Wednesday, May 4, 2016

To the Grampians Grape Escape ...

Food and Wine Festival at Halls Gap, Victoria...
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We set off early Saturday morning...
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Through Coonawarra with autumn trees turning...
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Down country roads...
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We went straight to the festival...
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Selfie!
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A good crowd this year...
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Listening to the bands with our friends...
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Look who we found!  Miguel!
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Saturday night we had quite a storm blow over Halls Gap.  Very loud thunder and lots of lightening and a huge amount of rain!  Things got tossed about a bit but no real damage...
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On our way to the festival we found this little dude, just hopping about...
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First taste for the day, a rose...
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It rained off and on all day but in between the sun was out so it wasn't too bad...
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Lots of food stalls...
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We stayed nice and warm and dry in the marquee...
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Noice beanie, Kelvin!
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Lunch by the Royal Mail Hotel - a tasting plate....
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Enjoying good company...
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We watched Miguel do a cooking demonstration - he's very entertaining!
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Time for a Twistto - a spiral cut potato, threaded onto a skewer, dipped in thin
batter, deep fried the sprinkled with flavoured salt.
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My haul of goodies from the festival - a lime and sandalwood candle, caramelised cashews, raspberry soap, honey berry granola, Sri Lankan coconut spice mix, evo oil, yummy lemon curd and tart shells to put it in...
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On Monday, once home, I felt like something hearty so I made a shepherds pie but with a curry twist...
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I had Moroccan spice mix from the festival last year so I used that and added some honey just to sweeten it off a bit...topped off with a potato, cauliflower mash...
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I tried the granola today with some vanilla yoghurt - delicious!  I am going
to make a batch of bircher-style muesli tonight for breakfast tomorrow.  I figure if I mix some yoghurt, muesli, grated apple and a bit of skim plus some chia seeds, I might have an interesting
brekky!  We'll see!
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Cheers - Joolz xx


























Friday, April 29, 2016

Can't wait for the weekend!

Our parklands are stunning at the moment - late blooming roses and the brightest green manicured lawns...
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Monday night Chow Mein for one...
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Thoroughly enjoying the petit point - I steal 10 minutes here and there!
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http://www.mattersofthebelly.com/honey-mustard-rosemary-chicken/
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Remember those apples I was given?  I stewed them up...
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I had to add sugar because they were eye-wateringly tart...
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They cooked down beautifully...
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Five tubs to go into the freezer - each one big enough for a pie for two! 
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Do you screen-shot things you find interesting? I save lots of things this way.  This curry will be dinner one night next week...
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We have had some welcome rain overnight and today it looks like a bleak winters day. Yay! We are due for the break of the season. 
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Dinner tonight! Back on 5/4 i made a lasagne and threw it's twin in the freezer. Perfect Friday night dinner!
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We are off to Halls Gap this weekend for the Grampians Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival. 
Can.not.wait!
Cheers - Joolz xx

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Anzac weekend...

Our new fireplace hasn't been finished so we couldn't light a fire in it yet ...
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Good news for a girlfriend of mine - she received a bad result on her breast screen exam and had to go to Adelaide for further tests.  Luckily, it turned out to be some cysts but no cancer. I sent her off with some choc chip cookies and a banana bread.  I'm so pleased and relieved for her. She and husband are about to go overseas for 6 weeks so it was the last thing she needed!
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Friday night we had both our babies home (and Kirby's boyf) so I threw a beef curry together, plus a kachumber salad...
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yoghurt raita...
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flatbreads...
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...and banana sprinkled with lemon juice and black pepper.
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I was gifted some rhubarb...
...granny smith apples and a dozen eggs from staff at work...
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I made a delicious apple and rhubarb crumble for dessert.
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Saturday morning I was up at sparrows, baking a batch of Anzac biscuits...
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...and scones to take to a morning tea...
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...for my Mum's 86th birthday.
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Bri and Kirby with their Nana.
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Later in the afternoon, Gus lit his fire pit and we sat around it with a few drinks...
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Nate and Kirby
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Just chillin'...
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I made this cob loaf dip...
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/38092/cob+loaf+spinach+dip
 
Gus cooked this huge beef roast...
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Sunday morning I made these Brookies - they're brownies, but cookies!
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This morning Kirby and Nate went to the dawn service for Anzac Day. They said it was quite a big turnout which is good. I woke up with a sore throat so I didn't go.
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April 24th was my big sister's 45th wedding anniversary. I was her little flower girl, aged 6.  Happy Anniversary, Marilyn and Brentley!
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Today, our visitors headed back to Adelaide, including Gus as he has a car to deliver and a meeting on Wednesday.  
 I am enjoying the quiet and plan to have Chow Mein for dinner then an early night!
Cheers - Joolz xx
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 


 
 

 

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