Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Homestyle Food #2

As the bloating from Christmas subsides, I get over the fact I witnessed the first regular season loss for the Indianapolis Colts in nearly two seasons and we clock up 2350 miles in the car since our arrival in the US I figure it is time for another post.

The latest foods:
  • Pecan Pie (in fact all the pies)
  • Prime Rib (What do we call this in Aus?)
Well I am drawing a bit of a blank right now, but some of the dishes that I have served with some success over here have been:

  • Apricot Rissotto
  • Roast Lamb on a bed of cous cous with Moroccan Spices
  • Frenched Lamb Chops
  • Marinated Portabello Mushroom Steaks

Before I leave I still have to cook:

  • Apricot Chicken (and Risotto from the remaining sauce)
  • A stirfry (I am thinking Honey-Soy-Sesame sauce)
  • More Mushies.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Homestyle Food

As a bit of a record, I would like to note the great food that I have consumed here in the USA. I don't think I will comment on the Fast Food unless it is of particular greatness or rareness, but instead the homestyle dishes.

The favourites so far (along with a pledge to do something like this myself):
  • Slow Cooked Angus Roast - I will add a slow cooker to my wishlist
  • Creamy Mashed Potatoes - Mash them with an electric handwisk
  • Cornflake Potato Bake - Get this recipe!
  • Philly Cheescake Premix - Tell my Grandma, that the US don't even make this bit themselves
  • Cool Whip - apparently it is Sweet Substitute (also tell my Grandma)
I will be sure to keep you all updated

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It ain't so much better

Often I sit back home in Australia and wish that I was here in the USA. The main reasons for this yearning is that I want to be connected and use the technologies that are so readily available and at far more reasonable prices.

And I know that these advantages are somewhat dissolved by the lack of access to good health care... but what really gets my goat, is that I do get here with my unlocked technological device (iPhone) which is finally a device that can actually work inside and out of the USA and then I can't buy access to a network that will offer me the features of the phone. I am left with a basic phone which only gains the additional functionality when I wander through a WiFi hotspot. This is not the way it is meant to be.

At times prices may be lower, and the better competition is often cited but it is behaviours like this that show me the mercantile protectionism that still exists here. It is then that I realise those cheaper prices are provided on the back of the average Joe, who is often none the wiser.

I will happily take Australia, with her flaws.