Chilli Jam Recipe

Spring’s first super cheap produce hit the grocers last week, so over the weekend I went on a small cooking rampage, making roasted italian tomatos and chilli & onion jam.

chilli onion jam

Yes, we’ve almost gone through a jar of it in 2 days.

It’s based off this recipe, but the quantities have been changed drastically for my tastes:

8 red onions, sliced thinly
8 chillis, seeds removed if you don’t want it super spicy
8 garlic cloves

No pureeing either, and loads of extra olive oil added during the cooking process. This spicy goodness was strained off and used to start various other recipes over the weekend.


New Lens, it’s a Fishy Spy One

My birthday present from the Rachgirl finally arrived from Russia. It’s a Zenitar 16mm fisheye. Loads of fun.

Obligatory Dog Nose Fisheye Shot

Review on CDMotion, more pics on Flickr.


He’s your little dead buddy who sticks to walls

Yesterday something very traumatic happened in my office. Something so traumatic that only now am I able to write about it.

I was sitting in my air conditioned comfort when the air conditioner emitted a horrible CHUNKing sound, and the fan faltered. I looked up to see a gecko, tailless and hanging down from the edge of the air conditioner by its back feet. It didn’t look happy.

I eventually got him down onto some paper to be greeted by a rather grisly sight. A sight I don’t want to recount here but suffice to say that this gecko was going to die a slow and painful death. Geckos are some of my favourite little critters in the whole world. The air conditionier mangled the hell out of a poor little gecko.

The air conditioner must die!

Of course I couldn’t destroy the air conditioner in an act of firey and righteous retribution. Summer is coming and I really need that cold air. We have lots of geckos, and they’re always doing silly stuff like getting electrocuted in light sockets. This is the first time I’ve had to finish one of them off though, and it left me feeling wretched all afternoon.

I haven’t had to euthanise anything this morning, so that’s a bit promising, and now I’ve got a milo thickshake so everything is happy.

I mentioned last week that Harvey Danger’s new album “Little by Little” has been released for full, free download.

I’m really enjoying the track “little round mirrors”, but the album is a very solid offering throughout. Go download it if you like music.

In other news: Took the Rach to Tripod again on the weekend at the Sit Down Comedy Club. Twas fantastic as usual. Rach enjoyed this show much more than Tripod are Self Saucing. My cheek-cramps told me that both were equally enjoyable. Plenty of older material as well at this show, although not super old. They still haven’t ever played “Shandy Too Far” or “Ikea” at any live shows I’ve seen. So very sad. I need a better recording or “Lingering Dad” as well.