It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Continuing the spousal soft diet, tonight will be a lamburger (aka minced lamb) version of Salisbury Steak with butter sauteed onions and capers as a topper.
Simple Lamb burger steak. 1/2 pound about 1/3 inch thick, cooked 4 minutes on a side,
Side of sweet peas, and slice of soft artisan bread & butter.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that COSTCO is selling Thomas Farms minced lamb in 3 x 1 pound packs. Along with Leg-O-lamb and chops. Looks like they have found increased demand for lamb products, gee, I wonder why ;-)
The wine a Gumdale Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019. This is a nice Cabernet, but clearly a bit too young. Nose is nice, but not strong. Color is a wonderful deep garnet. The flavor is very nice, with more “prompt fruit” than most. It is a surprisingly “bright” flavor. The finish on the tongue is a bit harsh from excess tannins still in the wine. A couple of years of bottle age will have them mellowed and this can become a much better wine. Note that smokers or folks prone to eating spicy Mexican or Italian with lots of garlic and ground pepper will never notice this tannin at the end. Or heck, just take another sip ;-)
IMHO, the Little Penguin 2016 beats it easily at the moment, but that’s mostly just due to the extra years of age (I’d guess). So, since I can’t cellar wines for a few years (prepping to move) I’m likely to go back to the Little Penguin for now. However, once resettled, I’d be happy to put a few bottles of this on the shelf for a couple of years. I’d be happy to even have more now, with some cheddar and salami / pepperoni snacks, or nachos with cheesy peppers.
In Other News
China is shocked, shocked I say, to be accused of having consular officers meddle in Australian politics. Not like absolutely everyone already knows China is 100% meddling in every single country where it has a presence. 1000 Talents program? Confucius Institutes? Bribes to company managers? “Sabbaticals” for professors? Paid “contributions” to politicians? Bribes or Blackmail for Belt & Road Politicians to put their governments in debt to China for “Debt Trap Diplomacy”? And more.
‘Malicious slander’: China outraged by claim its consular officials infiltrated Australia politics
China’s foreign ministry has hit back at the “malicious slander” that its consular officials in Australia may have been involved in infiltrating domestic politics, after reports some officials were named in warrants in connection with a foreign interference investigation.
Amid worsening diplomatic tensions, a foreign ministry spokesperson also accused some unnamed people in Australia of “doing whatever they can to fan up anti-China sentiments and catch eyeballs by smearing and attacking China, which only poisons China-Australia relations”.
The latest barrage of criticism follows reports Australian authorities may have accessed a New South Wales political staffer’s communications with Chinese diplomats and consular officials in Australia as part of a foreign interference investigation.
Plus, Australian Journalists are exited from China. Why anyone with a brain would still be in China at this point, if they could leave at all, is beyond me.
Last 2 journalists working for Australian media leave China
Both had sheltered in Australian diplomatic compounds in recent days
The last two journalists working for Australian media in China have left the country after police demanded interviews with them and temporarily blocked their departures, the Australian government, and their employers said Tuesday.
Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Bill Birtles and The Australian Financial Review’s Michael Smith landed in Sydney after flying from Shanghai on Monday night, both news outlets reported.
Both had sheltered in Australian diplomatic compounds in recent days.
So, what are the odds that the sudden “blow up” of shit in ALL of the anglosphere, with special emphasis on USA, Australia, and UK (i.e. less in Canada who are “on side” already) is being influenced or encouraged out of China? Hmmm?
Why are the UK, Australia and the USA all having similar Antifa / BLM / Lockdown things assaulting their economies and politics? Clearly it is an international, not a national, causal agent. And all against folks not kissing up to China and the Globalists…