Friday, May 29, 2015

Joolz's Chicken Penne Pasta...

This recipe is an oldy but a goody!  I just sort of made it up one night and the family loved it.  

I originally posted it in June, 2009 here.

Cheers - Joolz xx

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Anzac Commemorative Throw Rug...

 My kit arrived today so I hope to get knitting later this afternoon...
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100% Australian Wool - the colours are in honour of our armed forces - army, navy and air force.
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The rug is knitted in strips which means rather than sewing each square together, you only have to sew whole rows together.  
Wish me luck!
Cheers - Joolz xx

Off to Sydney...

 

Friday morning we said goodbye to Brianna and headed for the airport. We have a 15kg limit flying out of Mt Gambier so I crammed some stuff into my Harrods bag for carry on luggage.

We first flew to Melbourne and had to wait there until 1.30pm for our Sydney flight...

Gus wanted to try out a Greek restaurant close to our hotel but it was booked solid. I happened to see a sign for Bambini Restaurant - it was a noisy little place as Friday night workers go to the bar there for drinks. Anyway, they had a table so ate there. Lovely authentic Italian and nice quick service.

I had a creme brûlée to finish. Delicious!

Next morning, we used the train to go out to Redfern to Eveleigh Farmers' Market

There was s a shuttle bus but we decided to walk the kilometre or so...

...down streets lined with old terrace houses...

A bit of street art...

First stop was Billy Kwong's - we'd heard they do a healthy breakfast. Can you see Kylie Kwong (second from left)? She was supervising the busy stall.

We had steamed rice pancakes with organic egg omelette, fresh herbs and caramel-tamari dressing. So fresh and yummy!

We continued on, perusing the stalls. If we come back again and have an apartment style accomodation with cooking facilities, we'll buy some of the wonderful produce!

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Can't get fresher than that!

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The only think I bought was a few sachets of this dried fruit mix which I love and some biscotti. Angus tried some wine and had 6 bottles freighted home (free).

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More to come... Joolz xx

 

Busy times...

Sorry, I've been absent for a while. We had Bri home for a week (so good) then we went to Sydney for 4 days last weekend...
The perfect boiled egg. Everyone likes them cooked differently and it's a personal thing but I like mine with a cooked solid white but the yolk runny and creamy. On MasterChef, Marco Pierre White suggests boiling water in a saucepan then carefully putting the eggs in. My eggs are just right at 5 minutes 45 seconds...
Bri and I enjoyed Thai when we had to zip to Mt Gambier... $11.90 lunch specials!
Aren't these little guys cute? Bri has self-taught herself to crochet (YouTube) so she's been churning lots of these out.
I enjoyed cooking for her. She likes Devilled Sausages...
...and corned beef with veggies and broc-cauliflower cheese bake...
While Bri crocheted, I knitted - another nice dish cloth (or wash cloth).

I am awaiting the delivery of my kit to knit this Commemorative Throw - Shades of our Forces. The colours represent the Army, Airforce and Navy. I chose to knit it in wool rather than acrylic.
Kits are available for a limited time at the Better Homes and Garden shop site.
Now this - this is my sister Leanne's completed throw rug. Isn't it beautiful? I hope mine turns out as nice!
I'll be back with a few pictures of Sydney soon...
Cheers - Joolz xx








Monday, May 18, 2015

Autumn at it's finest...

The weather has been much better here. It was still and cold on Saturday but Sunday was bright and sunny.
Bri requested muffins so I whipped up a batch of Poh's basic muffin mix then added dried blueberries and choc chips.
They were really good. The addition of sour cream made them nice and moist.
Saturday we visited my sister and brother-in-law at their little permanent van at Beachport. On the way home, we bought some chips, potato cakes and chicken medallions...naughty!
Gus was in charge of dinner. A salad of rocket leaves, avocado, pear and parmesan drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Baked potatoes...
Pork chops with a strawberry balsamic sauce - it didn't plate up very nicely but sure tasted great.
Sunday morning, I snapped this pic at about 7am but it turned out so dark...
I edited this pic because it was so dark on my camera.  Have you ever played around with settings in your phone camera?

I stayed this dish cloth on Saturday but it didn't progress any further...
Sun streaming in the house is so nice after the bleak weather we have had.
I made bread sticks to have as nibbles with our lunch. We decided to have a paddock fire as the weather was so nice...
Sprinkled with olive gomasio...
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I had some olive paste so I made a simple olive pizza...
I just cut it into thin wedges and served it with tatziki dip - yum!
Don't they look great?
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Bri invited my niece and family out for a catch up...this is dear little Tex...such a smiley boy!
We enjoyed some Californian wine...excellent...
How's the serenity?
My sister and bro-in-law also called in and also Gus' mate...
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Brax entertained us with his dancing and antics...I think he ate 20 toasted marshmallows!
The fire was only small but it really threw out some heat...
This poor tree is dead - plenty of firewood in this one. We just need to get it felled for us...
Everyone left once it got dark but we stayed on, cooked some lamb chops on the spit for dinner then retired inside at 9.30pm...it was a big day!
Autumn is a lovely time of year if the sun shines!
Cheers - Joolz xx

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