Category Archives: Stuff I don’t know much about but rave on about anyway

Cooking Brisket

Cooking brisket is a bit of an art. I have tried unsuccessfully a number of times to get it right. Yesterday I nailed it. Was the best brisket Ive ever had, and I made it myself!

First I got the nice fatty brisket up to room temperature and then rubbed a black pepper sauce on it. Then ground some black pepper, sea flakes, brown sugar and some cayenne pepper.

Now a low smoke in the offset smoker. Temperature around 100 degrees for about 6 hours. Fatty side down, and the fatter part of the brisket pointing to the firebox. But not too close.

The beef should look dark brown, but not black.

Now I wrapped in in about three layers of foil. But not before pouring some liquid into the parcel. I used some pork stock that had ginger beer in it. At the same as the brisket was cooking I was also slow cooking some pork shoulder. So the juice was superb. But you can use beer, wine, or any stock. Wrap it up so its properly sealed. It must be sealed so the moisture stays within. This is vital.

Then I stuck in back in the smoker for another 4 to six hours.

I unwrapped it with great trepidation. But it had a beautiful pink ring of smoke around the edge of the meat and it was fall apart tender with a lovely bark around it. Simply smoky, superb.

Losing weight

It is no secret that I could lose a few kilos.

Today I shared with someone my weight and they were quite surprised. My problem is I carry weight reasonably well. In other words I don’t look as heavy as what I am.

I need to lose a few kilos.

I am travelling to Chicago in a few weeks for a ministry trip. I know from experience that it will incredibly intense, taxing, tiring. In this trip I am helping to lead a team, so I have added pressure leading Pastors in a foreign country. It will be physically taxing, there is a lot of walking. The need to be fit was part of the pre-requisite.

My goal is to lose a few kilos.

How do you lose weight? Everyone knows how to lose weight. Eat healthy food, do more exercise. Its a very simple equation. Use more energy than you take in. But the reason so many fail at losing weight is because we don’t measure the gain or loss.

I need to measure my kilos.

Every day, perhaps that is too much, but everyday I weigh myself. I need daily and constant motivation to continue to eat well. For myself I have cut out all carbs and most sugar. It is not easy. But I can see the results daily. That is what is helping me.

I am losing a few kilos.

Who wants to spend their lives eating muesli bars instead of sushi

How much are we drawn to comfort, to the stable, to what we know. To that which fails to challenge us or take away our breathe.

I read this article, I presume it is satirical, where a world renown sushi chef gives reasons why granola bars are better than sushi. He writes that sushi in unpredictable, hard to prepare and goes off. Granola bars are none of that. (here) This is why he argues granola bars are better.

Sushi is not boring. No two sushi are the same. Its very temporal nature is what makes it interesting.

So is life. It is temporal. It is inherently unreliable.

Lets not treat life like a muesli bar when in fact this life we have been given, for God only knows how long, is something to be treated as interesting, full of possibility, full of challenge, full of the opportunity for joy.

Its just satire

The Babylon Bee website is an increasingly popular website with its scathing and humorous articles which are shared often. It is the brainchild of Adam Ford. He is not the only contributor but is the main one, and the editor.

It is incredible how many people read the articles and believe it is real news. As Christians we have become accustomed to expressing righteous indignation over the latest scandal involving the modern church, modern culture and the erosion of Christian values in our society. Recently ‘The Bee’ did a article entitled, “Mainline protestantism declared a safe place for those offended by the gospel“. A number of people commented on it decrying the gospel being no longer preached. They thought it was a real article. Are we so lacking in awareness that we can’t spot satire from the real thing? Is it possible we have a persecution complex?

This week we heard the awful news that 22 Christians were killed on their way to attend their Church in Egypt. This is persecution.

Sometimes the Bee crosses the line. When they printed this article, “Hillsong United split glory with God” I personally felt they were personal and unnecessarily mean spirited. There is an underlying premise that Hillsong is at least partially ministering for their own glory. Now everyone is subject to critique, but thats mean and personal.

I like having a laugh and clever satire can reveal truth about ourselves which is uncomfortable and humbling. All of us have feet of clay. However the glee at which some share the sometimes derogatory and mean nature of some of the Bees articles concerns me. Ministry is hard enough without unnecessarily harming our own tribe.

All I would suggest is having discernment, with a discernment website.