How was your day dear?: June 2015 Archives


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Very quiet weekend.  I had a Getting Things Done kind of weekend (including housework, sorting holiday paperwork, photo and email sorting, and cooking), while the sweetie had a Hide From the World kind of weekend (including sleeping and uni work).

We also watched all four Indiana Jones movies on Friday and Saturday nights.

Did I mention the food?

That tin of water chestnuts has been sitting in our pantry for *years* and I wanted to use them in something.  And for me any excuse is a good excuse to have hoisin sauce.

Duck preparation

Fry duck breasts til golden, then a minute or so on the other side, then into the oven for eight to ten minutes.

Duck cooking

While that's happening, heat up some snow peas and the water chestnuts.  Serve with rice.  Yum!  Delicious!

Duck breast with hoisin sauce

Today I started cooking dinner this morning.

Lamb shanks

For today's version I'm using four lamb shanks (not huge ones), two slices of bacon (we're trying to cut down on our processed meat so less bacon than usual, a small bag of your favourite mushrooms, a couple of potatoes, a couple of small onions, garlic, a bay leaf, tomato paste, about half a carton of stock, worcestershire sauce, a third of a bottle of red wine, several large spoonfuls of cornflour to thicken the sauce, and a little pepper.  I think that's all.

Lamb shanks

Chuck the shanks, potato, tomato paste, corn flour, worcestershire sauce, stock and wine into the slow cooker.

Lamb shanks

Fry up the bacon, garlic, onion and mushroom

Lamb shanks

Add everything in

Lamb shanks

Get really impatient with the cooking process.  Pretend to be healthy by eating a large salad of rocket, tomato and feta for lunch.  Topped with kewpie mayonnaise.  Double mayo after the photo is taken.  Resist the urge to eat salami all afternoon because, *hunger* (I ate a bit of cheese and some almonds).

Pretending to be healthy

Hurry up!

Lamb shanks

By 6:30pm it's looking good.  In a messy bad sort of way.

Lamb shanks

Pull all the meat off the bones.  Turns out there's quite a bit on four lamb shanks.  Who knew?  

Lamb shanks

Mix it all back in.  Maybe we'll get more than four servings out of this if the meat is split up.  (We'll probably get six)

Lamb shanks

Serve.  Devour.  

Lamb shanks

Weekly Checkin

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So fairly busy week this week.

Monday night the little brother came to stay.

Tuesday they finished off the white chocolate caramel slice.  David also replaced the light in our study which had blown on the weekend so that was nice.

Wednesday we went to the movies to see Jurassic World.

Thursday the little brother couldn't help himself and replaced half the lights in the house with LEDs :)  I also made another white chocolate caramel slice.

Friday was a swim night.

Saturday was a club night which turned out to be a bit of a wedding reception.  The shed was done up nicely and we had a lovely evening.

Club wedding

Club wedding

Club wedding

Sunday was just food shopping and not much else.


Pork belly roast

And so there goes another week.  We did two jigsaws over the course of the week as well which was cool.

And now back to it again ...

Surviving Along

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Only just barely survived the week at work.  Only two people to do the work of five will do that to you .. hrmmm

Friday night was drinks for Lachie's birthday which was fun.

Saturday the sweetie wasn't feeling so well so had a quiet day at home, and then Mishi's in the evening for nibbles and games.  We played Ticket to Ride (which I won but was soooo close to losing) and a couple of games of Pirate Fluxx that L won both of.

Ticket to Ride

Boundless merriment with friends getting together.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling.
Please enjoy special delicious taste which brings you fantastic feeling

Today we went out for breakfast and did some food shopping.  The sweetie cooked dinner of beans and ham hock, and I made dessert of white chocolate caramel slice - nommm!  We watched The Fifth Element, and then, needing more Bruce, we watched Surrogates, which was sort of like Avatar meets I, Robot.  

And there goes a week ..

Coasting Along

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Saturday morning we packed up and joined the rest of Canberra in heading down the coast for the long weekend.

Smiths Gap

I started a jigsaw and other people just chilled and read and programmed etc.



For dinner we went to the Little Restaurant and Bar again for more delicious food.  We couldn't get a seat inside because they were all booked out, but were able to book the outside bench.  But that's cool, cause you know we're Canberrans and all and we're used to the cold.

Little Restaurant and Bar duck

Possum at the coast


Then spa til about 1am.

Sunday we'd been intending to go to the beach, but the sun never came out, so we didn't bother.  Went for two separate walks to the shops (one to hack portals and another get some stuff to make pikelets (C had a craving)).  In between I did jigsaw.

Breakfast eggs


Moth at the coast


Dinner was pizza's from Stevo's (the Sandy Foot cafe had run out of dough! *gasp*).  Oh my, Stevo's pizzas were insane!  Huge, and *heaps* of cheese.  Completely decadent and we mostly all stuffed ourselves silly.  I had one and a half pieces and that was *plenty*!  We ordered three large pizzas, but only ate two of them.  Had a full pizza's worth leftover.

Stevo's Pizza

Then spa til after midnight.

This morning was just eating and packing up and cleaning, then came home.

Battled Sunday night depression, and then lost it when I dropped one of my corningware dishes onto the kitchen floor and it *smashed* :(:(  But then watched a very moving docudrama on Hiroshima on Netflix.  Did my washing, now time for bed.

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