cheaper than the same wine can be found elsewhere. They do “clearances” when a winery needs more warehouse space and “something has to go”. Some bottles are not the best, others are easily $20 wines for $5. I suspect this is the latter. The downside is you have offered “whatever is around”, so don’t expect to find anything in particular. OTOH, I get a LOT of good wine there quite cheap.
In Other News
China is likely to regret pissing off Australia. Looks like Australia funded an investigation into the security of a multi-million data center built for Papua New Guinea. They found a lot of security flaws (equipment installed 2 years after EOL on software upgrades, known exploits left open in software, etc.) and now PNG is refusing to make payments on their Debt Trap Loan that built the Chinese Spy Facility called a national data center.
Then, new storms are dumping yet more rain on central China ag areas. China has issued directions for the people to “save food” as pork prices have doubled. Bet that USA Pork and Australian Barley is looking better right about now…
Hey, China! This morning I had ham and eggs for breakfast. Bet you didn’t! Tonight I’m having Australian Lamb and wine for dinner. Bet you didn’t. Right now, I’m enjoying freedom of speech. Bet you don’t. Maybe you ought to try being more like the USA & Australia and less, oh, I don’t know, Communist Socialist Authoritarian? Just sayin’…