It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Tonight we’re having T-bone lamb chops. Yeah, those little expensive ones. Cut thick, I put them in a cast iron skillet in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes on 350 F. Yes, I like them cooked through. Those liking red in the middle, use a lot less time :-)
The spouse gets hers plain, mine get a small sprinkle of garlic granules when they go in, salt & pepper when the come out. I don’t salt meat before it cooks. Why? The salt draws the moisture out and you get a tougher less juicy result, plus the salt then washes off into the pan.
The side vegetable is Acorn squash. cut in half and seeds removed, put cut side down in a roasting dish with a few cm of water in the bottom. Cooked at the same time as the chops.
I made home made bread yesterday. We’ll either have a slice of that one tonight, or if it runs out, I’m starting a new batch soon! The way I make it is here:
Current batch made with 6.5 oz of bread flour and 2 oz. of instant mashed potato flour.
The wine tonight is a 1.5 L bottle of The Original Martin’s Pickup Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019 vintage. A bit young, yet remarkably smooth and drinkable for that (lack of) age. I’d guess grown in a very warm region so tannins are less and not left too long on seeds or stems. It’s “nice in the glass”, but really wants some crackers, cheese, or a big slice of roast lamb to go with it ;-) Cost was way too reasonable at about $11 at Total Wines.
In Other News
Australia is once again approaching a clear status on Chinese Wuhan Covid. Those inside Australia think this is a great thing. Their quarantine and isolation from the rest of the world are working. Some outside of Australia hear of plans for 2 more years of isolation and quarantine and think it a bit daft, especially for the damage to tourism. But hey, IF I could be there instead of here, I’d do it in a heartbeat!
I don’t have much other news from the Indo-Pacific, as everyone is just counting days until Brexit is done and we know what can happen next with Australian / UK trade; and days until we know if the USA comes roaring back or Biden wins and we become the Satrap of China throwing Australia to the wolves of Asia. Tick Tock…
Your neighbor, New Zealand, is now proclaimed the high point of the 8th continent. Zealandia. Go figure.
Zealandia is arguably a continent in its own right. This was the argument which made news in 2017, when geologists from New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia concluded that Zealandia fulfills all the requirements to be considered a continent rather than a microcontinent or continental fragment. English-born New Zealand geologist Nick Mortimer (in German) has commented that “if it wasn’t for the ocean, it would have been recognized as such long ago”.
I know, not Australia. But they have sheep and wine too! (And are also likely getting a cold shoulder from China…)