Friends Of Australia Friday Lamburger Steak, Butter Sauteed Leeks, Chard, Cole Slaw, and Yellowtail Pinot Grigio

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

I guess you can tell I’ve got a job now, only one posting in between the two Australia Friday postings… I’ll need to watch that. OTOH, I put what was effectively a posting about Scythians in comments in the Grab Bag ;-)

The Tucker

Tonight I’ll be doing a Lamburger Steak, pan fried in olive oil, with a dusting of salt, garlic granules, and a grind of pepper. Topper will be leeks sauteed in 50/50 Olive Oil / Butter.

Sides are Trader Joe’s Cole Slaw (a kit with dressing that’s cut a bit coarse, but is very tasty), Chard (the red stemmed kind. Tonight will be the leaves, steamed. Tomorrow the stems. We do both the French approach of leaves and the German approach of stems. ;-) And yes, it will be slathered in real butter as it hits the plate.

Desert will be strawberries in Kefir, with a bit of added sugar. We tried Kefir for the first time a week ago. I find that I like it. Calling it “A liquid like yogurt” doesn’t capture it. The stuff is more thick than “liquid”. It is rather like yogurt you can pour, sort of. But with an interesting quality to the flavor. Almost like a hint of effervescence. Mixed with a bit of jam it is very nice… But tonight will be real ripe strawberries, diced, and sugar to taste.

Wine – Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio

A very pale yellow, that looks almost water clear in the glass. A bit of effervescence here, too. Not enough to fizz, but enough to make the edges of your tongue dance. Nose is of light spring fruit. The flavor is gentle, subtle, and with enough acid to make it interesting, but it would be overwhelmed by strong foods or cheddar cheese. A very nice light easy drinking wine. I suspect it will be a bit whimpy up against garlic flavored lamb covered in leeks, so I’ll have to try and finish all I can before dinner ;-)

In Other News

Looks like Sky Australia has clue about Baffled Biden:

Yes, that’s about how 1/2 the USA sees him too.

Blithering Biden Bumbling and Bungling.

The only “good” I can see in this is that we know The Big Lie happened (that being the notion Biden was properly elected). The Dims are trying to tag the phrase “The big lie” to the notion that the election was “stolen”. I’m happy to embrace the phrase “The Big Lie” as the notion Biden actually got elected.

So there you go, Democrats. YOUR Big Lie has the world laughing at you. I’m beginning to enjoy watching you twist in the wind as YOUR policies make you look as stupid as Biden (who we know is barely able to read que cards and doesn’t know he’s in the White House when he wakes up – he told us so…)

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28 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday Lamburger Steak, Butter Sauteed Leeks, Chard, Cole Slaw, and Yellowtail Pinot Grigio

  1. beththeserf says:

    So much nicer than crickets!

  2. another ian says:


    Well I guess the cricket farmers will be hit with demands for free range grazing and no restrictive fences etc too?

  3. beththeserf says:

    another ian

    Every demand that can be made will be made. Guvuhmint MUST prevail. It’s the nature of power unless you can git the three branches acting as checks and balances. Aye, there’s the rub…

  4. another ian says:

    “Aye, there’s the rub…”

    Sure hasn’t done an Aladdin job as yet

  5. beththeserf says:


    Teachers’ unions in public education, I speak of what I know…

  6. H.R. says:

    Sowell… an amazing man!

    We used to respect our elders and their wisdom, and gave great weight to their advice. And we’d take care of our elders who went off their nut. The latter, we respected their age and prior contributions, but we knew they had lost it.

    So here we are now with a dementia patient as pRresident and Sowell being hounded and suppressed. SMH. The things people will do for power….

    P.S. Biden didn’t win.

  7. DonM says:

    Per the Sowell video.

    Surround good kids with other good kids and they will do good things. Infect the group with a few bad actors and they can still do good things. But, there is a tipping point where the percentage of crap kids cause a change of state and level of learning drops significantly. I don’t know what that percentage is in the classrom.

    On a girls soccer team you can have about four of them them (not bad actors, but goof offs & flakes as well) without too much harm.
    On a basketball team it takes 3 to wreck the whole thing. (so not more than 2)
    On softball team it takes around 4.

    So my number is around 25% for the tipping point. In the classroom, I would guess that 15% to 20% is the tipping point for being able to serve the good kids and still get by.

    But if, on any team (or class) 100% are on board, it is going to make the whole thing operate on a much higher level. The charter schools are operating with kids/parents that want to be there. The public trough schools know this, and they don’t want their classes even more diluted by losing the good kids.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Crickets? No way I’m eating Jiminy…

    As the spouse and I have found out a Keto Diet makes us feel better and lose excess pounds, we’re eating a LOT more meat and a lot less plant starches, grains, beans, etc.

    Anyone demanding a vegan diet can have one. Anyone demanding I have a vegan diet will be face to face with a demonstrated top predator… (wondering if it really tastes like pork…)

    Anyone who wishes to eat a high starch diet rich in Omega-6 oils is able to do so today (and as this has gained currency, America has gained pounds). I’m sticking with the Paleo / Keto approach.

    I’m happy to do clandestine critter raising and hunting if it comes to that. But I doubt it will. Too many people like REAL burgers…

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh, BTW, the wine actually did stand up to the garlic lamb leeks combo. It paired rather well with it in fact, as the leeks are a subtle flavor too. Also was nice with the cole slaw and chard.

    Overall, I was rather impressed that the wine could do that. It had a bit more complexity in dining than in the glass alone…

  10. another ian says:

    More than crickets

    “Kelp, maggots and algae must replace wheat, maize and rice on menus if the world is to feed itself in an era of escalating environmental threats, a Cambridge University study has said.”

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Another Ian:

    Yeah, that’s “Crazy Talk”. Absolutely entirely nutty.

    How do I know? What crop has highest yield in Iowa? Yeah, corn.

    How you going to replace that with kelp or algae? Not going to happen. Just no way to physically do it. You do not REPLACE Iowa corn with kelp. You might ADD a kelp farm at an ocean side farm…

    As per maggots: Any idea what you need to do to raise maggots? Yeah, you feed them. Guess what you feed them? Depends on the bug, but generally a primary food source like, oh, meat or soaked grains. In which case why not just eat the meat and grains yourself?

    That is just “Click Bait Grant Shilling”

  12. E.M.Smith says:

    I have a “silly question”:

    Does a Vegan who only eats organic, qualify as “Organic Soylent Green”?

    Just wonderin’… You know it’s coming…

  13. philjourdan says:

    Not Soylent Green – they are Soylent Yellow.

    On the Subject of Sky News’ recent epiphany, I disagree that half this country knew that., I would say 2/3rds do. The democrat leadership knows it. But will never say it. The 1/3 that does not know it are morons. But then every country has to have morons.

  14. E.M.Smith says:


    Now that you mention it, 1/3 of the country would be significantly below average down to inert. From their POV Usurper Biden might actually look smarter than them…

  15. Terry Jackson says:

    Them “Oh, we only eat Organic.”
    Me “Do you think there is InOrganic?”

  16. Annie says:

    @E.M.S. It sounds like a delicious meal!

  17. E.M.Smith says:


    It was! I was originally unsure about “sauteed leeks”. I’ve only ever done potato leek soup (very nice…) and not treated them like “other onions”. I was worried they would be {tough | stringy | too strong | too weak }. In the end, it was a remarkably interesting mild and different sort of quasi onion like flavor. I could tell which bits were too fibrous during the chopping. (I’d nibble any suspect bits and if they were tough and stringy, ditch them). Sautee was much like any other allium. Paired with butter / Olive Oil mix and sauteed to just tender and a few bits browning, it was a wonderful flavor. Piled on the lamburger steak with hints of garlic, OMG.

    I’d bought some chard at Walmart a week ago that was bitter. The chard from Smart & Final was tender and sweet. Butter was all it asked for ;-)

    Salad was a surprisingly good compliment to the chard and the steaks / leeks. I’d not expected that, but it was a surprise pairing that was very nice. The acid in the dressing enhancing whatever it was near.

    Then to finish on the sugared strawberries in the slightly sour kefir. Yum!

    There’s times I wish I’d become a chef. But I’m not. Just a “Short Order Cook wannabe chef”… Oh Well. I try… and sometimes even succeed. Like this one ;-)

  18. E.M.Smith says:

    @Terry Jackson:

    Me: “You say you’re Organic?”…

  19. Simon Derricutt says:

    Entry in Mrs. Beeton’s cookbook: First catch your vegan….

  20. H.R. says:

    @Simon D. – I think you’ll like this one.

    “For every rule, there is an exception to the rule, except this rule.”

  21. Annie says:

    @E.M.S. You inspired me to sauté some leeks for once. They were cooked in butter; like yours there were some delicious gently-browned bits. Very good; we’ll have those again! They accompanied some gently cooked thin pork loin steaks and a variety of other vegs.

  22. Simon Derricutt says:

    H.R. – I spent a while trying to think of a suitable riposte for that one. No inspiration…. As you know, I always search for the exception to rules, and the anomalies that are often overlooked as unimportant. About the only refutation I’ve ended up with is that a few rules don’t have exceptions, with the obvious one being causality.

  23. E.M.Smith says:


    Surprisingly interesting, isn’t it. I’d not expected that subtlety. I’m going to try them in some other “typical” onion uses just to see…

  24. H.R. says:

    @Simon D, – I just thought you’d get a laugh out of that one. And yes, we all know that the exceptions are what is most interesting to you.
    But then, causality having no exception is an exception to the rule that every rule has an exception.
    😜 🤣🤣🤣🤣

    Another one I like that I got from my dad was, “The straightest distance between two points is a short line.”

  25. cdquarles says:

    Ah, the difference between contingent truths and absolute ones, or in philosophy, the difference between ontology and epistemology. :) The rub is knowing the difference. The physical part of the universe is contingent. That does not mean that all of the universe is contingent.

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