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Saturday, at last!

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Saturday, coffee and wine glass in the background for later

Well, after a seemingly long day yesterday, I finally changed the battery in the clock. The world began to move again.

Saturday arrived.

I discovered one thing this morning, actually I have discovered it many times, but I was reminded once again of the importance of drinking coffee before the news. I read this headline “Swedish idiots spread beyond the capital!” The I reread it… “Swedish riots…” Oh the folly!

188_Cerveja_Itaipava_Long_Neck_Premium_Pilsen_355_mlToday I don’t have class; my students actually came for a Friday night class so they could drive off into the mountains to Itaipava for the weekend. It’s a place where they bottle water and call it beer.

I call it “Itaipagua!”

The advertising says it’s 100%… yeah, water.

So the day is free of encumbrances. I plan to do nothing, and fully expect the day to be a success.

My ‘nothing’ today will be, do the dishes, so I can make more dishes to do.

I will make mint sauce. I love mint sauce with roast lamb. But as you can’t get decent lamb here, I find it goes well with roast pork; just a little break from tradition  there.

You remember those horrendously expensive shrimps that I got the other day, well I’m going to fry them off in batter, make a tartare sauce and have them with an Italian frizzante wine that is chilling out in the fridge. I know, I said that I would save them for a special occasion, but ooooh the temptation…. Besides, it’s either that or cold roast pork sandwiches; that’s a no contest.

Jerusalem artichokesRemember a few days ago, I said that you waste a day if you don’t learn something new… Well, yesterday I discovered that it is not only cabbage, beans and eggs that make you fart. Apparently Jerusalem artichokes can too.

They are the root of a variety of sunflower.

I didn’t know they existed until I read about them on a blog. They are used to make a liqueur called Topinambour as well. I don’t know if the liqueur makes you fart. Honestly Google is so devoid of information on important issues.

emeraldrockCrack… I have no interest in drugs, but last week on Globo (Brazilian TV channel) they had a series of reports about ‘crack’. Included in the info was that crack had reach the Amazon Indians and creating havoc; but also in a place called Sonho Verde (Green Dream), I think, where the garimpeiros (miners) trade a stone for a stone (an emerald for crack) while underground. Man, that is expensive. But is shows how desperate you get for the drug when you are hooked; and apparently you are hooked from the very first taste.

I’ll stick to my coffee, ciggies, booze and blogging for my fun.

Time to blog along.

Later.

 

 

In for a Roasting

baked-pork-dry-rubYup, three big pork ribs and potatoes are roasting in the oven. Rubbed the pork ribs with pepper and salt on one side and lemon zest and juice on the other.

There is this wonderful mouth watering smell permeating through the house.

I will rub them with BBQ sauce and stock soon and let that caramelise a little.

In another half hour it will be lunch time and you won’t see me for flying pork bones.

Yesterday I commented on Pope Francis, and I am going to do so again today after reading this…

Pope Francis says atheists can be good

Just do good, and we’ll find a meeting point, says Francis in marked departure from Benedict’s line on non-Catholics

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I think it’s more to the point that atheists think that the Pope might do some good.

I mean up until now popes in general have been a lot of old farts so far out of touch with reality (reality = real + silly) trying to maintain the middle ages, they don’t seem to have got the idea that the world has moved on and the church needs to change with it.

BTW, there has been nothing more in the news about that ‘exorcism’ thingy, it seems to have disappeared, not happened.

I went to the supermarket this morning, hence food in the fridge. I saw a pack of lovely big camarão (shrimps). They looked so delicious and just seemed to fall into the shopping cart. Boy, did I get a surprise when the girl ran them over the scanner… R$36. They will be saved for a special occasion with a good bottle of wine.

I went to the supermarket yesterday too; different supermarket and bought some wine and stuff. That was an expensive shop too, but I didn’t buy anything as extravagant as those shrimps.

Oh, here’s my new coffee table in operation.

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Works well.

Must go and do justice to some pork ribs…

Later.

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