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Day 3 – 25 March

25 Mar

Oh what a night! 3:30am I was jolted awake by the noise of the boat crashing through, off, into waves. The roller coaster ride was fine. A couple of times I braced myself against the wall to stop myself rolling out of bed. But every time I started to doze off we hit another noisy monster wave – that probably wasn’t very big ūüôā

Of course this lack of sleep only affected me. Luckily the driver in this team got a full night’s slumber.

As we were unloading we watched the van in front miss opening his van up on the upper mezzanine deck by millimetres. The deck hands were waving and yelling for him to stop but either he could see he was missing or was oblivious.¬† We suspect oblivious, so pay attention to the staff, they are there to make sure you don’t damage your pride and joy.

Our biggest mishap was getting in the wrong lane at a set of lights. We were being forced into a right turn. So I popped out and asked the car driver beside us to let us go first and pull an illegal lane change in front of him when the lights changed. Poor man, must have thought I was trying to rob him at first. But eventually he rolled down his window.

Our stop tonight was at the Top Park in Braybrook. They were lovely, let us check in early and had a drive-through site, perfect.

Even better, the bus to the city is across the road and Woolworths is next door.

We headed in to the Gallery to see the Escher Exhibition. If you are in Victoria don’t miss it. It was awesome. We spent nearly 3 hours there.

Back at the van dinner was cooked definitely glamping style using my thermomix. I’m sure by the end of this trip I will have my bbq skills much improved.

Garden Hands

7 May

I like to potter in my garden and I am finally seeing some results with fruits for my labour. ¬† I also have a lovely pair of gloves to protect my hands, however I’m all fingers and thumbs when wearing them, so apart from when touching yucky stuff, I usually ditch the gloves.

Ditching the gloves causes dirty, rough hands which is a problem of a night when I like to indulge in my other hobbies of knitting, crochet and embroidery.  There  is nothing more annoying than thread catching on rough skin.

My solution is a home made hand scrub.  I made a batch today to share with some friends this Thursday.  If you would like a copy of my recipe leave me a message in the comments.

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Freeze it! They said.

6 May

IMG_4049It turns out that I like cooking.  I like cooking dishes from scratch, not just opening a jar, frying off some meat and heating a sauce Рwhich is what I used to do.

I use a lot of herbs and spices to add flavour to my food.  My favourite blog for inspiration is Thermofun and is run by a husband and wife team who are now my online friends.  Leonie is the one responsible for my herb pantry having well over 50 jars of necessary spices and blends.

A lot of the recipes I like use fresh ginger. ¬†I have discovered that it does need to be fresh, powdered ginger does not have the same taste. ¬†So I head to the shops, buy my fresh ginger, use what I need for the recipe and then put the rest in my cute little ginger jar for next time. ¬†I’m sure you know where I’m heading here, the next time I need ginger I have a dry, shrivelled root that is no longer edible.

One day I put my search hat on and checked what the great big book of google had to say about freezing ginger. ¬†Yes, was the answer. ¬†No, you don’t have to peel it. ¬†No, you don’t have to slice or grate it. ¬†Just freeze it whole and use it as you need.

So I did that.  Froze it whole.  Now, I did need to use some and I broke off the little bit I needed and all was well with the world Рuntil yesterday.  Yesterday the recipe needed about half of what I have frozen.  This is where panic started to set in.

Long story short, I invited a friend up for a late lunch and while the chicken was marinating I needed ginger for the sauce. ¬†Except all I had was a hard lump of frozen ginger that no knife could cut. ¬†The day had already been one of ‘those’ days and my brain just shut down. ¬†Did I think of shaving off slivers? No. ¬†Did I think of grabbing the microplane? No. ¬†And to be honest both those options would probably have ended in blood.

Usually, I just leave out something if I don’t have it. ¬†But seriously, Masala Curry needs ginger. ¬†Then a light bulb went off. ¬†I have a collection of essential oils that I use a lot in cooking but usually the fun ones, like Wild Orange or Peppermint in Fudge. ¬†Or Lemon in icing. ¬†Or Basil (because I can’t grow that no matter how hard I try). ¬†I had a bottle of ginger (for travel sickness), why not use that? ¬† So with much care and calculation I decided to add two drops. ¬†I wizzed up the onions, garlic and ginger oil, did a sniff test – this is the official scientific approved method of does it smell good and can I smell a bit of everything – continued with my cooking, and voila one yummy chicken masala.

 

Maple Butter

1 May

In Australia breakfast tradition for me growing up was Weetbix with milk.  In winter to warm our tummies Mum would pre soak the Weetbix with hot water, looking back now, I guess it was because that was easier than heating the milk as it was before the days of microwaves (gosh am I -that- old?)

As I got older and breakfast became more of a grab it an run, the go to was Vegemite and butter. ¬†The catch being the toast has to be buttered hot, so the butter melts, and just a scraping of Vegemite, too much and ugh, too little and it’s just butter. ¬†ūüôā

A treat, on special occasions would be hot crumpets with butter and honey. ¬†I can still remember Mum asking me one day¬†what was on the front of my shirt and me saying ¬†‘the crumpet juice’ leaked on my clean shirt. ¬†I must have been about 3 or 4 at the time.

As an adult, I can have hot crumpets with honey and butter whenever I feel like it, which does mean that crumpets have somewhat lost their specialness. ¬† Well I’m pleased to say that I have that specialness back thanks to Maple Butter.

I’m a member of a cooking group called Thermofun, a group I discovered not long after buying a Thermomix. ¬†Leonie, the creator, is responsible for me rediscovering my love of cooking. ¬† Now she is responsible for me falling in love with hot crumpets for breakfast again. ¬†Checkout the recipe here¬†http://thermofun.com/maple-butter/

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Lazy Sunday Yumminess

30 Apr

As the year has progressed I’ve discovered I potter and tinker with a number of activities. ¬†As a wife and mother one hobby that is a daily activity is cooking.

This morning has been a pancake kind of day.

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Piping skills

12 Feb

Today I made a Baileys Chocolate Mousse – yum!

After watching a lot of cooking shows I know that it’s all about the presentation. Out came the piping bag.

I may need more practise but it didn’t affect the rich decadent taste ūüôā

Porridge

2 Feb

I took some cute photos of Harry today all snuggled up on the couch sleeping off the residual effects of yesterdays Vet visit. ¬†For whatever reason the idevice failed to save them, along with some progress knitting shots. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬† Luckily it did save the pic of my first successful recipe conversion using my thermomix. ¬† ¬†If you don’t have a thermomix, you can put all the ingredients in a pot on the stove on medium heat and stir until thick, 5-10 minutes.

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