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Via Winchell Chung .

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Via Winchell Chung .

Originally shared by Assia Alexandrova

A high-voltage saga about a vengeful murder detective's struggle to transcend her political apathy...

Via Electric Lit

Listing this here as a resource for my friends.

Listing this here as a resource for my friends.

Originally shared by Zara Altair

Medieval History - Free Course from Yale University
http://www.openculture.com/2018/03/a-free-yale-course-on-medieval-history-700-years-in-22-lectures.html

Buttermilk Ricotta - Kristen Allan

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Buttermilk Ricotta - Kristen Allan

You think ricotta, and you think bland, fluffy, and good with pickles (and yeast extract spread, if that is your thing). Or perhaps a diet food.

Throw all that out the window for this one.

Kristen has created a magnificent buttermilk and cream boosted ricotta that ceases to be a bland diet food, and becomes an amazing dessert cheese.

Serve with fresh fruit and honey - bread or crackers are completely optional - or even as a topping on another dessert. Not as fatty as a cream, this has the mouth feel of a triple cream with the lightness of a yogurt. We can also see it pairing well with fruit salad and muesli for an amazing breakfast.

If this is anything to go by, Kristen's cheeses are something to track down!

Extremely limited availability, see below.
http://kristenallancheesemaker.com/find-us


Vintage Cheddar - Woombye Cheese Company.

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Vintage Cheddar - Woombye Cheese Company.

This is solid cheddar, sharp and slightly crumbly, with bold flavours.

Pairs well with a chilli jam, muscatels, and pickles. This would fit any classic Ploughman's Lunch, and still be a proud part of any cheese platter.

Available nationally, but only though limited numbers of retailers.
http://www.woombyecheese.com/wa-stockists/
for example.

This is an excellent contrast to the complexities of the Bay of Fires cheddar - a simple and bold cheese - and yet both are wonderful eating experiences.



Bay of Fires Cheddar

Bay of Fires Cheddar
For some silly reason, I cannot find my photos for this cheese, you'll have to make do with a link!

An English-style classic cheddar, this is far removed from the 1Kg blocks in the supermarket.

Smooth and even, with a classic cheddar bite, this has rich - almost flowery - undertones, with even some slightly hammy touches. This has extraordinary complexity for any cheese, let alone a humble cheddar.

But there is nothing humble about this award-winning cheese.

It has this amazing subtlety that can match with a raspberry/blackcurrent jelly, but at the same time a robustness that can stand against pickled onions and dill pickles.

A fine example of what cheddars should aspire to be.

Follow the link for availability.


http://www.bayoffirescheese.com.au/our-cheese.html

Marinated Feta - Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods.

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Marinated Feta - Tolpuddle Goat Cheese and Farm Foods.

Another couple of excursions for this cheese. Feta is not commonly a platter cheese, and is usually served in salads or cooked in other dishes.

So we did both.

First we added a few cubes to the classic Persian breakfast meal of Shakshuka (a spiced tomato sauce with onions, feta, and eggs poached in the sauce). Unlike most fetas that harden up under such treatment, this one melted into streams of delicious feta goo - a magic experience!

Then, in the evening, the rest was cubed into a side-salad - and what a magnificent way to boost basic greens! Not as hard or salty as most fetas, this had just enough tooth to give a good sense of having something to bite into, but without being chewy. The mild marinade complemented rather than competed with the tang.

All-in-all a superior example of a widely implemented cheese, and worth trying if you can find it.

Tolpuddle cheese are only available via limited regional retailers, farmers' markets,…

Mt Shadforth Tilsit - Dellendale Creamery

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Mt Shadforth Tilsit - Dellendale Creamery

This is quite a find - a non-smelly washed-rind cheese!

Firm, easy to slice, and with a mild nutty flavour, this is remarkable in that it is so versatile. Cheerfully pairing with almost anything - fruit, salami, wines, beers, cider, tomatoes, chutneys, and pickles all go well.

This is a cheese that happily fills the same niche as mild cheddars, without the dryness of texture or flavour. An excellent eating cheese for any occasion - and a great way to ease newcomers to the wider world cheese beyond the usual commercial platter of cheddar/brie/danblu.

Delendale cheeses are available across the SW of W.A.
http://www.dellendale.com.au/find_our_cheese.html



The usual deal - enter via the link, and it gives me some more entries :)

I was reading Mike Kupari's "Her Brother's Keeper", and got a wonderful giggle out of seeing a reference to...

I was reading Mike Kupari's "Her Brother's Keeper", and got a wonderful giggle out of seeing a reference to Winchell Chung Astronautical Industries. 😎

Well played. Well played indeed!

Originally shared by John Samuel

Well played. Well played indeed!
https://twitter.com/beffernieblack/status/976373733656092674?s=12

One of our more special breakfast dishes - shakshuka! Yum!

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One of our more special breakfast dishes - shakshuka! Yum!

Via Winchell Chung . Likely of particular interest to Alicia Smith

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Via Winchell Chung . Likely of particular interest to Alicia Smith

Originally shared by Juan Ochoa

White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Home Affairs Minister...

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White farmers facing violence in South Africa "deserve special attention" from Australia, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says, but the South African Government says its citizens are not in danger.

ABC News | http://ab.co/2pcUrln

This is simultaneously brilliant, wonderful, and somehow horrifying.

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This is simultaneously brilliant, wonderful, and somehow horrifying.

Originally shared by Boing Boing

Make your own 'bagpipes' with a garbage bag and recorders, thanks to @instructables. https://boingboing.net/2018/03/08/make-your-own-bagpipes-wit.html

Pay attention, people!

Pay attention, people!

Originally shared by Alicia Smith

Some time ago Australia Post said that quite of few of their posties were being injured, half of them by reversing cars.

So, as my driveway is a steep one, and visibility is limited as you back we switched to reversing in. Just this morning I had a chance to talk to my postie - hadn't seen him for a while.

He had been hit by a car while he was on the footpath by a woman in a Toyota 4WD (while in my street) coming out from a laneway and been put into hospital with broken ribs and various breaks and about what you'd expect from a collision like that.

Her first words "What were you doing on the footpath?"

Hello, postie. And my gods, how could she have missed him - they are flouroescent to the max! She'd have probably said the same to a pedestrian or a toddler on a tricycle too.

She said she was a nurse and went to the shops to give him a bottle of water - yeah not too bright, you don't give anything to drink o…

The wonderful world of learning experiences in rocketry.

The wonderful world of learning experiences in rocketry.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayu0GsrvKQA&feature=share

Churchill Rd Raclette - Delendale Creamery

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Churchill Rd Raclette - Delendale Creamery

For this one I have one clear instruction before we begin. Pick up the cheese, step away from the cheese-board, and get thee to the kitchen. This is a cheese that needs - possibly even demands - some heat.

Now I know the kitchen is a bit of a foreign place for the cheese-lover - I mean what use is there of fry-pans or cook-pots? Bear with me though, this journey is worth it.

Before we begin, I'm going to take you on a small flight of fancy. Imagine, if you will, that an honest English Cheddar decided to take a holiday on the Continent, and found itself in Switzerland. Maybe seeking some great waterfall to encounter a perilous foe, it instead meets a sweet and charming Emmental. Romance blossoms, the Cheddar settles - foe forgotten, and the two have a child. Roll forward a dozen years and a few more, and this is Raclette. The bitter-edged teenager child - probably miffed that Cheddar failed to find and defeat that foe.

Raclette is a cheese de…

I'm giggling

An extraordinary bit on engineering! And most recently run only 6 years ago!

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An extraordinary bit on engineering! And most recently run only 6 years ago!

Pinging Stephen Gunnell and Andrew Muhling - I bet building a working model would be one heck of a challenge!

Originally shared by Lauri Novak

Cooke Rotary Snowplow #1

Rotary Snowplow #1 was built in 1898 by the Cooke Locomotive and Machinery Company of Paterson, NJ for White Pass & Yukon Route. It helped the railroad face the challenges of heavy winter snows with accumulations of up to 12 feet.  Pushed by up to 2 helper engines, the rotary's 10 huge blades sent snow flying out to the side of the tracks by centrifugal force. Rotary Snow Plow #1 was retired in 1965 but was run again in 2009 and 20011 to clear the rail between White Pass Summit and Lake Bennet.  Today, the restored Rotary is on display at the WP & YR Skagway Depot.  Skagway, Alaska








Trainspotting Thursday curated by Mick Logan #trainspottingthursday Trainspotting Thursday
Transport Stops curated by Ken Ilio Annie Irving Lauri Novak #transp…

Ocean Brie from Dellendale Creamery in gorgeous Denmark (also home to our favourite chocolate maker - Dark Side...

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Ocean Brie from Dellendale Creamery in gorgeous Denmark (also home to our favourite chocolate maker - Dark Side Chocolates, but that is another story).

Bries have inspired entire volumes of discussion and praise over the years, so I will not repeat what is already well known. So what is different about the Ocean Brie?

Our example was a little on the young side, not yet fully pasted, but still an excellent cheese, and showing immense promise for full maturity.

It was mild at the time we opened ours, but there was enough in that to foreshadow the rich complexities that we would expect from a high-end brie. No trace of the ammonia tones that some bries carry - even when young, this was rich and nutty, with lovely mushroom earth tones. The rind was was smooth and fine as you could hope for, with no bitterness at all.

Overall, one to watch out for, and I would seek it out over the well established King Island bries.

Dellendale cheeses are available widely across the South West of WA, including…

Bulldog Blue from Tolpuddle Goat Cheeses in Tarrawingee, Victoria is so new that it is not even on their website yet.

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Bulldog Blue from Tolpuddle Goat Cheeses in Tarrawingee, Victoria is so new that it is not even on their website yet.

The idea of creating a matured blue from a feta-style base is not one I have encountered before, and makes for a subtle and interesting cheese, well suited to boards and salads.

The blue mould is surface-grown, with only a few intrustions along spiking paths. The density of the cheese prevents the mould from spreading far from these lines.This results in a very mild blue, with a firm, and surprisingly fresh body, with a salty tang.

The tasting notes recommend muscatels and honey as pairings, but I suspect it would also go extremely well with kalamata olives.

Tolpuddle cheese are only available via limited regional retailers, farmers' markets, and by mail-order within Victoria.



Via Winchell Chung , and so very true!

Via Winchell Chung , and so very true!

Originally shared by Marco Modano
http://www.monkeyuser.com/2018/focus/

Nope. Just nope. Completely nope.

Nope. Just nope. Completely nope.

Calling the mayor of Nopeville! We have some extra nope for you.

I cannot fully express my level of nope.
https://boingboing.net/2018/03/05/shower-curtain-with-pockets-fo.html

Perth CBD and Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) from Mt Eliza (Kaarta Gar-up) lookout.

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Perth CBD and Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan) from Mt Eliza (Kaarta Gar-up) lookout.

WPP2018 - Week 10 - Night

Françoise Dhulesia, Angela Migliore, Byron Sheldrick, Dave Hollis, Carmen Mandich, madhura ravishankar, Constantinos Catsoulis, Alicia Smith, Rob Masters, Francesco Scaglioni, Mary Wardell, Navin Upendran

#WPP2018
#WPP2018-Wk-10-Night

Samsung NX300, ISO100, 30sec, Nikon Series E 50mm lens at F/8. Edited in Snapseed.

Features of note:
Lower Centre Right - The long streak is the South Perth Ferry
Lower Centre Left - Elizabeth Quay and the Barrack St Bell Tower
Upper Centre Right - Along the top of the Darling Scarp are various radio and TV transmission towers
Bottom - Mounts Bay Rd and portions of the Narrows Interchange, linking the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways

David Gerard's tastes and mine do not always correspond, but his reviews are always works of art in and of...

David Gerard's tastes and mine do not always correspond, but his reviews are always works of art in and of themselves.

Favourite quote from this review: "Which is about the equivalent of a teddy bear made out of marshmallows riding a centaur who’s wearing bitchin’ armor and waving a battle standard."

Originally shared by David Gerard
https://rocknerd.co.uk/2018/03/02/andrew-w-k-youre-not-alone-2018/