Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Baking: more bread rolls in preparation for this Australia Day long weekend. Also I will make lamingtons to have with our cuppas.
Drinking: good red wine, some tea and water.
Reading: Secret Daughter byShilpi Somaya Gowda - enjoying it so far but its slow going as I am tired at night.
Playing: with a new app on my ipad - it has jigsaw puzzles and its quite fun and very relaxing with nice music!
Sewing: not much. I have a top I'd like to take in a bit and there is a supermarket bag that has a hole in it.
Hoping: the weather is fabbo for this weekend - might even get my first swim in for summer!
Bookmarking: some good things here and there...
Wearing: black 3/4 pants (what else!) and a black and white top that I bought in Macy's in San Fran.
Waiting for lots of things to arrive from Fishpond - novels, Bruce Springsteen CD, Rick Stein's India cook book...
Liking: todays temperature - a very liveable 25C.
Knowing: I will be knackered after this weekend...
Wasting: time on the interwebs when I could be knitting, cross stitching, baking, reading... but I love surfing.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The table was set nicely and we dined on sweet pickled octopus, cheese platter then a half crayfish each with a lovely salad...
It got chilly as the night went on but I was prepared and took socks, boots, scarf, gloves and coat to keep me warm - remembering how cold it got last year!
It was a good night indeed!
Cheers - Joolz xx
Saturday, January 18, 2014
So here are the vegetables with the salt added. I gave them a stir occasionally. This is left for 3 hours and the water that came out of it was amazing. I was wondering how so little pickling liquid would cover all the veggies when bottled but as the water comes out of the cucumbers, the volume goes down significantly.
This is all the sugar, vinegar and spices that make the pickling juice. These are all boiled together, ready to pop the veggies in.
Here is the finished product. They were very easy to make. Rhonda says to let them cure for 3-4 weeks before eating but one lady commented that she couldn't wait that long and they were delicious straight away! I will try them on Sunday with some cheese and biscuits!
A cool change blew in at around 6pm so it was lovely to throw open the front and back door and pull up some windows to let the breeze in. All week the house has been closed up and curtains drawn closed, I hated being in the dark!
We had a thunder and lightening storm later last night that brought good heavy rain to settle the dust after the wind whipped up from the North in the afternoon. My garage is a mess of dust, twigs and leaves - a job for Sunday!
We are off to Robe to the Boat & Fishing Festival - dinner will be on a fishing boat moored at the marina. We went last year - here's the link - http://simplyjoolz.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/dinner-dockside.html
I hope this extreme hot weather is over for now, today its going to be about 25C so that should be pleasant.
Cheers - Joolz xx
Oops, I couldn't wait! Deeeelicious! :)
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
It was a ripper of a day here yesterday! Sunshine, blue sky and a top temp near 30C.
Expected temps for the week :
Monday 35C (95F) - it reached 38.5C at 3.30pm now its starting to cool off.
Tuesday 40C (104F) - it made 43.1C
Wednesday 40C (104F)
Thursday 43C (109.4 F)
Friday 38C (100.4F)
I hope the wind stays away as this creates the biggest bushfire risk. There is a lot of grass fuel around be ause we have had such a wet summer.
I've been shopping already today, bought a cooked chicken which is now in the fridge and I have salad stuff to make potato salad and a coleslaw.
Stay cool, Aussies!
Cheers - Joolz xx
Sunday, January 12, 2014
425g (15oz) bread flour
375g (14oz) water1 teaspoon find grained salt1/4 teaspoon dried yeastsemolina, optional