Friday, May 14, 2010

The week in pictures and a few (too many) words...

Have you had a go at my quiz?? Take a look and see if you can guess what the common theme is.
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V from Stickhorse Cowgirls asked me what the raspberry lollies were that I use in my Rocky Road...
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They are just your generic (Home Brand from Woolworths) type of raspberry jube. They make the Rocky Road nice and chewy, along with the marshmallow and peanuts etc.
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This is the arrangement of flowers we gave Angus' mum, Margaret for Mother's Day. I gave my mum a nice little patio cream rose in a planter.
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A beautiful pink Day Lily amongst the arrangment.
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Tuesday bought delicious rain, soaking everything and...
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... very nearly filling our two rainwater tanks. Yay!
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Bonnie was sunning herself on the bonnet of Bri's car on Thursday morning but the minute I wanted a photo she was on the move. She is the hardest darn (or is that... darndest hard) cat to photograph!
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After a lovely autumn day, this was my Thursday sunset over the neighbour's house.
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Because the weather is getting nice and chilly, we've been enjoying some comfort food. This was spicy crumbed chicken breast with cauliflower & broccoli au gratin, baked potato bits and mixed veggies.
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Thursday night dinner was slow-cooked lamb shanks in a tomato sauce, mash and green beans. There are lots of recipes around for lamb shanks so I won't bore you with a full one for these.... er, okay I will! I just browned the 6 shanks in my Big Blue, sauteed onion, carrot & celery in olive oil (mirapoix), returned the shanks to the pan, added 2 tblspns plain flour, fried off again, then added 3 cans of chopped tomatoes, a good slug of red wine, 2 tblspns balsalmic vinegar, 6 anchovies, a good shake each of dried basil, thyme, oregano and mint (yes, use fresh if you have them, I didn't...), cracked black pepper, salt to your taste, a tblspn of sugar, a beef stock cube and a cup of water. Place in a 180C oven to start with. After an hour, give it a good stir and back off the heat to 150C. Continue to cook for another 2-3 hours - even slower temp if you've got the time. The meat should be very tender and falling off the bone. This could/should be an all day winter's Sunday dinner recipe - put it on at 2pm and enjoy at 6-7 pm! Serve with lots of creamy mashed potato and greens of your choice. Yummo!
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Friday night dinner is 'eat what you like'! Bri has had some chicken pies she made in Hospitality at school today. I am having a toased ham and cheese sandwich. There are leftover lamb shanks and mash also. No-one's going hungry here!
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Netball tomorrow is an away game but we should be home by 1.30pm so I hope to maybe get out in the garden, weather permitting and prune back some roses and do a small sewing project. Enjoy your weekend, won't you?
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Cheers - Joolz

8 comments:

  1. What a delicious looking week!

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  2. What about the quiz??????? I was holding my breath for that. Gi's a clue?

    It's spring here now so here's an end to comfort food - I hope. Nice sensible summery food, Plenty of grills; plenty of salads - you know the drill.

    Lucky you having the Big Blue. I have a job to lift an EMPTY one, never mind one with food in it. I'd love one though.

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  3. Beautiful images once again! The food looks good enough to eat right off the computer screen. We are big on comfort food at our house, too, and after a couple of days of us taking turns cooking, we have a "do it yourself dinner" of leftovers out of the fridge. :)

    Very best,
    Lois

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  4. you are such a fantastic cook! My husband wants to hire you to come and cook for us! hehehe. Is the weather backwards than from the states? It is going into the summer here. Have a great weekend!

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  5. Absolutely beautiful photographs!
    Smiles from Jackie

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  6. So whats the quiz... I've been waiting in suspense!!
    This lamb shank recipe is a lot less complicated than some so I shall be giving it a hoot.

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  7. Looks like you had a busy week and had fun with your camera!!!! that food looks good!!

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  8. Yum!Your meals always make my mouth water!
    We have started footy season here,First year my Son has done league and away games really cut into the days!!!
    I am so on my L'S with all this sporting.

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