Alpine food

Monday, 28 January 2013 15:54
claidheamhmor: (Ladyhawke)
 We were invited by friends to lunch yesterday, to the Alpine Restaurant, in Linden. The restaurant is owned by Bulgerian brothers, and they have a really diverse menu, including a Bulgerian section, and an Abyssinian menu too. The food's excellent, and well presented. Yum.

My tweets

Sunday, 4 September 2011 12:15
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  • Sun, 07:42: Aargh! How am I supposed to have eggs & bacon if the shops only open at 8AM on Sundays? #fb
claidheamhmor: (Vendetta 2)
The things annoying me today:

Deep jars
Companies that sell stuff in containers that are too deep to be practical. Hot chocolate containers are far too deep to use a teaspoon with.

Pronunciation on radio
Whoever reads the news on 702 Talk Radio keeps saying words like "thitty and "Pitoria".

Mobile websites
Websites that are not properly set up for mobile access. m.news24.com, for example - the fonts are so small as to be unreadable unless the phone is held close-up. And their weather defaults to Cape Town - there seems to be no way of setting it to anywhere else and having it stick. m.iol.co.za, by contrast, has the font size right.

Multi-page articles
These websites that display multi-page articles really annoy me. I can read more than one paragraph at a time; I don't need a medium-length article broken up into 11 separate pages.

Rants

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 15:59
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
Here are my rants for today.

Stupid website designers
Not just public website designers, but intranet app site designers too. The people who make websites that require ActiveX, so won't run in any browser except IE. Or the ones who make websites that are un-navigable from a mobile device. Or the ones who check for specific versions of browsers - like Nedbank, whose internet banking wouldn't work on IE 9 until last week, when IE 9 had been out for a couple of months already. There was no reason it shouldn't have worked, except that they checked the version numbers.

I'm especially annoyed by car manufacturers' websites. The vast majority are flashy, graphics heavy, and completely devoid of any useful technical information, especially for older models.

Serves 4
You get all sorts of pre-made foods etc. that say "Serves 4" or "Serves 2". Even my coffee pot is marked up to 10 cups. Yet all of these servings must have been calibrated for anorexic midgets. I have yet to see a "serves 4" that would have actually fed 4 adults adequately. My coffee maker makes 5 1/2 cups. Maybe it would make 10 espresso cups.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:48
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Wednesday, 2 March 2011 12:00
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Creme soda

Sunday, 9 January 2011 16:05
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I just discovered, after reading Wikipedia, that you poor sods outside South Africa don't have lovely neon green creme soda.

My tweets

Monday, 3 January 2011 12:00
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  • Sun, 20:42: I'm not surprised Titanic II sank without a trace at the box office. It was awful. #fb
  • Mon, 11:10: Just had Swedish single-malt whisky on haggis and toast for breakfast. Surprisingly nice. #fb

My tweets

Wednesday, 29 December 2010 12:00
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  • Tue, 20:57: Mmm, sushi made with freshly-caught sea fish, with the sound of the waves in the background. #fb
  • Wed, 09:29: Going off deep sea fishing. I am slathered in sunblock. #fb

My tweets

Saturday, 25 December 2010 12:00
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  • Fri, 14:46: This morning I accidentally made filter coffee without the filter. It was chewy... #fb
  • Sat, 06:59: Aaah. Coffee, fly cemetery pies, and present opening on Christmas day. #fb

My tweets

Monday, 20 December 2010 12:00
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  • Sun, 13:54: And the hail came down! (Briefly). #fb
  • Mon, 10:06: RT @MichaelJordaan: Research paper based on 6000 blind tastings concludes that if you are unaware of price you do not get more enjoyment ...

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010 12:00
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My tweets

Monday, 6 December 2010 12:00
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  • Sun, 13:55: RT @gussilber: Didyouknowthatuntilthe11thCentury,textwaswrittenwithoutspaces?YouwouldhavebeenabletosayalotmoreonTwitterbackthen.
  • Sun, 21:02: "To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant." -- Amos Bronson Alcott #fb
  • Sun, 23:16: Nagtmuzik and ginger beer, mmmm... #fb

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Monday, 25 October 2010 12:17
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claidheamhmor: (Fiday)
Here's a bit of interesting stuff for Friday.

Firstly, here's a scan of the menu from a Wimpy (for non-South Africans - an eat-in burger restaurant) from 1983. I don't know what exchange rates were like then - probably around R2 to the US$, but currently the rate is about R7.40 to the US$.

Cut for large image )

Secondly, here's one of the Grade 12 final mathematics papers for 2009. Apparently something like 60% or so of the students writing this exam failed it. I thought it was relatively easy, especially considering the students had a formula sheet in the exam.

Mathematics P1 November 2009 (warning: the PDF is 4MB in size)

What do you think? Too easy?

Food meme

Sunday, 4 October 2009 22:08
claidheamhmor: (Fiday)
A food meme, borrowed from [livejournal.com profile] seawasp.

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. (I'm also crossing out any that, after eating them, I would never try again)

1. Venison
2. Nettle Tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart (not street cart specifically, but close enough)
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac
37. Clotted cream
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

I have no idea what half of those actually are, or I'm sure I'd have crossed some out.

Here are some bonus items I've added:
101. Elephant
102. Rhino
103. Mopani worms
104. Raw boerewors (sausage)
105. Sharon fruit (persimmons)
106. Brown cow (Coca-cola and milk)
claidheamhmor: (Fiday)
Here are some odd links for today:

20 Tattoos You Don’t Want To Get (If You’re A Girl)

The Biggest Bugs on Earth

9 Weird, Mouth-Watering Meats

7 Vampires Around the World Worse Than The Ones In Twilight
This one's interesting because I hadn't realised that the Malaysian penanggalan was a real world creature; I loved using it in D&D (it was in the 1st Ed. Fiend Folio). "You smell vinegar..."
claidheamhmor: (Witch King EE)

Unicorn Shish Kabob


I really thought some of these recipes looked tasty:
Mythical creature dishes

Some of my favourites:
  • Unicorn Shish Kabob

  • Pan-seared Mermaid with California Trolls

  • Yeti Spaghetti with Pegasauce

  • Bacon-wrapped Mummy

  • Minotaur Tartare

  • Cheese and Krakens




Cheese and Krakens
claidheamhmor: (Cylon Raider)
Last night we went to movies.

First we had dinner at Sitar, in Cresta. As usual, the food was excellent, and the service really good (the owners take a personal interest, and are always around). I had a Lamb Rogan Josh, with Mango Gateau dessert; the drinks I had, the Mango Lassi and Sweet Lassi are terribly addictive.



Then we saw Termination Salvation. I must admit, I'm in two minds about the movie. I couldn't shake the feeling that we already knew what was going to happen; one of the hazards of a time-travelling storyline, I guess. I liked some parts of it, notably the whole plotline involving Marcus. Unfortunately, the parts I didn't like were just about anything involving John Connor. Sadly, I think Christian Bale has gone and typecast himself; I had no real interest in seeing another terribly intense Batman. The machinery was generally nice, and it was really great to see some A-10 Warthogs in action. Digital Arnie was really well done, but some of the special effects were a little iffy.

I didn't regret seeing it, but it wasn't a great movie.

Naartjie!

Saturday, 25 April 2009 17:50
claidheamhmor: (Adamson)
For 20-odd years I've missed the taste of Fanta Naartjie, a Fanta flavour I'd grown to love at school, but which was discontinued in the '80s.

Now, that flavour is back - as alternative to Lemon Twist: Naartjie Twist. Tried some today - it's the right stuff. Yum.
claidheamhmor: (Stranger in a Strange Land)


We went off to see Quantum of Solace on Saturday night.

First we went of to the Piatta restaurant in Cresta; damn nice, as usual. I'm addicted to their Rump Bistik: basically a rump steak stuffed with chillies, feta, and bacon. Yum. One nice thing about Piatta: we can rely on them to not be tardy when you have a movie to go to; they got our meals to us in under 15 minutes.

I enjoyed the movie. I must admit, I'm not a huge Bond fan, so I didn't have high expectations. I found Quantum of Solace reasonably short and punchy, I enjoyed the action scenes, and there seemed to be a good bit of depth in the characters. I particularly liked the use of quiet, fairly gently music during some action sequences; I thought it added an interesting dimension. On the downside, the opening scenes were filmed with UnSteadycam, which made for a bit of seasickness. Fortunately, that wasn't as prevalent in later scenes.

Coke Zero

Wednesday, 10 September 2008 16:48
claidheamhmor: (Mackintosh)


I tried one of the new Coke Zeros today. Not bad. It doesn't taste quite like the real thing, but it's one heck of a lot closer than Coke Lite or Tab are. It seems to have less of that unpleasant aftertaste too.

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