How to roast a pork in a wood fired oven you ask? Well this was my first attempt at roasting a pork in my wood fired pizza oven. I had seen pork cooked in a bakery oven in Cuba previously and I had cooked a few pigs on the spit but never in my pizza oven.
I have to admit, I don’t want to blow my own trumpet but it came out pretty damn good!
I do have a few guidelines that I’d like to share with you, this is based on my personal experience and on articles I read on other websites.
Kubaneando was held at the Spanish Centre on the 27th of September 2014.
All the greats were present for the Kubaneando fiesta- Dj Kubanito, Eric Turro, El Moro, Chukale, Romina Anaquin and yours truly “Mr Mojito” with his timbiriche. This one was a night to be remembered. I am almost certain that even those souped up on Mojitos would remember the spectacular dancing of El Moro and Romina Anaquin (see photos below), the soulstifying grooves of Chukale, and the ever so gargantuan presence of Dj Cubanito.
A cake in the shape of a domino with the Cuban flag decorated over it was up for grabs in the raffle. The theme was obviously Cuba – and even though there was a poor turnout for the Cuban Domino tournament, the Cuban Rum flowed in quantities, Cuban salsa was on the dance menu, Cuban Arroz Congri and bistek Cubano.
I had brought large quantities of organic mint and fresh limes from the garden, and the newly built timbiriche (beach kiosk/bungalow) was a great success!
Some of the guests came in a mini-bus from Northern New South Whales – they were here for the salsa workshop and also for my Mojitos!
The Kubaneando party was a great night. I had a blast, I am sure that next year will be even bigger!
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If you want to head out to Crow’s Nest, make sure you have alternative communication plans as mobile carrier towers are far and few in between – just like neighbours.
Crow’s Nest – Party, Paella and Pétanque – it was a milestone to be remembered and most of all, celebrated!! It was my brother’s quarter of a century celebration and Mum and Dad organised a traditional Spanish Paella. I brought my pétanque set so we could throw some balls around just for fun.
The drive from Brisbane takes around 1.5 hours if you drive via Esk (this was a recommendation from my brother) and it was very picturesque. The road was fine – until we reached Crow’s Nest, but we then had to drive about 5klm’s on a dirt road. The weather was also welcoming so we had no dramas.
If you want to head out to Crow’s Nest, make sure you have alternative communication plans as mobile carrier towers are far and few in between – just like neighbours. And there seems to be more cattle than humans out here, so you won’t feel lonely.
Mum made her trademark paella and everyone agreed it was delicious! It was great to spend the day out and away from the city. I imagine living in the country would be very relaxing (if you don’t have too many animals to take care of…)
Finally, I bought my brother a board game we used to play when we were younger – Stratego. But this is the new version – it’s called Stratego Transformers. You can play it normal style or with a Transformer Twist. I let my brother beat me this time as it was his birthday. Well done broski!
We had a great time and it was definitely worth the drive.
The Spanish Centre – La Feria de Abril 2014. It was the 12th of April 2014 and this typical Seville Festival was organised at the Spanish Centre, Acacia Ridge. It was a great success as Spanish foods including Jamon Serrano, Quesos and tapas (Patatas Bravas, Chorizo, Gambas al ajillo and more) were on display and available for purchase. There were also Vinos Tintos (Spanish Red Wines), Cervezas and Sangria to wash the food down with. The foosball table got a great work out and so did the dance floor.
But the highlight of the night was when the show started as 3 fiery and passionate Flamenco dancers came out and delivered a spectacular display of traditional Flamenco dancing and singing. Flamenco Del Mar (lead by Marina Tamayo) and their guitarist demonstrated vivid red coloured dresses, castañetas and classical Spanish guitar. They brought the entire club to their feet and stomping their heels, clapping their hands. The party got hot, real hot and it was time for another cerveza. Olé!!!
The Spanish Centre is a social club that promotes soccer, Spanish Foods, Spanish Drinks and other cultures. It is a not profit organisation located at 244 Mortimer Road, Acacia Ridge. The Spanish Centre can be contacted on (07) 3277 1612.
Vivid Sydney 2013 – I am not really sure how long the beautiful city of Sydney has been putting on the Vivid festival, but I’m so glad I managed to find myself right in the thick of it. It was a photographer’s paradise. Everywhere you turned, people had brought their DSLR’s, SLR’s, medium format camera’s, TLR’s, compact cameras, tripods, tablets and mobiles… Lucky for me, I’d brought two of my favourite lenses – my Minolta MC ROKKOR-PG 58mm f/1.2 and my ARAX Photex T&S 35mm f/2.8mm.
It was a light party and a feast for the eyes. A myriad, no wait – a googolplex! No, not quite… It was a million, billion, gazillion photons all thrown in a synchronised, cadenced, visual cacophony.
I do love coming to Sydney and seeing the Darling harbour and Circular Quay. Sydney in all of your grandiose glory you always impress me, but especially this time. I must thank you for really putting on truly memorable show. Hopefully, and fingers crossed, I will be able to make it to Vivid Festival 2014.
Ma’ look at all the pretty lights!
Vivid Sydney 2013
Puffin’ safety cones
The safety cones be smokin’!
Smoking cones – witches hats.
Planted light sabers
Touch the light.
I love the light reflection in her glasses.
Fluorescent light bulb made of fluorescent light bulbs.