Friends Of Australia Friday: 22 October 2021

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

The Tucker

What could be better than a dual “cultural appropriation” dinner? Eh? Lamb Burritos it was! As I’ve been running down inventory on things, preparatory to moving to the other coast, I discovered I was out of canned olives and fresh onions. OK, a bit of accommodation.

Onion chips from my dehydrated onion bottle were rehydrated in warm water, then about 1/2 an onion worth put in the frying pan in 1/2 butter 1/2 olive oil. I also added about a cup of diced brown mushrooms. This was started at a simmer to shrink the mushrooms (as they do…) and glaze the onion bits.

A pound of Australian Lamburger was added about a tsp at a time. This was all cooked until browned off.

Along the way (as some moisture built up) I did the usual “salt & pepper over” to taste and a good sprinkle of dried Garlic granules. A bit of “Italian Seasoning” (normally folks use Oregano or related, but a bit of the Italian mix does just fine) then toward the end, what seems like Too Much Comino (Cumin)… And hot pepper to taste.

A Tortilla is warmed in the large cast iron skillet on medium-low, and canned La Victoria refritos are refried in the smaller skillet. Then comes the assembly:

Hot Tortilla onto large plate, spatula of refritos to the middle in a line, Lamburger Mushroom Mix to excess, a good sprinkle of Mexican Cheese Shreds, then a modest amount of Butter Lettuce bits, Exotica Of Your Choice (everything from guacamole to olives to Habanero Peppers as you like it ;-) and ROLL!

We had a Green Side Salad with this, and frankly, 2 of these and I was stuffed to the limit!

The Wine

I stopped at Total Wine and picked up a 1.5 liter of Original Martin’s Pickup Cabernet Sauvignon 2020. Surprisingly mellow for such a young wine.

Martin’s Pickup is one of my favorite Australian Bulk Wines. Drinkable young, it is not pretentious about wine. Just a rich and smooth drink that says “More Please!”.

So of course, by this time, I’m just a little fuzzy about the edges ;-)

The News

Not a lot of news out of Australia reaching the public in the USA. I take that to mean that the Australians and resisting the Globalist Tyranny…

Both the BBC and ABC pages are serving up “Emotive Pablum” with No Bad Thing in sight. Somehow I doubt that…


Unfortunately, being up to my eyeballs in getting a new roof on, clearing the junk out, looking to buy a tow vehicle & trailer and sundry other odd bits, I’ve not been able to keep and eye on down under, so folks will need to fill this section in themselves.

Is Melbourne really reopening?

Are happy people really cavorting in the streets?

Is tourism really set to re-open imminently?

Somehow I get the feeling spin is happening…

Just Because

So, to lighten the mood a little (as I find out how much of my 1.5 L is left…) here’s a little something to get y’all moving:

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7 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday: 22 October 2021

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    Not quite in line with your request but

    This is Clive Palmer, local (rich) businessman, ex MP and wouldbe again?
    He finances the UAP (United Australia Party, name originally used in the 1930’s and recycled to avoid legislation passed by all Parties aimed at stopping new parties being formed – Guess why?).
    Craig Kelly was a Liberal backbencher in the House of Reps. and a noted Climate Change sceptic. Eventually he resigned from them and is now the sole representative there. I don’t know if he will get back at the next election sometime in the next 5-6 months, but I wouldn’t bet against it.

    I’ve never voted for Clive Palmer but I must admit he makes more sense than the current major parties. He is advertising with banners in local newspapers against forced vaccination.
    As for Victoria it has had a partial opening, forced by NSW opening up under the new Premier. Despite 6 lockdowns (Melbourne is the holder of most locked down city) they lead the Country in number of Covid cases (up again today continuing the recent trend) and in the number of deaths, despite 70% now being double vaccinated.
    Politicians are reluctant to take “their foot off the throat of the population”. A friend was celebrating being able to go to Newcastle from Adelaide. Normally fly to Sydney and rail/road the 70 miles North on the expressway. He has to fly to Brisbane, cross the border checkin and travel by road most of a day.

  2. another ian says:


    For lockdown records you might check this –

    “With the Covid 19 lock down which started March 31 2020 for us at the end of the world. ”

    The “end of the world” is of the road north in Manitoba.

  3. YMMV says:

    Since this is an Australian product I will put this here.
    “NEW Amazing COVID-19 Vaccine From EnGENEIC Australia”
    Dr. Been explains how it works. Genius.

    Chemotherapy is used to treat cancers. Those are chemicals that kill cancer cells, but they also kill other cells. Such as cells which are dividing, which is why chemotherapy must be a balance between killing too much and not killing enough. Which is why doctors want something that targets cancer cells and only cancer cells. This is that wished-for technology.

    EDV is EnGeneic Delivery Vehicle. It is not a drug, it is a transport mechanism. So it can be used for Covid too. It has antibodies which target certain cells. It contains spike proteins and interferon, which it delivers to those targeted cells. No free-range spike proteins. That’s a good thing. No mRNA.

  4. beththeserf says:

    Dan is a socialist. This is what his take -over of human decision making has achieved in once vibrant Melbourne Town…

  5. YMMV says:


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