Friends Of Australia Friday Lamb Salisbury Steak & Little Penguin Shiraz Cab

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

Today we’ll be doing a Salisbury Lamb Steak. Minced lamb, dry garlic granules sprinkle, salt & pepper to taste. Cooked 4 minutes on a side, then turned back and a slice of Colby Jack cheese on top for 2 minutes of melting (cast iron pan residual heat with the burner off, to melt it) all made into a 1/2 pound steak shape.

I added a serving of butter sautéed mushrooms as topper / vegetable, and a generous helping of oven roasted crinkle cut fries. Desert was a dish of caramel / chocolate dip cone bits ice cream.

The wine was once again The Little Penguin Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignion blend, 2016. Why? Because I really liked it! Quoting last time:

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.

In Other News

Looks like the Australian National Government is trying to pass a law giving it veto power over “Foreign Deals” done at the local or State level. This would let them undo whatever bribo / blackmail bought them Victoria’s government, dump the Darwin Port deal, etc. Something to keep an eye on.

Also, India is cutting a deal with Japan to get a military base. Japan is moving manufacturing / factories from China to India. This is likely to be an interesting set of arrangements… With Australia and India already in a mutual ship servicing arrangement, perhaps Australia ought to be talking to Japan about their mutual “China Problem”… Oh, and India it whispering in the ear of Russia too. They have historical connections, so can more easily arrange things with Russia then bring in “others” on the deal.

China is said to be preparing for a party purge of about 20%. That usually happens when Dear Leader has screwed up and needs to bump off the competition before they decide to replace him. I’d not be surprised to see a coup attempt.

Then, this group of folks seems to have pretty accurate and reliable news from the Asia Pacific. In this case they are saying China is in a tie up with Pakistan and has a 2nd Bio Lab, this time in Pakistan, doing research of a dual use kind on potential bioweapons. What could possibly go wrong? Again…

IF things go sideways with China looking to do a Wag The Dog war with India, I could see them coordinating a 2 front process with Pakistan in the Kashmir region.

Maybe it’s just time that the whole world decides to finally enforce that old UN Resolution that China is illegally in Tibet and it’s time to restore it to independence…

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A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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5 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday Lamb Salisbury Steak & Little Penguin Shiraz Cab

  1. H.R. says:

    Well, your bad influence finally got to me, E.M. ;o)

    I snagged some Australian lamb chops and will be fixing them on the grill tonight. Looks like I’ve missed Australian lamb on Australian Friday, though.

    Last night I fixed the last mess of green beans for the year. The tomatoes are coming on very nicely. I have a yellow and a red tomato plant that are producing tomatoes weighing 1 to 1.5 lbs each. I guess I’ll be having sliced tomatoes for the side since green beans are off the menu.

    The lemon cucumbers are still producing so I made a 1/2 gallon jar of fresh pickles yesterday. They won’t be ready to eat for another couple of days, though.

  2. E.M.Smith says:


    Grilled chops and ‘maters? Sounds good to me! Bit of vinegarette… tipple of red….

  3. H.R. says:

    Post Dinner Review:


  4. H.R. says:

    OK, E.M. – You were awfully quiet the other day. Just exactly where were you?

    At an auction, maybe? ;o)

    I wonder how much that works out to be per pound?

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    I was being baaaaad…. :-)

    But not buying a sheep. Furthermore, I’d never spend $490,000 for a sheep. No sheep is worth that much. Ever. Not even a blue one:
    Heck, I’d not even pay $20,000 for a sheep. Even at $2000 I’d be reluctant.

    At a range of 100 to 200 pounds for his age,
    my estimate, that would make him about $4,900 / pound to $2,450 / pound.

    Besides, I’m more a goat man, myself…

    SMITH: Goats getting lonely, try paddleboarding
    Did you see the paddle-boarding goat in Idaho? Mr. Mayhem cruises on the stand-up paddleboard (SUP) with his person, Ms. Kelley. He wears goggles and a lifejacket and has a ball. We’ve been owned by goats, and this is par for the course. Goats want to be where their people are. They also shriek like a 3-year-old girl. Mr. Mayhem probably went paddle-boarding the first time because he stood on the shore and screamed until his owner turned around. Ain’t no love like goat love.

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