Wednesday, July 26, 2006

#77 Barcelona Ice Box

While we were in Barcelona we spotted this refrigerator in a shop window. It is painted in the Barcelona Football Club colours and is obviously intended for sale to some Cule (Barsa football club fan).

I looked on the Arsenal FC website and found a plastic drinking bottle for two quid and on the Chelsea FC site there were some Russian 'gold' medallions at various prices.

Being a bit of a Gooner I might have to get an Arsenal drinking bottle - just as cool as a fridge, eh?

#76 To the Fair

We went to the fair across the road.
We didn't ride the Bulls.
We didn't ride the Dodgems.
Someone did eat Chocolate Covered Churos!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

#75 Torneo de Squash - Clasificado Uno!

Thursday and Friday
we had another
Torneo de Squash at the
Centro Deportivo Ogisaka
in Dénia.

Me (in very sweaty T shirt),
organiser Arturo and Paco
(runner up) on the 'podium'.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

#74 HorseCop Chicago

Photo from the archives:
Policeman riding a horse in . . . Chicago!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

#73 Hot & Sour Prawn Curry

How I cook:

Hot & Sour Prawn Curry - You will need:
Frying Pan

Fresh or frozen Prawns (shown here fresh Langostinos)
Red Onion(s)
Chopped Tomato
Lump of Palm Sugar
Tamarind paste
Water (some)
Garam Masala Spices:
1tsp Black Pepper, 1tsp Clove, 1tsp cinnamon, 2tsp Cardamon, Bay leaves (alternatively buy ready made garam masala mix).
2tsp Cumin, salt to taste.
Sometimes I put in some fresh Chillies or 1tsp Chilli powder.

Make tamarind paste by soaking pulp (or buy ready made).
Fry onions a bit, then add garlic, then garam masala spices & cumin, then tomato.
5 minutes later add sugar and tamarind, then water.
Make a sloppy sauce.

Cook this sauce for 20 minutes - or more (the more the better).

Add prawns for a few minutes.
Garnish with fresh coriander serve with rice or dhal.

#72 "Die you filthy cigarette packet!"

. . . . or words to that effect.
Keep Barcelona Tidy advertising campaign

Sunday, July 16, 2006

#71 Back to Barça

. . . . or what we did at the weekend.

Friday: we drove up to Barcelona (5+ hours). Picked up Tom from work and carried on to Mataló to see a concert by Femi Kuti. Driving Nigerian Funk Rock.

Before the concert we went for tapas;
Calamares a la Romana, lots of home made Potato Croquettes, Pork Brochettes and Patatas Bravas - all good.

But *even better* was the cost of TWO BOTTLES of HOUSE WINE: 3.50 euros each! (If you think in your English Pounds, US, Canadian or even NZ Dollars, I can tell that 7 euros for two bottles is very, very cheap. Even in Indonesian Rupiahs they were a bargain!

Check the bill or ring them up at Can Pep if you don't believe me!

Saturday we walked around Barcelona. I took some photos of bottles of wine in a shop window and then Sally (in front of bottles of wine in a shop window).

Went for dinner in restaurant by the sea (not shown).
Ended up drinking mojitos in Leon's bar.
Pictured: Tom about to sample 7 euro (!) mojito.

Sunday: photo of my Vans shoes,
print design by Addict,
standing on Pavement Plaque
somewhere in Barcelona.

Then we drove back to Dénia. :-)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

#70 Correfoc - Run & Fire

Down our high street you can sometimes see; manic motorists, scary scooters, bulls out for a jog, paellas being cooked and (as shown here) Mad Max Fireworkers shooting out fire and sparks into a crowd of lunatics dancing to a drum and pipe band at 2am. All quite normal, really.

The Red Devil is on stilts, raining down sparks from a great height.
The band follows closely behind the fireworkers.
These days they don't start until the ambulance is in position . . . . . .

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

#69 Captain's Chicken Curry

How I cook:

Captain's Chicken Curry - you will need:
Frying pan with a lid and a blender.

Chicken thighs, onion, garlic, ginger, chili, paprika, cashew nuts, sultanas, cumin, clear vinegar or lime juice, salt & pepper, cup of water, oil or ghee.

Fry an onion on very low heat till brown, 15+ minutes?

. . . . in the mean time chop up:
2 or 3 garlic cloves
lump fresh ginger (peeled)
1 hot chili (de-seeded)
half tsp tumeric powder (not essential)
cumin powder (grind some seed for preference)
handful cashew nuts
handful sultanas

Add all the above to the cooked onion and fry for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a blender with a cup of water and blend to make a smoothish paste - make it quite wet and sloppy.

Dust the skinless chicken thighs with salt and pepper then fry for a few minutes each side. Dump the blended paste over the chicken, bring to boil, turn down to a simmer and cover. Cook on low heat for about 50 minutes, turn occasionally.

++ just before serving add tablespoon of clear vinegar or lime juice ++.

Top with chopped coriander and a sprinkle of sweet paprika.
Serve with rice or noodles or nan bread.

#68 Russians

St Petersburg, Russia, 1994.
One of these lads gave me his cap badge, I think his name was . . .
Vladímir something . . . . . 'Putin' seems to ring a bell . . ?

#67 Varieties of Paella

They are having a Paella Cooking competition in the high street (this man hasn't put his rice in yet). It does smell very good, especially with the wood smoke giving it that something extra

Mmm, Wood Smoke.

Monday, July 10, 2006

#66 Red Hot Chili Peppers

I bought these chili peppers in the big food market in Barcelona. 5 for a Euro. In England they are called Scotch Bonnets (Capsicum chinense) They are hot!

I put about a third of one in a Thai Fish Curry and that was enough.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

#65 Fish for Tea

. . . . . or Hommage à Captain Beefheart

I was a big Captain Beefheart fan and so I took this self portrait (above) and spoofed the Trout Mask Replica album cover (below).

I used a monkfish - didn't want to be accused of plagiarism, ha ha.

#64 Only in Spain!

No, its not Pamplona!

But it is Dénia's version of running with the bulls. During the fiesta of Bous a la Mar a few (not very macho) bulls jog down the high street as far as a 'bullring' by the sea. There the local lads do their best to taunt the bulls so that they charge and end up falling into the sea (boys and/or bulls).

Its a *bit* dangerous. The bulls do have horns (although the one with the bell looks suspiciously like an out of work cow). There are no 'Health and Safety' regulations here, however - so its all quite all right.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

#63 Puerta Mexicana

Carrie's front door when she was living in Guaymas, Mexico.
From a series of Other People's Front Doors

#62 Boulevard De L'Indépendance

I just bought (!) a CD.
Yes, paid with real euros (but with Tom's staff discount)
Toumani Diabate's Boulevard De L'Independance

If you liked this album you will also like:

Orchestra Baobab - Specialist in All Styles
Ry Cooder - Chavez Ravine
Ali Farka Touré - In the Heart of the Moon
V.M.Bhatt & Ry Cooder - Meeting by the River
Taj Mahal - Hula Blues
Manu Chao - Esperanza
. . . or perhaps Clandestino . . . ?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

#61 Somewhere in Barcelona

Tom´s Door - From a series of Other People's Front Doors

#60 InterRailing

A week flying, biking and railing in Switzerland and France

Tuesday: EasyJet flight from Madrid to Genevre, stayed the night in local FormulaOne hotel.

Wednesday: 100k ride round south side of Lac Leman via Thonon and Evian to Aigles. From Aigles took the mountain train up to Leysin.

Stayed with 'triathletes in training' Tim and Ben.

Thursday: hello to Lizbeth and AJ. Cooked curry for the gang - sorry chaps, chicken turned out a bit chewy :-(

Friday: 130km ride back round lake (north side) via Montreux and Lausanne, through Genevre and stopped in Viry

Nice ride from Viry to Aix les Bains, train to Grenoble, then back on bike to Vizille.

Sunday: Vizille to Villard Reculas - all *very* uphill. The last 10k is the back road to Alp d'Huez. Stayed in a gite next to Jimmy Riccitello who is running a camp for a group of American friends.

Monday: Cooked Chicken Tarragon for Jimmy and his mates while watching herd of goats munching local mountain.

Tuesday: Rode back down to Grenoble and 4 trains and 9 hours later ended up in Barcelona.

#59 Viva!

Hurray! Carrie arrives in Madrid