BBQ sublime

I am a big BBQ buff – I BBQ all year round in all weather.

As a teen, I used my parent’s hibatchi and cooked over coal – I had chicken parts to an art – 45 mins with a quarter turn every 5 mins.

Later, I got into propane and like how it was faster compared to coal over an open BBQ.

Last summer, we bought a new propane BBQ and a new coal BBQ – with a cover and all the bells and whistles.

This year I got back into coal – and the flavour was so much more intense, less chemically and very smokey – I was thrilled to discover I could get a pink smoke ring just under the surface of the pork tenderloin.

I also made some amazing chicken with just salt and pepper and wrapped with lemon grass.

But, reading my various BBQ books, I kept seeing the Pitmasters refer to charwood – not coal or charcoal – but wood that had been turned into charred bits.

I found a BBQ shop that would order some in for me – Tennessee Oak Charwood.

To say that there was a difference is the biggest understatement I could make.

Right from the start, the smoke from the charwood was mild and even pleasant to breath – no acrid harshness like with coal briquettes – especially the ones presoaked with lighter fluid.

I did chicken that had been marinated in coconut milk and herbed pork chops – fresh from the backyard 2 kinds of rosemary, 2 basils, oregano, thyme, summer savory and a good heaping of Herb’s Crushed Garlic all crushed in the mortar with olive oil.

Propane BBQ is tasty – especially if you use a smoke box to add some smoke flavor – coal BBQing with wet wood chips on top is 10 times better – but Charwood beats it all.

The smoke flavour didn’t overwhelm the meat and seasonings, it added a very silky texture and flavour – and the charwood lasted longer than coal – I didn’t have to add additional pieces to ensure the meat was fully cooked.

I only wish there had been room on the grill to do the veggies.

The last time we grilled over coal, we did a pan of small potatoes, yams, beets, orange and yellow bell peppers with a light dusting of balsamic vinegar and olive oil and it was another mind blowing taste experience.

True Believers

What is with this insistence by True Believers that only they or ones like them or that they approve of are True Whatevers and other people who say that they are whatevers are not.

What’s interesting about True Believer is that it’s not about religion anymore, but other areas, like fans of an entertainer or being into any cause – vegetarians, environmental – but it’s this spill over into fandom that I find most interesting.

On an Elvis forum, I had a woman tell me that I wasn’t a true Elvis fan because I was willing to accept certain claims about Elvis being realistic and likely.

And it was funny to me that my listening specifically to him for the last 33 years, collecting albums, cds, books and DVDs somehow didn’t mean I was a true fan if I accepted certain claims as fact.

To me it was very much like people in one splinter group of xtianity claiming members of other splinter groups weren’t true xtians to be the same thing.

So, funny that it’s not enough to be in the club, now you have to be in the correct chapter.

Wouldn’t you expect that the oldest chapter – the Catholic Church – is the correct one?

Do you think this is an American thing – that anything European is rejected and the authority must be local?

Is that why Mormonism took hold, because it claimed a third testament right in the US?

Is it that religious American’s can’t cope with the Bible, allegedly the word of god, making no mention of America?

How to deal with morning glory

I’ve come across an easy and safe way to deal with morning glory – that evil  vine broad leafed white flower invader that chokes everything.

Get a 2 gallon sprayer from the pesticide/weed area of your local garden centre.

set it up according to the instructions and in the bottle put:

1 cup table salt

and fill to the max with pickling (7% acid) or regular (5% acid) clear vinegar.

spray the leaves liberally, but take care not to get any on other plants.

the next day, the leaves will be brown and shrivelled!

no nasty chemicals, no safety gear needed

I was impressed that it worked faster than roundup.

Burned Glory

you cna see what a bad problem we have – and a light spray has caused it to burn and turn brown!

we’ll be appying the higher acid one and giving more reports – the lighter investation in the front yard totally shrivelled – so don’t be shy about pouring on the vingegar

burnt glory 2

here you can see the morning glory really burnt by the vinegar and salt

Gardening Update – Sept 18

We’re behind schedule on the dirt sifting and shifting

BUT we did manage to get all the garden ties moved, with many many dead creepy scary spiders to show for it – the ties are all cut – and put in place for the backyard tree boxes.

The dogs were pretty excited to have us in the yard with them – and Nicky tried to help with pounding in the stakes – mostly sniffing Ms. Smashy the sledge hammer – because i wasn’t about to swing it with the golden boy near by me.

floofy ears

Finally they went and laid down at the other end of the yard, fighting over the new toys

mosaic cats

Here’s a garden decoration I made a while back – a stepping stone of our cats. It’s a bit weathered now, but I think it adds to the cuteness

got milk

Got Milk?

isn’t hypocrisy of the believers, proof of no god?

If a person really believed the bible,  isn’t doing something you know to bad and relying on forgiveness/repentance just a loophole?

Isn’t it better to not do the bad thing in the first place?

and I don’t mean things considered little stuff in secular world – since in xtian religious world, lying is as bad as murder – there’s not really a degree of bad since according to the bible (notice it’s pronounced buybull) you go to the same hell regardless of the sin:

Which brings me to Pedophile Priests

If anyone really truly believes there’s a god, you’d think that it’s the priests.

Yet, their “knowing” that there’s a god and judgment upon death,  didn’t make them refrain from molesting children.
Is it because it’s not in the big 10 commandments – Thou Shall Not Molest Children?

Should people who are in a position of moral authority not be able to work at least that one out on their own?

And the people who didn’t do the molesting, but protected and moved the pedophile priest to new parishes, to new victims. What about their belief? Protecting the church by protecting the pedophiles? putting the church above the children?

If there’s a hell, molesting children must be at the top of the list for why you’re there – but again, you go to hell for plowing your field with an ox and a donkey together – so I suppose, once you’ve done that, all bets are off on behavior control.