Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Aerogarden and kitchen scrap regrowing update # 2 ~ On reflection, the plants are growing better this way!

That's a very bad light booster joke. You're welcome. 

I decided to make a reflecting enclosure for my grow space, and just in the space of a day and a half, it has made a tremendous difference! 
 This photo is from the evening of the 29th, just after I set it up.


 These were taken just a few hours later, and the basil roots are already way bigger!




These  next few are from the afternoon of the 31st. Look at how much bigger everything is!
  The dill is growing some true leaves/fronds now, and starting to actually look like dill.


 I decided to cut the tall basil stalk down so the water and nutrients wouldn't have to work so hard to get to the top leaves. That should help the formerly mid-stalk leaves grow better, and I put the cutting in water for another new plant. If all goes well, I'll have to rustle up some more pots before too long.
 Here is the cut down to size, original plant, with its one, remaining stalk. 

And look at how much the leeks and green onions have grown in that same day and a half with the reflectors!
 The new leek growth is also MUCH darker green than the original leeks. Better lighting and nutrients will do that. 

And, last, but not least, my tomatoes are finally sprouting...

 ... and the lettuces are coming right along.

 I'm planting microgreens tonight and starting some sprouts tomorrow. 

My new year will be rung in with new, yummy, growing things!

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Aerogarden and kitchen scrap regrowing update # 1


It's day 15 for the small Aerogarden, and day 3 for the big one. They are both coming nicely along.


Both of these are from yesterday. The dill doesn't have any true leaves yet, and the Thai basil still hasn't sprouted.



These are from today.


 Here, you can see the parsley finally sprouting.
 




Meanwhile, in the big garden...





 
The lettuces are sprouting, and so is the dill and basil. 
There are no pics of the tomato side, cause nothing is visibly happening there yet.

My celery died because I was too rough when rinsing them, and the dill cuttings did nothing. It turns out dill won't grow from cuttings. 
Luckily, I looked it up and discovered my folly in time to take them out and use them in a giant batch of Tzatziki, so no waste.

 The original basil plant has nice little sets of leaves mid stalk, and teeny, tiny, new leaves on the top set.


Here is a close up of the tiny leaves.


 Meanwhile, the basil cuttings are finally growing roots!


You can kind of see them here.
 

Annnnnd.....
I put my green onion and leek bottoms in water today to regrow.



They've both already got some new growth and it's only been a few hours!



I'll update again in a few days.
 

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2019.12.28

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Playlist


  1. Rammstein - Mann Gegen Mann (04:52)
  2. Nanowar Of Steel - Heavy Metal Kibbles (03:28)
  3. Ironflame - Ironflame - Firestorm (04:44)
  4. Astraeus - Astraeus - The Return of the King (03:35)
  5. Lego's Lost Project - It_s The End Of The World Metal (03:31)
  6. Solarus - Solarus - Shattered Skies (05:19)
  7. AMORPHIS - The Bee (05:29)
  8. Asema - Heathens (04:48)
  9. Ancestral Dawn - The Traveller [feat Fabio Lione] (05:25)
  10. ABINCHOVA - Gestaltenwandler (03:41)
  11. Asema - Give It Up (04:56)
  12. Fractal Gates - Chasing the Line (03:29)
  13. Claymorean - Claymorean - Rage of the White Wolf (03:59)
  14. Cellador - Cellador - This Means War (04:25)
  15. At the Gates - Raped By The Light Of Christ (02:57)
  16. Silent Knight - Silent Knight - When the Fallen Angel Flies (06:35)
  17. Asema - Dumptruck (05:03)
  18. Nightwish - Master Passion Greed (06:02)
  19. Lego's Lost Project - In The Shadows Metal (04:26)
  20. Battle Beast - Unfairy Tales (03:33)
  21. BEAST IN BLACK - Blind And Frozen (05:16)
  22. Nile - Revel in Their Suffering (05:44)
  23. Beast in Black - True Believer (03:28)
  24. Blind Guardian Twilight Orchestra - Point of No Return (06:37)
  25. Myrath - Dance (03:47)
  26. Entombed A.D. - Hell Is My Home (03:46)
  27. Sabaton - Devil Dogs (03:17)
  28. Borknagar - Mount Rapture (06:08)
  29. Cain's Offering - Rising Sun (05:42)
  30. HammerFall - Dominion (04:58)
  31. Memoriam - In the Midst of Desolation (04:35)
  32. RHAPSODY, TURILLI+LIONE - Decoding the Multiverse (06:19)
  33. Tarja - Spirit of the Sea (06:56)
  34. Virgin Steele - The Chosen Ones (08:05)
  35. Paradise Lost - One Second (03:33)
  36. Leaves Eyes - Solemn Sea (03:44)
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Friday, 27 December 2019

Metal Metal Mayhem X Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2019.12.26

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Playlist


  1. Angel Dust - Let Me Live (05:53)
  2. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Garden of the Gods (04:28)
  3. AETHERIAN - Seeds of Deception (05:51)
  4. Blind Passenger - Grey Sunday (03:30)
  5. Seasons End - Ghost In My Emotion (06:36)
  6. INSOMNIUM - Down With the Sun (04:39)
  7. Rozencrantz - Her Walk Gets Slower (03:09)
  8. Infidia - Thirteen (04:27)
  9. NANOWAR OF STEEL - Valhalleluja (ft. Angus McFife from Gloryhammer) (06:41)
  10. AMORPHIS - Death Of A King (05:31)
  11. DEMONS & WIZARDS - Diabolic (08:00)
  12. Entombed A.D. - Bourbon Nightmare (03:34)
  13. Therion - Seawinds (04:22)
  14. Asema - Heathens (04:48)
  15. Moonspell - A Poisoned Gift (05:45)
  16. Avantasia - Moonglow (feat. Candice Night) (03:56)
  17. Sentenced - Bleed (03:32)
  18. Stratovarius - Back to madness (07:42)
  19. ACDC - Thunderstruck (05:00)
  20. Lego's Lost Project - Thunderstruck Metal (04:34)
  21. Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light (08:28)
  22. Samael - My Saviour (05:32)
  23. DragonForce - Curse of Darkness (05:35)
  24. Poison - Talk Dirty To Me (1996 - Remaster) (03:44)
  25. Vandroya - You'll Know My Name (06:01)
  26. RA Promo - RA Calm (00:24)
  27. Cain's Offering - On The Shore (04:18)
  28. Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings (03:54)
  29. Seven Kingdoms - Stargazer (05:07)
  30. Ancestral - Back to Life (06:13)

Thursday, 26 December 2019

Aerogarden and kitchen scrap regrowing

Now that I am kinda more settled in my long-term-temporary digs, I'm getting back to gardening. 

Aerogarden Farm - 2019.12.26


It's winter, so everything is indoors for now. 

I invested in an Aerogarden, after seeing the great results an online friend was getting with hers (Thanks kat!!). The one I got came with a bonus, smaller one, so I am using the small one primarily for herbs, and the large one mostly for lettuce and tomatoes. For now.

I started the small one on the 14th of December, so almost 3 weeks ago.

Here it is right after setting it up.  
 
Aerogarden Harvest - 2019.12.14


And here we are at one week
Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.21

Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.21

Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.21

Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.21

And at almost 3 weeks
Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.25

Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.25

Aerogarden Harvest -2019.12.25
 The regular basil is really going to town! The Thai basil hasn't sprouted at all. I am hoping it's not a dud, but if it is, it's guaranteed, so I guess I'll be calling them up in a few more days if no sign of sprouting.

The basil in the shot glass there is a couple cuttings from grocery store basil. More on that a bit further down. 

I just set up the big Aerogarden today. 

 On the left side, I have several varieties of lettuce, some chives, and some regular basil
Aerogarden Farm - 2019.12.26
On the right side, there are 6 pods each of Golden Harvest Cherry Tomatoes and Red Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes.
Aerogarden Farm - 2019.12.26


 Look for updates soon.

Do you like my garden gnomes?

I also started some dill and basil cuttings and celery bottoms from kitchen scraps in the 14th. 


This is just a few hours after putting the celery in water. They are already showing a bit of growth!


 And here they are yesterday.

 And today...


Also today, I prepped my ginger rhizomes (and their future homes) for planting.
Here are the pots with expanding soil being slowly hydrated
And here are the rhizomes, soaking in lukewarm water. 

They will soak overnight, and I'll put them in the soil tomorow sometime. 

 I'm going to be regrowing some leeks and green onions sometime in the next few days, so keep an eye out for that.

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Metal Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2019.12.21

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Playlist


  1. Angel Dust - The Human Bondage (04:12)
  2. DEMONS & WIZARDS - Diabolic (08:00)
  3. Spinal Tap - Christmas With The Devil (04:24)
  4. Ensiferum - Vandraren (Nordman cover) (03:41)
  5. NightCreepers - Tale of Haste (New Song 2012) (04:29)
  6. Legacy of Vydar - Hold On (04:29)
  7. Bathory - Hammerheart (04:57)
  8. Suidakra - Mrs McGrath (05:15)
  9. Dio/Iommi - Dio/Iommi -god rest ye merry gentlemen (06:49)
  10. August Burns Red - Jingle Bells (04:25)
  11. Battle Beast - Endless Summer (03:37)
  12. Hammerfall - The Outlaw (04:15)
  13. August Burns Red - Flurries (04:23)
  14. August Burns Red - Frosty the Snowman (02:36)
  15. August Burns Red - Sleigh Ride (03:09)
  16. August Burns Red - God Rest Ye' Merry Gentlemen (02:50)
  17. August Burns Red - Jingle Bells (04:25)
  18. August Burns Red - O Holy Night (04:24)
  19. August Burns Red - Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (01:59)
  20. August Burns Red - Sleddin' Hill (02:38)
  21. August Burns Red - Little Drummer Boy (04:19)
  22. August Burns Red - Winter Wonderland (01:55)
  23. August Burns Red - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (04:55)
  24. August Burns Red - Carol of the Bells (02:48)
  25. August Burns Red - We Wish You a Merry Christmas (02:30)
  26. August Burns Red - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (02:47)
  27. August Burns Red - Joy to the World (03:08)
  28. FireHero 3 - God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen (August Burns Red cover) (02:53)
  29. NANOWAR OF STEEL - Valhalleluja (ft. Angus McFife from Gloryhammer) | Napalm Records (06:41)
  30. Lego's Lost Project - White Christmas Metal (02:23)
  31. Lego's Lost Project feat. Rabea & Hannah - Dance Monkey Metal (04:27)
  32. The Nutcracker - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (04:02)
  33. Liv Kristine - Streets of Philadelphia (03:19)
  34. Twisted Sister - Oh Come All Ye Faithful (04:53)
  35. LACUNA COIL - Naughty Christmas (03:18)
  36. Type O Negative - Red Water (Christmas Mourning) (06:49)
  37. AC/DC - Mistress For Christmas - Happy Holidays (03:59)
  38. RAMONES - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (02:04)
  39. Twisted Sister - Heavy Metal Christmas (The Twelve Days Of Christmas) (05:14)
  40. John Sanders - Deck The Halls (Melodic Death Metal Version) (01:46)
  41. Reign of Vengeance - Frosty the Snowman (01:30)
  42. Death Metal Christmas - O Come, O Come Azrael (O Come, O Come, Emmanuel) by J.J. Hrubovcak (04:55)
  43. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead - 09 - Memory (dead Winter Dead Intro) (01:19)
  44. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead - 10 - Dead Winter Dead (04:19)
  45. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead - 12 - Christmas Eve (03:24)

Monday, 16 December 2019

Dry brining a turkey (with recipe and SCIENCE!)

I finally decided, this year, to try brining the turkey, just to see if it makes a difference.
Now, I have always done a dry rub on it before I put it in the smoker, so I figured it wouldn't make THAT much difference.

Boy was I wrong!
 

As it turns out, there is science behind brining, and, contrary to our mothers' and grandmothers' collective wisdom (well, MY generation's mothers and grandmothers, anyway. I'm pushing 50 now, after all!), salt is NOT the mortal enemy of poultry, or any meats, really.
We were all taught (and often taught others), that salting meat before cooking would dry it out, because it sucks all the moisture right out. Then we were reminded that salt is the main component used for drying out meats to make jerky. Add to that the fact that the salt also makes the meat much tougher. There was even science to back it up; High salt content forces the meat's proteins to bind together, making tougher meat. What more proof could we need??
Technically, all of those "supporting" statements are true, but there is more to the story! 

Yes, salt is used for dehydrating and reserving meats. LOTS of salt. Like, a crapton of salt! Along with circulating air in a dry environment. And yes, salt does draw the moisture out of meats. 

When brining, however, for one, you don't use as much salt, and also, you aren't hanging the meat out in a a drying shed (or modern equivalent). With the exception of (optionally) the last 12-24 hours of brining, the meat is kept in an at least reasonably sealed container. 

So, now we get to the sciencey bits. When the water is drawn out to the surface of the meat. it mixes with the salt, sugar, and flavouring herbs/spices. Then, since it is closed up and refrigerated, the mixture is absorbed back into the meat.
The lower salt concentration, like used for brining (wet or dry), actually helps break down the muscle tissue which tenderises the meat, and also helps the cells in the meat hold more water, and hold it in better (along with the other flavourings). This happens because, as the muscle fibres break down, it creates more spaces fr water to collect in between the "layers". All of these things, together, result in a plumper, juicier, more flavourful piece of meat.

Being the nerdy foodie that I am (is there any other kind, really?), all this science talk really made me want to experiment. I was already fairly well convinced by the facts laid out with supporting documents, citations, and a lot more extra sciencey stuff. If you want the REALLY long version, just Google search the science of brining. If you're anything like me, be prepared to lose several hours  in the process. I don't know where they went. It's like some sort of internet, science, wibbly, wobbly, timey wimey vortex or something. 

ANYWAY, Now committed to the experiment, I looked up the basic ratios of salt to meat, looked at several other brine recipes, none of which quite made me happy, and proceeded to devise my own, which will be below. Once my turkey was completely thawed, about 4 days prior to the main event, I rubbed it well with the brine mixture. 
There are more detailed instructions to be found all over the web, but the upshot is, you want your bird to be fairly dry before you start. Some insist that you must actually pat it all the way dry, but I didn't bother with that degree. Do what makes you happy. 

Then, you sprinkle around 2-4 teaspoons (more or less depending on size. I did 4, cause it was a 23 lb bird) of your brine mixture into the cavity and rub it in, then sprinkle and rub about double that amount on the breasts, including under the skin (peel the skin up very carefully), and then distribute the rest on the outside of the skin of the rest of the fowl creature (see what I did there? Har har har). Once it's all coated, wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap, or, better still, put it in a giant, ziploc type bag (like a brining bag!), remove as much of the air as possible from it, and pop it in the fridge for 4-5 days. You can get away with less, but the longer it sits, the more evenly distributed the brine solution will be, and the more time it has to do its work. 
If you want a beautiful, golden brown, crispy skin and you are not smoking your turkey, take the plastic off for the last 12-24 hours before roasting. 

Now, I have been smoking my turkeys for several years now, and they have always turned out nice and moist, despite the naysayers out there, but this one... Oh my gods! It was the most juicy, succulent, flavourful turkey I've ever had, and I had just about everyone at my gathering tell me the same thing. 

The only difference from the last several years was the brining, so I am definitely a believer from here on out! 
Yes, that means I need to add an extra few days into my prep calculations, cause it needs to be thawed before it's brined, but it is SO worth it! I just wish I'd tried jumping on the bandwagon before this year, but I tend to be a slow adapter of a lot of things. 

It means I take a complete pass on the majority of ridiculous fads that come and go and make us wonder what anyone was ever thinking, but sometimes it also means I miss out on something wonderful for longer than I could've. I think it's a fair trade off. 

So, hopefully, this has convinced at least one of my readers to give it a go, and enjoy the amazing results!

Now, as promised, here is my dry brine recipe. 

Keep in mind that this was for a 23 lb turkey. The ratio is about 1 tablespoon of salt for every 5-6 pounds of turkey, so adjust that and then adjust the other amounts accordingly. 

Khaos' Turkey Dry Brine
  •  3 Tbsp coarse kosher or sea salt  
  •  2 Tbsp sugar   1 Tbsp coarse grind peppercorn medley
  •  2 Tbsp poultry seasoning
  •  1-2 Tbsp Montreal (or generic Canadian) steak seasoning
  •  1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp each lemon, lime, and clementine peel, finely zested (any citrus may be used)

Put it all in a small bowl or shaker and mix it up well, then get to rubbing that naked bird! (Yup. I had to go there!)

Happy holidays, everyone!





Saturday, 7 December 2019

Metal Mayhem Playlist ~ 2019.12.07

Featured EP
Bryk
Bink of an Eye

Featured Full Album
Entombed A.D.
Bowels of Earth    
Released: August 30, 2019
Label: Century Media Records



Playlist


  1. Dragonland - Dragonland - As Madness Took Me (04:02)
  2. Rhapsody - Dargor, Shadowlord of the Black Mountain (04:46)
  3. Lego's Lost Project - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus Metal (03:03)
  4. Freedom Call - Freedom Call - Freedom Call (05:33)
  5. Sonata Arctica - Sonata Arctica - Weballergy (03:51)
  6. Dionysus - Dionysus - Divine (04:09)
  7. Savatage - Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12-24 (HQ) (03:24)
  8. Dragonforce - Dragonforce - Starfire (05:50)
  9. Heavenly - Heavenly-Sign of The winner (04:04)
  10. Blind Guardian - Blind Guardian - Nightfall (05:34)
  11. Manowar - Manowar - Nessun Dorma (03:25)
  12. Halford - Christmas For Everyone (03:07)
  13. BRYK - Burn Inside (04:13)
  14. BRYK - Blink Of An Eye (03:48)
  15. BRYK - The Fray (03:21)
  16. ENTOMBED A.D. - Elimination (03:26)
  17. ENTOMBED A.D. - Torment Remains (02:51)
  18. Entombed A.D. - Hell Is My Home (03:46)
  19. Entombed A.D. - Bowels of Earth (04:29)
  20. Entombed A.D. - Bourbon Nightmare (03:34)
  21. ENTOMBED A.D. - Fit For A King (Guitar Playthrough) (04:00)
  22. Entombed A.D. - Through the Eyes of the Gods (03:07)
  23. Entombed A.D. - Worlds Apart (03:32)
  24. Entombed A.D. - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (cover Version) (02:09)
  25. Entombed A.D. - To Eternal Night (05:43)
  26. Amarna Reign - Black Christmas (04:01)
  27. Therion - The Rise of Sodom and Gomorrah (06:45)
  28. Stratovarius - Destiny (10:13)
  29. Kamelot - The Shadow Of Uther (04:45)
  30. LACUNA COIL - Naughty Christmas (03:18)
  31. Theatre of Tragedy - Dying -- I Only Feel Apath (05:08)
  32. Tarja - Railroads (04:15)
  33. Nightwish - Beauty and the Beast (06:24)
  34. Helix - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Metal Version) (02:07)
  35. Angra - Fireworks (06:21)
  36. Doro - Merry Metal X-Mas (03:05)
  37. BEAST IN BLACK - Blind And Frozen (05:16)
  38. Blind Guardian - Sadly Sings Destiny (06:04)

Friday, 6 December 2019

Metal Mayhem X Playlist ~ 2019.12.05

Featured Album
Black Anima
Lacuna Coil
Black Anima is the ninth studio album by Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil. It was released by Century Media Records on October 11, 2019.

Featured Artist
Bryk
Bryk was an up and coming Westchester, NY, local band in the mid 90s til early 2000s. During that time, they opened for both Overkill and Testament, before breaking up. The band reunited in 2017. Check them out on Facebook, Bandcamp, or Soundcloud.

Playlist


  1. 00 - Dj`Khaos Show Opener (extended) (01:49)
  2. Guns 'N roses - Sweet Child of Mine (05:56)
  3. Steel Panther - Community Property (03:38)
  4. Metallica - Metallica - Total Eclipse of the Heart (02:37)
  5. Iron Maiden - The Trooper (04:12)
  6. Sentenced - 08 - The Trooper (03:19)
  7. Cattle Decapitation - Forced Gender Reassignment (03:53)
  8. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane (04:18)
  9. BRYK - The Fray (03:21)
  10. Alestorm - 06 Fucked With An Anchor (03:27)
  11. Children of Bodom - Silent Night, Bodom Night (03:12)
  12. THE AGONIST - Thank You Pain (03:44)
  13. BRYK - Burn Inside (04:13)
  14. Lego's Lost Project - Sultans of Swing Metal (05:09)
  15. Children of Bodom - Oops I Dit It Again (03:18)
  16. BRYK - Blink Of An Eye (03:48)
  17. Chastisement - My Father (05:16)
  18. Lacuna Coil - Anima Nera (02:27)
  19. Lacuna Coil - Sword of Anger (03:55)
  20. LACUNA COIL - Reckless (03:16)
  21. LACUNA COIL - Layers Of Time (04:07)
  22. Lacuna Coil - Apocalypse (04:17)
  23. Lacuna Coil - Now Or Never (04:41)
  24. Lacuna Coil - Under the Surface (04:14)
  25. Lacuna Coil - Veneficium (06:11)
  26. Lacuna Coil - The End Is All I Can See (04:16)
  27. Lacuna Coil - Save Me (04:36)
  28. Lacuna Coil - Black Anima (03:23)
  29. Lacuna Coil - Black Feathers (Bonus track) (04:11)
  30. Lacuna Coil - Through the Flames (Bonus track) (05:30)
  31. Lacuna Coil - Black Dried Up Heart (Bonus track) (03:48)

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Ladies' Night Playlist ~ 2019.12.04


Playlist


  1. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel (03:27)
  2. Billy Joel - Piano Man (05:41)
  3. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (02:08)
  4. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (04:55)
  5. Elton John - Tiny Dancer (06:01)
  6. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son (02:19)
  7. The Police - The Police - Every Breath You Take (03:55)
  8. Bryan Adams - Bryan Adams - Summer of 69 (03:41)
  9. Boston - Boston - More Than A Feeling (04:46)
  10. AC/DC - AC/DC - Back In Black (Official Video) (04:14)
  11. Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer (04:09)
  12. John Lennon - John Lennon - Imagine (03:31)
  13. Queen - Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Official Video) (06:06)
  14. Survivor - Survivor - Eye Of The Tiger (04:10)
  15. Gov't Mule - Beautifully Broken (03:58)
  16. Aerosmith - I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (04:54)
  17. Guns N' Roses - Guns N' Roses - Welcome To The Jungle (04:39)
  18. Exodus - Exodus - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (03:49)
  19. Azazeel - Hotel California (05:52)
  20. Eric Clapton & Wynton Marsalis - Layla (00:40)
  21. Bill Medley, Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time Of My Life (04:42)
  22. Belinda Carlisle - Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth (04:03)
  23. Connie Vannett - The Pussy Cat Song (02:37)
  24. James Brown - I Feel Good (02:56)
  25. Kingston Trio - Kingston Trio-Merry Minuet (02:48)

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Metal Mayhem Playlist ~ 2019.11.30


Playlist


  1. Paradise Lost - One Second (03:32)
  2. Savatage - Dead Winter Dead - 12 - Christmas Eve (03:24)
  3. Leaves' Eyes - Scarborough Fair (04:04)
  4. Lego's Lost Project - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Metal (03:15)
  5. Theatre Of Tragedy - Theatre Of Tragedy - You Keep Me Hanging On (04:02)
  6. Jonathan Young - Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (02:33)
  7. Dethklok - Into the Water (04:20)
  8. Control Denied - When The Link Becomes Missing (05:17)
  9. Lego's Lost Project - Jingle Bell Metal (01:18)
  10. Darkwell - Hope Unborn (04:36)
  11. Dethklok - Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle (01:14)
  12. Lego's Lost Project - The Power Metal (03:47)
  13. 04 - August Burns Red – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (02:50)
  14. Sonata Arctica - Christmas Spirits (07:06)
  15. In Flames - Ordinary Story (04:16)
  16. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - O Holy Night (02:39)
  17. Kamelot - Parting Visions (05:03)
  18. Grave - Bloodtrail (04:05)
  19. Helix - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree ★°•.☆ Helix (Metal Version) HD (02:07)
  20. Shape Of Despair - The Distant Dream Of Life (05:53)
  21. King Diamond - King Diamond- No Presents For Christmas (04:20)
  22. Be'lakor - Aspect (05:51)
  23. Forgotten Tales - Forgotten Tales - Deadly Grasp (04:14)
  24. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wish Liszt (Toy Shop Madness) (03:42)
  25. October Tide - Custodian of Science (07:34)
  26. AETHERIAN - Dark Earth (07:35)
  27. Axenstar - Axenstar - The Cross We Bear (05:44)
  28. Twisted Sister - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (03:37)
  29. Korpiklaani - Korpiklaani - Shaman Drum (04:57)
  30. Jarkko Ahola - Valkea Joulu (White Christmas) (05:21)
  31. Skiltron - Skiltron - Tartan's March + By Sword and Shield (07:34)
  32. Amorphis - Amorphis - Vulgar Necrolatry (03:58)
  33. Amon Amarth - Victorious March (07:56)
  34. Doro - Merry Metal X-Mas (03:05)
  35. EPICA - EPICA - Universal Love Squad (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) (04:23)
  36. Reality Suite - Reality Suite - DEAD TO ME - (Official Music Video) (04:36)
  37. Ensiferum - Windrider (05:40)
  38. Conquest - Frozen Sky (04:54)
  39. Apocalyptica feat. Lacey - Apocalyptica feat. Lacey - Broken Pieces (Official Video) (03:54)
  40. Tales Of Evening - Tales Of Evening - Káprázat (Official Music Video) (04:09)

Friday, 29 November 2019

Working in a Sweatshop Wonderland (Parody)


Here's a little something I wrote to kick off the Yule season!
 

Working in a Sweatshop Wonderland 

Gone away is a fair wage.

Here to stay, is a slave wage.

We work through the dawn,

Till we collapse on the lawn.

Working in a sweatshop wonderland.



The assembly line is where they keep us

So that we can package all the toys.

I’m pretty sure that OSHEA would be furious.

If they weren’t paid so well by good ol’ boys.



Before Long, We’ll perspire.

And we never can retire.

Until that big day

While we’re slaving away,

We drop dead in our sweatshop wonderland.



Then the life insurance that they gave us

Will be all that we have left to show.

But there’s something they forgot to tell us

The beneficiary is the CEO

© 2010 Khaos WolfKat

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Metal Mayhem X Playlist ~ 2019.11.28


Featured Album
 
Steel Panther
Heavy Metal Rules
Release Date: September 27, 2019

Playlist


  1. SERENITY - The Final Crusade (Official Lyric Video) | Napalm Records (05:37)
  2. Primal Fear - Tears Of Rage (06:48)
  3. BEAST IN BLACK - Blind And Frozen (05:16)
  4. Andre Matos - Back To You (04:13)
  5. Sonata Arctica - 01. Shamandalie (04:00)
  6. Dream Theater - The Root Of All Evil (08:39)
  7. Amorphis - Amorphis - Privilege Of Evil (03:50)
  8. Battle Beast - Piece of Me (03:39)
  9. Geasa - Frozen Queen (05:45)
  10. Beast in Black - Hell for All Eternity (04:47)
  11. Steel Panther - All I Wanna Do is Fuck (Myself Tonight) (03:54)
  12. Steel Panther - Let's Get High Tonight (03:49)
  13. Steel Panther - Always Gonna Be A Ho - Official Video (04:41)
  14. Steel Panther - Zebraman (00:35)
  15. Steel Panther - I'm Not Your Bitch (04:04)
  16. Steel Panther - Fuck Everybody - Official Video (03:40)
  17. Steel Panther - Sneaky Little Bitch (04:28)
  18. Steel Panther - Heavy Metal Rules (03:47)
  19. Steel Panther - Gods of Pussy - Official Video (04:44)
  20. Steel Panther - I Ain't Buying What You're Selling (03:30)
  21. Black Majesty - End Of Time (04:38)
  22. Freedom Call - Freedom Call - Freedom Call (05:33)
  23. Sonata Arctica - Sonata Arctica - Weballergy (03:51)
  24. Masterplan - Masterplan - Crimson Rider Lyrics (03:59)

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Ladies' Night Playlist ~ 2019.11.27


Playlist


  1. FCTrack ( 1:15)
  2. Gaia Consort - Secret Voices (04:30)
  3. Gaia Consort - Secret of the Rain (04:27)
  4. Rumors of The Big Wave - Spirit in the Wasteland (03:51)
  5. Rumors of The Big Wave - Burning Times (05:47)
  6. Heather Alexander - Festival Wind - 02 - Broom of the Cowdenknowes (04:05)
  7. Siwsann George (Traditional) - Cân y Bugail (Son of the Goatherd) (02:12)
  8. Heather Alexander - Festival Wind - 10 - The Molecatcher (01:52)
  9. Nae Regrets - Pikeman's Dawn Battle (02:18)
  10. Nae Regrets - STB Closer set (06:15)
  11. Irish Descendants, The - Ramblin' Rover (03:19)
  12. Irish Descendants, The - Barrett's Privateers.mp3 (04:16)
  13. Another Irish Drinking Song by Da Vincis Notebook ( 3:57)
  14. Da Vinci's Notebook - The Gates (01:49)
  15. The Dubliners - The Sick Note (02:54)
  16. The Dubliners - Whiskey in the Jar (best version!!!) (03:01)
  17. Don P. Scobie/Scoby - 16 - Teribus set.wav (01:53)
  18. Don P. Scobie - 21 - Roots Music.wav (04:04)
  19. Brobdingnagian Bards - Donald Where's Your Trousers~Drunken Sailor Medely (03:51)
  20. Brobdingnagian Bards - Hobbit's Dance (02:38)
  21. Dublin City Ramblers - LIVERPOOL LOU (03:33)
  22. Dublin City Ramblers - Dirty Old Town (03:35)
  23. Paddy Reilly - Spancil Hill (03:15)
  24. Loreena Mckennitt - The Mummers' Dance (06:07)
  25. Loreena Mckennitt - The Highwayman (10:18)
  26. Enter The Haggis - The Barfly (05:24)
  27. Enter The Haggis - The Mexican Scotsman (15:04)
  28. Da Vinci's Notebook - Me Pants Fall Down (02:40)
  29. Da Vinci's Notebook - Enema Countdown (01:20)
  30. Da Vinci's Notebook - Internet Porn (02:48)
  31. Da Vinci's Notebook - What a Wonderful World (02:41)

Saturday, 23 November 2019

All Genre Bonus Show Playlist ~ 2019.11.23


Playlist


  1. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (04:53)
  2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (05:00)
  3. Guns N' Roses - Patience (05:56)
  4. Dire Straits & Eric Clapton - Sultans Of Swing (10:38)
  5. Hozier - From Eden (03:42)
  6. ZZ Top - Sharp Dressed Man (04:24)
  7. Ozzy Osbourne - Good Times (03:45)
  8. Whitesnake - Here I Go Again lyrics (04:37)
  9. Foreigner - Inside Information (04:12)
  10. King Missile - Detachable Penis (03:22)
  11. George Thorogood/Destroyers - You Can't Catch Me (03:46)
  12. Bryan Bowers - The Scotsman (02:27)
  13. Ray Stevens - Gitarzan (03:15)
  14. Other Guys, The - Kiss the Girl (03:07)
  15. Perpetuum Jazzile - Perpetuum Jazzile - Africa (06:17)
  16. Inside Out - Eye Of The Tiger (02:42)
  17. Rockapella - Dust in the Wind (03:18)
  18. Rockapella - Bohemian Rhapsody (05:36)
  19. Mightnight Idols - We Rule the Night (03:45)
  20. Falconer - The Clarion Call (05:47)
  21. Epica - Blank Infinity (04:01)
  22. Delain - Stardust (03:57)
  23. Nightwish - Dead Gardens (04:27)
  24. Demons and Wizards - Fiddler On The Green (05:56)
  25. Bal-Sagoth - Callisto Rising (04:31)
  26. HELLCATS - STEELRIDER (03:24)
  27. Lilith and the Knight - Fallen (03:29)
  28. ANCIENT OAK CONSORT - Eternal Clash (05:34)
  29. "Since I Fell for You" Lenny Welch ( 2:52)
  30. The Skyliners - Since I Don't Have You (02:40)
  31. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell (09:50)
  32. The Rolling Stones - Wild Horses (05:41)
  33. Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World (02:21)
  34. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (04:05)
  35. John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom [HQ] (04:20)
  36. Michael Jackson - Who Is It (06:35)
  37. Cry, Cry, Cry - Johnny Cash (03:05)

Metal Mayhem Playlist ~ 2019.11.23


Featured Album
Nile
Vile Nilotic Rites
Released 2019, November 1

Playlist


  1. Witch Mountain - Priceless Pain (04:04)
  2. OZZY OSBOURNE - "Straight To Hell" (03:45)
  3. Grave - Ridden With Belief (04:05)
  4. Gallows Hill - Lament of Immortality (07:43)
  5. Eternal Dirge - The Thresholds of Sensation (03:37)
  6. Lego's Lost Project - Down Under Metal (03:46)
  7. Lego's Lost Project - Truth Hurts Metal (03:06)
  8. Internal Bleeding - Anoited In Servitude(02) (04:25)
  9. Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden- Die With Your Boots On (05:25)
  10. Angel Dust - Bleed (04:39)
  11. Emperor - The Warriors Of Modern Death (05:00)
  12. Nile - Long Shadows of Dread (04:07)
  13. Nile - The Oxford Handbook of Savage Genocidal Warfare (03:09)
  14. Nile - Vile Nilotic Rites (03:28)
  15. Nile - Seven Horns of War (08:48)
  16. Nile - That Which Is Forbidden (05:36)
  17. Nile - Snake Pit Mating Frenzy (02:48)
  18. Nile - Revel in Their Suffering (05:44)
  19. Nile - Thus Sayeth the Parasites of the Mind (01:42)
  20. Nile - Where Is the Wrathful Sky (04:40)
  21. Nile - The Imperishable Stars Are Sickened (08:00)
  22. Nile - We Are Cursed (06:53)
  23. Keldian - Sundancer (04:32)
  24. 0018 - Elisa C.Martin & Marius Danielsen "Lost in a dream" (04:58)
  25. Sabaton - Metal Crue HQ (HD) + Lyrics (03:42)
  26. Freedom Call - Freedom Call - Freedom Call (05:33)
  27. Sonata Arctica - Sonata Arctica - Weballergy (03:51)
  28. Blazon Stone - Down in the Dark (official lyric video) (03:41)
  29. SkeleToon - Chasing Time (03:30)
  30. Altair - Flame of Knowledge (05:48)
  31. Space Unicorn on Fire - Broken Loose (04:32)
  32. Taberah - Taberah - Horizon (04:16)
  33. Fractal Gates - Fractal Gates - Faceless (Official Lyric Video) (04:59)
  34. AT THE GATES - AT THE GATES - Daggers Of Black Haze (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (04:44)
  35. AMORPHIS - AMORPHIS - Wrong Direction (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (04:52)

Post Black Friday Thankstaking & 🍽️Dinner🍗 ~ 2019



When:
Sunday, 15 December, 2019
 1300 ~ 1930
(1pm ~ 7:30pm)

Where: 
The Wolf Den ~ North Campus 
(If you don't know what that means, RSVP for more info. If you don't know how to get hold of me, you aren't invited, cause all my chosen fam has my contact info! Sorry Charlie!) 
What:
  • After you've made all the mandatory appearances, complete with attendant feuding, stress, awkwardness, giving thanks til it hurts, and that one really weird family member no one claims, then endured Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Ridiculous Tuesday*, untangling the %&^#*ing lights, chosen between assembling a faux foliage monstrosity or killing another precious tree, and  remembering where you put those leftover decorations you REALLY were going to put with the rest of them but never quite got round to it, come and join some of your chosen family for a low key, tasty dinner and whatever.
  • Enjoy playing games, watching cheesy holiday (or other) movies, and just  hang out.
  • If you can/would like to bring a dish or snack to share, that is AWESOME! Let me know, and I'll add it to the menu! 
  • Ingredients available on request - actual recipes if you ask really nicely. 
  • Wear whatever makes you happy and comfortable. Dress up if you like, don't if you don't like; It's all good!
  • This is an alcohol, illegal drug, and bigotry free gathering, so don't bring any of those here.
  • Edibles are fine as long as they are VERY clearly marked as such, so no one has a more magical than they wanted experience.  
  • Smoking (pot, cigars, anything legal) is allowed outside. There's a nice, covered, back patio with blankets and chairs. 
  • It's not a "safe space" or a PC gathering,  and there won't be content or trigger warnings. There might be terrible jokes, all kinds of "isms" discussed and/or mocked, and plenty of other horribleness. If you are too fragile to handle the mere mention of ... well, anything, you'd be more comfortable elsewhere. That doesn't mean being a douche to others is tolerated, but the "-ist police" aren't invited. 
  • If you don't like or are allergic to dogs, you may want to pass on this one. The dog lives here. You don't.  
  • Come for the whole thing or just for dinner. Just let me know which you are doing!

Timeline:
  • 1300 - Door unlocks (come on in! Knocking causes more barking), snacks, social, waiting for people to show up, etc. 
    • Arrival drinks and snacks 
      • Coffee ~ Organic, fair trade, shade grown, dark roast. 
      • Hot, mulled cherry-cranberry cider
      • Eggnog
      • Apricot, bacon, smoked, baked Brie
      • Cracker assortment
      • Cream cheese & olive stuffed celery
      • Devilled eggs
  • 1400 - Gaming and/or movies
  • 1600/1700 - Let the feasting begin! (and more movies?)
    • Dinner
      • Smoked turkey
      • Browned flour turkey gravy
      • Cornbread stuffing
      • Smoked, Seared, Cherry Merlot Pork Roast
      • Cranberry Pomegranate Wild Rice & Sausage Dressing
      •  Roasted maple bacon yams
      • Spinach parmesan casserole
      • Cranberry sauce 
    • Desserts
      • Pumpkin pie
      •  Cookies by bakedplushbakes (Telegram: t.me/bakedplushbakes)
        • Snickerdoodles
        • DoubleTree Cookie Copies 
        • Gummy Bear Sugar Cookies
  • 1830 - Everybody Go Away (unless you're helping clean up).
  • 1900 - No, really... We love you and enjoyed your visit. Now take your leftovers and GTFO!


*I might have made up "Ridiculous Tuesday".

Friday, 22 November 2019

Metal Mayhem X Playlist ~ 2019.11.21


Playlist


  1. Metallica - Metallica - Total Eclipse of the Heart (02:37)
  2. Battle Beast - Piece of Me (03:39)
  3. Cain's Offering - My Heart Beats For No One (04:35)
  4. Metallica - The End Of The Line (07:49)
  5. Beast in Black - Killed by Death (03:52)
  6. Awaken Solace - Moon over the Mountain (05:57)
  7. FOLLOW THE CIPHER - Enter The Cipher (06:18)
  8. Inner Core - Snowstorm (06:48)
  9. METALWINGS - There’s No Time (04:21)
  10. RAGE OF LIGHT - Judas (LADY GAGA METAL COVER) (05:01)
  11. METAPRISM - Carve The Stone (04:53)
  12. Lego's Lost Project - American Idiot Metal (03:32)
  13. Lego's Lost Project - Painkiller Cover (03:33)
  14. AC/DC - Highway to Hell (03:28)
  15. 02 - From Hell with Love (03:55)
  16. Rhapsody (of Fire) - Rhapsody (of Fire) - Dawn of Victory (04:44)
  17. AVANTASIA - Dying For An Angel (feat. Scorpions' Klaus Meine) (04:32)
  18. Nickelback - Figured You Out (03:47)
  19. Avantasia - Moonglow (feat. Candice Night) (03:56)
  20. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane (04:18)
  21. Sabaton Primo Victoria ( 4:18)
  22. Metallica - Enter Sandman (07:39)
  23. Metallica - Of Wolf and Man (04:18)
  24. Bon Jovi - Bon Jovi - It's My Life (04:27)
  25. Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me (Remastered) (04:27)
  26. Poison - Poison - Fallen Angel (03:55)
  27. ACDC - Thunderstruck (05:00)
  28. Lego's Lost Project - Thunderstruck Metal (04:34)
  29. Thunderstruck by StevenSeagulls LIVE ( 4: 6)
  30. Winterstorm - Winterstorm - The Final Rise (04:30)
  31. Asgard - Asgard - "The Age of Steel" (05:31)
  32. Guns N' Roses - November Rain (08:57)
  33. Kiss - Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Night (HD) (02:56)
  34. Alestorm - 06 Fucked With An Anchor (03:27)
  35. Bob Rivers - I Used to Rock and Roll All Night (02:15)
  36. Beverly Hills Cop Axel Foley theme METAL VERSION by Spectre d'Iapetus ( 2:32)
  37. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (05:55)
  38. Iron Mask - Iron Mask - Morgana's Castle (05:11)
  39. A Symphonic Metal Tribute to The Legend of Zelda (12:16)
  40. Great White - Once Bitten, Twice Shy (05:24)
  41. Halestorm - Here's To Us (02:57)
  42. Majesty - Majesty - Epic War (07:16)
  43. Gothic Knights - Hungry Like The Wolf (03:28)
  44. Sabaton - Sabaton - The Price Of A Mile (05:56)

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Ladies' Night Playlist ~ 2019.11.20


Playlist


  1. Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (03:30)
  2. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Runnin' Down A Dream (04:38)
  3. Crazy Frog - Crazy Frog - Axel F (02:53)
  4. The Police - Every Breath You Take (Remastered 2003) (03:55)
  5. Jonathan Young - The Police (METAL cover by Jonathan Young) (03:18)
  6. Gallows Hill - Mark of Samael (05:16)
  7. Jonathan Young - Thriller (03:53)
  8. Mr. Mister - Mr. Mister - Broken Wings (04:48)
  9. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (04:55)
  10. Savage Garden - Affirmation (04:57)
  11. Madonna - Crazy for You (03:45)
  12. Moxy Früvous - The Drinking Song (05:09)
  13. Nickel Creek - The Lighthouse's Tale (05:03)
  14. The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No.2) (03:45)
  15. Crowded House - Don't Dream It's Over (03:55)
  16. Howie Day - Collide (04:09)
  17. Eurythmics - Don't Ask Me Why (04:14)
  18. Robert Palmer - What's It Take? (03:28)
  19. Prince - Sign 'O' the Times (Unreleased Version) (02:50)
  20. Hall & Oates - Private Eyes (03:37)
  21. Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (04:53)
  22. Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine (02:08)
  23. Billy Joel - Billy Joel - The Longest Time (04:04)

Saturday, 16 November 2019

Metal Mayhem Playlist ~ 2019.11.16

Featured Album
No More Hollywood Endings
Battle Beast
Released 2019, March 22

Playlist


  1. 00 - Dj`Khaos Show Opener (extended) (01:49)
  2. After Forever - Black Tomb (06:26)
  3. Paradise Lost - Blood Of Another (04:01)
  4. Metallica - Fade to Black (06:57)
  5. CYNIC - Evolutionary (07:03)
  6. Lego's Lost Project - Peanut Butter Jelly Time Metal (02:28)
  7. Lego's Lost Project - Sweet But Psycho Metal (03:35)
  8. Demons and Wizards - The Gunslinger (05:15)
  9. Anthrax - Lone Justice (04:37)
  10. Lego's Lost Project - Billie Jean Metal (04:16)
  11. Dragonforce - Fury Of The Storm (06:46)
  12. Battle Beast - Unbroken (04:08)
  13. Battle Beast - No More Hollywood Endings (03:54)
  14. Battle Beast - Eden (04:00)
  15. Battle Beast - Unfairy Tales (03:33)
  16. Battle Beast - Endless Summer (03:37)
  17. Battle Beast - The Hero (04:13)
  18. Battle Beast - Piece of Me [Explicit] (03:39)
  19. Battle Beast - I Wish (04:26)
  20. Battle Beast - Raise Your Fists (06:10)
  21. Battle Beast - The Golden Horde (03:59)
  22. Battle Beast - World on Fire (04:03)
  23. Battle Beast - Bent and Broken (03:50)
  24. Battle Beast - My Last Dream (03:50)
  25. Battle Beast - Bent and Broken (03:50)
  26. Battle Beast - My Last Dream (03:50)
  27. TURISAS - Rasputin (03:56)
  28. Metallica - Master of Puppets (08:54)
  29. Andrew Wonders - Floating (02:42)
  30. Andrew Wonders - From the Withering Shadows (04:28)
  31. Chastisement - My Father (05:16)
  32. Einherjer - Odin Owns Ye All (04:34)
  33. Anacrusis - My Soul's Affliction (04:30)
  34. Emperor - With Strength I Burn (08:17)
  35. Scorpions - Rock You Like A Hurricane (04:18)
  36. Arch Enemy - Despicable Heroes (02:12)
  37. Nile - Seven Horns of War (08:48)

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Metal MayhemX Playlist ~ 2019.11.14


Playlist


  1. Nightwish - 7 Days To The Wolves (07:04)
  2. Running Wild - Under Jolly Roger (04:42)
  3. Blind Guardian - When Sorrow Sang (04:25)
  4. Nightrage - Futile Tears (05:18)
  5. Arch Enemy - Sinister Mephisto (05:45)
  6. Metallica - Motorbreath (03:22)
  7. Sonata Arctica - Flag In The Ground (04:08)
  8. Angra - Unfinished Allegro (01:12)
  9. Angra - Carry On (05:03)
  10. Megadeth - Mechanix (Remastered) (04:24)
  11. Metallica - The Four Horsemen (07:12)
  12. Motörhead - Ace of Spades (02:47)
  13. Lego's Lost Project - Ace of Spades Metal (02:52)
  14. FALCONER - Entering Eternity (05:14)
  15. Battle Beast - Unbroken (04:08)
  16. Arcturus - Wintry Grey (04:36)
  17. Nile - Thus Sayeth the Parasites of the Mind (01:42)
  18. Nine Lashes - Anthem of the Lonely (04:42)
  19. We As Human (feat. Lacey Sturm) - Take The Bullets Away (03:20)
  20. Asgard - "The Age of Steel" (05:31)
  21. Majesty - Epic War (07:16)
  22. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (02:49)
  23. Winterstorm - The Final Rise (04:30)
  24. Sabaton - The Price Of A Mile (05:56)
  25. Rhapsody (of Fire) - Dawn of Victory (04:44)

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Ladies' Night Playlist ~ 2019.11.13

Playlist


  1. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (04:33)
  2. Northern Kings - A View To Kill (Duran,Duran Cover) (05:18)
  3. Sonata Arctica - 04. Replica (04:54)
  4. Savatage - Streets - 01 - Streets (06:51)
  5. Nightwish - Creek Mary's Blood (08:29)
  6. Primal Fear - Tears Of Rage (06:48)
  7. RHAPSODY, TURILLI+LIONE - Origins (02:27)
  8. Sabaton - Devil Dogs (03:17)
  9. Van Canto - The Bard'S Song - In The Forest (03:08)
  10. Yannis Papadopoulos - Sahara (Vocal Cover) (05:49)
  11. Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song [Live] (04:11)
  12. BATTLE BEAST - Eden (04:13)
  13. Dismal Euphony - Psycho Path (04:03)
  14. BEAST IN BLACK - Blind And Frozen (05:16)
  15. Hammerfall - The Fallen One (04:19)
  16. Dismal Euphony - Psycho Path (04:03)
  17. Crematory - Tale (04:32)
  18. Hypocrisy - Planed Empty Sphere (04:18)
  19. Stratovarius - Years Go By (05:14)
  20. Pyogenesis - Emty Space (02:54)
  21. Lacuna Coil - To Myself I Turned (04:23)
  22. Sinner - The Sun Goes Down (06:12)
  23. Therion - Seawinds (04:22)
  24. Lacrimosa - Alleine Zu Zweit (04:15)

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Norwescon 43 Friday Afternoon High Protocol (Mad) Tea Social Menu

This is the menu for the event. Actual event details can be found here.
Several of the teas served are blends by the Friday Afternoon tea company. Be sure to stop by their booth in the Dealer Room to sample lots more of their delicious teas, and take some home with you!

Arrival drinks ~
  •   Tea ~ Very Good Advice

    Friday created this playfully fragrant herbal blend in honour of Alice. This brew brings you to the English garden of a young girl dreaming of adventure, and is perfect for preparing for the adventure to follow!
    (Ingredients: Lemon verbena, linden flower, lavender, lemongrass)
  • Coffee ~ Organic, fair trade, shade grown, dark roast. 
  • Ice water
  • (More to come ~ Stay tuned!)

First course ~ Savouries 
          
 Teas
  • Queen of Hearts Blend ~ Ceylon black tea, rosebud, rose hip and black peppercorns make this an unusual flowery and spicy blend.
Sumptuous Savouries
  • Queen of (Artichoke) Hearts' stuffed mushrooms ~ We don't know which side will make you tall or small, but all sides will make your mouth water! (crimini mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach, [additional ingredients to be added], parmesan cheese, butter)
  • White Rabbit's garlic blue cheese stuffed mushrooms - There's time to say goodbye hello to these flavourful fungi! (crimini mushrooms, blue cheese, smoked garlic, [additional ingredients to be added])
  • Open face curried chicken cucumber sandwiches  (GF, DF) ~ An exotic take on the classic, cucumber sandwich: Fresh cucumber slices, topped with curried cranberry chicken salad (curried chicken breast, cranberries, walnuts, organic leeks, and mayonnaise)
  •  Open face curried hummus cucumber sandwiches  (GF, DF, Vegan) ~ The vegan version of the above: Fresh cucumber slices, topped with curried cranberry hummus (curry hummus, walnuts, cranberries and organic leeks)
 Garden & Grain Tray
  • Baby carrots
  • Grapes
  • Tomato medley
  • Pita chips
  • Cracker assortment (GF options)
  • Ranch dip
  • Spinach artichoke dip
  • Hummus (GF, DF, Vegan)

Second Course ~ Scones & Breads

Teas
  • Wonderland Blend
    It's a mad tea party indeed, with this delightful infusion! Caffeine-free for all ages. Brews up a magical purple and is fabulous hot or iced!
       (Ingredients: Apple, blueberry, and hibiscus.)
  • Dorian Gray ~ Inspired by Friday's favourite Oscar Wilde novel, this blend is as dark, murky and exotic as the character after whom it is named. This one has been a big hit at every NWC Friday Afternoon Tea, thus far, and tastes a lot like drinking a cinnamon roll (in a good way)!
    (Ingredients: Pu-er black tea, gunpowder green tea, ginger root, blue cornflower)
 Toothsome Treats
  • Mad Hatter's Honey Whole Wheat Black Bread
  • Scones in a variety of flavours (GF options)
  • Silver Dollar Crumpets
  • All served with fresh, sweet cream butter, clotted cream, lemon curd, and apricot preserves

Third Course ~ Dessert

Teas
  • Satyr's Blend ~ This ridiculous blend is a bizarre combination of several herbal components, spices, and (whaaaaaat!) dark chocolate chunks! The scent of the dry leaf is wild, foresty and slightly spicy. When brewed, this tisane creates a fascinatingly smooth flavour profile.
    Ingredients: Rooibos, peppermint, chocolate, mate, rose, ginger, lime, peppercorn, clove
  • Cheshire Smile ~ Playful and delicious, this lemon meringue white tea blend will drive you mad with its heavenly aroma and mysterious colour-changing properties. Is it blue? Purple? Pink? Yes.
    (Ingredients: White tea, grapefruit peel, butterfly peaflower, hibiscus, natural vanilla and lemon flavouring)
 Delightful Desserts
  • Madly-made-to-order pancake cupcake teacakes, back by popular demand! ~ custom additions include: dark and/or milk chocolate chunks, dark chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, dark chocolate & mint M&M's, peanut butter cup chunks, walnuts, jams, and more TBA.
  • Dark chocolate covered pomegranate, açai blueberry, & almond bites (GF)
  • Lemon tea cookies

~ Dairy free creamer and sugar substitutes will be on hand. 

~ Gourmet coffee and ice water will be available in addition to or instead of teas.  

~ Please feel free to bring additional food and/or non-alcoholic drinks for yourself or to share, especially if you have special dietary needs/allergies.

~ Please do bear in mind that the snacks, whilst suitable for a light repast, are not meant to be a full meal, so it may be prudent to plan for a light meal shortly following or prior to the Tea.

Monday, 14 October 2019

Oktoberfest Ale Potato Cheese Soup

I love this time of year, when the oppressive heat of summer has faded into crisp mornings, with the scent of dry and mulching leaves and a hint of wood smoke carried on the brisk, autumn breezes. 
It's the perfect time for hearty soups and fresh, whole grain breads to warm body and soul on these chilly nights! 

So, the other day, we got a bunch of potatoes from my daughter, and I had this Black Butte Porter that I'd been wanting to use in my Ram copycat beer cheese soup, but I didn't have any bacon or ham thawed. What I did have thawed though, was a pack of German sausages. Then I realised, "Hey! It's October! I should make an Oktoberfest soup thing!"  And thus was born this recipe. It turned out absolutely delicious, filling, and perfect with a nice, crusty bread. Round it out with a nice, dark greens salad and you've got a spread worthy of any table!

Oktoberfest Ale Potato Cheese Soup

Yield: approx 6 quarts

Ingredients:
• 3 tbsp olive oil
• 2-4 cloves minced garlic
• 2-4 med onions onion, chopped or sliced
• 1 cup shredded or finely chopped red cabbage
• 1 lb smoked sausages cut into disks about 1/4" thick
• About 1/4 lb baby carrots or chopped regular carrots
• 1 tsp sea salt (more or less to taste)
• 2-3 tsp freshly ground black pepper or pepper medley (more or less to taste)
• 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
• 1tsp mustard powder
• 2 Tbsp each chicken and beef broth base
• 8 or so medium sized potatoes (any variety/ies) - chopped into bite sized pieces
• A pint of your favourite dark ale, porter, or stout
• 6 or so cups filtered water
• 1-2 Cups shredded, sharp cheddar
• 1/2 - 1 lb sour cream

Directions:
1. In a 6qt or larger pot, sauté onion, cabbage, and garlic in the oil until onions  start to turn transparent
Add sausage and continue sautéing a few minutes longer, until the sausages are slightly seared.
2. Add carrots, spices, and broth base and sauté a few minutes more (keep stirring - be sure to scrape bottom of pot regularly).
4. Add potatoes, ale, and enough water to reach just below the fill line/top of pot and give a good stir.(If using Instant pot, lock lid on with valve set to pressure and set it for 13 minutes on manual - let pressure release naturally for at least 10 minutes or so - then ok to manually release. Skip steps 5 & 6).
5. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
6. Reduce heat to low and simmer until potatoes and carrots are tender.
7. Add cheese and sour cream and stir in until smoothly combined.
8. Enjoy!