It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Tonight we’re having a repeat of the Lamburger in box of scalloped spuds dish. We really like it. Just brown off the lamb burger as small chunks, seasoned with onions & garlic, then add it to the regular box of scalloped potatoes made following package directions. Into the oven for 25 minutes or so and serve. Side of peas.
Tonight’s wine was $6 at Bargain Market Grocery Outlet. They buy whatever is in oversupply, so price is very low; but, you don’t get to regularly buy any given wine. Just whatever is not sold out and the warehouse needs to be emptied to take this year’s vintage. I regularly get good wines there at $10 a bottle lower than the price elsewhere. Some unknown brands are quite good. Others have a reason for being remaindered out. Most are just fine, and you do get a broad wine education on the cheap via the wine du jour nature of their inventory.
Little Penguin Merlot at $6 was a good deal. They had the blends from Little Penguin at $5 a bottle. The Merlot is a 2017 and would benefit from a bit of bottle age, but was drinkable as it stands. A bit more tannic than most Merlot from California. Almost like it was a bit Shiraz influenced (at least in style). I find that having had Shiraz a bit, I’m becoming more “disappointed” in regular California over-smooth-under-flavored wines and this Merlot was surprisingly nice in having that bit more “something” in it. I think I still like their Shiraz-Cabernet blend ($5 for a 2016) a bit better, but not by much.
I’ve not kept up on what’s happening in Australia this week, so folks will have to chime in with updates. I’ve been busy with California blackouts, fires (yesterday we kept the house closed up and the HEPA filter running as the smoke layer was a bit much – fire about 20 miles away that looks to be out today). Then there was the Cringvention by the Democrats. Do they have any platform that is a positive thing? As near as I can tell it’s all “Orange Man Bad” and “Grumpy Whining” mixed with some “Break Things and Be Miserable” stuff like ending police and locking everyone up in their homes for a year or two. Hopefully politics in the Rest Of World, and especially Australia, is not so broken.