Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A weekend at home...

Look what I found going through some files on my computer at work!

It's Brianna holding our two kittens, Clyde and Bonnie - way back in early 2007...

Poor Clyde didn't see out the end of 2007 before he was hit by a car but Bonnie has survived living on a main road, she is a resilient outdoor mogster. We shut her in each night in our garage if she chooses to come home... (where she usually sleeps on the bonnet of my car !) but she roams free during the day.

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Gus cooked this recipe that was in the Who magazine. We didn't have fresh figs so we used dried ones. Equally as good!

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The pearl barley was a new thing for us. I can remember mum putting it in casseroles but I have never had it like rice. Pleasantly surprised.

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As you can see, I was impressed with the dish!

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Oh, dear! We are still eating Easter chocolate here...just little bits here and there...

After making the date loaf and biscuits on Saturday, I made choc chip muffins on Sunday morning. These went to feed our hungry workers who turned up for a working bee. Gus was thrilled with what was achieved to clean up the dealership. Men hoard all sorts of things but they ended up taking 8 trailer loads to the refuse dump.

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I finished watching Season 5 of Downton Abbey. I really enjoyed it and can't wait for the final Season 6 which will air in 2016.

Then I got stuck into resurrecting our aging CD collection. Men! They never put anything away! I had to pair up CD's with dusty, broken cases. Some of the covers, I couldn't even read because they were so dusty! We had a CD player in the garage for playing when we sat outside. We now have a new system that works through our wi-fi and iTunes. No CD's needed! We just need to get any favourite CD's into our iTunes files - that may take a while!

Anyway, here they all are, shiny bright and back in their cases and stored in a plastic stacker box in the shed. There were only about 4 CD's missing so not a bad result.

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My next job was prepping for the curry I wanted to make fir Sunday night dinner...

These curries are quite time consuming - assembling the ingredients, making each step in readiness for cooking...

I had to debone a small leg of lamb, make the curry spice paste which had about 10 spices in it plus cook the rice (to which I added dried cranberries, sultanas, cinnamon and hazelnuts to make a sort of Kashmiri pulao) and make a cucumber mint raita...

It came together very nicely, quite hot (I am still learning to judge the hotness of dried red chillies which are like fire crackers!) but delicious.
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Now it's Tuesday and I am off to try and buy a winter coat like the grey one pictured. We are off to the Anzac march in Adelaide this coming weekend and its going to be cold!

Cheers - Joolz xx

 

7 comments:

  1. as always all your meals look so good. We had a good clean out before we moved last year.

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  2. Oh that coat does look warm. Hope you had a successful shopping trip. Loved hearing about your weekend, and all your cooking!

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    1. I found that coat and bought the size I thought would fit but on trying it on again, it looked too big. Lucky we have a Target Country store in our small town. I went in there this morning and they had the next size down. Perfect!

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  3. I have to get back into the swing of baking again - trying to find that cranberry and oatmeal biscuit recipe - think it is on the Down to Earth blog .....

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  4. Oh my goodness, the chicken and figs looks fabulous as does the curry! Had to laugh when I saw the ZZ Top cd on top of the pile...I have the same one. My son-in-law saw it lying on the treadmill one day and made a snide comment. Apparently we are not supposed to enjoy the same music now that we listened to before he was born. Sorry bud...we're still the cool parents. I have one of my grandsons convinced that I'm in the process of writing a rap composition. :)

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    1. Gus loves ZZTop, me not so much! I love American Country! My dream is to return to the US and visit Nashville. Would love to see more of Texas as we only went across the pan handle (in about an hour and a half) when we did Route 66.

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  5. That chicken dish with the figs looks delicious. As does all your other food! :)
    Anne xx

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