Friends Of Australia Friday: 10 September 2021

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

The Tucker

The Loin Chops in iron skillet NOT in the oven, but pan fried.

Due to some logistical errors on my part, there’s 2 accommodations tonight. First off, the chops didn’t fully defrost in time, so they are in the iron skillet on the stove on “low” to finish the defrosting and warming. Then I figured I’ll just turn up the heat. So pan fried in olive oil.

The other accommodation is no wine tonight. I drank it all a day or two ago… It was a Dice With Destiny and I had made a “Mushrooms and Lamb Burger Bits” dish (with sauteed onion bits, garlic, and “French Seasoning” mix – no I don’t know what was in it, it was part of a gift kit, salt & pepper, olive oil) and well, one thing led to another…

The vegetable tonight is Romanesco Broccoli. That green stuff with Fibonacci / Fractal spirals:

Romanesco Broccoli

Romanesco broccoli (also known as Roman cauliflower, Broccolo Romanesco, Romanesque cauliflower, or simply Romanesco) is an edible flower bud of the species Brassica oleracea. First documented in Italy in the 16th century, it is chartreuse in color, and has a form naturally approximating a fractal. When compared to a traditional cauliflower, it has a firmer texture and delicate, nutty flavor.

The Romanesco superficially resembles a cauliflower, but it has a visually striking fractal form.

Romanesco superficially resembles a cauliflower, but it is chartreuse in color, with the form of a natural fractal. Nutritionally, romanesco is rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fiber, and carotenoids.

Fractal structure

The inflorescence (the bud) is self-similar in character, with the branched meristems making up a logarithmic spiral, giving a form approximating a natural fractal; each bud is composed of a series of smaller buds, all arranged in yet another logarithmic spiral. This self-similar pattern continues at smaller levels. The pattern is only an approximate fractal since the pattern eventually terminates when the feature size becomes sufficiently small. The number of spirals on the head of Romanesco broccoli is a Fibonacci number.

The causes of its differences in appearance from the normal cauliflower and broccoli have been modeled as an extension of the preinfloresence stage of bud growth. A 2021 paper has ascribed this phenomenon to perturbations of floral gene networks that causes the development of meristems into flowers to fail, but instead to repeat itself in a self-similar way.

I’ve tended to call it a “Broccoflower” as it seems to be half way between each. Whatever, I think it is better than either. I’ve seen a “sport” of it that is a lovely purple color too ;-)

There will also be a simple Butter Lettuce side salad, topped with some cheese shreds and either Ranch Dressing or the Olive Garden Creamy Italian as preferred.

The Wine

A day or two early, and all gone now, but it was a bottle of the Samuel Wynn “Dice With Destiny” red blend again.

The News

Australia is leading the charge into The New World Order with a New Berlin Wall dividing towns that are on a State border and with newly built concentration isolation camps, and with a slap down of free speech in blog comments.

So hows that Trucker’s Strike going? No news so good news?

Tim Pool claims it is just a “poor choice of words” but… the comments on the blog are roasting him with things like “they are telling you what they are doing!”…

From an outside POV it looks like Australia is going nuts.

OTOH, the USA actually IS going nuts… so who am I to talk. At least your National Leader can speak…

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28 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday: 10 September 2021

  1. H.R. says:

    Hey, wOw! I’ve never seen that variety of broccoli in any store I’ve been in. Beautiful! All florets, no stem.

    ♯♪♫” No stems no seeds that you don’t need, Romanesco Broccoli is (inhale!) badass weeeeed broc-col-liiiii.”

    (H/T Cheech & Chong)

  2. H.R. says:

    FoA Friday at H.R.’s house was 1.5 pounds of flame grilled USDA PRIME! Filet mignon, mashed taters, and Italian flat green beans smothered in butter.

    I fed 3 people for $17 ($20 with tip, if they would tip me, but nooooo. I did the dishes, too 😜). 5-6 oz filet dinners are up to $35 and $45 now in restaurants, due to the price of beef. We saw that when we ate out during our trailer shakedown cruise. Just months ago it was about $30 for petite and maybe $40 for a larger cut.

    Vintage 7-UP, Hawaiian Punch, and Canada Dry (sugar free) Ginger Ale washed it all down.

  3. u.k.(us) says:

    What goes well with 7&7’s….”Hot Pockets” it is :)
    Then watch Gutfeld! at 10:00 P.M. (Central).

  4. Kneel says:

    ” At least your National Leader can speak…”

    Have I got a deal for you!
    Prepared to swap a leader that can speak for constitutionally enforced bill of rights that allows me to protest, go to church and keep autonomy over my own body.
    Not expecting you to agree, but anythings worth a try at this point.
    I already complained to our Human Rights Commission, but they say that they have no control over state governments doing this, only Federal gov and private companies and referred me to the state Omsbudsman (kinda matches IG over thee). Waiting for a response from them.
    MP’s (“congress critters” in your vernacular) are about as helpful as a hole in a parachute on these issues – just one or two here and there, normally minor parties (so like getting support from Libertarian party over there – nice, but nothing actually gets done)
    Buying light pole and piano wire futures over here might turn a decent profit in the medium term…

  5. beththeserf says:

    Likewise, E.M, grilled chops for me, also with broccoli but not yr exotic kind, I have never seen this one!

    Re Oz on the freedom front we unvaccinated have become pariahs Whilst even if you get the vax, you can still suffer Covid, transmit Covid, and be a silent carrier of Covid. a public health order that doesn’t result in public health because it doesn’t stop infection or transmission, somehow can order an experimental gene therapy to be required of a person without any obligation of care for health impacts and deaths, It is a coercive policy resulting in to social discrimination, people lose their jobs and bee denied bank/health ad commerce services if unjabbed, while inoculation provides no lasting benefit

  6. H.R. says:

    @beth – Isn’t that a gorgeous broccoli? I must, MUST hunt some o’ that down!

    Who gives a rat’s patootie about lockdowns? Just sh00t anybody standing in the way of getting yer hands on a cut o’ that Romanesco Broccoli. It’s justifiable homicide. I’m sure the courts would say, “Romanesco Broccoli? Just a wee bit o’ lead poisoning? Case dismissed!”

  7. Annie says:


    Time to get our rags on, hold a sign saying ‘unclean’ and ringing a handbell as we approach other people. :(

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Per Romanesco: Here in the USA upscale places like Sprouts has it. Sometimes seasonally. I think I’ve seen it at Whole Foods too. It’s about 2 x the price of regular IIRC, so I get it about once a year ;-)

    Basically don’t expect it at discount or low price places. Look for the Fru Fru places that “Greenies” shop …

    Or you can buy seeds and grow your own:

    A so so photo of a purple one:

  9. beththeserf says:

    Annie, Oh yes, come join me in a revolting ragged-serfs’ parade!

    H.R Yes a gorgeous sight. – reminds me of an Andrew Marvell poem, ‘Bermuda,.’
    oranges, pomegranates, melons,… could have included yr Roman Cauliflower!

  10. Pinroot says:

    Australia has gone full circle: started out as a penal colony, ending back up as a penal colony. I really feel sorry for those folks.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Don’t forget that Australia was not only “home to criminals” but also “Home to HM Rule Enforcers” with a control freak bent… Sumners (my Mums side of the family) were Summoner Before The Crown and there’s a fair number in Australia. So too the sheriffs, judges, etc.

    It is an interesting genetic selection for 2 personality types. The hard core controllers and the uncontrolled. Leaving out the body of “passive sheep” types. Don’t know how many of them arrived after it lost the Penal Colony status nor how many “other nations” have arrived as a percent.

    But in any case, there will have been an original seeding with an over-representation of those two types. No idea if it will reflect in patterns today, but to an outsider it does look like your police and political class have the control freak bent to excess and you still have a few rebels in the truckers et. al. I guess “we’ll see”.

    @Per Truckies:

    I take it nobody in Australia has noticed any big disruption of truck transport or roadways? So it’s a bust then? Or not?

  12. philjourdan says:

    I wish I had kept the link, but I did see a story about the trucker strike. It did not mention impact, just had pictures of the event (trucks lined up in the slow lane for miles and miles).

  13. H.R. says:

    OK, this is just a foodie post for Smoker Grill on Saturday, USA 😁

    I’m firing up the smoker grill tomorrow (US Saturday) and will be cooking a while, bone-in pork butt.

    I have made my own dry rubs, but I have also bought some dry rubs on clearance. These are prize-winning rubs that sell for stupid money, but I picked up on clearance stupid cheap… because people aren’t stupid with their money 😜

    So…. what to do, what to do…

    Since it’s a large cut, I am leaning towards tossing one of those fancy schmancy rubs in a bowl and adding some of my own favorite spices.

    I’m also going for the Carolina pulled pork spectrum, so there will be some apple cider vinegar involved. Some spices just don’t play well with apple cider vinegar, so I have to be careful.

    Anyhow, tomorrow, I’ll have that pork butt on the smoker grill for 6 – 7 hours @225 (F), so it will be much later tomorrow before I can report on the results; good, bad, or indifferent.

    I think (not 100% sure) that true South Carolina pulled pork is just done only with the apple cider vinegar and maybe salt and pepper. But I like a little more zing in pork than that, and as it is a fatty meat, it can handle some extra flavor.

    So…… it’s back to the interwebbies for some flavor profile ideas.

    Note!!! If any of y’all have a favorite flavor profile for pork, it’ll be about 12 hours until I apply
    the dry rub, so you have plenty of time to influence my decision, and I’d appreciate the input.

  14. Terry Jackson says:

    Directions? I don’t need no stinkin’ directions…. With vinegar, but no vigorish./

  15. E.M.Smith says:

    Hmmm…. 42 drive hours coast to coast…. 12 hours to apply dry rub, one hour for beer, smoker 7 hours, one hour for beer… and to cool…. So 21 hours until ready to pull… Damn, I’m 21 hours lost.

    Hey, H.R.! You know, of course, that letting dry rub “soak in” for 21 hours is THE BEST Evah! dry rub, right?


  16. H.R. says:

    @Terry J – Ha! That Traeger recipe is my starting point, mostly for the mechanics. I use it to get me started off the mark, and then I go hell bent for leather in the direction I want to go.

    I’m a garlic fan, but I’m thinking not too garlicy tomorrow. Some cumin maybe? Howz ’bout Herbs du Provence and mild chilies?

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    “MILD chilies”? What the hell is that? Bell peppers?


  18. H.R. says:

    Poblano, Anaheim, or jalapeno chiles, E.M. (Yes, I saw the winky.)

    And I have some mild dried red chiles from the Mexican Market that I have no idea what the $#@! they are.

    I was kinda hoping that jim2 would pipe up with some Tennessee BBQ flavor profiles or cdq would chime in with some ‘Bammy flavor notes.

    Too damn many chemists on this blog though.

    I’ll probably get some suggestions to use C2H6K3Na12Mg16Zn8 as in “Oh yeah! Gotta sprinkle on some o’ dat!”😜

  19. Paul, Somerset says:

    ‘Four to five years. That has always been my answer when people in Asia ask me how long I think Australia will remain closed and prevent its own citizens from traveling abroad since the country enacted one of the world’s toughest border restrictions at the start of the pandemic.

    ‘Australia may still be the lucky country but it is also a big prison: a luxuriously appointed North Korea. “The problem with Australians is not that so many of them are descended from convicts,” said Clive James, a famous Australian poet who spent most of his life overseas, “but that so many of them are descended from prison officers.”‘

  20. cdquarles says:

    Well, H. R., when it comes to BBQ flavor, I like so many that I can’t pick a favorite. I could ask my cousins that run a “Soul Food” BBQ joint, but they wouldn’t want to give away their secret recipe :).

  21. H.R. says:

    @cdq – The flavor profile I went with was just an addition to the very basic rub I use on brisket. That is made of salt, pepper, celery seed, garlic, and onion.

    So I added some cumin, an off the shelf poultry seasoning ( a mix of garlic & herbs) and that was it.

    It smells wonderful! It will be another 3 hours from this post before I get a taste.

    I did do the South Carolina flavoring of apple juice to steam the meat for the final few hours. Apple and pork always play nice together.

    (Step 1: bring the pork butt up to 160 (F) internal on the smoker. Step 2: Wrap the pork but in foil with a couple of cups of apple juice – not apple cider vinegar! – to steam at 250 (F) for another 3 – 4 hours.)

    I thought Alabama was more all about the Hickory or Pecan smoke rather than any particular seasoning flavor profile, like Memphis or Cajun. But I had to ask because I didn’t know for sure.

  22. cdquarles says:

    Yes, H.R., hickory smoke is common here. There’s walnut and apple as well as the pecan you mentioned. It is a sort of continuum here, given that we have Texas/Louisiana influence, Carolinas influence, Memphis TN influence and Kansas City influence when it comes to BBQ.

  23. cdquarles says:

    Oh, another one that is common is mesquite, since I mentioned TX/LA.

  24. cdquarles says:

    Oh, oak has become more common, too, now that I think of it.

  25. H.R. says:

    Pulled pork report: YUM! Shredded beautifully and was very moist. No dry spots that required BBQ sauce.

    I ate mine sans any sauce.

    The flavor profile was excellent! Good flavor all the way through.

    So make that two votes (Terry J.’s above and mine) for the Trager method of making pulled pork.

  26. YMMV says:
    “The lab leak, the missing scientists, the cover-up: Piecing together ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan'”

    Explosive revelations about the origins of COVID-19 have been revealed in a documentary by award-winning journalist Sharri Markson.
    Ms Markson spent more than a year investigating the potential leak of the virus from a top-secret laboratory in Wuhan, China.

    Her ‘What Really Happened in Wuhan’ documentary on Sky News Australia uncovered evidence a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology first occurred in September, 2019.

    On the September 12, 2019, the virus database at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was taken offline, and with it 22,000 coronavirus samples were gone.

    That same day security was beefed up at the facility and a tender was issued to replace the air-conditioning system. There was later a communications blackout, with no cell-phone or signals activity.

    The institute also went on a spending spree, purchasing an air medical waste incinerator and PCR equipment to test for coronaviruses.

    That makes it a full two years.

    A month after the evidence suggests the virus leaked from the institute, Wuhan hosted the Military Games, with more than 9,000 athletes from around the world in attendance.

  27. E.M.Smith says:

    And in November, 2 months later and 1 after the games, a “friend of the spouse” had a serious “cold” with loss of sense of smell… but didn’t think much about it until about February…

    Silly Con Valley had a LOT of flights / business / plant visits with China 2 years ago.

    SFO is a Major Hub for Pacific Ocean / Asia flights landing in the USA. International port of entry.

    We had one of the first big “Hot Spots”.

  28. YMMV says:
    I have chosen to write this article mainly to let people around the world know the truth about what is happening in Australia. It is written according to the truth and my personal experience, nothing is second hand.
    Horrible story, but if you are a person who is comforted by “it could be worse”, this story is for you.

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