Not disappointing was the latest batch of sausages - Spicy Italian, Garlic Bangers, Breakfast, and Jalapeno. The Jalapeno is Wifey's favorite - I'll have to make more next time around. The Garlic Bangers are a new recipe. They're not like the English Bangers but the consistency is much the same. These are made with garlic (of course), white wine, cognac, heavy cream, and bread crumbs to keep it all together. Next time I make these I will use larger chunks of garlic instead of the minced garlic I put in. The flavor is fine but I think the larger pieces would make the sausage more distinctive. I haven't made my Merguez Sausages yet as I still haven't been able to source sheep intestines for sausage-stuffing. They are smaller/thinner than pig intestines. There probably just isn't much demand for them - very few people around here make sausages and those that do typically make chorizo which works fine with pig intestines. I think the Mennonites raise most of the sheep around here. Will have to check with them. There's a large group living near Bacalar.
Ol' Red, just out of the shop after a tune-up (plugs, all fluids, filters US$125) and new solenoid and gizmo for the starter (US$80), let me know it was time I replaced the thermostat by waiving the needle on the temp gauge like a toreador's cape.
I remember a long time ago a neighbor replacing the thermostat on his pickup truck. That's back when I was about 8 years old and I watched sitting on the wheel well and my feet planted in the engine compartment. Even small trucks were big back then. I watched him remove two bolts and the casing was opened. Old thermostat removed, new thermostat and cork gasket installed, bada-bing bada-boom 20 minutes, all done including putting away the tools.
My evolution lasted almost two hours only some of which could be attributed to my own mechanical incompetence. There was the requirement to remove the throttle body (after disconnecting various sensor wires and hoses). Ol' Red has seen his share of backyard mechanics so with was hardly a surprise, albeit quite frustrating, that it uses three screws of two different types and nuts of various sizes to stay in place. Once removed and now seeing the thermostat housing, I learned both my tools and my hands were a bit large for the space provided. Time and ingenuity saved the day. Now it's done with only a few nicked fingers. Well, all except for that hose I must have dislodged somewhere along the line because now Ol' Red seriously sputters at idle. Always something, eh?
What's happening in the USofA is getting worrisome. There's no need to pick sides 'cause they're both wrong as violence is never the answer. If everyone were fighting over a single issue, fine, a resolution is doable but that's not the case these days. Trying to get people who have so many problems to talk things over is near impossible and nothing will get resolved anyway I fear.
All I know for sure is Wifey and I are still in love, the dogs are happy when they're let loose to run, the sky is mostly blue, the wine red, and the beer cold. It really doesn't get much better than that.
Be careful Texas, Harvey's no laughing matter.