Sunday, March 30, 2014

Off my iPhone ...

I just had to add to this post to say that this is my 1000th post since starting blogging in August 2008!  Wow, I've met some lovely online friends and learned so much from it all.

Since I last posted these are pics off my phone. Oh, goodness there are some food pics in there. Oh, well I suppose we all have to eat!
We've been enjoying fresh juice every weekday morning...
Mini vegetable quiches with salad ...
A quick lamb curry using a HotPot mix.
Into the crockpot at 1pm (thrown in as I went back to work) ...
Ready at 5pm!
A trip to Adelaide saw me home alone for a few hours, waiting for Gus to arrive. The girls had gone to see The Rocky Horrow Show live at the Festival Theatre.
When Gus arrived, we headed for our favourite Indian restaurant, Hazara on The Parade). This was the night we were meant to go see The Rolling Stones, but of course the concert was cancelled due to the tragic circumstance of Mick Jagger's girlfriend taking her own life.
Next morning we caught up with our friens, Mike and Pauline, and our girls for a beautiful breakfast at Chianti Classico. Champagne too, why not?
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Sunday night we went to Rain on The Parade for delicious Thai...
Back home, later in the week we had Thai beef salad...
I earned Best Wife of the Year award when I made this Tasmanian Salmon salad for Gus' lunch. He was beside himself!
I down-graded and had tinned tuna with balsamic vinegar and this fruit and veggie plate. It was very filling...
I bought this Bellini which is very similar to the Nutri Bullet - the motor is not quite as powerful but for $29 it was a bargain. I made a banana choc smoothie in two seconds flat!
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I got new glasses - these have graduated lenses so it is taking a while to adjust. And yikes, they were quite a bit more expensive than previous lenses!
Season 4 of Downton Abbey arrived in the mail - I have all the bottm row to watch!
Last night saw us visit Horsham in Victoria. We dined at the local Thai but it was a bit lacklustre. Hours of business on the door said open until 9.30pm. We arrived late after ringing them and were told we had to be there by 8.30pm or no go. We got there and had to order straight up and the entree and main come out all together. We didn't realised it was a BYO so Gus had to sprint down the road to the BWS to grab a bottle of wine!
The Massaman chicken curry was okay but I dont think the chicken had been cooked in the sauce for long, not a lot of flavour...
Today we headed for home down some back roads ... that happened to lead us to some wineries!
More narrow country roads. The countey is still very dry, they haven't had any good rain for quite a while.
Back over the SA border...
We called into Coonawarra and had lunch at Fodder - wood fired char grilled pork belly entree
and shared a light crispy wood fired pizza...
Then it was back on the road, heading for home...
Something light for dinner - curried pumpkin and coconut soup...
I sauteed onion, carrot and celery then added pumpkin and sweet potato, chicken stock, salt and pepps and a generous tablespoon of curry powder.

Fabric hunting ...

 

These from Spotlight, Mount Gambier...

... and these from Spotlight, Horsham (Vic).

I have extended the palette so that it will be a bit more patchy with a few brights, darker colours, checks and stripes. I tend to want to group only matching colours and that is not how this quilt should be.

This is Alicia Paulson's quilt from Posie gets Cozy http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/

I will soon have enough fabric to start cutting out the rectangles (same width, random lengths). Alicia used about 30 different fabrics and I am nearly there!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Bad blogger!

Sorry, I've been absent for 11 days - just busy doing 'stuff' - I'll be back soon!
Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, March 16, 2014

More stash ...

 

From Lincraft in Ballarat...

and Habit Patch in Penola - seriously lovely fabrics here!

Joolz xx

 

Time flies ...

Another week has flown by - after flying home from Adelaide on Monday, Tuesday saw us driving two cars to Melbourne to deliver. A quick overnight stay with firends then back home on Wednesday!
Can you tell that I like blue and white mugs?
Friday night I decided a curry was in order so I made Ern's Beef & Potato curry - always a winner! Out came big blue for the job...
Here are all the spices frying off, the smell was incredible!
I also made naan bread - there is no comparison with store bought crap!
Oh, yum! Gus was a happy man when he got home Friday night, the smell wafting through the house...
Saturday, I made more bread rolls to freeze.
I made Satay Chicken pies for dinner ...
Oh, I'm naughty! I had a hankering for Lemon Delicious pudding... This recipe always gets me flustered for some reason. You have to whisk egg whites and sugar, then egg yolks and sugar, then add melted butter, lemon juice, zest and milk then a tiny bit of flour. Then gently fold in the stiff egg whites then tip the whole lot into an oven proof dish. Then it goes into a water bath to bake uncovered for 50 minutes. This time - perfection! A light fluffy pudding top with a gooey lemoney sauce underneath.
Today we headed for Coonawarra for lunch at Upstair's at Hollick's...
We were not disappointed, the food absolutely delicious!
We hadn't been to Wynn's for a long time so we did some tasting there and bought a bit.
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I love this big wire wall hanging...
And finally, a funny for MyKitchenRules fans! See the resemblance?
Settling in now to watch The Block, So You Think You Can Dance and Sixty Minutes...
I am very thankful that we've had lovely showers of rain all over the weekend so I hope other parts are getting a bit too.
Cheers
Joolz xx

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