Sunday, 2 June 2013

An Oral Fixation

Avert your eyes! Do it, do it now! Your puny brain is not capable of comprehending the text and images that are to follow. For your own safety and the safety of your — present and future — children you must not read ahead. Like that Ark opening scene in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark when the Nazis melt and shit, you too shall melt and shit… if you read on.

I suspected you wouldn't heed my warning. Well, maybe this title image will get you to finally see the errors of your way.

No? You're just going to stick around? No matter what?

Fine. See if I care.

Last Tuesday I was reminded of how well some people know what things I have a habit of being ridiculously passionate about when I got two tips — from people in different countries no less — about a start-up coffee subscription service that had found themselves in the sticky situation of having a huge batch of roasted coffee that was going to go to waste, which is why they were giving away 500 bags for free. It was extra exciting to see that they had written their own blog post about this last Tuesday, so obviously I ordered a bag that night. By Thursday they had revived 450 new subscribers and my wonderful bag of El Salvadorian beans had arrived.

I of course wouldn't be me, if I didn't give some sort of verdict on the beans. They were good. Just about as fresh as I would have expected them with a solid flavour. Nothing particular comes to mind but a good base bean, I imagine. My only complaint really would be that I think they took the roast a little too far which resulted in a slight charcoal mouthfeel. I would wholeheartedly recommend them and if they ever start offering green beans I might look into them some more. But for now I'm good with my current supplier.

Last Tuesday also saw me tempting intestinal fate by combining things that really should probably never be combined. After much discussion with a few co-workers about the possibilities of stuffing cheese into hot peppers, wrapping it in bacon and pretending it's the patty part of a burger, I finally got around to doing just that. I also stuck some Chorizo in there for good measure.

If there's anything I've learned about cooking with hot peppers it's that you shouldn't rub your eyes after handling hot peppers. Really, you shouldn't.

So, how was it you ask? Oh, god it burned my mouth. But also, it was so awesome. Or in the words of my wonderfully supportive — though initially suspicious — wife, “You are so making this again!”

The alcohol of the weekend consisted of two different ales from Shepherd Neame's selection. One was nicer than the other. Sadly, that is all I will say about that for now.

I — as well as beije — have also worked more on monorun! this week and I really only have the sound design left before it's Release Candidate time. Stay tuned for that.

Speaking of beije, we also challenged one another to go out a take some photos of the surrounding area which we then both did. You can see mine here, and beije's here. I think he won.

That's it for “The Return of The Abominable Weekly Update!”. As you might have noticed, it was quite an orally fixated one.