Yesterday’s lunch went more or less as planned. The pork chop was huge, but I decided against mashed potatoes in favour of putting them on the grill.

Now one would think, what could go wrong?

Of course you have to take into account that it was Monday, after all.

With the pork chop and potatoes on the grill, I returned to the kitchen to prepare the cabbage and make parsley butter to harden in the freezer.

Checking the grill, I found great flames. The pork fat had dripped down and caught fire and blackened the potatoes. They looked like they had been cooked in diesel oil.


Traditional stones in the hangi pit

I can make that comparison because the first and last time I attended a Maori hangi (traditional pit cooked/steamed meal) someone had decided to use old railway iron instead of the traditional heated stones.

The result was that the food was tainted with the unmistaken odour of diesel.

My potatoes looked like they should taste similarly.

The result was surprising untainted potatoes.

Pork chop, diesel baked potatoes, boiled cabbage and pickled cabbage with frozen parsley butter to melt over the chops and potatoes.

Mine wasn't Merlot...

Mine wasn’t Carmenere…


All this was washed down with a Chilean Shiraz/Cab Reserve, delicious way to spend an extra day R&R; even if it was a Monday.


I forgot to mention the dessert. Two whole bananas on the grill, served with vanilla whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon – Que rico!

The day was hot, but by 3pm, the temperature plummeted, the sky clouded over and rain threatened, but didn’t actually happen until this morning, and then it was only a few pitiful drops.

It remains dark enough to have the light on at midday to type effectively.

Classes at 2pm, all over by 5:30, so really it’s just an interruption as opposed to spoiling an entire evening.

Found a magnificent recipe for French toast, blogged about it on Fizz this morning. Made it, added bacon, pan-fried potato and stewed tomatoes, result delicious. A great way to disguise beer for breakfast.

I see that Tesco are going to introduce face-recognition advertising in their service/gas stations. Well, that’s one place I won’t go. Technology of this type in advertising is an intrusion.

The Americans are up to more shit. Now it’s a case of doctors being used in torture by the CIA against their oaths. What a bunch of bastards.

The US has also refused to consider clemency for Snowden. To me, it’s more a case of Snowden refusing clemency for the US.

Australia is in the shit with most of Asia for allowing spying in their consulates. Indonesian hackers were active hacking many Australian sites with an anonymous mask superimposed over the Australian flag.

In a typical Charlie Chaplin type farce, the Brits lost a Somali terror subject. Came out of the mosque wearing a burka. What junior level spy did they have on the case; oldest trick in the book. The British ministry for spies and stuff huffing and puffing; honestly, the minister wouldn’t know if her knickers were on backwards. Talk about incompetence, but then that’s what we expect of governments.

I am never ceased to be amazed at the crap around the world.

I’ve got time to squeeze in a coffee before work.