Music : Dark Buddha Rising

Sometimes it can seem like the music I listen to all stems from the 90’s and before. However I do at times jolt myself out of middle age nostalgia . One of the bands to have really grabbed my attention recently has been Finnish stoner / doom / drone / post Black metal outfit Dark…

Beer : From the Past

I love vintage strong beers. Last Feb I was given the amazing opportunity to drink a bottle of 1977 Bass Jubilee Ale with Stu. In November Tosh gave me a bottle of Ushers Celebration Ale , which was brewed in 1981 to celebrate the wedding of Charles and Diana. Ushers were a family brewer based…

Food : Beef Rendang

The smell of this slowcooked Indonesian beef curry is one of my favourite things, up there with the smell of Pho. I first had proper Rendang at a now closed Malasian Restaurant in Cuba St where we dined once and allowed the chef to choose the menu. I have been trying to make mine as…

Beer : No fun at all

Beer is meant to be fun. Everyone knows that . It’s an intrinsic part of beer. The beer writers tell us that as they attempt to steer the conversation down cheery beery lines. Beer is meant to be fun. The retailers tell us that as brighlty coloured , cartoon canned, fruit flavoured , alcoholic water…

Music : My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – Wax Trax! years

In the mid 90’s I was flicking through the Wellington City Library cd shelves when I stumbled upon an interesting looking album named Confessions of a Knife by the even more interestingly named group My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. My teenage metal head interest was sparked . I took out the album and…

Music : Virus 100 – in praise of covers

It seems to be all the rage to hate covers these days. I bloody love them. Or more specifically I love them when a band takes a song and warps its , molds it, transforms it to become something new. If no one hates it its probably not that good. In an age before digital…

Food : Masala Chops

For me this is the taste and smell of summer. Growing up in South Wellington these chops were always present at summer BBQ’s. This is not dainty or tidy food. You eat them with your hands, you will need a wet towel or a finger bowl afterwards. Real food, real mess, real yum. Ingredients –…

Food : Souvlaki Kebabs

I havent posted a recipe in a while. To be honest I often struggle to get excited about cooking in the summer. I end up having steak and salad or whatever and its not really anything to write about. I do however break out the BBQ more often which is always fun. A common recipe…

Beer, Music : Keep Beer Funky, Keep Music Evil

Keep Beer Funky , Keep Music Evil. It’s a bit of a motto for me. I once lived with a guy who had a badge with Keep Music Evil written on it. Ever since I have been taken with the line. Since I have added my thought on beer . Now I have designed a…