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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

How to make Alienbutt's special chili sauce.

When you make a chili sauce you want something that will hit the right spot (and then melt right though it.)
So before we get to what to put in a chili sauce why does chili burn so much?

The stuff that gives chili peppers the ability to strip the lining from inside your mouth is capsaicin and several other related chemical thingys, collectively they are called capsaicinoids. When you eat a chili these capsaicinoids head for the pain receptors in your mouth and throat and give them a dam good kicking, that's what is responsible for you sensing your mouth is on fire. Once kicked by the capsaicinoids, these receptors send a message to your brain that something hot is doing a chemical peel to your mouth. You brain responds to this burning sensation by raising the heart rate, increasing perspiration and releasing endorphins, in other words, it has a panic attack.
The "heat" of chili peppers is measured in Scoville heat units (SHU), this is basically how much chili extract must be diluted in sugar syrup before its heat becomes undetectable to a panel of tasters. In February, 2012, a test at the Chile Pepper Institute of New Mexico State University revealed that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion had scored a Scoville rating of 2,000,000, making it not just hotter than hell but the hottest chili found on Earth.

So thats the chili lesson out of the way so now how to make a great chilli sauce, so here's what you need to get.


350g Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, roughly chopped
half a can of diced tomatoes
1/2 whisky glass of sugar (normal white stuff not the posh brown).
1/2 whiskey glass of white wine vinegar (posh stuff, not what you pour out of the pickled onion jar).

What you do.

Mix up the chilli, tomatoes, sugar and vinegar in a saucepan,bang it on full heat and bring to the boil. Turn down the heat so it goes to a Simmer, stir it around a bit every so often. Leave it to simmer like this for several minutes or until sauce thickens up a bit. Remove from heatand leave it to stand for five or so minutes.

Pour the mixture into a blender and zap it until its as smooth as you want it. Pour into jars and the jobs a gud 'en.
Refrigerate and its good for up to 3 weeks.

So get cooking and pour generously over those kebabs for the best food going, a bottle of whiskey is optional but you'd be daft to leave it out. (Larger works well for light-weight drinkers)

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Today I would like to welcome my first ever guest into the Whisky lounge,since first learning of her i have been a big fan. It is an honour to introduce a lady know as Sentinel Exemplar or Red for short.
*holds up whisky bottle*

Thank you. I drink brandy or Glayva please, neat, with ice.

*grabs bottle of brandy*
Over the last few years a series of books have been written about your life Red, so first how do you feel about the publicity this has brought to what had been a very secretive life?

There hasn’t been so much publicity per se. Humes still don’t seem to believe we’re real and so our Hide in Plain Sight Policy is paying off. I Believe Humes would be shocked if they realised exactly how many of us are in the higher positions of power in the country. It’s fortunate that I’m not a name-dropper.

Now some people out there may not have heard of you or what you do yet so could you give us a brief introduction on yourself? Who are you, what do you do?

I am known as different titles and names to different people. Some know me as Sentinel Exemplar, which is my correct title. Some know me as Sentinel; others know me as Red which is a nick-name that I use with pride. The more Ancient ones have always known me as Hazel and I shall be known as such forever to them. Others know me briefly as “Oh my god! What the hell is that! Arrgh!” but I’ll leave it to your imagination why they call me that.

*nervous laugh*
I mentioned to a few friends that I would be interviewing a werewolf and I got quite a few question suggestions, now first how do you refer to your kind? Are you werewolf, wolfmen or wolves?

We use the term ‘Wolf’ – we are not ‘werewolf’ which means ‘man wolf’ – to be part ‘man’ would make us less than we are.

And SooderFolley wanted to know if it really hurts when you change? Or is it seamless and natural?

I believe it did hurt at one time when I changed, but I cannot remember. As the years and decades pass, we perhaps learn to live with the pain and it becomes less either because we are used to it or because we become stronger and can withstand the pain better.
It does not hurt me to change.

So has it ever happen unexpectedly to you, like while you were on the toilet, and did you have to run outside to finish...?

Which disrespectful Hume asked that question? I shall deal with him when he is least expecting it!

What is the most annoying part of the legend vs. the reality? Are there any misconceptions about werewolves you would like to clear up?

No. It is convenient for us that Humes believe what they believe. I don’t want to give away any of our secret, do I? I believe that the Author of these books, D Michelle Gent has done enough damage to our secrets, I shall not add to the damage.

So cutting to the meat of the main gripe people would have with your kind, eating people. Are people like wine and meat, does age make a difference to the taste? Or do people just taste like Chicken?

Humes taste like Humes. There is a scent to them, a flavour that is enhanced by many things, adrenalin being the most delicious. But alcohol in the blood and certain drugs, narcotics, amphetamines can also add a certain something to the effect but I don’t often hunt Humes these days. I don’t need to feed on Humes for my strength and power. I am an Ancient Wolf and I enjoy the benefits of being Ancient.

So you remember what the wolf does in human form? Did you ever sniff another wolf bum and then regret it in the morning?

Again, the disrespectful Hume that asked the question may do well to keep indoors on the next Full Moon! I may forego my ethics on hunting Humes for that one.

Erm, let move quickly on, Natalie Eagle Eye Berry wanted to know if there are there any vegetarian werewolves?

There are Wolves that hibernate and therefore don’t need to feed but not eating meat? Why? We have been given these wonderfully sharp, pointy teeth for the purpose of slicing through flesh, biting down on a juicy, blood-engorged piece of meat is such a delight, why would a Wolf ever decide not to?
Can you hurry up? I’m suddenly hungry.

OK well jump to some real serious questions from the public, a sort of quick fire round.This is the main things the humans want to know, the real big issues. Many of my female friends really wanted me to ask, have you ever met any hot vampires?

A while ago, I would have said – in fact, I actually did say – there are no such things as vampires. I have since had a change of opinion, though I have yet to meet one.
There are, however, a good many hot Wolves. Nichasin for example, is one. Luke, my estranged husband is considered to be ‘hot’ and there are many more besides. There are many Wolves in our society that keep their gland usage up in order to maintain their youth and fitness and oh boy! Do they!

Are there any famous werewolves? Jason Hewitt has always suspected Huge Jackman, and I can totally see that.

As I said before, I am no name-dropper but just take a look around. Thosee Humes with ultimate confidence in themselves, those that seem to know that they are attractive, could they be Wolf? That is for you to find out perhaps. There is something about being Wolf that gives one such an air of invulnerability that it difficult to disguise and so it is easy for them to get into careers where their looks play an important part.
As for Hugh Jackman, I couldn’t possibly comment.

If you could turn any one you wanted without any ramifications, who would it be and why?

*Laughs* I can! The clever bit is to not turn them.

Do you stop to pee on lampposts?

*looks worried* Have you ever tried a tin of dog food?

Enough! Disrespectful Hume! Would you like to be the starter for my main meal when I find the Hume that asked those questions?

Not my fault, I'm just asking the questions.
There were quite a few questions asked about grooming, do you catch fleas for instance and do they stay on you when you change back to human form? Does Frontline flea and tick work for Werewolves or would you use Headrin?

If we do get fleas, they desert once the body reverts back to our more humanoid form. There is no need for chemicals.

I was told by a friend that an easy werewolf test for when you’re in human form, throw a stick and see if they twitch ;)

Perhaps we should meet that particular Hume and see who it is that twitches first?

Never been tempted to join in a game of fetch when walking through a park?

Sometimes, I have walked through parks and had the ‘urge’ as you say, to play fetch, perhaps in the days when parks were more dense and less populated and the thing that I was ‘fetching’ had a good covering of flesh and a pulse.

I think that I have indulged you enough, Hume. I am on Facebook and Twitter and I shall find those disrespectful Humes. I don’t need to wait for Full Moon, but for them, I will.

The amazing Red left at this point looking rather angry.
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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Coming out of their Coffins

The truth about the Veggie Vamps. How do you feel about the recent change in vampire lead charecters? Does the Vampire Diaries brothers make you swoon? Is the sparkle in Twilight giving you a twinkle? Is True Blood a dream come true with those vamps in the open? Well according to some the recent shift in how blood suckers are portrayed is a concious move to make them more acceptable to modern society and a politicaly correct world where monsters are not real. Vampire want to climb out of their coffins and enter the light and have hired authors and media experts to make this happen. People believe what they see on the box, even so called TV fiction shows leave behind a seed of belief and when you add the subliminal messages that are encoded you have a world being prepped for our next ethnic minority. A pin up vamp that falls in love and never kills anyone would have been laughed at in the days of Hammer Horror but now it's a smash hit. Sparkle is the new tag for the fangsters. True blood shows how we can live beside a new breed of veggie vamps. What we are seeing is the start of vampires being rebranded and re-packaged into something the teens of today will accept as the truth in their fourties and fifties. A long term plan to cover the vampire Lestat in glitter and hire him out as a baby sitter while Mum and Dad go out swinging with Jessica and her maker Bill. Secret meeting in Hollywood have made this a done deal with the Whitehouse on board too. So get yourselves ready for the future where Interview with a Vampire, Dracula and the likes are racist properganda and vampires are the good guys. So get ready to sparkle and watch out Dads, your sixteen year old daughter will be bring home her hundred year old vampire boyfriend to meet you.