Ha! Didn't that title fool y'all? I'll bet right now everyone in the US is busy googling the name Guy Fawkes. What? You're not? Damn, oh well... I guess I'll fill ya in.
In 1605 AD (Before Dave--The "A" is just a typo) a bloke named Guy Fawkes was arrested for trying to blow up the English Parliament on Nov 5th, 1605, BD. He didn't succeed, but there is a sort of unofficial holiday for either "Guy Fawkes Night" or "Bonfire Night".
So, now you know... But why/how do I know this? Cus the Most Wonderful Woman In The World (my wifey-poo) was born the day before on the 4th of Nov --yes, she is now 401 years old but doesn't look a day over 250. It just MIGHT have something to do with me being able to see in the dark and those two little scars on my neck that don't heal... Feral yellow eyes at night, geesh, doesn't everyone have those?
"Dave, just tell us the 'supposed' relevance of Guy Fawkes and today's post, thank you." Ah! I heard you think that.
Burning down Parliament requires fire. A by-product of fire is ashes. The Ashes Test Series is going on right now down unda (that's aussie pronunciation of 'under'). The Poms are going down in FLAMES!
Now do you get it???
I can take solace in the fact that in the previous Ashes up in the Old Country the Poms got the sh*t kicked outta them in the first test, then battled back and won the Ashes for the first time in yonks. Go POMS!
Since 99.99% of my readers are in the USA, I figure this has been a great lesson in what's happening in the rest of the world, eh?
No story today but I will share with you my Yuletide and New Year Holiday menu with you. In fact, each post from now till the 22nd of Dec, BD (I'll be busy cooking after that) will have a recipe from the menu.
So, without further intellectual wanking from yours truly (that means I'll shut me trap), here's the menu for my Holiday Feast:
Remember: a recipe from something of the menu follows, so read on:
This is in no particular order, I've still got to organise it on a day to day basis. Oh, everything is homemade from scratch.
Panforte (type of a christmas cake)
Polynesian Lamb Spare Ribs
Cinnamon bread (2 or 3 loaves)
4,5 or 6 loaves homemade white bread
Pineapple Topping --for the ice cream
Banana Jam --for the ice cream
Homemade Ice Cream --for the above toppings to cover
Roast Pork Leg --persian style seasonings
Lots of Stuffing
Candied Sweet Potatoes
5 types of Gravy
Chunky Mild Salsa
Hot Smooth Salsa
Apricot Cobbler (at least 2)
Herbed Potatoes --oven roasted
Sushi Platter --6 or 7 varieties
Herbed, Buttered, Pumpkins Chunks
Beef Roast --seasoned with either egyptian or morrocan herbs
Advokaat Cheesecake --Advokaat is a liquer made from brandy and egg yolks
Baked Cheesecake --either strawberry or blueberry, freshly picked
Homemade Corn Chips
Homemade Potato(e) Chips
Green Beans and Red Capsicums (bell pepper) with bacon and nuts
Champagne with strawberries
Garden Greens Salad
Marinated Onion and Cucumber Salad
Sherry -one bottle for cooking
Beer (2 cases variety of types)
Red Wine (one cask)
White Wine (one cask)
Tequila, White Curacuao (triple sec), lime juice --for margaritas
Sake (1 or 2 bottles)
Advokaat (one bottle)
Brandy (1 or 2 bottles)
Aaaaannnnnnnnnddddddddd........ Today's recipe is....
Miti is a coconut dip from Fiji. The miti that I make is a variation from a traditional recipe tailored (or seamstressed) for ease of use of westerners. Oh, I have made it the traditional way, but it takes a while and (as you can tell from the menu) I'll need to shortcut where (wear) I can.
What you need:
1 cup (237 mls) dried coconut
1 tbsp (15 mls) fresh lemon juice (if you don't have a lemon tree out front then snag a lemon from the neighbors lemon tree)
1 fresh red chilli (chili) finely minced
1 small (small) onion, finely minced
1 1/4 cups (296.25 mls) boiling H2O (water)
What you do:
Chuck everything into a bowl. Let it sit for 2 to 4 hours. Strain the liquid into a bowl. Then take the leftover solids in your hand and SQUEEZE the heck out of them to extract the rest of the juice (do this over the strained liquid --you'll figure it out).
You can toss the SQUEEZED solids, or use them in a stir fry, or freeze em, or add em to rice while cooking the rice, hey: whatever.
The resulting liquid makes an awesome dip for dave's special homemade corn chips (stay tuned for that recipe).
Oh, you can use lime juice instead of lemon, they both work grate (great).