Friday, October 31, 2008
It is on it's way ...... Christmas, especially for stitchers, crafters and anyone who lovingly creates .... Here is the latest Christmas Stocking getting ready to join the rest of the family. How this time comes so quickly ... one minute it's August and you think, oh - there's plenty of time ... and the next minute amongst our daily lives you realize ... yipes, it's November tomorrow and time speeds up. May you enjoy your handwork for the season!
We just had our first Trick or Treaters followed quickly by another lot. Had some treats for the first lot but had to resort to a trick for the next 6 in the group .... sticks of parsley and a spinach leaf for the lucky one !!!!! What they must've thought .... Never mind, they started munching on the parsley anyway!!!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I have thoroughly enjoyed your visits ... and thank you for calling in.
I think a celebration is in order now ...
Any Excuse Chocolate Pate : (from Choosing Happiness, Life & soul essentials - Stephanie Dowrick)
. 300g good quality bittersweet chocolate
. 1 cup cream . 2 cups fresh raspberries
. Chop chocolate and place in bowl over hot water
. Stir chocolate with cream until melted
. Place cling wrap directly on to surface of pate and refrigerate until firm
. To serve, scoop pate onto plate and garnish with fresh raspberries ... very decadent. Enjoy - perhaps with a glass of pink champagne ...
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Today I'd like to share a poem I came across in a little publication entitled The Country Web - a poem I can fully relate to as we bring up our daughter with a disability ...
Welcome to Holland - written by a Mother, Source Unknown:
I am often asked to describe the experience of rasing a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this ...
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guidebooks and make your wonderful plans. The Colosseum, Michelangelo's David - the gondolas of Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, 'Welcome to Holland'.
'Holland'? You say. 'What do you mean Holland? I signed up for Italy! I'm suppposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy'.
But there has been a change in the flight plan. They have landed in Holland, and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, filthy place, full of famine and disease. It's just a different place. So you must buy new guidebooks. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while, you look around, and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they are all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, 'Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That is what I had planned'.
The pain of that will never go away, because the loss of a dream is a very significant loss. But if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland.
And how true every word is - sometimes I think it would be lovely to meet this very special Mother ....
Late entry - Kate Morton whom I emailed a couple of weeks ago about how I thoroughly enjoyed her book The Forgotten Garden replied to my email ... how cool is that!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
for us. It fits nicely into the little timber nook but looks oh so different when it was amongst the all white timber. The timbers all just fit in nicely with each other. Enjoying everything that has Paris on it at the moment ... the lovely ink pot, timber burl and quill came from Tasmania in a little place called The Nut. Now I have to get myself a nib and then I can have my coffee and get cracking with those Christmas Cards looming on the horizon!!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
. 1.2 kg calamari, tube
. 250 g flour
. 20g salt
. 5 g cracked pepper
. 10g chilli powder
. 10 sprigs coriander
. 2 each banana leaves
. each lemon wedges
. 1 stalk spring onion
. peanut oil for frying
1. Cut calamari into thin strips
2. Combine four, salt, pepper, chilli in a bowl and mix well
3. Put small amounts of calamari into the flour, coat well and shake off any excess
4. Deep-fry in small amounts for 2 minutes to keep it crisp and place on absorbent paper.
GARNISH AND ASSEMBLY
1. Deep-fry coriander sprigs. Take care as the water content of the herb can make the oil spit
2. Place a banana leaf (lettuce is okay too) in the centre of a pre-warmed plate and top with the calamari and coriander
3. Garnish the lemon wedges and julienne of spring onions.
If you want a brighter red colour add some paprika to your flour mixture. Different peppers work well also ... enjoy!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
This re-cuperating time has been sooo good, doing extra things that I normally wouldn't do eg. set up this blog. My Hubby has been exceptional ... we have a daughter with a disability and he has been doing everything ... and I mean everything, looking after her, the house ... and me. I am truly blessed.
Now wondering about this TAFE course, whether I should push it and go back and do it or take it easy and let healing well and truly set in ...
Saturday, October 18, 2008
2. Pavlova 3. Baked Apples with Cloves in a Pastry Gown
4. Cherry Clafoutis 5. Dark Chocolate Cheesecake, Blood
Orange and Cointreau Compote (pictured from my class - the blob on the side is curled chocolate)
6. Black Forest Gateau 7. Sticky Date Pudding
The idea is to do 7 entrees, 7 main meals and 7 desserts for
this assignment, cost them and pretend we have a Restaurant ... I can now appreciate the time and effort going into making up a menu, making it sound appetizing and the layout of it all - down to the font!
I know this is all in the wrong order but I thought starting off with main meals followed by a dessert and then trying to fit entrees in.
So ... here are the offerings for entree:
1. Minestrone Soup 2. Tempura of Vegetables and Prawns 3. Mini Spring Rolls with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce 4. Citrus Salad with Baby Spinach 5. Peperonata and Goat's Cheese Tart 6. Calamari with Chilli Salt 7. Grandfather's Master Soy Stock Poached Chicken Salad. Now ... back to the drawing board.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
A couple of bags recently
finished ... the spotty one is a reverse of the floral one ... both in pretty colours, quite a change from the usual darker colours, quite suits our new life on the coast.
At the moment reading Susan Duncan "The House", all about living in the house that Dorothea Mckellar lived in. The others recently finished while laying around not being able to do too much.
Also at present trying to do assignment - choosing 7 entrees, mains & desserts.
1. Cajun Style Salmon with Salsaa Fresco and Fried Parsnips
2. Thai Chicken Curry
3. Turkey & Kangaroo Pie in Mulled Wine Sauce with Vegetable Panache
4. Crumbed Veal Escalopes with Marsala Sauce served with Turned Vegetables & Bean Bundles
5. Braised Lamb Shanks with Paysanne of Vegetables
6. Fillet Steak with Green Peppercorn Sauce ....
7. Risotto with Grilled Mushrooms. Thinking out loud here, have to work on the steak and accompaniments, probably Potato Roesti/chips/ and some sort of salad. Back to the books then ... and my six weeks isn't even up yet!!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friends are quiet angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how fly ...
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I had an enquiry from Vosgesparis as to what a PT Cruiser was ... so here 'tis ... A retro looking car, a very friendly car as when you drive it other Cruisers wave to you. They even have a Club where you meet others and go cruisin' ... and I couldn't resist the shoes!!!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Welcome To My World
Welcome to my world ... a journal of our Sea Change ... Mum to three wonderful children ... bringing up a daughter with a disability and seeing life through her eyes ... being a new Nanna ... photos ... inspiring quotes ... taking on a cookery course ... the odd recipe ... and trying to get some stitching done amongst all this ...