Wednesday 29 April 2020

Music, Madness & Mayhem (Pipes+Celtic) ~ Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.29

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  1. Scottish National Pipe and Drum Corps and Military Band - Highland Laddie (01:16)
  2. Wicked Tinkers - Reel Jam (05:17)
  3. Wicked Tinkers - Wallop the Cat (01:25)
  4. Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band - The Steam Train to Mallaig (03:46)
  5. Western Australia Police Pipe Band - Steam Train to Mallaig (03:30)
  6. Don P. Scobie - Scotland The Brave set.wav (03:38)
  7. Enter the Haggis - Donald, Where's Yer Troosers (04:13)
  8. Nae Regrets - Pikeman's Dawn Battle (02:18)
  9. John Hiatt - Shredding The Document (04:02)
  10. The Mahones - Drunken Lazy Bastard (03:24)
  11. Sean Dunphy - Danny Boy (03:19)
  12. Big Country - Remembrance Day (04:33)
  13. Don P. Scobie - Roots Music.wav (04:04)
  14. Don P. Scobie - Setting A Course For Lewis.wav (01:48)
  15. Nae Regrets - Rocks & Bracken (03:55)
  16. The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards - Greensleeves (03:19)
  17. Celtic Women - Scarborough Fair (03:13)
  18. Celtic Women - You Raise Me Up (04:39)
  19. Celtica - Amazing Grace (02:29)
  20. Wicked Tinkers - I Will Go (05:00)
  21. Heather Alexander - Tomorrow I Leave for Battle (03:17)
  22. Heather Alexander - March of Cambreadth (04:47)
  23. Heather Alexander - Courage Knows No Bounds (03:01)
  24. Leroy Nolwenn - Tri Martolod (03:09)
  25. Metal Cambra - Tri Martolod (05:01)
  26. *Artist Unknown - BABY SHARK ON THE BAGPIPES (00:57)
  27. Enter the Haggis - The Mexican Scotsman (15:04)
  28. Brobdingnagian Bards - The Scotsman Unbound (Dance Remix) (03:22)
  29. GRAVE DIGGER - Highland Farewell (04:11)
  30. Celtica – Pipes Rock! - Bagpipe Rock Band (03:42)

Monday 27 April 2020

Recipe ~ Kitchen Scrap Stratarole: v1.0

 So, with the COVID19 pandemic, times are getting tougher for lots of us, and many folks may just find themselves visiting the food bank/pantry for the first  time ever, or for the first time in many years. 
That's been the case for me recently, as there just isn't as much of the freelance, work from home earning that has been my mainstay for the last several years available, now that the entire world is doing it!

One of the things you get a LOT of at the food bank is bread and other baked goods. I mean, a LOT of bready things! A while back, I posted a thing about saving your stale, flopped, meh, and extra baked goods for the World's Best Bread Pudding, and variations thereof. I had planned on adding a lot more of the variations I listed and some I hadn't yet listed as future posts, but just hadn't really gotten round to it, for reasons. 
Well, at week two of going back to the local food bank in order to keep us fed a healthy diet, I realised I needed to do something with all this bread. It is nowhere near the level of insanity as the great bagel explosion described in that original post, but this house is smaller, so is the household, and it would only be a matter of time before it got to that level if I didn't do something right away. 

Because of social distancing and contact restrictions, there is no opportunity to say, "No, thank you", on parts of the food offerings. You stay in your cars in lines, like at the ferry, pull up when its your turn, there's a pre-packed box of stuff per household that you load in, and you go away.

Which means finding a use for everything they give you, because, at least in this house, we do not waste things! Period. Not negotiable. 

Example of not wasting - this is lettuce stalks that are too woody and tough to be good in salads, but it's GREAT used the same way you'd use broccoli and similar! Here's the post I wrote on that

So, I was looking for inspiration on the internet to round out my "savoury bread pudding" ideas, and lo and behold, what do I discover? Strata! What a great idea! Except... It calls for a lot of extra steps and careful layering, which is all fine and good if you're using only pre sliced bread and processed lunchmeats and other things of that nature, for which most recipes called. NOPE! Too much hassle, too restrictive with the type and amount of stuff that can get effectively mixed in, and besides, when have I ever just made a recipe exactly as-is, without getting creative?? (once in a blue moon and rarely twice in a row) 

The recipe does call for a dozen eggs, but bear in mind that this is enough food to make 10-15 individual meals, and eggs are very cheap. 
(I've actually been trading my excess lettuce and herb harvests for excess eggs with a friend who has chickens. We both get farm to table food for almost free! It's awesome!)
Not to mention the fact that many of you, dear readers, are more beginner cooks, and would likely rather dispense with all the fancy presentation and just get some tasty, affordable, attainable food on the table, thank you very much! 

So, I took the overall ratios, played around with them a little to make it thriftier and healthier, and went to town. Or - well - specifically did NOT go to town. Or anywhere. That's the whole point of this stay at home order thingy, after all!

Note that this recipe is for a really huge batch. It makes 10-15 meal size servings, so it will feed a pretty large family/group, and/or provide several meals worth of leftovers to portion, seal, and freeze for later. It freezes and reheats VERY nicely, and is great for when you haven't got time or energy to cook, but still want to dish up a tasty, nutrition packed, home cooked meal!

There are two versions of the recipe that I made for two different weeks, mostly with whatever I had lying around needing to be used up. 

 Here's the first one. 

Do remember that this is just the add-ins that I used, because it's what I had available. You can substitute out pretty much anything, as long as you have the bread product, eggs, and some kind of liquid (it doesn't HAVE to be dairy). Cheese does definitely help pull it together and I think it tastes lots better, but YMMV. Use the guidelines and get creative!

Kitchen Scrap Stratarole v1.0

(To scale up or down, just remember: 1 part milk + 1 part eggs + 1 part cheese + 2 parts bread + up to 2 parts (after pre-cooking veggies) optional add-ins

    • 1 bag stale bagels (1 lb)
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 cup shredded cheddar
    1/2 cup cut up processed, American style, "Swiss" cheese
    • About 2 cups chopped up lettuce stems
    • 5 large stalks kale, roughly chopped
    • 4 mini, red, yellow & orange bell peppers, sliced
    • 2 small onions, sliced
    • 1 bunch asparagus , chopped
    • 1+ cup sliced carrots
    • 1/4 cup kernel corn
    • 1 lb fresh spinach
    • 2-3 sprigs fresh parsley
    • 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme
    • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
    • 3-4 sprigs fresh oregano, finely chopped
    • 12 eggs
    • 4 spare egg yolks (leftover from a cake that used egg whites only)
    • 2ish cups milk
    • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
    • Generous dusting of paprika (maybe 1tsp?)
    • About 2 tsp salt
    • A lot of black pepper (Like at least 2-3 Tbs, total)
    • Brown ground beef in large, cast iron Dutch oven, seasoning generously with black pepper.
    • Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon and set aside, leaving grease in pan
    • Saute vegetables (not the herbs) in reserved grease until mostly tender, and those with high water content (like spinach) are reduced to typical, fully cooked state
    • Remove from heat
    • Tear bagels into 1-2 inch or so pieces and add to pan
    • Place meat back in pan, along with processed "Swiss" cheese and most of cheddar, and toss until all mixed up fairly evenly
    • In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk eggs until well beaten, then whisk in milk, salt, pepper, and herbs until fully combined
    • Pour egg mixture evenly over bread mixture and mix up to coat all the bread. Squishing everything down a few times during mixing helps the bread soak up the egg mixture.
    • Top with remaining cheddar cheese and parmesan, and sprinkle liberally with a dusting of paprika
    • Bake at 350°F for about an hour to an hour and 1/2, until it is nicely puffed up and golden brown on top (No need to preheat - the egg mixture will soak into the bread more whilst the oven heats to temp)
    • Let rest for at least 10 minutes, ideally 20-30, so it can finish setting up before serving.

Mmmmmmm! Look at that! And yes, it is at least as tasty as it looks!

Saturday 25 April 2020

Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.25

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Today's show was almost 6 hours of Metal Mayhem, with lots of listener participation and awesome requests! Way to go, you guys!

Featured Full Album
Human. : || : Nature.
By: Nightwish

Released: April 10, 2020

Label: Nuclear Blast


  1. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (04:33)
  2. Jonathan Young - Do You Want to Build a Snowman? (02:33)
  3. Lego's Lost Project - Hot Stuff Metal (03:30)
  4. Bullet for My Valentine - Scream Aim Fire (04:27)
  5. Avenged Sevenfold - Eternal Rest (05:12)
  6. Manowar - Master of Revenge (01:33)
  7. Avantasia - Avantasia - Wastelands (Michael Kiske) (04:38)
  8. Dan Vasc - Wastelands (04:42)
  9. Battle Beast - My Last Dream (03:50)
  10. Blind Guardian - Tanelorn (Into The Void) (05:58)
  11. Beast in Black - Unlimited Sin (03:34)
  12. Black Majesty - End Of Time (04:38)
  13. Black Sabbath - Children of the Sea (2008 Remaster) (05:34)
  14. Nightwish - Music (07:30)
  15. Nightwish - Noise (05:55)
  16. Nightwish - Shoemaker (05:20)
  17. Nightwish - Harvest (05:13)
  18. Nightwish - Pan (05:18)
  19. Nightwish - How's The Heart (05:02)
  20. Nightwish - Procession (05:34)
  21. Nightwish - Tribal (03:57)
  22. Nightwish - Endlessness (07:12)
  23. Nightwish - Vista ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (03:59)
  24. Nightwish - The Blue ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (03:35)
  25. Nightwish - The Green ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (04:42)
  26. Nightwish - Moors ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (04:44)
  27. Nightwish - Aurorae ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (02:07)
  28. Nightwish - Quiet as the Snow ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (04:05)
  29. Nightwish - Anthropocene ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (03:05)
  30. Nightwish - Ad Astra ( All the Works of Nature Which Adorn the World) (04:41)
  31. Nightwish - Where Were You Last Night (03:52)
  32. Sick N' Beautiful - Megalomaniacal (03:31)
  33. Charetta - _Lights Out_ Charetta Music (03:08)
  34. ARCANE RITUAL - Entwined in Starlight (06:34)
  35. Thanatos - The Howling (02:38)
  36. Therion - Asgård (05:03)
  37. Melechesh - Planetary Rites (04:53)
  38. Symfonia - Forevermore (05:31)
  39. Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - Dark Fate Of Atlantis (06:29)
  40. Stratovarius - Speed of Light (03:03)
  41. Demons and Wizards - Blood On My Hands (04:44)
  42. Dark Fortress - In Deepest Time (05:16)
  43. Myrath - Monster In My Closet (04:49)
  44. TÝR - Hold The Heathen Hammer High (04:54)
  45. Einherjer - Odin Owns Ye All (04:34)
  46. HammerFall - Let The Hammer Fall (04:16)
  47. Blind Guardian - The Bard's Song [Live] (04:11)
  48. Dan Vasc - The Bard_s Song (03:28)
  49. Van Canto - The Bard'S Song - In The Forest (03:08)
  50. Kiss - Rock'n Roll All Night (HD) (02:56)
  51. Bob Rivers - I Used to Rock and Roll All Night (02:15)
  52. Virgin Steele - The Bread Of Wickedness (03:12)
  53. Blackbriar - Until Eternity (Official Music Video) (05:24)
  54. Tiamat - The Sun Also Rises (05:06)
  55. Bloodbound - Sweet Dreams Of Madness (04:34)
  56. Rock Sugar - Don't Stop The Sandman (05:05)
  57. The HU - Wolf Totem (05:38)
  58. Blind Guardian - Nightfall (05:34)
  59. Godesses of Bagpipes - Shipping Up To Boston Enter Sandman - Bagpipe Cover (03:55)
  60. Dol Amroth - To Make A New Thermopylae (05:01)
  61. Satyricon - Forhekset (04:30)
  62. Wax Audio - Full Metal Jackson (02:51)
  63. RATT vs. Marvin Gaye - “I Heard it Round and Round the Grapevine” (03:51)
  64. Wax Audio - Sad But Superstitious (Stevie Wonder vs Metallica Mashup) (04:39)
  65. HAMMERFALL ft. Noora Louhimo - Second to One (04:08)
  66. Arcturus - Wintry Grey (04:36)
  67. Emperor - Thus Spake the Nightspirit (04:30)
  68. Samael - Black Trip (03:21)
  69. AMARANTHE - 'Do Or Die' Feat. Angela Gossow (04:37)
  70. Einherjer - Naar Hammerem Heves (05:21)
  71. Rotting Christ - Coronation of the Serpent (04:06)

Friday 24 April 2020

Metal Mayhem X Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.23

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Featured Full Album
All You Can Eat
By: Steel Panther

April 1, 2014
Label Open E Music, via Kobalt Label Services.


  1. Agordas - The Hanging Tree (From the Hunger Games - Epic Metal Version) (07:54)
  2. All That Remains - The Thunder Rolls (04:27)
  3. Waylander - Born to the Fight (03:05)
  4. Cruachan - Born for War The Rise of Brian Boru (05:54)
  5. Korpiklaani - Mother Earth (04:36)
  6. Skiltron - Bagpipes of War (04:57)
  7. Bloodbound - Sweet Dreams Of Madness (04:34)
  8. Kamelot - March of Mephisto (Album Version) (05:28)
  9. Within Temptation - Grenade (Bruno Mars Cover) (03:41)
  10. Anthrax - I'm the Man [Extremely Def, Ill, Uncensored, Live Version] (04:39)
  11. Cradle of Filth - Gilded Cunt (04:07)
  12. Steel Panther - Bukakke Tears (From All You Can Eat) (04:47)
  13. Steel Panther - Gangbang At The Old Folks Home (From All You Can Eat) (03:47)
  14. Steel Panther - Ten Strikes You're Out (From All You Can Eat) (03:24)
  15. Steel Panther - The Burden of Being Wonderful (03:34)
  16. Steel Panther - Pussywhipped (04:41)
  17. Steel Panther - Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World (Explicit) (05:17)
  18. Steel Panther - Gloryhole (Explicit) (04:36)
  19. Steel Panther - F@#king My Heart In The Ass (From All You Can Eat) (04:14)
  20. Steel Panther - BVS (From All You Can Eat) (03:58)
  21. Steel Panther - You're Beautiful When You Don't Talk (From All You Can Eat) (03:48)
  22. Steel Panther - If I Was King (From All You Can Eat) (03:43)
  23. Steel Panther - She's On The Rag (All You Can Eat) (03:50)
  24. Amaru - Hungry Like The Wolf (04:01)
  25. Richard Cheese - Cannibal Corpse Lounge Music(Explicit) (02:16)
  26. Azazeel - Hotel California (05:52)
  27. Dan Vasc - Wastelands (04:42)
  28. Delain - Burning Bridges (04:46)
  29. Darkwell - Metatron (04:40)
  30. Haggard - From Deep Within (00:26)
  31. Death - Zero Tolerance (04:50)
  32. Kamelot - Black Tower (04:06)
  33. Ayreon - Beyond The Last Horizon (07:15)
  34. Belphegor - In Blood - Devour This Sanctity (05:31)
  35. Liv Kristine - You Take Me Higher (03:37)
  36. Nightingale - Atlantis Rising (05:30)
  37. Samael - Jupiterian Vibe (03:23)

Wednesday 22 April 2020

Music, Madness & Mayhem ~ Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.22

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  1. Eric Clapton - Layla (08:01)
  2. Dio - Holy Diver (04:40)
  3. Melodicka Bros - MAD WORLD (Metal/Rock Cover) (05:24)
  4. Accept - Restless and Wild (04:12)
  5. Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive (1977) (04:02)
  6. Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It (2016 Remaster) (03:38)
  7. Dethklok - Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle (01:14)
  8. Queen - Under Pressure (04:13)
  9. Rush - YYZ (Exit Stage Left 1981) LIVE (07:41)
  10. Within Temptation - The Reckoning feat. Jacoby Shaddix (04:09)
  11. Nightwish - Nemo (04:35)
  12. Korn - Twisted Transistor (Clean) (04:12)
  13. Korn - A.D.I.D.A.S. (Clean) (02:34)
  14. Pearl Jam - Black (05:42)
  15. Type O Negative - Cinnamon Girl (Extended Depression Mix) (03:55)
  16. Lynard Skynard - Free Bird (10:08)

Saturday 18 April 2020

Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.18

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  1. Billy Idol - Cradle Of Love (Remastered) (05:22)
  2. Lego's Lost Project - Blame It On The Boogie (akustisk) (03:15)
  3. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer music and lyrics (04:28)
  4. Lego's Lost Project - Cemetary Gates akustisk (05:04)
  5. Rob Scallon - Holy Wars ft. Frog Leap Studios (02:26)
  6. Lego's Lost Project - Metal Medley 4 (02:40)
  7. Lego's Lost Project - Mr. Brownstone akustisk (02:54)
  8. Fight Fire With Banjo ( 4:45)

  1. Pantera - Walk (05:15)
  2. Vermicide Violence - Coronaviscerated (04:43)
  3. Anthrax - Madhouse (04:19)
  4. Anacrusis - A Screaming Breath (04:19)
  5. Megadeth - Megadeth - Trust (05:11)
  6. Leo Moracchioli - Applause Metal (03:53)
  7. Dan Vasc - Kickstart My Heart (04:42)
  8. Metallica - Creeping Death (06:36)
  9. Rock Sugar - We Will Kickstart Your Rhapsody (05:45)
  10. "Weird Al" Yankovic - I'll Sue Ya (03:51)
  11. Nanowar Of Steel - The Number Of The Bitch (04:28)
  12. Sentenced - Keep my grave open (03:53)
  13. Paradise Lost - Say Just Words (04:02)
  14. Paradise Lost - Hands Of Reason (03:58)
  15. Yngwie Malmsteen & Tim "Ripper" Owens - Mr. Crowley (04:55)
  16. Odes of Ecstasy - The Floating City Of Sun (04:45)
  17. Sentenced - White Wedding (03:27)
  18. Sentenced - 08 - The Trooper (03:19)
  19. ARMAGEDDON - Cry Of Fate (05:07)
  20. Atreyu - Deanne the Arsonist (03:41)
  21. Bal-Sagoth - The Ghosts of Angkor Wat (02:26)
  22. Avantasia - The Story Ain't Over (feat. Bob Catley, Amanda Somerville) (04:59)
  23. Battle Beast - Endless Summer (03:37)
  24. Battle Beast - Unfairy Tales (03:33)
  25. Barren Earth - Barren Earth / Ere All Perish (05:52)
  26. Styx - Man In The Wilderness (Live) (06:01)
  27. Unleash The Archers - General Of The Dark Army (07:56)
  28. Iron Mask - When All Braves Fall (05:41)
  29. Ensiferum - Ahti (04:01)
  30. Anthriel - Chains of the Past (13:48)
  31. Hamka - Seventh Sea's Sky (07:06)
  32. Icewind - Signs of Temptation (04:54)
  33. Old Man's Child - Soul Possessed (04:05)
  34. Exhumed - Limb From Limb (02:33)
  35. Amorphis - The Way (04:37)
  36. Nile - Serpent Headed Mask (02:16)

Friday 17 April 2020

Metal Mayhem X Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.16

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  1. Dan Vasc - The Wolven Storm (Priscilla's Song) (03:44)
  2. Dan Vasc - Kickstart My Heart (04:42)
  3. Dethklok - Duncan Hills Coffee Jingle (01:14)
  4. CUBOT Records, Weltwärts - Stay The Fuck At Home Covid-19 Poem (Metal Version) (02:11)
  5. Hammerfall - The Fallen One (04:19)
  6. Primal Fear - Tears Of Rage (06:48)
  7. Sinergy - Razor Blade Salvation (05:00)
  8. 19 Metal Remix ???? ( 1:36)
  9. Pellek - PART OF YOUR WORLD (Metal Cover) (02:37)
  10. Dethklok - Murmaider (03:24)
  11. Stratovarius - Years Go By (05:14)
  12. Nevermore - Sound of Silence (05:14)
  13. Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence (04:19)
  14. Demons & Wizards - Demons & Wizards - The Trooper (03:59)
  15. Emperor - Sworn (04:29)
  16. The Iron Maidens - The Trooper (Cover) (04:12)
  17. MASHUP - Beat It Trooper Iron Maiden vs Michael Jackson (04:16)
  18. Pyogenesis - Emty Space (02:54)
  19. Dismal Euphony - Psycho Path (04:03)
  20. Powerglove - The Flintstones (04:12)
  21. Adagio - Fame (04:02)
  22. After forever - who wants to live forever (Queen cover) (05:01)
  23. August Burns Red - Baby One More Time (Britney Spears Cover) (03:13)
  24. Children of Bodom - Jessie's girl (02:58)
  25. Diablo - Diablo (03:45)
  26. DragonForce - Ring of Fire (cover) (03:14)
  27. Highlander: The Source | Princes of the Universe - John Sloman (04:12)
  28. Lacuna Coil - To Myself I Turned (04:23)
  29. Therion - Seawinds (04:22)
  30. Leo Moracchioli - The Bad Touch [Metal Cover] (04:07)
  31. Angra - Unfinished Allegro (01:12)
  32. Angra - Carry On (05:03)
  33. Blind Guardian - The Dwarves Soundtrack (05:03)
  34. Beast in Black - Unlimited Sin (03:34)
  35. Cain's Offering - Antemortem (05:20)
  36. Crematory - Tale (04:32)
  37. Carnifex - Entombed Monarch (03:44)
  38. Dethklok - Thunderhorse (02:45)
  39. Hypocrisy - Planed Empty Sphere (04:18)
  40. Dark Fortress - Pulling at Threads (03:12)
  41. Black Majesty - God Of War (05:05)
  42. ALIEN WEAPONRY - Kai Tangata (07:16)

Thursday 16 April 2020

Music, Madness & Mayhem ~ Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.15

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  1. Guns 'N roses - Sweet Child of Mine (05:56)
  2. Accept - Balls to the Wall (04:28)
  3. Great White - Once Bitten, Twice Shy (05:24)
  4. Bonnie Tyler - Holding Out for a Hero (03:35)
  5. Heart - Alone (04:02)
  6. Accept - Pleasure And Pain (03:54)
  7. The Police - The Police - Message In A Bottle (04:06)
  9. Machine Head - Machine Head - Message In A Bottle (03:35)
  10. Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes (04:08)
  11. Dream Theater - Take Away My Pain (06:02)
  12. Within Temptation - Stand My Ground (04:30)
  13. El De Barge - Rythym of the Night (05:42)
  14. Cindy Lauper - Time After Time (04:02)
  15. Villagers of Ioannina City - Father Sun (08:38)
  16. Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting For You (04:05)
  17. Dream Theater - Pull Me Under (08:13)
  18. Weird Al Yankovic - White & Nerdy (02:51)
  19. Men Without Hats - The Safety Dance (02:44)
  20. Accept - Princess Of The Dawn (06:17)
  21. R.E.M. - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) (04:05)
  22. Tom Lehrer - Poisoning Pigeons in the Park (02:09)
  23. Tom Lehrer - Masochism Tango (02:56)

Wednesday 15 April 2020

Getting the most out of your lettuce harvest!

So, as you already know, if you've been reading this blog much at all, I started growing my own food with a couple AeroGarden setups last December. I have gone from some seeds/seed pods and water to a kitchen that looks kinda like a jungle with all the potted plants (from transplanting) everywhere as well as the AeroGardens, and it's ALL edible, and in many cases, also medicinal. Which is awesome, but isn't really what this post is about.

This is, specifically, regarding my lettuces, which, by now, I have divided and regrown countless times. I went from 6 pods initially to... I don't even know now. I have lettuce everywhere. 

Seriously, just today I harvested about 2.5 POUNDS of lettuce leaves, cause even though I still had about 1/2 pound left in the fridge (and I eat a LOT of salad), it had gotten tall and big enough to interfere with the grow lights and keep new leaves from growing properly! 
There's still enough left on the plants that I could make another huge salad just with another harvest, but I can also let them grow just fine for another few days or so before I have to prune any more. 

That is a freaking LOT of lettuce! 
I have enough excess now that I can start trading my extra salad greens with a friend who keeps chickens, for fresh eggs. How awesome is that!? (It's pretty dang awesome!)

Anyway, initially, I was thinking the harvest "season" for them was going to be a lot shorter than it is, because that is what everyone said, including the AeroGarden folks. Well, I've already had about double the "expected" harvest season, but I still thought I was going to need to "retire" some of the plants pretty soon. Here's why. 

At a certain point, the lettuce starts to bolt, no matter how well and faithfully you've been pruning. The stalks start getting taller and more woody, and you still have a decent amount of leaves, but you also have the lettuces trying to flower, and you've got a lot more thick stems that are just too tough to enjoy in a salad, even if you chop them up pretty well. So, in terms of growing "real estate", if you have a limited area in which to grow all that you are going to grow, you end up with more by-product than it's worth to keep the plants growing, rather than starting new plants, which are almost exclusively tasty, tender, lettuce leaves. 
As it turns out, these stems and flower buds are totally usable in anything where you'd use broccoli stems, carrots, thicker asparagus, etc. 
Like the awesome "stratarole" that is in the oven as I type this. 

Also great chopped up and roasted with root veggies or Brussels sprouts, tossed in stir frys, minced finely into soups, sauces (like spaghetti sauce), or anywhere else you want to sneak in some extra leafy green veggie nutrition. 

And, speaking of nutrition, get this; The stalks and stems often have an even higher concentration - up to double for certain nutrients, like vitamin C - of the vitamins and minerals found in the leaves! 

The flavour of the stalks is generally going to be similar to the leaf flavour profile, and may be a little bitter, owing to lactucarium - the milky, white sap that is produced in this phase of growing (which also has medicinal properties, as a mild sedative and analgesic, in sufficient quantities). It's perfectly edible and not at all harmful, but you could rinse it off if you wanted to. I never bother. Once the stalks are cooked and even lightly seasoned, it's not at all noticeable, and even less so cooked along with other ingredients. 

The leaves you get from these stalks are going to tend to be a bit more bitter than when the plant was younger, but as long as you're mixing them in with your younger lettuces, it isn't at all unpleasant. You may not be as prone to want to munch them directly from the stalk as you harvest, like the more tender leaves, if you prefer only sweeter lettuces, but they will still be a super tasty addition to your salads too. 

To keep harvesting the stalks and leaves, just use sharp scissors or small pruners and cut the stalks right off, as far down as you feel like. Just make sure there is still some budding leave growth showing below the cut, and it will be all good. Strip the leaves off and put with the rest of your leaves, and store the stems like you would store broccoli or asparagus. 

I suppose there may be a point at which even this extended harvest ends, but it's been four months, and I have yet to find it. I'll update when/if I discover it. 

Enjoy your new cooking vegetables, and please feel free to comment or contact me with any new recipes or uses you find with it!

Saturday 11 April 2020

Metal Mayhem Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.11

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  1. Guns N' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle (04:33)
  2. 00 - Dj`Khaos Show Opener (extended) (01:49)
  3. Megadeth - Megadeth - Architecture of Aggression (03:34)
  4. Metallica - Trapped Under Ice (04:04)
  5. Pantera - Walk (05:15)
  6. Anthrax - I Am The Law (05:54)
  7. Neuraxis - Mutiny (03:57)
  8. The Ravenous - Three On a Meathook (04:38)
  9. Time Machine - Army of the Dead (05:00)
  10. Reckon With One - Paradise Lies (06:02)
  11. Obscurant - Ending Life (03:33)
  12. Paul Chain - Sactuary Life (04:08)
  13. Horfixion - Minefield (03:04)
  14. Lego's Lost Project - Blinding Lights Metal (04:00)
  15. Cephalic Carnage - Observer To The Obliteration Of Planet Earth (03:12)
  16. Amorphis - The Way (04:37)
  17. Origin - Disease Called Man (02:51)
  18. Morigon - Canticle (06:42)
  19. Lego's Lost Project - Jump Metal (02:54)
  20. Sentenced - Bleed (03:32)
  21. Samael - Mask of the Red Death (04:28)
  22. The Gathering - Eleanor (06:36)
  23. HammerFall - My Sharona (03:57)
  24. Iced Earth - Jack (04:13)
  25. Lego's Lost Project - Thriller Metal (05:16)
  26. Jag Panzer - Take to the Sky (05:29)
  27. The Last Journey Home 2020 ( 8:11)
  28. Angra - Fireworks (06:21)
  29. Dol Amroth - To Make A New Thermopylae (05:01)
  30. Carnal Forge - Covered With Fire (I'm Hell) (04:00)
  31. PowerWorld - I Died In Your Arms (04:21)
  32. Godesses of Bagpipes - Shipping Up To Boston Enter Sandman - Bagpipe Cover (03:55)
  33. Stratovarius - Destiny (10:13)
  34. Spaulding - Careless Whispers (Wham) - Metal Cover (04:15)
  35. The Hamster Dance Power Metal Cover ( 1:14)
  36. Wax Audio - Full Metal Jackson (02:51)
  37. Wax Audio - Sad But Superstitious (Stevie Wonder vs Metallica Mashup) (04:39)

Friday 10 April 2020

Metal Mayhem X Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.09

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  1. Sonata Arctica - Letter To Dana (06:00)
  2. Unleash The Archers - Dawn Of Ages (04:41)
  3. Primal Fear - Demons And Angels (05:34)
  4. EQUILIBRIUM - Der Ewige Sieg (04:31)
  5. BLIND GUARDIAN - Twilight Of The Gods (05:11)
  6. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (06:20)
  7. Steel Panther - Community Property (03:38)
  8. HAMMERFALL - Last Man Standing (03:58)
  9. Helloween - I Want Out (1988) (04:44)
  10. Nanowar Of Steel - King (04:03)
  11. Nanowar Of Steel - Power Of The Power Pt. 2 (Potentia Magni Gladi COBETAM) (01:35)
  12. Iron Fire - Legend Of The Magic Sword (04:23)
  13. Aquaria - And Let The Show Begin (07:30)
  14. BLIND GUARDIAN - Another Stranger Me (03:53)
  15. Stormwarrior - Metal Legacy (04:21)
  16. Luca Turilli - Black Realms' Majesty (04:32)
  17. EDGUY - Return to the tribe (05:59)
  18. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath "The Wizard" (04:25)
  19. Demons & Wizards - White Room (05:00)
  20. AMARANTHE - 'Do Or Die' Feat. Angela Gossow (04:37)
  21. Lyria - Hard to Believe (04:26)
  22. ANTHOLOGY - The Revenge of Angels (05:04)
  23. Nightwish - Amaranth (04:16)
  24. PHANTOM ELITE - Lockdown (04:39)
  25. Inner Core - SNOWSTORM (06:48)
  26. Kingfisher Sky - Golden Thrones (04:18)
  27. Kane'd - Invidia (04:01)
  28. Crownless - Prophecy (04:04)
  29. Liv Kristine - Streets of Philadelphia (03:19)
  30. Sick N' Beautiful - New Witch 666 (Sneak Peek) (04:37)
  31. Celesty - Reign Of Elements (04:41)
  32. Angel Dust - Follow Me Pt.1 (04:30)
  33. Mägo de Oz - El Señor De Los Gramillos (04:59)
  34. Dan Vasc - Wish I Had An Angel (04:04)
  35. Black Majesty - End Of Time (04:38)
  36. Falconer - I Refuse (04:34)

Thursday 9 April 2020

A properly stocked kitchen is the first step to a well stocked larder (every day preps)

(Updated 2023.01.05)

The title of the post really says it all. 

I've been told so many times, by so many people, when talking about being prepared for whatever comes along, "I wouldn't even know where to begin!", and so I finally decided to tackle that question with a post.

So, I started to write a post about how to build a well stocked larder.

It wasn't long before I realised that I had gotten way ahead of myself. 

You can't well use the contents of even the most generously stocked larder if it is not supported by a good foundation of the essential basics.

It turns out I was coming from the starting point of presupposing that "everybody" has certain things on hand in their kitchen or pantry. 
That just isn't true anymore, and most people who are saying, "Where do I even start?", are not coming from that place.

Let's face it. Most people in modern times are not coming from that place!

More and more these days, people don't cook. Folks order take out,  go out to eat, or eat fast food and pre-packaged meals. 
Even when most people say they "cook", what they really mean is that they take a box or a can from the shelf, or a package from the freezer, and heat it up, maybe even in the oven or on the stove, or, if they are feeling really ambitious, the packaging will have different components that need to be prepared, packets added, water, or some milk and butter stirred in, or they use meal kits, that come with exact amounts of everything they need to make a single meal. 
Articles that offer dinner recipes ready in an hour or less are almost completely out of fashion, because who has time to spend more than 20 minutes, TOPS on dinner! If you can't get it done faster than delivery can get it done, why bother?

Well, now is the time that many of us are realising just how much we, as a society, have come to rely on and take for granted being able to just stop and grab dinner on the way home every day, or otherwise have immediate and pretty much round the clock access to whatever we want, when we want it. 
Now, a month or more into some level or another of "lockdown" for most of the Western world, and just starting to gradually ease out of such restrictions in some parts of the world, many people are tired of living on ramen and other instant foods, or maybe they just can't get them, because the stores are still out of them. 

Either way, more people than ever in the last couple decades or more are cooking all or most of their meals at home, and, for many, it is a frightening foray deep into the unknown. 

I actually remember a time before there were microwaves - and , therefore, microwave meals, food delivery other than pizza or Chinese (and then only in  more populated areas, usually near a big city), 24 hour grocery stores, meal kits, or many of the other things that are simply common place today, and most people ate dinner at home, that was cooked from scratch at home, the majority of the time, but that is "ancient history" to a lot of you. Yes, brontosaurus burgers were very tasty. Thank you for asking!

So! On to the basic things you need to have on hand in your kitchen in order to make a meal from just about anything - or even just from those things, in times of desperation. 

  I'm listing them in order of importance, so if you are on a REALLY tight budget, you know what things to prioritise and buy first. 

Please note that ALL of this assumes you have a source of potable water. If you don't have water, you won't need to worry about food, because dehydration will get you far faster than hunger. It doesn't even have to be bottled water from the store, if your municipal water is safe to drink! Just fill some empty milk jugs, soda/juice bottles, or whatever sealing containers you have with tap water and keep them on hand. Bottled water is further down on the list, but still included as an essential to get in your pantry or stored somewhere in your home when you are able.

1. Oil/Fat (vegetable oil, coconut oil, lard, bacon grease, shortening, butter, ghee... any kind of fat will do.)
2. Flour
3. Salt (Note: If you only have one kind of salt on hand, it should be iodized salt, for the necessary nutrients it contains.) 

These first three items are the most crucial, and, along with some water, can provide you with at least basic sustenance for far longer than you might think. We're talking weeks or more here. No lie.

Yeah, you are going to get unhealthy eventually, you won't be running any marathons, and you'll get really tired of it, but you won't starve. And with minimal add ins - whatever scraps or bits of pretty much anything, you can turn a few, random bits of things into an actual meal that will make whatever you have stretch as much as it needs to.

With nothing but flour, oil, salt, and water, you can make:

Fried dough/biscuits
Dumplings (no oil needed)
Sourdough starter and bread
Pasta (The linked recipe calls for olive oil, but ANY oil or fat will do)
Roux (the base for many sauces and gravies) and, with that, a simple gravy for your breads or sauce for your pasta.
pie crust
Hardtack (extremely long lasting survival bread rations)
And surely some other things that I am forgetting. Add in sugar and baking soda or powder to that, and the list more than quadruples!
But before we get to those extras, lets move on to a higher priority item...

4. Dry Beans

These are next on the list because they are a valuable source of protein and other nutrients that will help give you energy and keep you going, so you are able to function better and longer. 

Beans are pretty versatile too. You can make them sweet or savoury, and, depending on what spices or other things you toss in, can be cuisine from pretty much ANY part of the world! Even without extra stuff to put in it though, other than some salt, they will provide nutrition and calories, and can keep you going a lot longer than just the flour based stuff.

5. Milk Powder

Typical powdered milk, unless you get Peak milk, or similar higher end milk powder, admittedly does not taste very good for drinking, but it DOES provide calcium, vitamin D, protein, and other nutrients we get from dairy. 

This one is especially important if you have children in the home, but adults need dairy too; women more so than men. Besides the nutritional value, this also expands your food options a lot. 

With milk, you can turn your roux into white sauce to put on your pasta, or white gravy, AKA country gravy. You can add the milk powder into breads for texture, flavour, and extra nutrition, add it into beans/soups/etc to make them into a creamy dish. You can even use the hardtack recipe, rolled out thinner and cut smaller, to make cereal - hot or cold.

6. Sugar

Once you add sugar into the mix, you can sweeten things, and also speed up the process of culturing yeast for your bread. It's also good for adding some calories and quick energy to things.

7. Baking Soda
8. Baking Powder

These open up your baking quite a bit, as they provide leavening to things. So now you can add quick breads, biscuits, pancakes, and more.

9. Pepper

It is amazing what a difference in taste you can get with just adding some pepper to things! Other spices are great too, but if you can only get one type per shopping trip, start with pepper.

10. Spices/dried herbs

What and how many spices you decide to keep on hand is completely up to you, but I encourage building up your spice cabinet a lot, even if it is only one new thing per month! With different seasoning, you can turn even the simple fare with only the items above into a great variety of different, tasty dishes.

11. Dried veggie mix

This keeps pretty much forever, and will add lots more nutrition to your diet, along with more taste, texture, and variety, and will help keep you from getting scurvy. (NOT a joke!) One pound of dried veg mix will last a long time, takes up very little space/weight, and at under $12.00(USD), It's cheaper per prepared pound than canned stuff, which isn't as good, weighs more, and takes up a lot more space.

12. Rice

Don't get the instant/minute stuff! It doesn't keep as well, doesn't taste as good, has a weird texture, and costs a lot more per pound. Go with regular old rice. If you're getting long grain, parboiled is fine, just as long as it is ONLY parboiled. It's not really a survival NEED, but it's a very good way to make meals more diverse on the cheap, plus most rice you buy is enriched with minerals and other nutrients. It doesn't matter what kind(s) you get. Pick your favourite. Or get a few kinds and find your favourite. I keep several varieties on hand, cause I use them for different things. If I HAD to stick to only one, I'd go with basmati, but that's just me.

13. Peanut butter

A good source of quick protein, flavouring agent (mix into a basic roux and toss with pasta and a couple soy sauce packets - instant faux Thai noodles, or add into pancakes or biscuits for a whole new treat, for instance), sandwich filler, etc.

14. Steel cut oats

Rolled oats are ok, if you must, or if they are what the food pantry gives you, but they don't store quite as long and have less nutrition and texture. Again, not a dire need, but expands your options exponentially. Home-made granola, anyone? The main ingredient is oats!  

15. Bottled Water
16. Canned Goods 

Of course, different varieties of a lot of these things are ideal to have on hand, but start simple and work up from there. 
If you can afford to stock up right away on bulk amounts of everything on the list, great! It saves more money in the long run. 
If you can't, start with a 10 lb bag of flour, a big-ish bottle of oil, and one of the big, pour spout cans of store brand salt, and add more from the list as you can, and start making things with them! 

Now, don't just keep it around for emergencies! 
Make these staples part of your regular routine. Cook at least one meal from scratch, or close to it per week.
Start by making something WITHOUT shopping for specific ingredients. You can do this!
Look in your fridge and cabinets and see what you have, and do an internet search for ingredients on hand recipes. 
Get used to cooking with your staples and what you have on hand, as well as trying out recipes that sound good (there are lots on this blog!), or making things you already know how to prepare.
 Get familiar with your kitchen and get comfortable figuring out what goes well together. 
Before you know it, you will be inventing all kinds of cheap, nutritious, and delicious new dishes (Write them down for when people taste them and beg you for the recipe!), and you'll be much better prepared for life's curveballs, and well on your way to building that well stocked larder, now that you have a good foundation!

For those who are in a lot more dire straits than others, or who find yourselves using the food bank or other food assistance program for the first time; Most food banks/pantries can help you with these staple items if you don't already have them and you ask, even if they aren't giving them out in the regular bags/boxes, and having those on hand will make it so much easier to make the regular, weekly items go much farther and turn into delicious meals, rather than random packages of stuff. 
The vast majority of my recipe inventions that make their way into this blog were a result of using whatever was on hand, on sale, in my bargain box of "imperfect foods" or from the food bank, so I can tell you without a doubt that you can make great meals with almost anything and almost nothing!

Saturday 4 April 2020

Metal Mayhem (+bonus 2 hours) Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.04

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  1. Manowar - Kingdom Come (03:59)
  2. Dark Forest - The Awakening (07:15)
  3. Sonata Arctica - Kingdom For A Heart (03:53)
  4. Masterplan - Crimson Rider (03:59)
  5. Blind Guardian - Theatre of Pain (04:17)
  6. Rhapsody - Wisdom Of The Kings (04:28)
  7. FIREWIND - Mercenary Man (03:28)
  8. Alestorm - Wolves of the Sea - Piratas del Caribe/Pirates of the Caribbean (03:31)
  9. AVANTASIA - Lost In Space (03:48)
  10. Primal Fear - Demons And Angels (05:34)
  11. Dan Vasc - The Last Journey Home 2020 (08:11)
  12. Dan Vasc - The Wolven Storm (Priscilla's Song) (03:44)
  13. Dan Vasc - Here I Go Again (03:56)
  14. Lego's Lost Project - Dont Start Now Metal (04:06)
  15. Emperor - Thus Spake the Nightspirit (04:30)
  16. Old Man's Child - Soul Possessed (04:05)
  17. Satyricon - Forhekset (04:30)
  18. Borknagar - The Dawn of the End (05:06)
  19. Katatonia - Murder (04:54)
  20. Arcturus - Wintry Grey (04:36)
  21. Elf Power - After a Releasing Death/Castle of No Repair (Pt. 2) (05:02)
  22. Einherjer - Naar Hammerem Heves (05:21)
  23. Rotting Christ - Coronation of the Serpent (04:06)
  24. Sacramentum - Black Destiny (04:30)
  25. Ulver - Hymn I (06:18)
  26. Samael - Black Trip (03:21)
  27. Mayhem - Necrolust (03:48)
  28. Tiamat - Ancient Entity (06:20)
  29. Opeth - Nectar (10:07)
  30. Witchery - Witchery (03:04)
  31. Hecate Enthroned - Thy Sorrow Bequeathed (03:26)
  32. Prophanity - Awaiting the Valkyries Arrival (04:39)
  33. Opeth - The Amen Corner (08:45)
  34. Primordial - Autumn's Ablaze (08:16)
  35. Myrkskog - A Polgnant Scenario of Death (05:28)
  36. Usurper - Dismal Wings of Terror (04:40)
  37. Thorns - The Disipline of Earth (07:40)
  38. Emperor - Decrystallizing Reason (06:21)
  39. Odium - Towards the Forest (05:39)
  40. Misfortune - The Prophecy (04:09)
  41. Ashes - Sons of Mouring (02:51)
  42. Eric Cartman singing "Come Sail Away ( 5:13)
  43. Elvis Presley & Cartman - In The Ghetto.MPG (04:02)
  44. Cover Band (Metallica Sound Alike) - Monster Mash (04:55)
  45. Cartman sings pop songs ( 2: 6)
  46. Pirates of the Caribbean Full Metal Band Version ( 6:11)
  47. Eric Cartman - Poker Face (Rock Band Version, HQ digitally recorded) (03:35)
  48. Heat of the moment South Park ( 1:52)
  49. Gloria Gaynor vs Metallica - One Will Survive YITT mashup (03:19)
  50. Lady Gaga vs Behemoth - Ov Fire And Bad Romance (04:57)
  51. MASHUP - Beat It Trooper Iron Maiden vs Michael Jackson (04:16)
  52. Metallica vs Run DMC (Enter Sandman vs Tricky mash - Metallica vs Run DMC (Enter Sandman vs Tricky mash-up) (03:45)
  53. Nine Inch Nails vs Skid Row Hair Metal Mashup ( 3:21)
  54. Raining Blood Country Roads - A SlayerJohn Denver Mashup (02:58)
  55. RATT vs. Marvin Gaye - “I Heard it Round and Round the Grapevine” (03:51)
  56. Wax Audio - Stayin in Black (The Bee Gees vs  ACDC Mashup) ( 4: 2)
  57. Wax Audio - Sad But Superstitious (Stevie Wonder vs Metallica Mashup) (04:39)

Thursday 2 April 2020

Music, Madness & Mayhem ~ Playlist & Recorded Show ~ 2020.04.01

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  1. AC/DC - Highway to Hell (from Live at River Plate) (04:44)
  2. ZZ Top - La Grange (03:48)
  3. Queen - We Will Rock You (02:14)
  4. George Michael - Careless Whisper (05:01)
  5. Lionel Richie - All Night Long (03:47)
  6. Kool & The Gang - Celebration (04:18)
  7. Joe Esposito - You're The Best Around (Karate Kid soundtrack) (03:41)
  8. The Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star (04:13)
  9. Culture Club - Karma Chameleon (03:55)
  10. Abba - Voulez-Vous (04:12)
  11. Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me (06:27)
  12. Cutting Crew - (I Just) Died In Your Arms (04:32)
  13. Madonna - La Isla Bonita (04:01)
  14. Ellen Foley - We Belong To The Night (05:21)
  15. Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive (03:17)
  16. Redbone - The Witch Queen Of New Orleans (02:55)
  17. Thompson Twins - Thompson Twins - "Doctor Doctor" (04:38)
  18. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama (04:45)
  19. Paul Riser;The Temptations - Papa Was A Rollin' Stone (06:52)
  20. Asia - Heat of the Moment - Asia - With lyrics (03:55)
  21. The Police - The Police - Don't Stand So Close To Me (03:52)
  22. Mat Best and Tim Montana - Quarantine (03:16)
  23. Bon Jovi - Living On A Prayer music and lyrics (04:28)
  24. Cinderella - Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone) (05:50)
  25. Lita Ford & Ozzy Osborne - Close My Eyes Forever (04:36)