Croquettes…

OK so here is the first and it’s a ready meal 🙂

  
Although the croquettes here in Tenerife are not the frozen lumps of instant mash they are elsewhere… These were “homemade” cod and spinach from the local Mercadonna supermarket. Deep fried for 10 minutes in vegetable oil. Served with dips and raw veg…

  • 12 croquettes €3
  • Red pepper (half) 50¢
  • Two sticks of celery 20¢
  • Bread, garlic and dips 30¢ approx.

  

Wow… 2016 Already

For all of you who are still following this blog, I appologize for not keeping it up to date…

Health

 
Well a few things have happened since I was last here. Firstly Christine’s electric wheelchair gave up the ghost and we invested in a new one, we went to social services and they MAY reimburse us… Chris’s eyes are getting worse and this is the sh!ttiest part… She says not walking isn’t really a problem, but not being able to see is cr@p. I’m looking after her as well as I can but this means I can’t leave her alone for long periods and this is affecting my ability to work…

I can’t register as her carer until we’ve been here for 5 years so I don’t know what Camaron is talking about European migrants definitely don’t have the same rights as locals…! Although you could argue that they’ve been here 5 years at age 5 🙂

Magic

Last year started off very well with a hotel job straight away… This turned sour in May for reasons beyond my control… The regular restaurant closed and the nightclub and the timeshare were more hassle than they were worth in the end… So I’ve polished my table hopping sets and created a closeup show which I am now actively selling to restaurants and hotels but no gigs as yet… My last job was as Santa in a local Villa ho ho ho 🙂

  

Food

An old friend Viv said I should start Blogging my food… For those of you on Facebook you know I do this anyway but I thought maybe blog the recipes here along with the costs in Tenerife which would give you an idea of the cost of living…

  

Typical Saturday Brunch

So that’s all for now, see you in the comments or email me at timdowd (at) me.com

Status

The Only Contant is Change…

Well guys and gals… The old adage has come true… “the only constant is change” our favorite bar and gastronomic miracle BARCO has closed its doors… High costs… Was the reason I was given… This changes everything… It was the only bar where we felt “at home” the people were wonderful, the atmosphere was local… Not the 3Star Brits abroad typical tourist spot… Maybe that was part of the problem…? Nobody knew what Barco was…

 

our favourite people… best chefs… what a waste..

 …but it was our home from home and we miss it…

Visitors…

This week is full of visitors… Friends of friends… Old schools chums… My sister… My cousin… And my daughter…

 

long lost cousin and my sister

 
More pictures later…

G’night 

End of the summer season…

Well here we are in September and the “swallows” are returning to Tenerife. I don’t just mean the birds but also the people who spend the winter here.

Midnight Cabaret

Miss Crystal Starr a.k.a. David Ormrod at Crystal’s Palace

 
The nightclub I’ve been supporting on a Wednesday Midnight Cabaret has started getting busy and we mutually decided my family magic show was not the best fit for the “clientele”. The show starts off with an early doors singer, then the drag artist/owner playfully mocks the crowd in between singing anthems and classics… My family magic show is “different” “interesting” but the energy in the club reduces and the required attention to what’s going on is lost… BANG…! On with the show and a card based Bingo round pays the lucky thirteen winner four times the “purse” for “breaking a leg”. ‘Twas fun but the fat lady has sung on this one…

Back to the hotel circuit… 

If you can call it that… At the moment it’s a circuit of one… 

Pearly Grey a.k.a. Perla Gris in Callao Salvaje

 This gig is really good… Mainly because it’s just around the corner and the guests are already “home” they’re fed and watered and the “turn” comes on for free so everyone who wants to be in the restaurant is in the restaurant… Those still enjoying the warm weather are outside… This might change soon, because the nighttime temperatures drop in the “winter”. 

My favorite Bar-Co…

 

Javi and me… this guy is a culinary miracle

  

Manu, the boss… we have a connection

 GASTRO-BAR BARCO in Playa Paraíso, Adeje is the hidden jewel in the village which will host the new 5+Star Hard Rock Hotel… Watch out for this gastronomic experience, and if you visit, this is a must… Call me and I’ll pick you up… You get a taxi home though…

Christine: The love of my life…

 

first of many Tapas at Barco

 
Chris is very happy and we swim most days… Sitting on the balcony is our favorite pastime… She’s doing great with learning Spanish but doesn’t trust herself to jump into the conversation yet… We decided to lean a few “pat” phrases so she can show off next time we’re out and about with Spaniards…

As always… Random pictures of food

 

Homemade Scotched Eggs [sic]

  

Definitively the best croquettes in the world…

  

French Salad with Bacon & Egg

  

Sectreto Iberico… (its a secret)

 Comment and share… I welcome your feedback…

Back online 

wow…! It’s been a funny summer. Not blogged much and not much happened apart from my iPhone smashing and my iPad grinding to a halt… More on that later…

Las Americas

Fit by Fifty Five…

Had a bit of a birthday bash last night September 12th. We went to our favorite bar in Playa Paraíso “Gastro-Bar Barco”… Went with friends and neighbors…

 

Manuel & Javi in the background… Robero & Nicole, Geoff & Donna (right)

 
 

Had a great meal of lobster paella

On the job front…

I’m still working a couple of nights a week, last night on The Pearly Grey Ocean Club and Wednesday’s I do the midnight cabaret at Crystal’s Palace…

  
 

Pearly Grey

Ready to go on stage

 

Now for the iPhone story:

My iPhone was slightly loose when I bought it… I told the shop and they said because I had ordered it I could only have it exchanged by Apple inc.  as there is no Apple Store in the Canaries, it meant sending it away. So I said I’ll be alright, and took the phone anyway… One day it fell out of my pocket getting undressed at the pool and a very small crack appeared on the top left corner. I was not phased by this as it did not detract from the usage… Five months after I bought it I returned from the pool, leaving my phone at home I thought it would be safer, and found the screen totally cracked from the bottom…

  

I honestly do not know how this happened…!

I had to take it to a certified Apple reseller in Santa Cruz they tried to register the phone for repair and couldn’t because according to the Apple records it was still being used by a Russian with the email v******@gmail.com. This made me suspicious and I approached the shop where I got it. The Owner was very helpful and contacted his supplier, who did not give a satisfactory answer to the question “Whe did this iPhone come from?”. So I got my money back…! All’s well that ends well…

 

taken with my new iPhone, notice the iPad too 😉


 

Random pictures of food…

   
   

Middle of June

well it’s the middle of June and I still haven’t blogged. So what’s been happening since the Siam Incident incident?

Answer: nothing much except Stephanie came to visit wow…! Her boyfriend eventually got the visa and spent three weeks in Germany and one week with us.

 

Steph & Kassim viewing La Gomera from Alcalá

Kassim returned to Ghana and Stephanie is now back at college in Bayreuth. 

It’s been so quiet in May and June that I have have no work so I treated it like a holiday… Yay!

  

Our new chairs at the beach at Callao Salvaje 

And there’s always time for a little bit of bacon and eggs

 We did have one incident. Christine had an appointment at the hospital in Santa Cruz, 40 minutes before the appointment was due they called to cancel. Well not actually cancel but moved to Friday after next that means we need to travel there again and we need to take the translator with us which cost us money the first time and will cost us more the second time. #annoying. 

Well that’s enough for now here’s a picture that will mean something to friends in Wenzenbach and especially for HP… 😎