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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

The End of the Year

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Saturday 23.12.17

Dropped into Chrissie's to pick up keys and instructions for animal feeding, then did our food shopping for the week.  

Sunday 24.12.17 - Christmas Eve

Spent pretty much the entire afternoon cooking.  I cooked up a Christmas caramel slice (flavoured with a little ginger and spice), a cherry/raspberry white chocolate cheesecake that looked like crap, whoops, and then a 2.8kg piece of roast pork, as well as potato bake and roast veggies.  In the evening we had our Christmas Eve feast and watched new episodes of Fuller House, and started watching season four of Rake.

Pork and potato feast

Pork and potato feast

The fridge is choc-a-block full!

Full fridge

Monday 25.12.17 - Christmas Day

Had a relaxing and quiet morning because I didn't need to do any cooking.  I did clean up the kitchen, the bathroom, and the vomit some animal had left on our front patio - gross!!!  The sweetie and I went out and did a little pokegressing, then dropped into Chrissie's to feed the animals.  Came home and did a final bit of house tidying (and found out both families were coming for dessert, not just one).  After lunch (I had leftover pork and potato - yum!) Annie and the kids came over for dessert, and a little while later Scott and the family came over as well.  There was so. much. dessert.  And I'm not even a big dessert person.  My teeth hurt just looking at all the sugar!

Christmas caramel slice

Christmas desserts

By the time everyone left the sweetie and I were completely exhausted from *people*.  I cooked up the section of crackling that had been under the roast and so not crackled, and had that for dinner.  In the evening just Fuller House and Rake.

Tuesday 26.12.17 - Boxing Day

Did a bit of decluttering in the spare room - pulled out a pile of clothes to give/throw away, and started separating some of the stuff in the entrance way of what to Green Shed/Freecycle/eBay.  Cleaned the kitchen and family room window sills and trimmed the thyme which had been going a little crazy and tidied up all the herbs.  Did a bit of jigsawing, and worked on my new Nanoblocks building.  In the evening we went to Kit's as she and Pete were having a barbeque and a bunch of their friends came.  Stayed up probably a little too late, but it was a nice night.

Kit boxing day party

Wednesday 27.12.17

Had a bit of a slow start.  Did a water change in the angel tank.  We'd been planning to meet up with Potty etc to see a movie, but in between deciding which movie/session to see and actually booking it, they sold out.  We met up with them at the mall anyway for lunch (I also needed a few things at the shops so did that first).  Then everyone came back to our place for dessert take 2 (and the kids had a swim as well).  So I had to put away all the stuff that I'd spread out on the lounge room floor back into the spare room, where it's now out of sight out of mind :(  We put on the animated live action The Jungle Book to watch in the afternoon.  I say animated because just about the only thing that was real in the entire movie was the kid.  Still, it wasn't too bad.  I did the edge for the World's Most Difficult Jigsaw while watching.  By the time everyone left the sweetie and I were completely exhausted from *people*.  That and an entire day gone with pretty much nothing to show for it.

Thursday 28.12.17

Alternated between fifteen minutes at a time doing some deep cleaning in the bathroom, and doing the big jigsaw.  In the evening (it was Thursday after all), the sweetie ordered an epic pizza from Dominos.  It was nice enough, but it was sorely lacking in pepperoni, which was pretty disappointing.

Epic pizza

We watched The Space Between Us, which was nice enough, but some of the problems with it annoyed me (spoilers!!) - like being able to have online chats in real time - don't you know there's a three to twenty-four minute delay each way on comms (depending on position in orbits)??  Or what are they going to feed the kid?  I'm sure they didn't send any baby formula on the mission!  And I did call out the father very early on.

Friday 29.12.17

Just a few bits and pieces in the morning, including testing the dead LED fish tank light in the fitting downstairs.  I bought the LED light in April, but it died a week or so ago.  I'm pretty pissed off about that because the light was twice the price of a regular fluoro light, but it only lasted half as long.  I'm also pretty pissed that we don't have a receipt, because the sweetie doesn't tend to keep receipts.  Going to have to make a point of always getting him to give me receipts when we go shopping.  I know exactly when we bought it, and it should be in the sweetie's credit card statements, so going to try our luck getting a refund or replacement.  Moral of the story:  AquaOne is evil, and their products are crappy (always have been).  We bought another LED light in October that's still working, but we don't have a receipt for it either, so can guarantee it's going to die shortly too :(

Went into Belco to get our pool water tested.  Good news is our sunscreen levels are now down to the correct levels after last summer's dramas.  Bad news is there's no buffering (total alkalinity), which means it's all a bit unstable.  And even though our test kits say there's plenty of chlorine, the pool shop testing says there's none.  *sigh*

Went into the city for doctor stuff and lunch.  We went to Hero Sushi which is usually crowded and pretty good, but it was half empty and all the hot food was cold which wasn't much fun. Mostly just sorted pairs of pieces in the little jigsaw in the afternoon.  Had a swim then added a bunch of pool chemicals.

Saturday 30.12.17

Finished The World's Most Difficult jigsaw (it's not) fairly quickly in the morning, then finished the Nanoblocks Empire State Building.

Nanoblocks Empire State Building

Worked on the big jigsaw for a while in the afternoon so could finish it by the end of the year.  Serena came over after seeing Kit, and had a quick swim.  We watched Coyote Ugly in the evening which I first saw on the plane to the USA in 2000.  I didn't realise I'd seen it again back in 2003.  

Sunday 31.12.17 - New Years Eve

Was awake from dentist time to about 5:30am, then only managed about another two hours sleep after that.  So pretty tired and a very slow morning.  Watched Cinderella while finishing off that section of the jigsaw.  It's a pretty lame movie actually.  I don't think I've seen it since I was a kid.  There's a whole heap of just slapstick, and the "love" story is pathetic.  How do you fall in love with someone without them even saying a word??  Sure you can get a bit of a crush, but that's not really enough to live "happily ever after". 

Went out for lunch at the markets and to do our food shopping.  We didn't do much shopping as none of the butchers were open, I was super tired so couldn't even think about vegetables (and Tom's was very depleted on stock anyway).  We did pick up a huge pile of fish for $19/kg though, gave some to Kit, froze some, and will have it as a couple of meals in the next few days. 

This afternoon has just been catching up on this blog, and I've still got to finish my year in review post.  I started off well this year, taking notes for most of the year at the beginning of December.  But then everything just went crazy before Christmas and I kept putting it off.  It's probably half done so need to do that if there's nothing else I do before tonight.  We have no plans yet for New Years.  I'll be lucky to stay awake!

Saturday morning I had to go into work for upgrades.  It all went well but took *forever* waiting for things.  So I didn't get home til like 1:30pm or something.  Serena was there, having just gotten back from ObstaSplash with Kit.  Took her home after a while, then went to Casey Supabarn to do our food shopping.  We accidentally bought a $70 bottle of sparkling shiraz, because either someone had mislabelled it, or someone had moved it, but we thought we would be paying $20 for it.  I was *pissed* when I saw the receipt when we got home.  And then I also noticed we'd been charged eight times for six tins of tuna.  The dude had reversed one of them, but it still meant we paid for seven tins of tuna when we only got six.  Won't be shopping there again any time soon.

So got home, and made a caramel slice.  And then it was 6pm.  Time to head over to EffanC's with aforementioned super expensive sparkling shiraz and caramel slice.  R&F were there too so it was quite a pleasant evening.  

But half my weekend was gone and I hadn't had any "home" time.

So Sunday we didn't leave the house.  I did a bit of housework and computer stuff and jigsaw.  Didn't get quite as much done as I would have liked, but better than nothing.  On Sunday afternoon I watched the original Beauty and the Beast, while finishing up part I of the Memorable Moments jigsaw.  In the evening I watched another unopened dvd - Dirty Dancing - which I bought from Big W for $5 - in January 2007!  Whoops.  I also watched First Flight: Secrets of the Dreamliner, about Qantas' purchase of their first 787 Dreamliner.  Very cool :)

Food

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Bit of catching up here, and this isn't even everything heh

Tried out Gozleme King in the mall in June.  It was quite nice, although the spinach leaves a bit of an after taste on the top of my mouth that I don't like that much.  Later tried peri peri chicken which was nice enough too.  But would be nice if they had a "dine in" option as they go through a *lot* of cardboard boxes.

Gozleme King

Got these heirloom tomatoes at the markets in July.  Not bad, although they do tend to dry out in the tub they're in at the markets because people don't buy them fast enough.

Heirloom tomatoes

I used those tomatoes to make a tomato bake.  Roast the tomatoes for like an hour..

Tomato bake

Top with basil and mozarella cheese

Tomato bake

Bake for another 5-10 minutes or so.  So good.

Tomato bake

Purple brussels sprouts we also got at the markets in July.  Don't think they were quite as nice as the green ones.  This is mixed with bacon, before being roasted.

Purple brussels sprouts

Just a lamb roast I did in July

Lamb roast

This was a beef cheeks dinner I did in July based on this recipe from Not Quite Nigella.

Beef cheeks

It doesn't look like much, but it sure was tasty!

Beef cheeks

Brokenwood Wine Dinner

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On Thursday night, Neil and I went along to the annual Brokenwood Wine dinner.

This year it was at the Monster Kitchen and Bar in Hotel Hotel in New Acton.

Brokenwood Wine Dinner welcome drinks

Brokenwood Wine Dinner

Brokenwood Wine Dinner menu

This was the entree of Mooloolaba Bug Tails.  Quite a few elements, although not a lot of actual bug tails.  Good textures and flavours, quite nice.

Brokenwood Wine Dinner bug tails

Mains was liquorice cured duck breast and boudin noir.  I don't like liquorice but I was pleasantly surprised to not really taste it.  Boudin noir is essentially a black pudding.  I found the duck went very nicely with the pinot noir, and the blood sausage went better with the shiraz.  The duck was lovely and the crunchiness of the nuts gave this dish a great texture.

Brokenwood Wine Dinner duck

Dessert was a mixed plate of "soft chocolate, mandarin, almond, rosemary".  The soft chocolate was a little bar of chocolate pudding.  The mandarin was actual pieces of mandarin.  There were biscuity bits and other crunchy stuff to give it great texture.  The rosemary seemed to be in the ice cream.  Overall I think this was probably my favourite dish.  It was paired with a sweet "Sticky Wicket" semillon, which a lot of other people didn't finish.

Brokenwood Wine Dinner dessert

So overall a lovely meal, but I think there could have been a bit more food.  I didn't end up full, and I'm not even a big eater.  I can imagine hungry guys would still be hungry afterwards.  And because it was only three courses it meant there were two white wines to go with entree and two reds to go with mains.  I would have preferred more but smaller courses so you only had to worry about one wine per course.

But, the food was nice and we had enough wine to keep us pleasantly happy without getting too silly :)

Road Trip

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So last week the real estate agent for my Sydney flat called up:  The current tenants were leaving.  But the flat is pretty much a disaster.  

I knew the vanity needed replacing but I hadn't been up in a couple of years, and the estate agent said I pretty much need to renovate the entire place.

Sigh.

So yesterday Chrissie accompanied me on a road trip to Sydney to have a look.

We left before eight, had a pitstop at Goulburn maccas for loo and snackages.  

Drove on through to Sydney, and had lunch at Rockdale Plaza.  I was thinking I could get something *other* than maccas, but ended up having it anyway.  Oops.

Then to the flat.

The tenants had mostly moved out, but still had some stuff left, and the place hadn't been cleaned at all yet.  But it was pretty sad.  The walls were covered in grime.  There were holes in doors (which tenants will have to pay for).  The blinds had been destroyed, with dodgy curtains in their place.  Several light fittings were broken.  Several windows were broken (one with broken glass, another couple just wouldn't even close properly - how did they even manage that????).  As I already knew, the vanity is pretty much completely destroyed.  The shower, which was perfect when I rented it, was covered in mould.  The cistern was leaking quite a lot and the plastic had yellowed and scarred.  But the worst was the kitchen.  Pretty much all the cupboard doors and draws had water damage and all the chipboard had swelled up.  So the whole kitchen (minus the stove and oven which are fairly new) is going to need to be replaced).  And I've still not decided about the carpet which is somewhat worn, but not completely destroyed.

Destroyed vanity

Shower mould

Kitchen cupboard doors

Fricken hurrah.

The estate agent is happy to organise it all, but it's going to cost a fortune.  The good news is I could probably get $100 more a week with fresh everything, so would probably get my money back after about four years or so.  

After seeing the flat, we popped down the road and Chrissie did her tax with her accountant.

Then we dropped in to visit Aunty Di (her aunt, not mine ;) ) and Uncle Graham.

Then we dropped in to Ansto to visit Chrissie's dad, who I hadn't seen except very briefly at Dad's funeral, for over twenty years.

Then we came home.  Via a pitstop at Maccas at Sutton Forest for loo and snackages.  Three visits to maccas in one day.  Whoops.

Got home around 7 and collapsed with some wine.

Thursday night we went down to Kit's to play Cards Against Humanity which was a bit of fun.

Friday night Neil and I went along to Roz's 60th at the Abbey.  It was quite a nice night, although she asked me to be photographer which I wasn't super happy about - I like taking photos for myself, but doing it officially for someone else is way too stressful!

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Roz's 60th

Saturday morning after waiting for the sweetie to get up and do some stuff for work, it was suddenly a lot later that I wanted it to be.  We went out to do food shopping for the evening - where we cooked a roast dinner for forty people at the club!!  Four kilos of pork, two kilos of turkey, a big potato bake, roast veggies, brussel sprouts with bacon, grilled zucchini, minted peas, and carrots, with my own apple sauce, and gravy using all of the pork drippings :)  It was pretty epic, but for forty people it was *just* enough food.  Still, everyone seemed happy, even though the turkey was a little dry on top because I forgot to put foil over it for the first part. 

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

Club Christmas in July

We didn't get home til lunch time today.  I was a bit tired this afternoon so didn't get a whole lot done.  I did finally finish watching through Monty Python series four, so I've now half watched all of it, although it really is rather silly.

Tonight we just watched Voyager, and the new Ghost in the Shell, which I could actually follow, on account of it being dumbed down for American audiences, and me.

And just like that the weekend is over.  Sad times.

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