December 29, 2011

The Turtle

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 8:20 pm
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Just as we were due to play tennis one day (late November), it started pouring rain. We called it off and as I was driving up the road in Woodvale, I saw the turtle (some may call it a tortoise, take your pic) crossing the road. And no, it wasn’t moving that slowly, it was actually getting along at a pretty decent pace. Well that was until I jumped out and took a few pics and he started retreating into his shell. Someone asked me why I didn’t move it off the road. Ummm, take a look at those claws!


Catching up

Filed under: Food — pearsey @ 8:12 pm
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I haven’t really blogged much for a while, guess that’s because I’ve been busy. If we go back to November, I got into a bit of a cooking groove. Here’s some pictures of some of the food, I think the favourite would be lemon meringue pie!

The cake (basic buttercake with added coconut) was made from scratch, with a recommended preparation time of 20 minutes. Took me much longer than that! The banana crumble was ok, but I don’t think I’d make it again unless I was trying to get rid of some bananas! The choc coconut slice is nice and easy, but I had no cocoa, so I substituted milo. Still tasted pretty good. Pavlova slice is always a winner and is really easy!

I somehow managed to read the recipe wrong with my chewy choc oat biscuits and put in extra coconut. Not sure that accounts for the way they expanded and joined together though. Even though they didn’t look so great, they still taste good and keep for ages! Even better.

In another recipe mixup, I put a whole can of condensed milk in the lemon slice instead of half a can. It turned out a bit sticky, but that’s it. That also keeps quite well and I’m still eating it. Had a slight mishap with the icing on that as well. Put in the juice of a WHOLE lemon. Ohhh… the icing was soooooo runny. Kept putting in icing sugar, then decided that was getting nowhere so I went with the corn flour. That actually started to thicken it up with no noticeable taste issues. (I’m putting that tip here for next time my icing turns out too runny.)

The salmon patties were mainly made as a trial. I wanted to see how they came up if I ate them cold or froze them. They seem to taste ok, but really, I didn’t love them. Reasonably easy except for making the actual patties which was a bit time consuming.

After all that baking effort in November and early December, I haven’t done much cooking at all til now. For Christmas eve lunch at work (well technically Christmas eve eve) I made a tuna and tomato flan. Such an easy dish that still tasted great reheated the next day. I think everyone at work loved it (and that’s hard to achieve).

So that’s about it for my cooking exploits recently. I’ll be getting back into it soon, so stay tuned.

December 28, 2011

Christmas Haul

Filed under: Idle Ramblings — pearsey @ 7:21 pm

We’ve just had Christmas 2011, so here’s a bit of a recap on the 4 day weekend. My brother was home from Europe, so it was good to see him Christmas day, although my sister was sick, so her and Gary didn’t come up. That meant we did Christmas on Christmas Day and a couple of days later on the official Christmas day public holiday. Saturday I spent with Dad finishing off Gary’s present – a super cool aeroplane letter box! Definitely well worth the time and effort spent on it, although when they didn’t come up on the Sunday, I nearly kept it for myself just because I think it’s so cool! On Monday Steve and I continued the boxing day squash tradition and we also managed to fit in a bit of kite flying on Tuesday (Christmas day take 2).

Anyway, here we go with the annual Christmas present list. I certainly did pretty well again this Christmas!

  • BENQ 22 inch LED monitor
  • Squash racquet
  • 2 rolls of waxed lunch wrap
  • Carving Fork
  • 16Gb Lexar SD HC memory card
  • Necklace from Lake Toba in Indonesia
  • Key ring from Lake Toba in Indonesia with my name engraved on it
  • Key ring from Singapore
  • 320GB Seagate portable expansion drive
  • A 450 piece jigsaw puzzle of the Cologne Cathedral from Europe (thanks to Steve)
  • Biscuit slice pan (26cm x 16cm)
  • Mozart miniature violin
  • An enamel plate
  • Shower Caddy
  • A 2012 desk calendar that I made for everyone (and kept one for myself)
  • Some cashew nuts and shortbread

To go with the aeroplane, I wrote a short story “The Adventures of Elley the Elephant – Elley and the Aeroplane”. Hilarious listening to Gary read it out after he’d got his aeroplane.
Here’s a couple of photos of the finished project.

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