It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
Well I got motivated tonight. I made a “reinterpretation” of Shepard’s Pie.
For the “meat base” I put a chopped onion in a 12 inch cast iron skillet with 50/50 olive oil & butter (about 1 oz of each) and started it to saute. Then a pound of Thomas Farms ground lamb was broken into walnut sized bits and layered on top. The whole thing fried on medium until roughly cooked through. Along the way, added a nice “sprinkle over” of salt and 4 or 5 grinds of pepper. A pinch of cinnamon, and about 1/2 tsp of “Greek Seasoning” mix ( no, I don’t know what’s in it…) was sprinkled on. Then as it was nearly done, added 3 or 4 cloves of minced and crushed garlic. While that “simmered” to aromatic, mixed 2 Tbs of flout into about 3 ounces of water. This was stirred in and a bit more water added to form the gravy base. I was going to add some peas, but discovered I had none. Oh Well…
For the potato topper, 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes where cooked in a pot. 4 cups water, 2 Tbs butter ( I think I did more like 3 or 4 ;-) the “sauce packet” when at the boil along with 1 1/3 cups of milk. Then dump in the spuds. This was simmered on the stove about 10 minutes until starting to thicken. A big scoop was used to layer it over the meat base while it was still liquid enough to scoop.
Then a generous layer of Mexican Cheese Mix shreds was sprinkled on top, and the whole thing put into a 400 F oven for about 15 minutes.
Out of the oven, I let it sit about 3 minutes until the bubbling around the edges stopped and it was thick enough to cut wedges and use a spatula to put them on the plate.
Talk about Yum! This is a keeper.
How in heaven can a wine be silky smooth and mellow, then have a spicy bite at the end?
It has been a Very Long Time since any wine truly surprised me. This one did. Flavor is very nice, Nose a typical red blend. But over the tongue it goes and you think it’s a mellow and smooth red that’s tame and wants a neutral cracker and then, just as it exits the mouth, Zing! some kind of spice dances over your tongue and is gone. What The?
You try again. Same thing. Sooth as silk and mellow, nothing to see here, move a Zing! and it’s gone.
With a bit of smoked Gouda, the depth of wine improves and the Zing! hides. The cheese is suddenly more complex and interesting that ever before and the experience is greatly enhanced. The blending of flavors is a boon to both.
OK, I “jumped it up” and tried a salted radish. Well that killed the complexity of the wine and doubled up the Zing!… Not that great an idea… A bit more Gouda and things were back to normal.
It went very well with the Scalloped Shepard’s Pie. Overall a remarkable experience and one I will seek out again (and often!).
So what was this wine? “19 Crimes – The Uprising” and the “Red Wine Aged 30 days In Rum Barrels”. About $9 at Total Wines. They also have a “Red Wine” not aged and I’ve got a bottle of it on the shelf at about $7 per, and a “Warden’s” at about $19 that I didn’t buy (yet…) It has a label designed to look like it was burned on the edges and has a photo of a “transported” prisoner on the front. Look for it. Buy it. Drink it. Marvel at it.
In Other News
A high rise in Miami collapsed. This is the kind of thing you expect to see in China or South America, but it was in Miami. Looks like a group of Australians was in it.
Mass casualty event: ‘Catastrophic’ building collapse, 99 missing
A group of Australians are among almost 100 people who are missing after a high-rise tower in Florida “pancaked” while residents slept.
Mathew Murphy and Ben Graham
At least one person is dead and at least 99 people — including a group of Australians — are missing after a high-rise apartment block in Florida “literally pancaked” while residents were sleeping.
As a desperate rescue operation is underway to find survivors, firefighters say they can hear “banging” beneath the rubble.
Online videos showed a large portion of the 12-storey building in the town of Surfside – just north of Miami Beach – reduced to rubble, with the apartments’ interiors exposed.
Miami Dade authorities declared a “Level 5” mass casualty event meaning statewide emergency resources are required, according to reports.
Further shocking footage shows the moment the towers collapsed, sending plumes of smoke into the air.
Joseph Waks, an Australian who has been living in Surfside for 12 years, told the ABC a group of Australians lived in the building, but he had not been able to locate them.
Danny Rivero, a reporter from National Public Radio in South Florida, wrote on Twitter: “We’ve been told many Argentinians and Australians were in the building as well, and that all are unaccounted for. This is an international disaster.”
There’s photos and video in the link, hit it. Then a lot further down, this odd bit:
One witness, who was in a neighbouring building, said the collapse felt like a “tornado or earthquake”.
The building is located one block away from where Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump currently live.
I wonder if they (the Kushner’s) are having their building checked over…
Realize these things are supposed to withstand a hurricane directly in their teeth and the building codes are fairly extreme there. I’m left to wonder if years of salt air did something to the rebar in the concrete structure…
One photo in the link (at the bottom) shows
just one corner of the building collapsed. That argues more for a sink hole taking out foundation support; as a general structural weakening / failure would take down the whole building.
UPDATE: H.R. pointed to a video showing the actual collapse. It was almost all of the building. What is shown in the photo is just one small part of a much larger building with the corner of that part collapsed. The “rest of the building” being what looks like an open space in the photo. Much more collapsed, maybe 4 or 5 times as much, as what is left standing in the photo.
Eventual discovery of actual cause will be worth watching.