Results tagged “Food” from Kazza the Blank One

Friday David and Kat came to stay which was nice.  We couldn't decide what to have for dinner, so went to the shop for inspiration.  While staring at the fridge some random came in so David asked "what's for dinner?", to which she said, pasta with chicken, cream, sundried tomatoes, and D&K were like "can we come to your place?" haha.  Did pick up some stuff and made creamy bacony porky pasta.  After dinner we finished the jigsaw I'd been working on for the week (all that was left was sky that took a third of the jigsaw).  And we put on Flying High because Kat needed to see it.  Except she wouldn't watch it.  Oh well.

Saturday morning we started a new jigsaw before they wandered off.  Didn't have a particularly efficient day.  Did some food shopping but that was about all.  Thought we'd have a nice quiet evening.  Watched Wall-E (because we don't have Ratatouille).  After the movie I tried to use David's G7X in stars mode, but I couldn't get it to focus.  I completely lost it.  My brother can get the most amazing photos out of that camera, but I can't even operate it in point and shoot mode.  Such a failure at life.  Which was sad because the sweetie had come out to sit with my while I was doing stuff, which was really nice, but I couldn't deal and went to bed.  And then woke up at about 1:45am and stayed awake for the next three or four hours.  Hurrah.

Sunday I was pretty much a zombie, so again, nothing got done.  Such a waste of a weekend.  I shoulda gone petanquing.  

David and Kat came back in the afternoon, complete with broken ankle.  Kat had rolled it on uneven ground on Saturday night.  They got it treated at Goulburn Base Hospital on Sunday on the way back here.  We finished the jigsaw we started on Saturday and watched some Good Place and had roast pork for dinner, and I slept a whole lot better.

Monday evening I think I managed to achieve more in an hour than I did all weekend.  Silly really.

Tuesday evening was hurty, which was remedied with wine and pizza, and a drink with Kit and Pete, one of our last ever at their place.  Sad times.

Turned on the cooler tonight for the first time this season.  I think it's going to be a hot one....

Not as Good as the Last

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Went over to Chrissie's for dinner on Friday.  It's been too long since I've seen them.  Didn't help that they were sick for like a month.  Aunty Di is coming down in the school holidays - mum you should get a slideshow together and come down.

Nathan seven months

Saturday was pretty much just house stuff all day.  I did make a lemon cheesecake that generally turned out well but needs a tweak or two on the recipe.  Just need to practise til I get it right ;)

Saturday evening we went over to Scott's so he could get a bit of practise with the pizza oven.  It turned out to be a slow process and by the time we got through three pizzas (two of them gluten free) we were quite full.  And there wasn't even enough cheese ;)

Pizza at Scott's (gluten free base)

Smoked duck pizza

Sunday just more house type stuff.  Did some food shopping and cooked pork belly for dinner.  Still not convinced by the recipe I've used twice now.  Tastes good but the crackling goes bubbly (and takes effort not to burn) and just isn't as good (and doesn't keep as well) as my normal method.  Watched Snatch because the guys at work said it was good, but I wasn't convinced.  I even struggled to stay awake through some of it..

Tonight I finished labelling day 16 of our East Asia trip, only three days to go.  And then I did a 500 piece jigsaw.  In an hour.  Whoops.

Labelling

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Have labelled hundreds of photos this week.

Well, on Monday and Wednesday.  Last night Ben came over with pizza to bribe the sweetie to help him with a job app :)  Was good to catch up.

Not much else, just some Anthony Bourdain Places Unknown.  And leftovers.

Recently Neil noted that Woollies are selling very thick-cut bread.  A couple of weeks ago we went on a mission to get some.  I dug out the recipe I'd found a while ago for Sizzler Cheese Toast.  I *loved* that stuff at Sizzler.  I think there's still one in Campbelltown.. must get there again some time.

Anyways.  Loaf of Texas toast in hand, mix up equal parts of butter and parmesan cheese into a paste, fry cheese side down with a lid on to steam.  You're welcome.

Ingredients for Sizzler cheese toast

Butter and cheese to make a paste

Spread on the bread

Fry face down

With a lid on

Sizzler cheese toast

So I used powdered parmesan cheese, which didn't really melt, so the texture was a bit crumby rather and meltedy.  I tried again the next day with shaved actual parmesan cheese, but that didn't work as well.  Also, don't make the spread too thick, otherwise it tends to separate from the bread.

It was damned delicious though!  We might have eaten the entire loaf that weekend..

XLV, and so on

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Sunday night I woke up at 2:30 and didn't get back to sleep til about 5:30.  Hurrah.

Tuesday was fairly quiet.  A small group of us went to Kingsley's.  Not KFC, which is more traditional, but Kingsley's is easier for a group.  In the afternoon went with Doc and Neil to Frank Bradley's funeral.  Lovely guy, had met him several times at bbqs at @CLBradley's, he made great salads, and stayed at his house at Kangaroo Valley for Chris' 50th.  He was 87 (and had only stopped working a year or so ago!)  In the evening we were going to go to Stanley's for dinner, except the place is closed on Tuesdays :(  Ended up at the George.  Had lamb shanks which were nice enough, but too much food and ended up feeling full and bloated which wasn't much fun, not to mention not sleeping well.

Wednesday was a pub lunch with comms.  Had nachos which were nice enough, but too much food and ended up feeling full and bloated which wasn't much fun, not to mention not really feeling like working in the afternoon.  Almost escaped early, and even made it to the car, but the sweetie got stuck at work, so went back inside for an hour.  Went to bed really early and actually had a pretty good nights' sleep.

Friday another early morning wake up, this time with hurty.  Had another pub lunch, this time with the Chrises, but this time I wisely shared some wings with @CLBradley, which meant didn't get overfull or bloated.  Much more pleasant.  In the evening watched I Kill Giants which was ok but I actually found it a bit disappointing because (spoiler alert!) she doesn't actually kill giants.  I mean I assumed that's where they were going with it, but it was still a bit of a let down.

Had a pretty quiet Saturday morning.  I probably should have labelled photos or scanned photos or sealed the shower, but instead spent the entire morning doing the jigsaw.  In the afternoon I went over to Chris's and picked up ingredients to make a lemon cheesecake slice.  It turned out ok, but a bit too smooshy, really could have done with a smidgen of gelatin.  We've been watching more Parts Unknown, getting through Tangiers, Peru, Congo (dug out my copy of Heart of Darkness I might read again some time) this week and Jerusalem last night.  I had the idea we should watch The Black Stallion Returns (I'd seen The Black Stallion recently although I didn't blog it which didn't help, and the sweetie wasn't with me.  The last time I saw them before that was when I bought them in 2004).

Today I sealed the shower.

FINALLY.

It only took me a year.  

Then we went to Serkan's for a Killifish group meeting, then to Jem Aquatics to revisit the lights situation.  I'd told them I wanted to go back to fluoros for now, so they refunded me for all three failed LEDs and I got some NEC (not Aqua One yayyyy!!) fluoros.  I was super happy and relieved, thanks Jem Aquatics!  I really am going to avoid Aqua One products wherever possible, and certainly avoid them for anything electronic.  Maybe in a couple of years time another manufacturer will get it right and I'll get lights that should last a lot longer...

Libya

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We've been watching Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown in recent weeks, and last night was the episode he did in Libya.  Like, two years after the fall of Ghaddafi and a year after the attack on the US in Benghazi.  That guy was *brave*!  So tonight the sweetie put on 13 Hours, about said attack in Benghazi.  It was very long but well done.  In some ways it reminded me of Saving Private Ryan.  Although was it just me or did all the guys kinda look the same?  The sweetie told me half way through it wasn't a happy ending (I didn't know the story at all) but more got out than I thought would.

In other news, I was planning to spend all day today labelling photos and sealing the shower.  Instead I ended up at the club labelling drawers in the office and regrouting the kitchen splashback.  These things happen.... 

Also visited Mr Bug after his thyroid surgery, he's doing quite well.

Chicken Kiev for dinner, because that's all we felt like by the time we made it home at 4pm and it was available at Chris' ..

Where were we?

Friday night went over to Chrissie's for a roast chicken dinner and lemon delicious for dessert which was lovely.  I can't believe Nathan is four months old already.. I've barely seen him!  I'm such a slack friend...

Nathan four months

Afterwards we were invited over to R&F's for supper which was nice as well.

Scott brought these.  Can't remember what they were called, but they had little syringes of frangelico you injected into them.
Dessert

Saturday I hopped in the car and headed for Sydney.  Made it in time for lunch at the New Golden Emperor Chinese Restaurant in Kirrawee for Mum's birthday lunch.  It was pretty average.  You know you're in a western Chinese restaurant when you don't even get chopsticks.  Still, the $8.30 lunch special which included chicken and corn soup was pretty good value and the serving sizes were huge.

New Golden Emperor chicken and corn soup

The other Karen and I got the $9.30 satay chicken and satay vegetables and mixed the two to get a better mix of meat/vegetables.  This is just the chicken dish.
New Golden Emperor satay chicken

After lunch we went back to Mum's and Aunty Di and Uncle Graham (not my uncle/aunty) and June came over as well and we had a couple of games of Five Crowns which was a bit of fun.  

Mum and her cards

Everyone left around 5pm and we were like "now what?".  So we went to Vivid.  As you do :)  I'll put pics for that in a separate post.  It was pretty crowded and the sweetie would have hated every second of it, but it was good to go be a tourist in Sydney again and get photos of pretty lights.

Sunday morning we went to church, where there were cakes for Mum and Elizabeth's birthdays.

Mum and her cake

Then headed an hour and a quarter across the other side of Sydney to Uncle Ken and Jeanine's place for lunch to celebrate Ken's birthday.  Various members of Ken and Jeanine's extended families were there - over twenty people outside for lunch!  

All the news reports and locals (except Ken) were complaining about how freezing it was, but it was an absolutely glorious day and NOT cold ;)
My cousins

Table

Lunch spread

Ken and Mum cutting their cakes

Then we went back to Mum's and I came home.

Monday I was pretty depressed because I didn't get any down/home time over the weekend.  It's only Wednesday but this week has felt *very* long :(

The other weekend I made Not Quite Nigella's Asian style beef cheeks again.  If anything they have *too much* flavour haha!  This time I did it on the stove so I could turn it up to high at the end to reduce it.  It stays pretty watery in the slow cooker.

This is the ingredients.  Two packs of beef cheeks from Coles, which I chopped into quarters and browned, but you don't have to do that.  An onion, garlic, a squirt of ginger paste (that didn't kill us after the great fridge power loss of 2018), half a cup of orange juice, half a cup of light soy sauce, a cup of water, a quarter cup of Shaoxing wine (I used dry cherry instead), peel of half an orange, chili to taste, and I used a good dose of Chinese five spice instead of star anise.

Beef cheeks ingredients

Cook on low for a few hours

Beef cheeks

Near the end add two tablespoons of sugar and two tablespoons of dark soy sauce, turn up the heat and reduce the sauce.

Beef cheeks

We got invited out with EffanC that night so had to package up all of it, although it was very tempting to scoff some of it anyway!!

Beef cheeks

And speaking of beef cheeks.  On Wednesday night Pete convinced Kit to go out for dinner for her birthday, so we tagged along.  We went to The George for dinner, and I ended up having beef cheeks to compare them with mine.  Quite different flavours but still very tasty and fall apart tender.

Shaw and Smith

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Last Thursday we went along with EffanC and Scott to Pialligo Estate for a "Meet the Maker" dinner with wines by Shaw and Smith.  This was a much smaller event than the Brokenwood dinners I've been to, but just as good.  Their head chef could do whatever he liked foodwise to showcase the wines.  A lovely evening of great food, wine and friends.

Meet the Maker at Pialligo Estate

Meet the Maker at Pialligo Estate

Poached coconut chicken breast salad, with 2017 sauvignon blanc

Chicken salad

Asian BBQ style prawn, chili, with 2015 M3 chardonnay

Chili prawns

Duck jungle curry, with 2016 pinot noir

Duck jungle curry

Sticky beef ribs, steam rice, Asian crispy brussels sprouts, with 2015 shiraz

Sticky beef ribs

Pecorino, spiced quince, with 2009 shiraz

Pecorino, spiced quince

Deep fried banana

Deep fried banana

Fondue!

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Last week Aunty Di and Uncle Graham came down to visit Chrissie, so I went over and we had a fondue night which was a lot of fun.

We did a cheese one that could have been a tad less runny but was still good

Cheese fondue

And a chocolate one (with cointreau) that Chrissie wasn't as fond of (next time we'll use a different liqueur) 

Chocolate fondue

Little Nathan at seven weeks

Nathan seven weeks

The sweetie and I had the leftover chocolate fondue for dessert last night.  It was a bit watery reheated.

Chocolate fondue leftovers

Butt cheeks?

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Had some security training this week, which was ok, aside from not really actually learning anything, but they thought it would be a good idea to remind us of all this stuff anyway.  Got kicked out of the building early on Friday so went and had a drink with Neil at the Labor Club, which we haven't done in forever.  The training course was catered, so dinner Friday night was leftover wraps (I won't mention that we had pizza *twice* this week hrmmm!! - on Tuesday because Stu had had a crap day and then on Thursday because Kit bribed him to get him to come down and offer some advice on an assignment she was working on).

Saturday was mostly just sorting Vic's Lego (it's not the sorting that's taking the time, it's checking Every. Damned. Piece. for fake ones).  I did pop out to get a UVB light bulb and basking globe for Stumpy.  He'd had a heat lamp at Chrissie's but no UV, so wondering if that's why he's been off his food in recent months.  In the afternoon I slow cooked Lorraine's Asian Style Beef Cheeks which were fricken awesome (and pretty healthy except for all the soy sauce which won't do my blood pressure any favours).  I still think I may need to add some cornflour to the sauce to thicken it, otherwise do it on the stove so can turn up the heat at the end to reduce the liquid down.  We also watched Return of the King, which took All. Night. to get through.  Even though we started only just after 6pm we didn't get to bed til after 11pm.  

Friday I did a bit of cleaning up in the back yard.  Did some Lego sorting and watched Clerks.  OMFG such a dumb movie.  Labelled a comedy but I didn't find a single thing to even smile at, let alone laugh at.  What a waste of time.  Had leftovers for dinner and we watched The Two Towers (started just after 6pm, finished nearly 10:30pm).

Saturday spent quite a bit of time helping Pete redo our awning out the back (whoever mounted the sheeting had the edge finish over the top of the edge piece of wood, so whenever it rained water would seep into the wood and it had gone rotten).  Did a Bunnings run and I painted all the bits (Mission Brown FTW!  - as an aside, not happy with the Bunnings guy who decided he could try and sell me something I didn't need when just plain old mission brown would be just fine thankyouverymuch).  Watched Chasing Amy in the afternoon, which was significantly better than Clerks.  At least it had a story.  In the evening we watched Enterprise and Homeland.

Sunday morning was just house bits and pieces.  Finished scanning another album of mum's.  After lunch we headed out to the club to chillax.  Well kinda.  For a non-event weekend there were *heaps* of people there.  Had a bit of a swim, but mostly just sat around and chatting.  Word got out that we were going to fire up the pizza oven, so pretty much everyone brought their own pizzas to cook which was a bit of fun.  Eventually cleared the room when I started singing Queen.  Whoops.

Monday was a quiet day, mostly just sorting Lego and watching Dad's WWII documentaries.  In the afternoon watched Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was actually quite fun, mainly because of all the self references with the whole series, many of which I got, many of which I'm sure I didn't.  Also did some food shopping and cooked roast beef for dinner and watched some Enterprise.

So Saturday night was our work ball.  Lots of eating, drinking and dancing.  Always a great night!

Us at the ball

The room was blue.  Very very blue.

Blue

The band - Something Like this

Something Like This

Obligatory food photos...

For entree I had the pork belly which was pretty awesome.  The sweetie had the cured salmon and crab but I didn't try any of that.

Ball pork

Ball salmon

For mains the sweetie and I both had the stuffed chicken.  I found mine to be a tad dry and wasn't much of a fan of the polenta cake.  I tried a mouthful of Lachie's lamb and that was pretty nice.

Ball chicken

Ball lamb

We also both ended up with the lemon meringue tart, which suited Lachie and Sarah as they both wanted the chocolate lava cake.

Ball lemon meringue tart

Ball lava cake

Yesterday we headed out to the club *first thing* which was somewhat stressful.  I spent three hours dismantling Lego while the committee meeting was on, then we all spent the afternoon in the pool which was nice enough.  Came home and watched some Enterprise.

Club lizard

This morning I woke up depressed because *yet another* weekend was half gone on account of the club.

Today alternated between housework and trivia night prep and Lego sorting.

Cooked some cheese and spinach stuffed chicken for dinner and watched Enterprise and the start of season six of Homeland.  

And while it's a little too early for bed time, I might have a go at it anyway, on account of going to bed at nine thirty last night but then not getting to sleep til 11:30 :(

Sedate Sunday

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Had a pretty productive morning this morning Getting Things Done which was pretty good.

Spent a bit of time jigsawing and watching Dad's documentaries this arvo.

Cooked coq au vin for dinner, and we watched some more of "Top 10 Architecture" and then "I am Your Father" - a documentary on David Prowse.  Which was good, but basically a big teaser.. "oh we're going to film him doing the end of Return of the Jedi as it should have been done but you can't see it HA HA".  yeup.  #fail

Ignored

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Friday.

Yeup.

Ok day, relatively busy. 

The little brother and then Leanne came over for dinner.  Just did spaghetti with bascaiola sauce (cream, bacon, garlic - no mushrooms on account of my brother doesn't like mushrooms).  Nice enough, if a little carby and veggie-less (we haven't been shopping in two weeks).  Although I then did find the epic zucchinis in the fridge we got off Kit that I need to use soon.

Having a moment now on account of whenever I open my mouth people switch off and don't listen.  Hate that crap.

Burns Night

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So somehow we ended up volunteering to do a Burns Night dinner at the club last night.

We took the 9kg of mashed potatoes we cooked on Friday and heated them up in a couple of slow cookers (tatties).  Stu cooked swedes (which take a *lot* longer than potatoes to get soft) and mashed them as well (neeps).  I added butter and salt to 9kg of pork and cooked them alllll afternoon.  There was also I think a kilo and a half of haggis.  Finally we did up some frozen peas and carrots.  I also made my own apple sauce and packet gravy.  Chris made up two cranachans (one with whiskey) which looked nothing like any google image search you'll do of it but tasted pretty good.

Burns Night pork

Burns Night haggis

Burns Night Stu and haggis

Burns Night veggies

Burns Night cranachan

For about forty five people.

Yipe.

Good news is there was plenty of pork, potato and haggis for everyone, and pretty much the whole lot got eaten.  Bad news is we ran out of peas, carrots, apple sauce and gravy before we'd quite fed everyone (including us servers).  Doh!!

But everyone seemed to have a good night, including the three that stayed up til about 4:45am hehe.  I dropped in to say hi to them after going to the loo at one point and had to evict *three* frogs!!  One from the bathroom and two from the shed.  Such little cuties!

Today we lazed around, cleaned up, had a swim, then came home via the Scottish Restaurant.  Both pretty tired this afternoon and evening though.

Speaking of Zombies..

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Went to bed at 10pm.  Woke up at 3am.  Had about an hour or so worth of sleep after that.  Hurrah.  Zombie day today.

Went food shopping this morning then the sweetie spent all afternoon mashing 9kg of potatoes (I peeled most of them!).  Then at the very last minute (a couple of hours notice) Stu's dad came over for dinner.  I went across the road for some salady bits and did some pasta which was actually quite nice (used most of the basil plant I've been growing all summer!).  

Inflicted Stu's dad with our last holiday slide show, then headed down to Kit's for a drink.

In other news, two hundred and thirty years ago today some ancestors of mine got off a boat a few hundred kilometres from here, and for that we get a holiday..

And now it's way past my bed time..

So we'd been planning to go out to the club today.

But then I woke up at dentist time.  And lay there for two hours.  Got up for an hour and read feeds.  Then lay in bed for another hour.  Finally got about another hour and a half's sleep, but was still a zombie this morning.

Cooked David some breakfast, then he headed home.

Stu also didn't sleep very well so we decided we'd avoid people and stay home.

I spent the afternoon cleaning out drawers and cupboards in the kitchen, wiping them out and decluttering them.  I'm selling/giving a way a few things.  Selling the juicer and the ice cream maker - anyone interested?  And giving away a blender, a toasted sandwich maker and a coffee grinder.  Felt a lot better for having actually achieved something today, and getting some much needed down time.

In the evening I cooked up some fish (that we got last weekend but everything kept getting in the way and we hadn't cooked it yet), with some mushrooms and salad.  Watched the third episode of Star Trek Discovery, which was a lot better than the previous two, and then watched Look Who's Talking Too.

9pm and it's totally bed time..

So most of this morning was going through the year's receipts and cross checking them with bank statements to make sure things tallied up (they pretty much did).  I did find the Jem Aquatics receipt from October for the second LED light, so if that goes pffft at least I've got a receipt for it. 

After lunch went with Chrissie for a doctors appointment at the hospital.  Sadly it looks like I won't be allowed to be present at the birth.  Sad times.  

In the afternoon Stu did some tidying up of the fish stuff in the garage, so I did some cleaning up in the garage as well which was good.

Headed out to Bunnings so Stu could pick up some tubing to redo some of his little fish tanks.

Then I cooked a mostly vegetarian feast of roasted vegetables.  First course was mushrooms stuffed with mushroom, bacon, tomato and cheese.  Then there was potato bake (would you like some potato with your cream and cheese?), brussels sprouts and parsnip with bacon, and roast sweet potato and potato.  Pretty yummy.

In the evening we watched Star Trek Discovery (still not convinced - most of the episode was Klingons just rambling on), and Snowpiercer, which was like 1984 meets The Cube meets The Hunger Games meets Brave New World.  I just didn't *get* it (there were far too many issues with the messy plot to distract me - just go read some of the reviews on IMDB which list the issues I also had with it), but Stu was like "it's an allegory" and I'm like .. hrmm

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IT geek, originally from Sydney, moved to Canberra in 2007. Married to "the sweetie", aka Stu. Prolific photographer, Lego junkie and tropical fish keeper.

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