Friday, 13 August 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Sheesh! my imagination was in full swing back then, interjecting to and fro and mixing life and chillies with gusto and panache!
And now, I'm just a bored, bored man...
...not bored enough not to laugh at France's predicament, though.
As I sit here at work and read the fifa.com website's second by second action of France's last match of the group stages, I can only laugh (or cry) at their situation. They should have solved all of this years ago...but that's what you get when you have a coach who decides starting lineups based on the zodiac!
I only chose the Panini albums...
...or tea leaves.
Went to Jamie's Italian in Liverpool two weeks ago as a pre-opening. Took Almapaprika for a treat. We started the experience in not the best of manners (Waitress, there's an unnecessary apostrophe in the word starter's), followed by a lovely meal in which, for the first time in my life whilst eating or attempting to cook a Jamie Oliver dish, there were no BP Deep Water Horizon sized amounts of olive oil drenching it (Jamie, if you read this blog, please, give it a rest. Olive oil is not the 'universal lubricant' and no, my coffee would not be better with a 'little drizzle of Olive oil.) Although I'm pretty sure the chefs managed to sneak in a gallon or two of the stuff into my little pot of 'Basil Tar tare Sauce' for my fried fish which was so utterly rich I had to leave most of it.
While it was an entertaining afternoon, we both left the restaurant feeling Jamie's vision of 'good honest food' was a bit of a sham and a facade for the man wanting to make some serious cash (and who can blame him). Case in point: we ordered some CRUNCHY STUFFED ASCOLANA OLIVES, which were £4.25 for a plate of five olives, not knowing they were the same delicious ones we had ordered on our last night in Rome in a little pizzeria in the Trastevere neighbourhood.
But we got the same fantastic olives, at 10 of them for 4 Euros.
You can say 'But this is the UK' all you want, that is still against your ethos in my book, Mr. Oliver.
Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Friday, 7 May 2010
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
...no longer a single pepper, but now as a married pepper (Almapaprika and I have joined in holy capsicumony).
I put a small entry about a pre-wedding happening with chillies in THP forum, as the first entry I've put as a pepper related event since I last made an entry.
Had no honeymoon, as the lovely Icelandic volcano cause havoc all over Northern Europe, making it impossible for us to leave on our mini-trip to Rome.
Que tragedia griega!
Worst of all, brother never brought me the seeds of Aji Chombo I asked so many times about!
Dad, on the other hand, did manage to leave with half my supply of Ring of Fire and White Habaneros. Not a lot of seeds, mind you. But he was happy to see his son enjoying growing chillies.
The plants survived, thanks to the peeps at the office who kept them well watered.
The Orange Habanero even has some pods on it, which is great considering it only produced pods in July last year.
The rest of the plants are doing very well, specially the Black Nagas, which I left under the little domes. They were a wee bit crammed into the little domes, but they look much, MUCH bigger than the last photos I took of them.
I wrapped all of the little plastic bottles with tin foil (kitchen foil for the Brits) so that if the roots reached the edges, they wouldn't get scorched by direct sunlight (since I would not see the plants for about 10 days). It also reflected sunlight back at the leaves of the plants. I have read that foil mulch can help plant growth and productivity.
I will probably have to start re-potting some of them to permanent pots soon, just like I did with the Trinidad Scorpion before I left a fortnight ago to prepare for the wedding.
The sad bit has been that the hydroponics at home has been a disaster, with only one plant currently surviving...
I will probably take photos of the plants at the end of the week to post the growth updates.
The Maize Morado is now almost 3 feet tall! I can't wait to see it reach 8 feet!
Saturday, 10 April 2010
I'll Start off with the Purple Corn (on all photos, the top one is 1 April, the Bottom one is 9 April)
Not sure it's the best of comparisons, but it gets better, I promise!
These are the Black Nagas.
The Barrackpore 7-Pod
The Trinidad Scorpion
The Ring of Fire Cayenne
And just for goodness sake, here's the progress of the Madame Jeannette (9 April)
And the Aji Umba Red (9 April)
Well, I'm off to be 'domestic' and attempt to try to clean the house a bit, before people start arriving this week for the 'Union of the Peppers' between yours truly and Almapaprika.
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
After much searching (in our minds), we were unable to actually remember the name of it, to our collective frustration.
This morning, however, I have finally remembered the name of said fruit:
At least that is the name given to it in Aji Chombo Land. The Scientific name for it is Inga edulis. The English name for it is apparently the Ice Cream Bean, which I find funny, though strangely appropriate.
I remember having some as a child, and what a fantastically strange fruit it was. Imagine if you will a very large tree with pods nearly a foot long by about an inch and a half. Inside these pods are large black seeds wrapped in what looks like dense, white cotton, or cotton candy. The taste is a bit like banana, but sweeter, and with a slightly more fibrous texture.
Good stuff, and the tree apparently helps replenish nutrients into the soil (in a similar fashion to legumes).
Just if any of you are planning to start crops...
Four days away from the plants seems like an eternity.
Four days away from work however, are bliss.
Amazing how quickly stress builds up again, even though there's hardly anything to do thanks to Easter Break.
I think the lack of things to do just piles on even more stress.
Who would ever have though that?
It's either stress from not having much to do AND being in a very publicly exposed location, or the fantastic combination of under staffing, exposure, and high levels of friction caused by inconsistent (highly, HIGHLY inconsistent) customer service policies. Hopefully things will get sorted out soon (since the higher ups have realised just how stressed we are down in the trenches), but odds are I'll be face to face with the Oriental Yeti (Elvis' Pet) before I see any worthwhile changes...
But I digress.
The Maize Morado is doing very well. Seems to like it's new 'enclosure.' I really am eagerly anticipating the eight foot tall stalks (as are the people in the office I put them in, since they will act as natural shade).
The Roselle is not shooting up like the Maize Morado, but it continues to grow steadily. I imagine this lack of growth has more to do with the low temperatures in this start/stop spring (since it snowed last week). But it looks healthy so I'm going to keep crossing my fingers. I was actually asked about the progress of the Roselle by one of the girls from the Deli Almapaprika and I go to often.
The sub par spring also seems to be affecting the chillies, leading to a lot of uneven growth. One Royal Gold is on it's third set of true leaves, while the other is only just starting the second. And they both germinated on the same day.
The Trinidad Scorpion, the Madame Jeannette, and the Aji Umba Red lead the way for the chinenses, followed closely now by the Barrackpore 7-Pot; while the Ring of Fire Cayenne and the Thai Dragon are doing their usual thing now (growing fast).
Oh, and the Black Nagas are showing their first true leaves!
That last bit of news is absolutely fantastic for me.
It balances out the disaster of the home grown hydroponics...though I may have figured out what went wrong, but it is too late to fix...
Anywho, enough of my babbling.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Hace unos días atrás me percate de algo sumamente interesante (bueno, por lo menos para mí).
Existen un buen número de leyendas entrelazadas entre la comida y las 'señoritas de la noche'.
En una vida pasada, en un trabajo pasado, mis compañeros de trabajo y yo les conocíamos como 'trabajadoras sociales' (dado a que, en cierta manera, cumplen con un 'servicio social').
Sin entrar en un dialogo intensivo sobre los orígenes y los precipicios morales que conllevan a esta 'antigua profesión', veamos las comidas 'íntimamente' ligadas a estas personas (utilizo el femenino, porque de a memoria no conozco ninguna comida asociado con un 'prostituto', aunque probablemente si existen. Si saben de alguna, por favor comenten en este espacio.)
El plato más famoso nombrado por estas ilustres damas de la noche es Penne (o Spaghetti) alla puttanesca. Aunque su origen es tema de discusiones extensas en el internet, las leyendas tienden a asociar a este plato de pasta con las prostitutas de Napoli (Italia) quienes, o utilizaban el plato para alimentar a sus clientes, o formaba parte de su dieta.
En el mundo de los Ajíes, tenemos a Madame Jeannette, de la familia Capsicum Chinense. Este ají es oriundo de Surinam, en Suramérica. Según va la leyenda, su nombre viene de una prostituta de Brasil (que hacía en Surinam, nunca sabremos). Tengo una pequeña plantita de MJ creciendo en la oficina, y espero poder probar de sus frutos (lo digo sin morbo).
A lo mejor me da por cocinar Penne alla Puttanesca en el verano y añadirle un MJ para darle sazón.
Hmmm...No tengo más ejemplos...
Quizás son solamente dos que existen en este mundo nuestro. Simplemente el hecho de haberlos encontrado me causo gran interés, pues sigo con la incógnita del porque se les ha nombrado de esa manera.
En una noticia completamente separada, un tío mío ha puesto fotos de mi infancia en su página web por motivo de mi unión con Almapaprika.
Claro está que no pondré estas fotos en este espacio, ya que pretendo mantener la poca dignidad que todavía tengo (que no debe ser mucha luego de hablar incesantemente de comida y prostitutas).
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
He apparently comes out of the closet...after everyone has known for nearly a decade.
Still, well done to Ricky Martin, most famous of the members of Menudo (what ever happened to that group, anyways?).
Here are the pics I took last Friday. I've been procrastinating as usual, so posts have been few and far in between.
I should take the moment to say many thanks to Marcio, as the seeds have just arrived today in the post from Brazil.
I am most grateful (and a very happy bunny)
This is the Chocolate Habanero Pod. All three seem to have slowed down in growth. Little things, but I will still bet my non-existent house they will be hot!
Madame Jeannette (I always misspell this one. Mon Dieu!). It is doing brilliantly.
Booyakasha! The Trinidad Scorpion is looking handsome!
The Barrackpore 7-pod. Slow to grow, but steady.
Aji Umba Red, also a quick off the blocks grower.
The Black Nagas! Yahoo! Two of the three seeds germinated. I just have to make sure they grow strong.
The Purple Corn (Maize Morado) in their new pot. A bit tight a squeezy, but it should hopefully help later on when they have to pollinate to produce ears of corn.
I need to take photos of the hydro peppers...
Friday, 26 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
It was loads of fun, though. And I took lots of photos (which went straight to their facebook page). I always like helping out at competitions.
But I digress.
Here's the update of photos I promised from last weekend:
The first Chocolate Habanero pods
It's two new brothers
The Roselle doing really REALLY well!
The same can be said for the Trinidad Scorpion
The Barrackpore 7 pod may be small, but it's still haging on. I hope it grows strong.
The home of all the seedlings. If the growth is as good as it has been this week, I may have to cut all of the dome tops off.