Isla de los Micos

Isla de los Micos, litteraly ‘Monkey Island’,  was created in the 60’s by Mike Tsalikys as a place for the monkeys and other reptiles to freely reproduce.

Very peculiar experience. The monkeys all weigh under 1Kg, and although the are all going to eat, they do nothing to attack humans. (I can only imagine holding a steak in front of a pack of hungry wolves).

Amazon

After finishing my practical service as Qm Sargeant, I took a couple weeks leave to visit some more exotic places. First stop was the Amazon, more specifically, Leticia.

Leticia alone is not such a special place, very similar to other Colombian cities next to large bodies of water (Sta. Marta, Baranquilla, Cartagena) but is very different in the amount of vegetation surrounding it.  Arriving by plane at LEticia, feels like you’re arriving someplace where mutated broccoli became gigantic.

It was a wonderful experience, the indigenous people are extremely kind, and the three bordering countries have a ‘no borders for tourism’ policy wich makes visiting this area that much easier/interesting/exotic.

Defiitely a place I hope to visit once again, hopefully for a longer duration than this visit.

 

Maybe you’ve been brainwashed too

This album disappointed me. While I have enjoyed some of the songs for a while now (Mother we just can’t get enough, You get what you give) the general mood of the album isn’t quite as upbeat.

I was aware that “You get what you give” was a one time hit for the band, however the overall result of the album seemed to reflect more a teenage band playing in a garage than the authors of such a hit.

This disappointment has not stopped me from listening to the album, and enjoy it.

 

Honey & Apple Vinegar Chicken

Part of a comptetition was to make something delicious and take a picture. Being competitive me, I decided to make not something delicious but a delicious menu.

Green Salad with Foie Gras
Apple & Rhubarb sauce
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Honey & Apple Vinegar Chicken
Cherry tomatoes
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Strawberry mousse

So, recipes:

1.  Green salad:

  • Put some lettuce leaves (preferably small) on a plate
  • Add a slice of spice bread in the middle
  • Cover half the bread with apple & rhubarb sauce (home made of course)
  • Put some Foie gras on the other half of the bread
  • Sprinkle with crushed walnuts and/or pistachios

2. Honey & Apple Vinegar Chicken

  • Mix 2 spoonfuls of apple vinegar with 2 spoonfuls of honey
  • Add 1 a spoonful of water to liquefy
  • Cut 3 chicken breasts into medallions and place over medium-low heat on a skillet for 3 minutes
  • Sprinkle the chicken with bear garlic
  • after three minutes are up turn the chicken over, aprinkle with bear garlic and leave for another 3 minutes
  • Drizlle with the honey-vinegar sauce and serve

3. Stawberry mousse

  • Purée 1Ib strawberries with the juice of 1 lemon
  • Beat 4 egg whites untill stiff
  • Beat 0.25l cream into the egg whites
  • Beat in the strawberries.
  • Prepare some gelatin (enough for approx 0.75l as you’ll want it to be fairly firm)
  • Mix in the gelatin, transfer to cups/molds and chill for at least 3 hours

 

Green salad Chicken Strawberry mousse
Green salad
Chicken
Strawberry mousse

Honey & Beer Chicken

Simple.
Elegant.
Classic.

The Honey & Beer Chicken.

Ingredients:

  • a beer (33cc or more depending on how much chicken you’re making)
    I used a small bottle of desperados
  • Honey (2 spoonfulls)
  • Veggies (preferably something not leafy)
    Diced
  • Soy sauce
  • Chicken (breasts, wings, legs, as you fancy)

Procedure:

  • Dice your veggies and put them in a pan
  • Add the beer to said pan
  • Mix in the honey, realize that it’s not much and add some more
  • Don’t forget to mix in some soy sauce and or mustard
  • Season with pepper.
  • Add the chicken
  • Close pan and place in preheated oven at 150° for 30 minutes.
  • Enjoy.

Note:

  • Whatever you do, do NOT forget the soy sauce, unless you want insipid chicken.
  • You can make small slits in the chicken so the meat absorbs some of the marinade.