Butzy, sounds exciting! For me though, the garter snakes and worms in my garden give me the creeps. I'm afraid I'd be a total mess in Zambia! I'm very much a wimp when it comes to wildlife....
okay girls, lets rumble.....again! - Page 2
what's the time differential there? what's on your menu? croc satay?...i've eaten lots of alligator, and its good...however killing a croc can't be all that much fun, and kinda messy.....what kind of fish you got in that river, and how do you cook it?....what's it like in the summer...humid? flies as big as tea cups?...."have knives, will travel", and yes bdl, they are sharp!
leeniak,well, if you're set up for an interview, its pretty obvious the level of your dissatisfaction.....i think it would be a good move for you, and the mom and pop place would be damm lucky to have you as an employee aka family member...corporate sucks, period...good luck and keep us updated....
gypsy, good to hear your voice again....when are you slated to open? still don't know what kind of joint you're opening...what your food style will be.......keep on truckin'
where oh where is petals? seems she has disappeared again....yeah, europe is such a bitch this time of year! hmmmm, must be nice petals...i want your job!
lentil, what kind of place you got? where? in the mountains? i got me one of those just outside of durango...sure you know where that is if you lived in boulder...its still absolutely magnificient there...pristine, magestic mountains, mostly national forest land so your views are not filled with clearcutting, subdivisions and development...expensive place to live and eek out a living, because of the lack of private land, everything is a million dollars, or so it seems.....anyway, i'm escaping for the winter,working at a small guest ranch outside of tuscon just for shits and grins and to be warm...so far, it hasn't been all that warm, but waay warmer than the 15 below they have at home...i even had to put my ski socks, gloves and ughs on the other day...
okay girls, just wanted to catch up a bit, while i have the chance...looking forward to some serious downtime to do some exploring and hiking around...i think next week hopefully...hubby sick, sick with flu/ bronchial infection...its usually a matter of WHEN i will get it, not IF...everyone at the ranch has had it,we all got 'worked' over the holidays,so immune systems are low.... seems i'm doomed either way....just trying to stay hydrated ....hope you are all well.....happy trails all
Think the time difference between here and there is 9 hours or so (that's with Colorado). I'm looking at having dinner just now...
Did a sheep and a croc on a spit for new year. Tasted great. I've never had alligator. Croc tastes somewhere in between pork and chicken. Is that the same for gator?
Recently had croc on special. The recipe I used was based on a alligator recipe: Croc "sauce piquante". An american friend had made it for me sometime earlier, I liked it, so "copied" it for the restaurant. Especially the tourist love eating things like that!
We actually need a license to get crocodile meat as it is game-meat and therefore controlled.
When I can get it, I put impala and warthog on the menu as well......
Got a chance to try some hippo meat the other day. It tasted totally different from what I expected. I thought it would be fatty and all, but it was actually more like beef, just a bit richer (Think I need to open a thread "what's the weirdest thing you have eaten").
Fishing I enjoy a lot. We got a good fighting fish around here, called tigerfish. They got teeth like Piranha's and fight like crazy.
They taste OK, but are very very bony!
A popular eating fish is Tilapia. It occurs in the rivers and lakes here and is also farmed (my neighbours are fish farmers).
Can't believe how much I've been rambling (or is it rumbling)
Gonna eat now (and have another nice glass of South African wine)
just wanted to poke my head in and see how everyone is doing....how goes it? leeniak, congratulations again on your new job adventure! butsy, gypsy, petals, lentil...what are you all up to now that its finally spring? anything new in your life on the cooking front..any new ventures?
my time at the ranch is over as of tomorrow..can't believe it has been 6 months already...wow! it turned out to be such an incredible experience for me, and is quite bittersweet to leave...we are family now, and i get a bit teary thinking about not being a part of it anymore. they have asked me back for next winter, but who knows what will happen in the next 6 months...meantime, its back to work for another busy summer at the lake....it will be good to see my old friends and feel those wonderful mountains again.....by monday night i will be sitting on a mexican beach for a few weeks to decompress, renergize and to celebrate my birthday(earth day the 22nd). so, grab a glass and toast with me......its been a hell of a ride this year and am looking forward to yet another surprising one.....gotta go for now, but please all, keep the rumble thread alive with your news and adventures...as always, be a little naughty!!
After all the hard work you have done and gone through, you deserve that holiday. Have a great trip, all the best to you. Enjoy the hot sun and have a 'passion fruit mojito' or a 'ocean drive punch' ....your an island girl ! ...remember to catch the sunset.
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.
Réalisé avec un soupçon d'amour.
Wow what adventures! Do it while you can :)
Daughter recently had an exchange trip to Costa Rica. Enjoyed it, loved to speak a different language and see how things were done there. But, could not eat rice or corn for a long time once back. She told me on her trip back, so I gave her on her first dinner back, fried rare rib steak, gravy, roast potatoes and a tossed green salad followed by icecream and mixed berries. She was happy.
Anyone else gone thru food type withdrawals thru where you are/ what you're doing?
P.S. I'm well aware that a lot of people have no choice or even little chance of eating even every day. We sponsor a family in South America which, I hope, is helping them a little at least. Not trying to sound like a crusader here, just saying what we are doing what we can to help :)
Food withdrawals? Yeah certainly!
Years ago I worked in Japan for a couple of months. I was still at varsity so did not have much money. It was ok while working as i basically worked for food and accommodation. Afterwards I went travelling for a couple of months and everything was hugely expensive. The only things that were affordable were white bread, cabbage, icecream and socks. We would check in the supermarkets for goods that were close to expiry date and on special. Other than that, we ate cabbage. Took me months after coming back to start appreciating cabbage again!
Other than that, everything is moving on here. Busy weekend ahead of me. Fully booked for Easter.
We were flooded in February, managed to repair almost all damage. March was a disaster month for bookings while it normally is one of the best months. Hopefully April is going to make up for it !!!!
Where in Holland are you from, Butzy? My inlaws are Dutch... mother in law is from Brabant and I can't remember for the life of me where my father in law's family is from but I know of one cousin who is in Bilthoven.
Bilthoven is not far from where I was born.
I was born in Baarn (near Hilversum) and grew up in Nijkerk (near Amersfoort).
From then I have been moving around Holland till I left in 1996, which makes me realise I've been away for 15 years now.
That must be a good enough reason for a party
How's everyone else doing?
Had any good party's lately?
I'm planning a mid-winter beach party: sand on the dining room floor and bar area, lots of charcoal burners to keep us warm, beach balls, jeu de boules, beach boys blearing over the speakers and a pig on a spit.....
I have a party coming up... yet another brother in law turning 50 and along with his grandmother and my mother in law I seem to be catering the party. I have pulled turkey sandwiches and pulled pork too and then it is all salads. Easy for me to prep ahead and transpot and well.. I can source out within my sibs in law the meat... they all have crockpots so they can help in the cooking of the port and turkey. The salads i can manage and I can add odds and ends to to the menu as I cook it through...
So Butzy can I assume you are from North Holland then? My father in law is from the north (and I'm assuming the cousin lives in the north as he is a cousin on that side) and my mother in law was from the south. When they met neither of them could understand each other's Dutch as the dialects were that different.
At some point in time we will travel to Holland...it's on our bucket list of things to do
Not from North Holland, but from Northern Holland :)
Bit confusing isn't it?
North Holland is a province and I come originally from the province of Utrecht. Both of them are in the Northern part of the Netherlands (even South Holland is actually in the Northern part of the country).
People from the South do speak with a different accent than the ones from the North, although I have no real problem understanding them, except the ones from the Northern province of Friesland and from the Southern province of Limburg.
They got a total different language from the rest of us!!!
But not to worry if you get to the Netherlands, almost everyone speaks English .......
At least everyone that is our age speaks English. The people from my mother in law's generation speak just Dutch only. We've had many visitors from there over the years and when it's her siblings they always have to come here for dinner so she acts as a translator for us. (apparently she raves about my cooking just a bit too much...LOL) I've heard my mother in law speak of Friesland but never of Limburg. It kind of reminds me like the province of Newfoundland here in Canada.. they definitely have their own language over there!
To correct myself my father in law was from northern Holland and my mother in law is from the south.