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The Flesh Of A Good Pig II…

Stereo on, cooking bacon

Stereo on, cooking bacon

Bacon frying in one pan, eggs in the other.

I had my breakfast earlier – two perfectly boiled eggs instantly devilled with a splash of Louisiana  Hot Sauce, and a bowl of berries and coconut.

No, this is Mrs. Paleovirtus’ breakfast.

Ironically, the Englishman takes extra strong Swedish coffee with his breakfast, and the Swede English tea. Funny old world, innit?

I took a cup of coffee just after sunrise on our balcony, before even the first of the day’s joggers and dog-walkers hit the beach over the road.

It reminded me of that scene from King’s “The Langoliers“, that what I was seeing was a day pregnant with possibility and potential.

Not just a day, though, a season, an entire year, all fanning out from this datum line, this pause between tick and tock, a frozen instant when the pendulum stops at the end of an arc.

It starts here, I thought, the great Outdoors campaign, a time of longboard cruises and kick-scooter trips for coffee, long bike rides and short-notice, ad-hoc picnics.

Come the back-end we might be bored of it all, but I sincerely doubt it.

That all comes later, of course.

Right now, I’ve got new bushings to fit on my longboard, and a 16 tooth sprocket to fit on my bike.

This is going to be brilliant.

See you in October…..

Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Triple Chilli Chaat

Wonderful weather. Dry, sunny, slight sea breeze.

Meh, what’re you gonna do?

More importantly, what’re you not gonna do?

What you most certainly aren’t going to do is spend, as the bard of Whalley Range so perfectly put it, “warm, Summer days indoors…”

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Fish And Fruit – The Matrix Had Me

Fish and fruit

Fish and fruit

Yesterday, I finally found my long-lost collection of DVDs. Hurrah. Great joy, etc.

It was only then that I realised that we possess but one functional device capable of reading said disks with a non-busted sound output jack – my old Win-XP era desktop system, which for rather complicated reasons now lost in the mists of time is named “Greg“.

Belgium!

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Baked Sweet Potato

Baked sweet potato

Baked sweet potato

The trouble with cooking is that even the simplest of tasks can unexpectedly end up going wrong.

British cookery writer Delia Smith famously went to great lengths to instruct the nation on the finer points of boiling an egg. Even something so seemingly easy as dunking an object in hot water for a specified period of time has to be done correctly.

Many a slip between cup and lip, and all that.

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Chicken And Walnut Curry

Chicken and walnut curry

Chicken and walnut curry

Bit of an oddball, this one.

The dish came about because I had to re-plan at very short notice.

Generally speaking, for me, at least, when I’m placed in a situation like this things either turn out exceptionally well, or I end up sobbing over inedible slop.

Thankfully, this dish fell into the “Hallelujah, a triumph!” category.

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