Friends Of Australia Friday: 29 October 2021

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

The Tucker

Due to running all over looking at tow vehicles, dinner tonight will be rather ordinary. The Australian Lamb Burger with Havarti Cheese, a side salad of Butter Lettuce topped with cheese shreds & hard boiled egg slices, and some pan fried potatoes.

The Wine

At Smart & Final they had a Yellowtail Merlot. It is smooth, very drinkable, and reasonably priced. Not a spectacular wine, but a very good table wine well suited to a lamb-burger.

The News

It looks like there is some interesting news today:

Grocery Shelves Bare In Australia As Trucker Strike, COVID Isolation For Workers Reels Country
Comes as Australian government threatens to shut off unvaccinated individuals from society and introduces Orwellian COVID tracking app.

Alarming videos out of Australia reveal numerous empty supermarket shelves as thousands of distribution workers are forced to isolate in their homes and a trucker strike is underway.

Major shortages are taking hold down under, with grocery workers forced to isolate in their homes due to the countryโ€™s draconian COVID measures.

Has a lot of embedded Tweets and video and photos. This next bit is from one of them showing a Google Traffic Map with lots of red spots:

The truckers have reportedly blockaded every entrance into Sydney despite reports that their radios have been jammed.

It looks like Australia Truckies did it today๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿšš

โ€” Alex Giorgio (@AlexGiorgio6) September 2, 2021

But the grocery chains insist the shortages are due to the stores โ€œdoing their partโ€ to keep employees from working to reduce COVID spread.

Radios jammed? Do the Stazi Police know folks use cell phones now?

So I guess it’s time to start monitoring the situation in Australia a bit more closely.

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16 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday: 29 October 2021

  1. Meisha says:

    About time the “little folk” have had it with Australia’s brutally authoritarian government. Now, if they’d only realize they’re in the middle of “boiled frog syndrome” with their government’s “green” policies and take them on over that.

  2. Annie says:

    I was in an Aldi yesterday and there were quite a lot of empty shelves. However, Coles and Woollies seemed fairly normally supplied.
    We await the invasion by Melburnians of our country areas in Victoria this evening.
    No lamb for us this evening but we will have a nice-looking fillet steak for a treat, with plenty of green vegs.

  3. another ian says:

    Friday dinner and research

    Here it is a fine Irish beef stew whose recipe I found on the internet via the BBC. And beef being available as per my last Friday story so I gave it a go. BUT it was for about 5 hours in a slow cooker and I don’t have one of those. We do have an oven but that is electric and with SWER lines and storms – – . However I do have a pressure cooker. And the translation is about half an hour in the pressure cooker with the result very nice – thank you to the BBC.

    The drink being the last batch of Coopers home brew.

    And it is trying to rain, which would be a bloody good idea.

    Now the research.

    The cooker came from Sears about the mid-1970s. The Sears ID plate has “gone varnish”. That was about the last cook on the seal in the pressure cooker. . So not a good chance of spares.

    But I had discovered that there was an Australian brand (Namco) that must have come from the factory that supplied Sears. And, for readers in Oz, a sign of your age if you remember the brand. I cleaned out the supply of seals that our local hardware had left over years ago and that is the last one.

    So a last ditch on the net – and I found a source of Namco seals! There are two likely suspects so I’ll start with the suggested most likely. At $A 22 a lot cheaper than another pressure cooker even if I have to get the other one.

    And it seems that they were all made by Presto in US. Back when US used to make things.

  4. another ian says:

    I forgot to add – never before have I been called upon to add a cup of brewed coffee to a stew recipe. I guess my compliments to the designer of the recipe

  5. Power Grab says:

    @ Another Ian re slow cooking in an oven:

    My preferred way to cook a pot roast is in a Toastmaster System III that I received as a Christmas gift in 1976. I asked for a big toaster-style oven because the oven didn’t work in the little house I had just moved into.

    I’m pasting a link to a close-up of the controls on one of those:

    There is a “slow cook” temperature range on the dial that looks like it’s equivalent to 225F.

    The cookbook that came with it had a recipe for a pot roast that I’ve used (modified) ever since.

    Basically, I put a beef pot roast (about 3 pounds, more or less) in a glass 9×13 baking dish. I sprinkle it with salt (sea salt preferred), pepper, dried minced onion, and seasoned salt. Then I flip it over and sprinkle the same on the other side. Then I cover it with aluminum foil as tightly as I can. Then I put it in the little oven and set it to Slow Cook for at least 8 hours, but 9 or a bit more isn’t bad. The top is very dark, but the inside is pinkish, rather like Arby’s roast beef. It makes great leftovers! Even when my offspring was really young, they loved it. (I didn’t particularly care for my mom’s pot roast, which she cooked in a pressure cooker, because it took a lot of chewing to get down.) The pot roasts I make are lovely and tender and tend to flake apart with a fork. They also make a lot of “jus”, if you like “au jus” beef. If you put carrots and potatoes in it, they will tend to soak up the jus, though.

    I have never made a pot roast in a crockpot, but I got the impression that the top won’t get as dark as mine do. I’ve guessed a crockpot steams everything, instead of letting the top get dark without having to actually sear it beforehand yourself.

    Most of the time, I get beef arm roasts (I just learned that they now call them “shoulder roasts”) that are about 1-1/2 inches thick. however, the last time I looked at them in the grocery store, they cost umpteen dollars. I happened to find one for eight dollars, but it was only about an inch thick. I prefer that they have some fat on the outer edge, but most of the time they don’t have unless I ask for a custom cut.

  6. H.R. says:

    @Power Grab – That’s exactly how mom would cook the Sunday Roast in our oven. I absolutely recall the temperature as 225F. (And no veggies, either.)

    I can’t recall the seasonings. Salt and pepper, I suppose. I do recall that she would sprinkle a tablespoon – not a lot for a whole roast – of Worcestershire sauce over the top. It never really popped as a flavor in the roast. Worcestershire sauce was always on the table to add later for those who wanted more of that taste.

    Mom would put that on at about 5:30 am and when we got home from church at a little after noon, it was ready to go on the table at about 1:00-ish pm after the sides were prepared.

    The cut you described is called an English roast around these parts. Mom would either do that one or a chuck roast, depending on the ‘deal of the week’ at the store.

    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ You are right. It makes one fine roast.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    Oh Gawd! Sunday Roast!

    Mum would put a chunk ‘o beef (often “chuck roast” but whatever) in a roasting pan with onions, potatoes, carrots, celery, sometime turnips, and season with salt and pepper. IIRC a bay leaf was in there somewhere… 275 F (or maybe 250 F… but I remember folks saying the oven was “50 degrees off” but which way was it off, now that it’s 1/2 century of memory later…) in the oven as we left for Church about 9-something AM (IIRC “Sunday School” was at 10 AM to 11 then the full service was 11-ish to 12-something-too-late… and we’d get home at 12:45 to 1-something) to a house full of THE most delightful smells… I loved it spooned over a slice of bread…

    Oh Gawd I think a Chuck Roast is in my future… (Damn the arthritic effect, I want that moment again…)

  8. David E. Slee says:

    Another ian mentioned Namco pressure cookers, and this brought a lot of pleasant memories flooding into my mind. In the early 1950’s my mate and I cycled about 7 miles. each way to get to the northern side of the RAAF base at Laverton (about 12 miles to the WSW of the Melbourne CRB). There, there was a huge aircraft dump which was slowly being “chopped up and melted down” by Namco (standing for something like National Aluminium Manufactures Co.) in their manufacture of these Pressure cookers. There were hundreds of aircraft which had been either dumped as useless or pranged up in varying degrees. They included a lot of Vultee Vengeance dive bombers, and Avro Ansons and Airspeed oxfords, some B-24 Liberators, a few Mustangs and a few of that Australian speciality the CAC Boomerang, a couple of Spitfires, some P40 Kittyhawks, many CAC Wirraways (a local copy of the NA -6 Texan trainer),a lot of Bristol Beauforts and some Bristol Beaufighters. For two barely “teenagers” mad on Warplanes this was heaven. Those were the days without OSHA etc and all the cosseting of children like we now have. We were allowed to play all over these planes all day sitting in pilots seats – imagining ourselves scrambling to meet the Luftwaffe, or using the observers rear-facing seat to fend off a chasing Zero in a Vengeance. The main hazard in all that was dodging all the tiger snakes that inhabited the planes.

    After we moved into the City in 1955 and I found Mum using her Namco Pressure Cooker I had all sorts of mixed feelings about the sacrilege that was committed in the melting down of those beautiful pieces of engineering, to the extent that I had largely pushed the memories of them into the dimmer parts of my mind! Thank you very much for allowing them to rise to the surface again, ian.

  9. beththeserf says:

    Us Humans thank you Promethius fer the slow cooked roast.

  10. H.R. says:

    Nahhh, beth. It’s the eagles that are thankful that Prometheus provided the liver for dinner.

    No onions, though. Can’t always get everything you want.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @David E Slee:

    I always wondered what happened to all those wonderful prop planes at the end of W.W.II. Would have made a great private pilot fleet…

  12. philjourdan says:

    Good to see the news leaking out of Oz. But then the idiots should have learned from the old USSR breakup. I guess those determined to change history will never learn from the real history.

  13. cdquarles says:

    Of course not. There is a saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same”, which sounds so much better in the original French ;P, or is that the original Klingon :). Human nature, until He that Is changes it, is constant.

  14. philjourdan says:

    My heritage says it is French. My passion says it is Klingon. ;-)

  15. another ian says:

    Re David E. Slee says:
    30 October 2021 at 4:25 am

    David, The only complication on Namco making the cookers is that mine came from Sears in US and was likely made by Presto in US. I sent photos and dimensions to the current supplier of Namco seals here and his first Namco model punt was spot on.

    So did Namco import from there or did they (one way or the other) use the Presto pattern very closely? The lid seals and the over-pressure plug are the same. Also seems someone is watching specifications closely – mine has a steam vent valve in the over-pressure plug. The supplier that I found tells me that was apparently deemed dangerous some years ago and now just a rubber plug.

    Not much on the net but looks like they were in furniture and filing cabinets.

  16. another ian says:

    “Australian TOTALITARIAN Tourism Commercial โ€“ 14 Reasons to Visit!”

    Getting around – sent to me from Canada

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