It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
This week I’m going to prepare the same meal as last week. Yes, it was that good. This time, I’m including photos ;-)
ATM, I’m sucking on a Fosters “Oilcan” Premium Ale (green can). Made in the USA, so only remotely Australian. Still, I think it counts a little toward supporting Australia. Though it doesn’t taste quite as good as the ones I had IN Australia… In Burke, NSW.
Looking at Google Maps Street View, I can not find the fine old pub I stopped in. IIRC, it was almost as you left town headed for the Back ‘O Burke (the real one, not the current touristy advertised named stuff). Then it was a darkish grey 2 story building with a classical old bar in it. I sat at the counter, ordered a beer. It was about 3 PM, in summer, and hot (as I recall it). There was one other guy at the bar, and a table with something like 3 guys sitting off to my left a ways. One of those old dark cool places without Muzak or excess lights. I talked to the bartender a bit. Don’t remember if I got a Fosters or their local beer. Carling? Whatever. I decided to indulge myself, as I’d been under budget by a lot. So… Told the barkeep: “A round for the house, on me!”. I always wanted to do that, and when would I have another chance to do it for the cost of 4 beers! ;-)
Well, needless to say I went from “Suspect odd stranger” to “Friend in the House!” right quick ;-)
I was then provided with lots of useful information about how to get to the end of the road where it becomes a track, when to stop unless I had 10 gallons of gas in cans, a full tank, AND lots of water. So I went as far as I could and no further.
At Back ‘O Burke, I met a family that ran a caravan park. It was technically closed, as they had retired, but they showed me around anyway. They had some “pet” kangaroos and Emus and I got to be up close and personal (at the fence line…) with a Big Red of theirs. It was really special to be conducted on a tour of their operation, then closing down. I hope they sold it on to someone and you can still camp “down by the muddy river”…
After that, I drove on to where the road ended and became two tire tracks in the dirt, straight as could be to the horizon. That was where I stopped.
All the way from Sydney to the Back ‘O Burke, the Eucalyptus got shorter and shorter in proportion to the lack of rain. From 200+ feet tall, to just shrubs. I got out of the car and suddenly felt like I was a giant 100 feet tall and about to fall off the world. Why? Because to the horizon there was nearly nothing. The Eucalypts were about 2 feet tall, and there was NOTHING to use as an orientation to size or scale. I had to turn and look at the car to get a sense of scale and that I was NOT 200 feet tall and falling off the world. Very Strange…
Only time in my life that’s happened. Also the only time in my life I was taller than EVERYTHING to the limits of vision.
Hopefully it’s just me not using maps street view well enough and that fine old bar still exists. I’d love to visit it again…
But on to dinner.
Here’s “Before and after” images of the tucker:
Then, what it looks like after the cook:
Once again will be doing “the usual” Loin Lamb Chops from Australia. Stood on the T-Bone fat end in a cast iron skillet in the oven at 400 F for about 25 minutes (for no-red inside, so less if you like rare).
Yes, I like these rather a lot. Yes, I’ll do some more interesting different stuff again one of these days, but right now, it’s hard to beat mini-T-Bones of lamb.
Sides will be those oiled seasoned potatoes and steamed chard. We eat both the leaves (ala French) and the stems (as the Germans) so leaves tonight, stems tomorrow. ;-0
I’ll be using a variation on this theme:
Bigger fingerlings will be cut in half lengthwise so all are about the same general size. I’m going to oil the spuds (not just the pan) and sprinkle over with Italian Seasoning, Salt, and Garlic mix (spouse is not fond of pepper so that I add to my plate…)
Then they will be arrayed around the lamb chops in the pan and it all roasts for 25 minutes at about 400 ish.
Last time the purple and red ones cooked really well, the yellows could have used a few more minutes OR cut a bit smaller. This time I’ll just use reds and purples. You can sort of make out a purple or two in the picture as near black…
I have both the Little Penguin Pinot Grigio and the Samuel Wynn “Dice with Destiny”. I’m not sure which it will be. Most likely the red. But… I really like Pinot Grigio…
So will it be a reprise of the Samuel Wynn “Dice with Destiny” Red Blend 2017. A deep ruby colored red that has overtones of Shiraz in it, but mellowed by “something else”. Or will it be a lighter Pinot Grigio. Decisions decisions again…
In Other News
As a break from the dismal and political, here’s a bit about a woman doing the impossible.
Rebel Wilson is the “porkette” typically cast in a “comedy disparaging” role. I was “the fat kid” who also dumped a lot of weight at one time, so “I can relate” (rather too much…) I had no idea she was Australian.
So what did she do? Dumped a whopping big load of weight and became a real looker. (Photos in the story). Turns out the reason she did it is that she wants a better chance at having a kid. (Looking to freeze eggs and go that whole route as she’s in her 40s…)
Rebel Wilson has her heart set on starting a family.
The 41-year-old actress revealed that she shed 30kg in order to have a “better chance” at getting pregnant.
“That is such a massive question, but I’m going to try to answer it for you,” Wilson said during an Instagram Live in response to a fan asking why she decided to embark on her health journey in 2020.
“It first started when I was looking into fertility stuff and the doctor was like, ‘Well, you’d have a much better chance if you were healthier.’”
At 41 it is still possible, but the time for it to be easy ran out a while ago.
I find it a bit odd that she’s choosing a weight loss diet to be “healthier” as typically women are more fertile at higher body fat levels. At too low a body fat, the metabolism says “It is a bad time as food is scarce to take on making a new human” and stops fertility. But looking at her “now” pictures, I’d say she’s still in the “Oh Yeah it will work” range. (IF she needs some help with the whole thing I have experience with fertility clinics… just sayin’ ;-)
I found this bit facinating:
The Pitch Perfect star initially began losing weight in 2020, embarking on a “year of health”.
She shared her fitness journey and in October that year revealed that she was only 3kg away from her goal. A month later she finally hit her goal weight by switching up her exercise routine and eating healthier.
Since then, she has continued to show off her slim figure in thirst trap posts to Instagram.
Wilson is seemingly single, and apparently living her best life, following her break-up with her boyfriend of six months, Jacob Busch, in February.
She and the heir to the Anheuser-Busch fortune made their red carpet debut as a couple in September 2020.
So he looks like incredibly slim and fit in the photos. I have to wonder if he has a “thing” for dependent “fatties” who are often lacking self esteem, and when Rebel said “I can be whatever I want” AND got to be a “looker”, that threatened him. I know takes a huge effort and will to change everything about yourself to reach such a goal, as I did it. Some folks can’t handle that you chose to remake yourself and are NOT weak and dependent. All the loss to him, IMHO. Rebel can get anyone she wants, IMHO.
FWIW, I always to some extent identified with her character in her movies, as I understood the “Fat Kid” issues and the “jokes at my expense”. It endeared her to me. I hope she succeeds in her family goals as well as in her personal goals.