Sweet Garibaldi

Sweet GaribaldiDo you love Italian food? Well here’s a treat of mine I expect you will absolutely adore.

I invented this recipe in 2009 and it just came into being all by itself. I honestly cannot describe to you the thought processes which brought it into existence… it just happened.

  • Parmigiano Reggiano ~ Italian hard Cheese.
  • Prosciutto Crudo ~ Italian uncooked Ham.
  • Pineapple Chunks ~ Del Monte recommended.
  • Vino Di Rosso ~ Italian Red Wine

Parmigiano Reggiano is traditionally used for grating over pasta since it is very hard in comparison to other cheeses. It is also extremely mature and has a kick like a mule.

Sweet GaribaldiThe alternative, which I often substitute myself, is any good vintage Cheddar, which has been wrapped in tin foil and left to mature in the fridge for a couple of days or so.

Take a slice of Prosciutto and place inside it a piece of Cheese and a piece of Pineapple.

Wrap the Cheese and Pineapple up within the Prosciutto.

Now… take a mange on that.

Follow it through with a sip of Red Wine and…

… take another mange on that.

Sweet GaribaldiRepeat these steps as continuously as you like, or until you fall into a deep and heavenly sleep.

Et Walla. This recipe, “Sweet Garibaldi”, got its name in much the same way its ingredients, in that it was simply the first thing I said out loud when I first tasted it.

“Sweet Garibaldi!”

Giuseppe Garibaldi ~ Wikipedia

The Wizard’s Dwelling ~ Unto The Sacred Folly

Wizard's Dwelling ~ Philodor Opening
Wizardry in the Philodor Opening
The Law Of The Folly is described in detail and studied extensively throughout this blog. Yet whilst the articles contained here are comprehensive, there is one element of this new practise of Classical Chess which I have decided to publish only as a separate thesis, or to say, only as an accompanying element.

Granted this thesis is designed to be compatible and even a good spouse to Follying, but it is of course always up to the individual player what rules to employ in their gameplay.

This additional element to Follying, hereby known and referred to as The Wizard’s Dwelling, is indeed a fabulous work of Chess variantism. Yet it is important to mention that I have not created this element of the game to be compulsory within the rules.

For it does touch closely… with magic.

Nevertheless, as has always been the case with the evolution of Chess, throughout history controversial rules were invented which even today people maintain their reservations about.

These rules, such as En-Passant, Castling, Double Queens or various promotion enhancements, are no different to the concepts you are about to discover within The Wizard’s Dwelling, yet, these rules are today the standard of international competition Chess.

It would only therefore be prudent to consider the tremendous entertainment value of this well crafted wizardy you are about to read.

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Egyptian Grandmaster

Egyptian Grandmaster by Simon Jepps
Egyptian Grandmaster by Simon Jepps (©2004)
When I was in my twenties I started making minimalist ink sketches, with black ink on white canvas.

I still have a few in my collection, including a Certificate Of Sacred Art, awarded to me by Armando Farina, an Italian art instructor who happens to have known and even painted with Picasso.

The ink sketch which won the 1st place award is now lost somewhere amongst the art institution’s endless archives. However I can tell you it portrayed an eternal connundrum, of an artist drawing himself in an Italian park, drawing himself in an Italian park, drawing himself… etc.

Whilst I may never get that one particular picture back, here is one of the first drawings I ever made, titled ‘Egyptian Grandmaster’.

You can find all artworks from this collection under the category: sejink.

Zploj

Zploj Ingredients By Simon JeppsHere is an old timer recipe of mine which has served its dues for many years.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of Baked Beans
  • 1 can of Chicken Korma
  • 3 large free range eggs

Cook the Baked Beans and Chicken Korma in separate pots until they are all sloppy and ready. This takes 5-10 minutes.

Be sure to wet the empty Korma can with some water and to swoosh it around inside. Do this with your hand cupped over the top of the can for a thorough swoosh.

This is important in order to retrieve left over residue and to provide the Korma with some moist sauciness.

Finally towards the end, get three Eggs frying in a saucepan, best fried in butter. Traditionally the Eggs should be sunnyside up and somewhat runny.

To serve, basically “zploj” the cooked inventory onto your plate, but in separate places so you can pick and taste the different flavours as you “mange”.

Best served with a side helping of fresh buttered bread and Coca-Cola.

I hope you enjoy!

Jengaagain

Jengaagain By Simon Jepps
Jengaagain ~ The next evolution of Jenga
You thought Jenga was cool… now YllwChlk brings you Jengaagain!

After playing Jenga for many years I did nevertheless become rather tired of its limitations in design.

Oh I agree that its purpose is to bring a minimalistic forte of recreational entertainment into the home… but that was just it, the game was too basic.

Eventually, following a small tantrum involving a swooping arm and a very disappointed stuffed monkey on the other side of the room, I started about designing the next evolution of the game Jenga.

I experimented with many different kinds of constructions and building algorithms, even multiple towers and installations.

Yet in the end, I believe quite strongly, to have hit the jackpot.

So here it is… Jengaagain.

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Jepps Comic #1

Jepps Comic #1
Click to enlarge.
Here is the first ever edition of the Jepps Comic, a short newspaper type strip I created some years ago. It is about two like-minded but variably friendly identical twins.

You will get to know them and discover their personalities. Mostly, whilst the guy on the right is often the maturest, the guy on the left is more often on the correct side of the Moon!

I will post the subsequent episodes as time goes on. I made a total of 18 originally, but if the mood captures me and I feel I could improve the humour, I might start making more again.

You can find all episodes of this comic at the following category: comic.

Kalimbawu ~ Chromatic Thumb Piano

Kalimbawu By Simon Jepps
The Kalimbawu or Double Kalimba
It took a long time, but in the end my years of research, pouring over numerous photos of various different kinds of thumb pianos eventually paid off.

Here is my invention, the Kalimbawu.

It gets its name by borrowing the term “Ba wu” from the Chinese flute of that name, meaning “him” and “her”.

Whilst not a reed instrument, the metal tongues of the Kalimba do resemble the shape of the Bawu flute’s reed. Also as I will explain, the Kalimbawu features two voices, one male and one female.

If that’s not an excuse, the word just works!

The Kalimba, also referred to as a “thumb piano”, is a modern variant of the African Mbira, developed by Hugh Tracey and which features a Westernised tuning system.

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